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Old 12-01-2012, 06:20 PM   #1
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Importing Beamers from UK to AUS.

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Hi there all,

I have been thinking lately about what the trials and tribulations would be with importing an e46 M3 into Australia. Being as they are so over priced here! I am hearing it is extremely difficult and that you have to have been living over there for at least 12 mnths ...etc etc. If anyone out there can shed a bit of light on this, I would be extremely greatful.

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Old 12-01-2012, 06:23 PM   #2
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You are spot on the money! Hence why you pay the price for em here.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:34 PM   #3
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I suppose if it was that easy, everyone would be bringing them over and knocking the price of the locals..
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:43 PM   #4
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They are going quite cheap in england. Id watch out for irish ones. They are cheap too but horsed senseless. But overall id say it would be a lot of hassle importing one over there. I heard it was around 1000 but im not sure about what other rules are in place.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:34 AM   #5
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There are cheap local cars around, you get what you pay for though.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:34 AM   #6
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Hi there all,

I have been thinking lately about what the trials and tribulations would be with importing an e46 M3 into Australia. Being as they are so over priced here! I am hearing it is extremely difficult and that you have to have been living over there for at least 12 mnths ...etc etc. If anyone out there can shed a bit of light on this, I would be extremely greatful.
It's not something that can really be answered in one post.
http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/imports/
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:53 AM   #7
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Tried everything to import a CSL. Only way you can is under personal import scheme or competition scheme - you have to be in UK for 12 months or more, with car regoed in your name at your address with proof of ownership (supporting documentation). With competition you have to be competing at high level like a targa and it can be registered under class B (only for race, can drive to and from event). If you can't satisfy either of these then you are stuck with buying local.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:20 PM   #8
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Thanks Brandtner.. will be sticking with what ive got i think which im very happy with... But theres always the question of more power!!
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:52 AM   #9
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If you're interested in investigating it more, the chaps at PistonHeads are very helpful and loads of ex-pat Brits living in Aus amongst them.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:00 AM   #10
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Thanks.. Am definately goin to see what required.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:00 PM   #11
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Tried everything to import a CSL. Only way you can is under personal import scheme or competition scheme - you have to be in UK for 12 months or more, with car regoed in your name at your address with proof of ownership (supporting documentation). With competition you have to be competing at high level like a targa and it can be registered under class B (only for race, can drive to and from event). If you can't satisfy either of these then you are stuck with buying local.
Just wondering if anyone thinks theres anyway possible that a CSL could get added to the SEVS list because it was a Low Volume vehicle? I think only 22 were ever sold in Aus from memory? Like you, I would love to get a CSL into Aus. At the moment all I do is spend money on CSL parts. Thinking about doing the CF roof next.....!
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I tried that too. Unfortunately they class the CSL chassis as a "3 series" and therefore 3 series were not low volume vehicles. 3 series include 320, 323, 330 ,etc - doesn't matter that it has carbon this carbon that added. They told me if I could prove otherwise they would. I started arguing that technically the chassis is different has honeycomb boot floor - my argument was irrelevant because BMW classified the CSL as a 3 series. Don't waste your money on CSL parts - save up and get one!
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:28 PM   #13
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Yeah, I will no doubt head down that route one day, just buy one. For now just trying to exhaust all possibilities. I'm already way down the track with the CSL parts, already have boot, diffuser, airbox, and steering wheel arriving tomorrow, etc...
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:35 PM   #14
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Yeah, I will no doubt head down that route one day, just buy one. For now just trying to exhaust all possibilities. I'm already way down the track with the CSL parts, already have boot, diffuser, airbox, and steering wheel arriving tomorrow, etc...

Leave it at the steering wheel then!
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:16 PM   #15
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