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Offline outlwz


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Hi Guys,

New Here :)  This seems like car heaven!!

Appreciate your thoughts on the below:

Would love a Gallardo but not the AU price tag that accompanies it.  Would a cheaper option be to import one from somewhere abroad?
I'm just unsure on compliance costs etc.

Any thoughts on where to get started would be appreciated.

Cheers :)



Offline AshSimmonds

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Very unlikely you could import one and make it viable for the effort and $.

Best method is to live OS with one for a year and bring it back with you - all other avenues appear to be not worth it.

Gallardos are actually pretty cheap in the scheme of things - people are still asking similar prices for contemporary 360s, and way more for F430s.



Offline mondi

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Got to make sure there is a RAWS that can import one for you first.

Here is the list of RAWS for the 2003 - 2006 Gallardo. This is the only ones that appear in the RAWS list.
The 06-08's are on the SEVS list but have no RAWS.

http://www.raws.com.au/SEVSReg.asp?fs_Make=Lamborghini&fs_Category=&fs_Sort=&fs_Direction=&fs_PerPage=20

You could ring one of these guys for a quote, but I think you may get a shock it is going to cost $40k - $50k plus to do one.

And there is ALL the taxes to pay once it's in the country so the cost saving on importing one to buying one local will be pretty much nil.

Ash's OS option is about the only other way of going about it, but even then there is still some mucking around.  Or buy a local one.



Offline S4Simon

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For value for money, the PI route is the only option.  Very simple process.

Other routes are stressful and require one of those endless moneypits.
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Offline mondi

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For value for money, the PI route is the only option.  Very simple process.


I have heard from a few guys that their PI's were a pain in the arse, and then others have said it's very simple.

I believe that there is still some work to be done on the vehicles in regards to ADR's?????

PI's are one type of importing I haven't had much to do with.

What was your experience like??? (I think we have already cover a lot of this in other thread, but doesn't hurt to tell it again I guess).



Offline S4Simon

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Car imported from England.

Approval from Canberra took 3 business days.

2 pages of ADR's which I didn't understand.  Took the pages to Regency and they did not understand them either.   :scratchchin:

Drove the car to Regency for inspection and testing.  Cops had it for half an hour to check the numbers and testing took 10 minutes max.

I was on hand for the customs inspection upon arrival and had to disassemble the front of the car to remove 'a' seed pod. 

Overall no delays and no issues encountered.

I would definately do it again, knowing now how simple the process was.
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Offline outlwz


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Thanks heaps for the above info all, most appreciated.

I'm still interested though!  I seriously think that sourcing a car overseas would be more cost effective.  The option of living abroad is not viable due to business commitments, however I think I'll need to do some serious number crunching and purchasing something from abroad may be the $$ saving way...

I'll keep hunting, keep the thoughts rolling in guys :)

Cheers,



Offline mhh

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Car imported from England.

Approval from Canberra took 3 business days.

2 pages of ADR's which I didn't understand.  Took the pages to Regency and they did not understand them either.   :scratchchin:

Drove the car to Regency for inspection and testing.  Cops had it for half an hour to check the numbers and testing took 10 minutes max.

I was on hand for the customs inspection upon arrival and had to disassemble the front of the car to remove 'a' seed pod. 

Overall no delays and no issues encountered.

I would definately do it again, knowing now how simple the process was.

Did this deal require living there for 12 months?



Offline S4Simon

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Yes.

Served 9 years hard labour in London.

Owned the car for 3 years prior to exporting.

Supplied 50 pages of supporting evidence to Canberra.
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Offline catsrule30


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so if i imported from england, i would have to write to my government or vicroads to get it registered and inspected for legal use? if so, what a long process but worth it.
hopefully in a couple of years, i can buy a lambo



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