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Offline simonbarry2

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« on: October 01, 2005, 01:20:08 AM »
Hi, as I said in my last post I am planning to import a mustang from the US. There are companies offering this service for approx $3000. From some research on the internet it doesn't seem that difficult, just paperwork and a bit of organising. From others experience as this is my first import is it worth paying someone to organise the whole process. In my quick calculations I think I could do it for at least $1000 less. The only thing I'm unsure about is the valuation process with customs and if a valuer is needed or if they just take the receipt of the sale etc. any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, thanks

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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2005, 08:34:45 PM »
Hey,
I've just completed the process and i was unsure of the same thing.A valuation is not req and a copy of the bill of sale or reciept is only needed and that is given with the import approval to your shipping agent. Customs will not inspect the vehical unless there is some sort of problem with the container as a whole. Quarantine will look at the car for cleaning purposes. Therefore the condition of the car and the declared value are not compared. Of course you should make sure the value is the same as you indicated on your import approval form.
 Your shipping agent will charge you the GST on the value you declare.
Also anything stored inside the car will also be free of duty/gst, again unless customs happen to get involved.
Customs only work with the containers general declaration which is completed by the shipping agent.
I hope that this makes some sense?
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2005, 10:35:41 PM »
Hey,
 My dad has just got his mustang that he brought from america.
We paid roughly 2 1/2grand for someone to bring it in for us, although the price was reasonable they were really slow, it sat in a warehouse for a bit over a month and took just over four months total to get from longbeach to Qld... we ended up getting in touch with the shipping company ourselves to track it because the ppl we went throuh were useless!!! i spose it depends on who u do go through, but next time we are doing it ourselves!! Goodluck!! :p:a:p:a  :}

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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2005, 04:34:46 PM »
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Originally posted by simonbarry2
Hi, as I said in my last post I am planning to import a mustang from the US. There are companies offering this service for approx $3000. From some research on the internet it doesn't seem that difficult, just paperwork and a bit of organising. From others experience as this is my first import is it worth paying someone to organise the whole process. In my quick calculations I think I could do it for at least $1000 less. The only thing I'm unsure about is the valuation process with customs and if a valuer is needed or if they just take the receipt of the sale etc. any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, thanks

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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2005, 04:39:48 PM »
Hi I am inporting a 66 Mustang from the US. I am using a company by the name of "Autoezy Search" So far they have been fantastic with assisting in finding and buying the car. Autoezy Search have kept me informed all the way so far. Highly recommended!!! Their fee is $3150
David

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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2006, 10:18:36 PM »
I used East Coast Mustangs, the fee was $3000 (It was about $2700, but by the time the car came, it went up to $3k)
I used a guy over there to look at the car for me, His report was a total waste of a few international phonecalls, and $100US.
He told me (among other things) in his report that the dash was gloss black, (instead of the proper matt black) but didn't notice the rh 1/4 vent window was screwed shut with a big bracket, or the total lack of any wiper/washer systems or wiring. Or that the hood was a lift off item, not on hinges. I could go on, but I won't.
The same guy charged me $200US to do the purchase on the car. The car was dropped off to him, he did not ask me for a list of included parts, and did not check to see if the car was complete or not:_ All of the small trim parts were missing (nearly $1500au worth)
Peter was great, gave me a reasonable price on the stuff I needed to buy. Will deal with him again if the need arises, but he should get someone else doing the pre purchase inspections, as it tarnishes his name.
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2006, 03:24:20 PM »
Hiya..At last my dream of 26 years to own a Mustang seems tangible.Could anyone help me with some info on importing one as opposed to purchasing one here in oz thats already been converted to rhd and registered. From the hours of research i've done i think i would save $$$ by importing or am i mistaken.Are there hidden costs and is it just a huge headache.I'd love a 66 convertible but I think i'm priced out now so a 66 coupe it would be.I'm not looking for a show car or a complete resto but something in between.

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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2006, 12:24:56 AM »
I have just been through the whole process and believe me it is a process , but not Un-achievable.

But beware US mustang prices for select vehicles are starting to take off and you will be searching in their high season (summer).

also don't expect it to arrive when you want it , unless you pay Top dollar for freight. I personally procured my car in AUSTIN TEXAS in late January , its still on the water as i write although due shortly.

Also try buying from the west coast , rather than Mid west or east coast because shipping is a Nightmare.

Research all you can on your preferred model on Ebay or Carsonline for pricing etc.

PM or email me for further advice its to long for a forum note. I live in Perth.

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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2006, 07:03:34 PM »
I have just brought a 65 coupe in from Seattle,WA , and used a company called American Hemi, based in Adelaide, and were given great service, The car was looked after and arrived in great condition. He charged $2400, and then i had to pay the GST.. which was minimal... The compliance/reg process was made extremely easy with the help of a company called Car-Pliance in Brisbane, which completed the whole compliance,Roadworthy and registration, all done in 1 day..  Very easy to do.. and I am now about to bring another one in...

