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Old 02-07-2013, 09:13 PM   #1
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Shipping Car to Japan, Concerns/Costs

Well OT

I am in the military and I received an email today from another military member in Japan. I posted a duty swap request, and this guy responds ( a year later ) and says he is willing to do the swap.

I really do not want to sell my e46, I've grown too fond of it.

My concern is shipping. As far as I know, the duty swap is not orders issued by the navy, therefore does not qualify to be reimbursed of travel expenses for the relocation of duty stations for the swap.

Any Idea what
fees,
regulations,
taxes,
insurance policies, or
ANYTHING that you think I should know if I am to ship my e46 to Japan?

Also, if anyone has any idea what it might cost to ship...
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:01 PM   #2
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My buddy had a car shipped via train 1/2 way across Canada it was around $800
I'm guessing te costs shipping to Japan far outweigh sentimental value of a sub 10k car
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:11 PM   #3
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All I remember was an excise tax, something with the headlights and an inspection. Back in 2001 all this was around 3,000, not including shipment.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:14 PM   #4
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Sell e46 for 10k
Buy r34 gtr in Japan for 20k
Win/win?
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:15 PM   #5
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Shipping may be the least of your concerns.
Once there, you have a car with the steering wheel on the wrong side.
And parking the car will cost you a fortune per month.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:15 PM   #6
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That is about 0% worth it.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:17 PM   #7
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Shipping may be the least of your concerns.
Once there, you have a car with the steering wheel on the wrong side.
And parking the car will cost you a fortune per month.
idk about parking, but cars are really cheap over there if you buy the nippon spec ones from whoever is leaving Japan back for the US. Also parking on base is free so

I don't believe it would be worth it OP. Leave your car at a friends house and have him drive it once every month around the block.

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:49 PM   #8
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^ You can not buy a car unless you have a designated parking spot. Also dependent on pay grade you might not be allowed to have a car.

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Old 02-07-2013, 11:01 PM   #9
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I am only E-4 over 2 years of service.

This is basically what I was expecting, yet hoping for better.

Any good site recommendations to get an estimated value? Perhaps here?
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:04 PM   #11
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Yeah, I put on E-4 last march, my 2 year mark was this January. Started as an E-1 in Jan 2011

Taking the E-5 test this march
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:17 PM   #12
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:47 PM   #13
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:52 AM   #14
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lol at wanting to ship that car to Japan... dumb dumb dumb. Sounds like you can't sell it.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:08 AM   #15
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ya shipping is the least of your worries
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:21 AM   #16
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lol at wanting to ship that car to Japan... dumb dumb dumb. Sounds like you can't sell it.
Haven't tried to sell it yet, I just found out that I have the option of going to Japan today.

I figured it would not be worth the money and/or trouble, but figured I'd ask anyway.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:54 AM   #17
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I was stationed at Yoko, if I remember well to have a car you have to be an E-5 and above. Space on base is very limited. I believe you can't even get a driver's license. Check if the web page for Commander Naval Forces Japan or Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka has any info on this.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:14 AM   #18
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I was in Oki for 2 years and never had a car.

Either sell the car or store it in the US if it is that important to you. Cars are cheap over there if you are allowed to have one. Too much trouble to ship back and forth. I had a buddy that JUST got his RHD RX7 to ohio after 4 years of screwing with importing it, and TONS of money spent.
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Sell it and go without for a bit. Imagine you don't really need one there. Save some cash.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:54 AM   #20
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Aside from the fact that it's prohibitively expensive and you're just an E4 with basically no time in service, you're going to JAPAN. If you're allowed to have a car wouldn't you want to fart around in something unique that you can't get in the States instead of an E46??
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