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http://www.senatormuir.org.au/news/media-statement-changes-to-allow-personal-importation-of-vehicles-a-step-in-the-right-direction

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16 April 2015

Changes to allow personal importation of vehicles a step in the right direction

Today, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs announced that there would be a relaxing of the current legislation to enable private shoppers to import their own vehicle from overseas markets, with a requirement that the vehicle is under twelve months old and has travelled less than 4,000 kilometres. Senator Muir believes this is a step in the right direction for consumers, and for motoring enthusiasts, who have traditionally been denied opportunities to purchase the car of their dreams under the current restrictive legislation.

“Current regulations mean enthusiasts are left at the mercy of the new car dealers. If the distributor chooses not to import rare models or variants, or supplies them in very limited numbers, the only option for die-hard car lovers is to move overseas and own their vehicle for twelve months in order to bring it back to Australia with them. This is clearly not a viable option for most buyers. Changes that allow greater access to new specialist and enthusiast vehicles are long overdue,” Senator Muir said.

Those willing to purchase and import their vehicles from overseas may represent a small proportion of the total market, but Senator Muir believes the changes are a timely reminder to new vehicle manufacturers that artificially inflating the prices of new vehicles in Australia will no longer be tolerated. “If the market is opened up to personal importing, downward pressure will be placed on prices of both new and used vehicles, particularly on models at the top end of the market where the price disparity is greatest,” Senator Muir said.

Senator Muir looks forward to liaising further with Minister Briggs and his team as they explore possible pathways for opening up Australia’s imported vehicle market without compromising the safety or age of our national vehicle fleet.


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I wonder what that means in terms of compliance with our ADR's ? 



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I wonder what that means in terms of compliance with our ADR's ?

Media quoted "International Vehicle Standard" requirements.

Although they also quoted a Indian/Chinese made $40k car costing $50k by the it got to Australia so they are clueless.  :doh:
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Media quoted "International Vehicle Standard" requirements.



Here is an example of what I mean. The Tesla S is available everywhere but Australia with a 7 seat option because it doesn't comply with our ADR requirement. Apparently the seats have to face forwards or something (?)
So could I import an S with 7 seats from England instead of buying one without that option here?   :scratchchin:



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APRIL 17, 2015 ARTICLE 1 OF 20
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The government says consumers will win from beingable to buy cars from overseas, particularly at the luxury end of the market. Photo: Justin McManus
Cheaper cars under import plan
MISA HAN

The price of a new$40,000Volkswagen Golf could be $30,000 while a Mercedes ML350could be $85,000instead of $1010,000,under Abbott government proposalsto let motoristsbuy new cars directly from overseas

The government says consumers willwinfrom beingable to buy cars from overseas, particularly at the luxury end of the market, butcar dealers said the plan would hurt safety and cost jobs.

"We're not talking about a pair of jeans here, or a phone," saidMercedes-Benz's DavidMcCarthy.

Mr McCarthysaid the top end of the market (cars worth more than$150,000) wasset to benefit most from the government proposal."It's a small section of the market that benefits, and the most troubling issue here is that he says it's a case of buyer beware," hesaid.

Assistant Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs said consumers will winfrom the plan, due tostart as soon as next year.

"We allow people to purchase all sorts of other goods overseas over the internet. There seems no reason why we shouldn't allow people to buy new cars from overseas markets where there's an opportunity for them to do so," he said.

Most expensive country
Deutsche Bank recentlycrowned Australiathe world's most expensive country, and one factor which contributed to the title was the price of new cars. The bank's research says anew Volkswagen Golfcosts $40,000 in Sydney and Melbourne compared to $23,000 in Tokyo.

In Australia, atypical BMW 3 series 328i costs $64,000 compared to $55,000 in the UK, while aMercedes-Benz ML350BlueTecDiesel costs $101,000 here and $85,000 in Japan.

The deregulation plan will facescrutiny from a number of senators, including independent senator Nick Xenophon and Labor's Kim Carr.

"Motor vehicle standards are there for a purpose and they should not sacrifice safety or protection that consumers rightly expect," Mr Carr toldThe Australian Financial Review.

Mr Carr added lifting the importing regulations could risk jobs for car dealers and component manufacturers.

GM Holden's Sean Poppittsaid so-called "grey imports" pose "substantial risks to consumers in terms of protecting warranty arrangements and vehicle safety".

Principal dealer David Tompkinsaid he was concerned about the impact the deregulation will have on hisToyota Ryde business thatsells 1200 new and used cars a year.

But he said he expected the majority of consumers to buy cars through their local car dealers."I still think people will want to touch and feel the car," he said.

Mr Briggs has ruled out deregulating the used car market because of safety concerns.

Consumer group Choicesaid the plan should have covered second-hand cars.

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Here is an example of what I mean. The Tesla S is available everywhere but Australia with a 7 seat option because it doesn't comply with our ADR requirement. Apparently the seats have to face forwards or something (?)
So could I import an S with 7 seats from England instead of buying one without that option here?   :scratchchin:

It is still very much up in the air at the moment, they will have to nut out exactly how they are going to do the checks and balances on this, there is talk they may setup something like RAWS but not as restrictive and a lot easier process.

But there could be a sticky point when it comes to local rego departments, Vicroads could put in place a requirement to have the vehicles "engineered" something like the VASS requirement now cos they will be classed as a second hand vehicle anyway.

Anyway, there will still be no LHD vehicles allowed so that puts pay to most of the stuff I would be interested in.  :p

And older cars, outside this 12 month rule, will still need to go through the old RAWS so if there no listing for the car you want, stiff!!!



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Principal dealer David Tompkinsaid he was concerned about the impact the deregulation will have on hisToyota Ryde business thatsells 1200 new and used cars a year.

FFS, who is going to buy a Toyota Camry from overseas and import it!!!!  It will not work out financially viable to use this scheme for cars like this.

It's aimed at special and upper end vehicles mainly...........and it will only be a very, very small demographic who will be bothered to take this option.



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FFS, who is going to buy a Toyota Camry from overseas and import it!!!!  It will not work out financially viable to use this scheme for cars like this.

It's aimed at special and upper end vehicles mainly...........and it will only be a very, very small demographic who will be bothered to take this option.

You are going to get non-franchise dealers open up. The will shave s few grand off the price of a Camry and people will buy.



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You are going to get non-franchise dealers open up. The will shave s few grand off the price of a Camry and people will buy.


What about factory warranties and things like that?????



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