Imported cars are those cars which are made in a foreign country and which you pay to import to your country of residence, in this case Australia. They are very popular here because of their styles and looks, in addition to superior performance and mileage.
There have been many instances with people importing American cars into Australia. A lot of times, people import cars from other countries because it makes it cheaper than an original buy in Australia. There are three types of imported car classes, Parallel, Grey and Personal imports. We suggest that you take the help of vehicle import specialists when you’re trying to bring over a vehicle from overseas.
Import specialists have the required knowledge and logistics in place to ensure that things go smoothly and there are no bottlenecks during the process.At the moment of buying a personal import, know that you are buying a vehicle that you have imported to the country on your own, without any help from a professional importer. It is as good as buying the car from another person. In this case, try and acquire in-depth knowledge of the car’s condition and looks. Also, keep an eye open for accident reports. If the car had a major accident, it is not structurally sound, and you may want to give it a pass.
Grey imports on the other hand, are most often Japanese cars, famed for their high power and looks and these are normally sold in conjunction with a company which specializes in import sales. Luxury sports cars top this list, and you’ll also find family cars and hatchbacks of foreign make with them.
There are some reasons why a Grey Import may not be a good idea. Firstly it might be a left hand drive arrangement, if brought in from the USA. Most reputable importers check this, but there’s no harm in taking a look yourself. Also a lot of the time, it may not be possible or feasible to get the whole accident report history. This leaves you vulnerable as a buyer.
Finding replacement parts and spares might turn out to be a bit troublesome. It could translate into your car having to spend weeks at the garage while you look for the parts. Then again, finding a garage dealing with exotic cars is a bit of a problem.
Parallel imports are those cars which are purchased from one European country to another, and it is not applicable in our case, because we’re talking about importing cars to Australia. You need to check out information about insurance and the new premiums you’ll have to pay for your imported car, don’t forget to follow up on this important point.