Hi Guys, Thought I better close this one since I finally managed to get the car on the road last month.
The car left in late October and arrived in Perth in early Dec08, it was shipped with our other stuff in the same container, paid for by my new company which saved about £3k.
The car took 6 weeks to clear customs and AQUIOS, AQUIOS was a rip off, charged £210 to clean it??? the car never saw any water but they did deliver it to the door
The full force of Aussie bureaucracy kicked in and it took 6 weeks to get it through the import approval inspection, due to missing paper work and mis informartion. In the end I got it approved with no cost or alterations required but I was lucky I got a good guy. The other 3 inspectors I had dealt with were itching to fail the car and make me spend £4-8k to make it comply with every Aussie reg. I guess they see alot of imports and dont want to see you sell it on for a profit, my guy realised I was taking it with me because I loved the car and couldnt afford to buy a replacement in Perth.
Transportion = £0
import Duty = £3950
AQUIOS = £210
Inspection and moving permits= £100.
Aussie equivelant of Road tax = £250.
Total £4500, which is very cheap - it could have been 3 times that,
Would I do it again? - Yes the car is great and they cost 2-3 times the UK values in Perth, my car would cost £44k in Perth ,I would have got about £18-20k If I had sold it before we left. The top has been down and the sun shining since I got it, unfortunately it has just sprung awater leak so is heading for the garage.
If your thinking of doing this then make sure its worth it, Porker BMW M3's and other exotics make sence , but budget for aussie mods of between £2-5k, porkers are good with the digital speedo and tacho, flick of a switch and your in Kilometers, they will insist you change to Km - by fitting a new speedo and tacho ( can mean a new dash on some models), the other one is the aussie child restraints , not the same spec as uk and will require fitting,
Make sure you do you home work and get all your paperwork and approvals in place before you ship the car. Once it arrives pay your duties etc and be patiant, aussie's switch off if you get in there face and complain. At every obstical smile and ask the person how do you fix it, they will usually help bit will just take time and usually money to fix.
Cheers A happy Aussie with a soft top Porsche 911