Some Do’s And Don’ts Of Buying And Importing Cars

When you want to buy a new car, you will definitely be advised to go to the nearest dealer so that you can look at the different models, scrutinize the details and even test-drive one. But what if you can’t find the particular model you are looking or want to purchase in the local car dealerships? Your best option, of course, is to have the vehicle you want to be imported from overseas.

Unfortunately, having the car you want to be imported may require a little more work from your part than simply buying one from a local dealer. However, there are some simple things that you can and should not do to make sure that you get a good quality car and that this vehicle reaches you in good condition and in a timely manner. Below are some of these important do’s and don’ts of importing a car:


Do your research regarding the import requirements in your country. Read up on and make sure you understand the import requirements imposed by the government on vehicle importation. Find out if you will be allowed to have the vehicle you want to buy shipped to your country. In addition, you also have to know the conditions required by regulatory bodies and imposed on vehicles from other countries.

Do make room for unforeseen costs when coming up with the budget for the whole buying and import process. For example, the car you will be buying may need minor work once it reaches your location. When you factor in this potential expense, you create a more realistic target price for the vehicle you will be buying. And you will be better prepared to pay for such additional expenses.

Do hire an experienced and reliable exporting team to assist you. The whole export and import process can be complicated that you will need to get proper assistance. The right exporting team will provide you all the help you will need. When choosing an exporting company, make sure you check reviews of the service from previous importers who have used the service. Also, make sure that the company holds the required permits and government approvals.


Don’t pay for the vehicle you want without having it undergo some independent tests or assessments. From testing for roadworthiness and odometer accuracy to cleaning for biological contaminants, make sure your vehicle is thoroughly checked and tested by a trusted and qualified independent body.

Don’t forget about insurance. You may want to save money on the whole importation process and to do this, you may consider bypassing insurance or getting a cheaper coverage for your car. However, the last thing you want to happen is getting nothing when your vehicle gets damaged or stolen. As such, make sure you invest in the right coverage for the vehicle you will have imported.

Don’t choose an exporting company that offers the lowest rates. Lastly, another way you may consider to save some money is by choosing an exporting firm that offers the cheapest rates. Keep in mind that in the import and export industry, you get what you pay for. If you choose a company that offers the cheapest rates, you may just end up paying more if your shipment gets delayed, held up at customs, lost, or mishandled.
By Linda Whitely
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