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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2006, 08:38:58 PM »
My 67 coupe came here in Oct 05 thru a local(Melb) Mustang specialist .I wouldn't do it any other way.They also arranged the roadworthy ,rego and other details with a minimum of fuss.I am happy to get most of my minor parts such as new decals,switches etc from them at what seem to be fair prices.I reckon this is the way to do it even if it costs a bit extra for someone else to do the paperwork and running around.   Good luck,Johnno.
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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2006, 11:21:09 AM »
Hi Simmon
Good luck with your Import.
I have recently imported a car, check it out on my blog. I'm in Adelaide for a few months, love to catch up with some Mustang owners.
http://fordmustangcon.spaces.msn.com/PersonalSpace.aspx
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« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2006, 07:41:32 PM »
hi blkpny you said
I used East Coast Mustangs, the fee was $3000 (It was about $2700, but by the time the car came, it went up to $3k)
does that fee include postage and handling of the car or is the shipment ontop of the fee. so $3000 and the car lands in australia or there abouts i am thinking of doing something like this because my greatest fear is paying for the car and never hearing from the seller again.
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« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2006, 08:08:08 PM »
Hey James, I paid East Coast $100US to get a guy to check over the car, and give me a report, plus another $200US for him to recieve the car at the shipping yard (I would have had to pay towing fee's if it was bought elsewhere, so I got the seller to drop it off.) Luckily the container was loaded up shortly thereafter, or I may have had to pay storage fees as well.
The $3k covered shipping, quarantine, loading and unloading etc. I then had to pay GST on the purchase price, eg: if it were a $7500us car, it would be about $1000au gst).
The only other expense was the import approval, which was either $50 or $150, I can't remember.
DON'T buy the car yourself, you should have an agent at least pick it up for you, to cover your ass.
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« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2006, 07:57:27 PM »
thnks mate that helps alot ;+ because i was trying to think of a way of doing it safe and this seems to be the only safe way.

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« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2006, 11:05:27 AM »
Hi all, thought I would just post my experience with recently importing my 65 fastback. I bought it back in early August from California and it only arrived a week ago. I used TE Logistics and they were extremely slow when it came to communication and actually importing the car. All up it was just below $3000 and for me the whole experience was extremely frustrating. I had to constantly call for updates as to where the car was and they were very inconsistent in getting back to me. I was promised 35-45 days shipping and it took over 3 months to finally arrive. Choose your shipping company wisely to save many hassles!

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« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2008, 12:01:12 PM »
Hi everyone, yesterday I sat in my 67 convertible for the first time after it finally arrived in Sydney. The car was delivered to Tranzit Express's Los Angeles agent early last November. The 35 day trip to Sydney blew out to 148 days.
In that time I found that their communications were a disaster. Wrong containers, wrong ships, and no interest what so ever in providing the bare minimum of customer service.
The shipping was via Ningbo in China and please all you dreamers, if you make the big BUY step make sure you dont get you dream shipped via China regardless of saving a couple of hundred bucks.
Tranzit express? Never ever ever again.

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« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2008, 09:35:05 PM »
It is all a very common story; guarenteed 40 days to your door and it takes 4 months. Once the shipping company gets your car to their docks, they do not give a FLick about you and they seem uncontactable. That is the common truth. They get you into a container whenever they can and ship it they way you have NOT specified. then after arriving it goes through customs and Quarantine for about two weeks and then you can get it. By the way dont forget to take a jerry can, as they would have emptied the tank doing burnouts down the wharf! Yes it still happens!
It is a slower process than expected but you will get your car in the end and it is all worth it!
Then you have to pay the bloody RTA tax to register the bloody thing!
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« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2008, 11:56:35 PM »
Insideout send them some feedback of your experience and that you will spread the word never to use them.  What better way then word of mouth.

     That's another one struck off my list. :[

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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2008, 07:20:55 AM »
I sent mine from Long Beach, L.A. via Shanghai to Sydney, only took 40 days.
I was in L.A. to organise it all, I think you will find they hold you up on the loading, thats why it tales so long. Thats also the reason the comms are slow, they are just sitting in their shipping office eating donuts and push loading your car back untill they can fill a 40' container heading the same way.
Thats how they make their money, getting as much stuff into a container at once. You need to find a company that sends a lot downunder all the time.
I can reccommend CFR Line (310) 223-0474. They had half a dozen cars waiting to be loaded to go to Sydney, so mine sailed about 5 days after I dropped it off. They charged US$1400, but it went in with 2 other cars into a 40 footer. the best way would be your own 20 footer, I think they quoted me around US$2000 for that, so I went the cheaper way...

Hope this helps,

James.

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« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2008, 08:57:29 PM »
I am currently in the process of importing a 65 and a 67 in a 40 ft container, due to arrive this week. After an attempt to do all the customs and quarantine process myself, i have decided to hire a customs broker as the paperwork is gruelling, and it does'nt cost that much more to have the broker do it for you( approx. $500 more). I think you should do as much of the process yourself as possible. it does cut costs and avoids delays incurred by leaving it in someone elses hands. good luck! If anyone is loking for  a fastback or coupe let me know.:o

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« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2008, 01:38:49 PM »
I'm wanting to import a vehicle from St Louis, Missouri.  The car yard who is selling the vehicle spoke highly of a company in Australia called Mustang Coral.  Has anyone heard of this company?  I have done a search on the net; With no luck!

Feel free to share any info if you have heard of this company.

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« Reply #21 on: June 18, 2008, 07:24:51 PM »
i think it is a safer option to go over to the usa to import, but we are forgetting about cost of flights over to the usa $1500 (plus fuel) and then you can import the car for -james you said $1400 we are already up to $2900 when east coast mustang import for just over $3000 (last time i checked)+gst. i can see that going over is a safer option but i think it would end up costing more unless you are there to holiday and buy a car but still thats even more $$. i did import my car a very silly way but was very lucky the owner drove the car to the docks and didnt run off with the money. and not to mention east coast do all the paper work all for you. Am i alone in this thought or have i thought too much?? i say pay someone else to do the worrying hehe. But in the end your paying to be content with what you pay for.

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« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2008, 09:13:46 AM »
Hi,
 If you contact Sean at Bosskraft (www.bosskraft.com).... He has quote a few contacts in the US and also imports himself.

 cheers.

 

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