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Car design | 09.06.2014 - 13:35

Importing a car from the UK: What questions should I ask a RAWS?

When you are importing a car from the UK, you can simplify the research process and avoid confusion by directly consulting a Registered Automotive Workshop. They are well experienced with the importing process and will explain to you how RAWS compliance works.
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When you are importing a car from the UK, you can simplify the research process and avoid confusion by directly consulting a Registered Automotive Workshop. They are well experienced with the importing process and will explain to you how RAWS compliance works.

Import option

You should ask a RAWS what import option is appropriate for your situation. This will depend on when the car you are importing was manufactured. If you import a car from the UK that is not on the special interest list, the car must have been used in the UK for twelve months. Before you consult a RAWS, you should consult The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development as they provide an online Eligibility Assessment. Complete this test and then ask a RAWS if the indicated import option is right for you.

Quote of costs

Importing a car is a costly process, with costs generated from shipping, purchasing the car, insurance, taxes and from RAWS. You should ask a RAWS for a quote on their costs and if possible an estimate of the other costs as well. Ensure you investigate the payment plans of a RAWS well in advance to allow you to plan ahead savings wise or so you are able to prepare a loan if needed.

Modifications

Another cost you will face is caused by the modifications that your imported car will need to undergo to ensure RAWS compliance. Examples of these important modifications include seatbelt replacement, full service of car, brake pad replacement, new tires and SEVS properly fitted. Ask your RAWS what modifications are needed specifically for your car and once again, get a quote on the predicted costs of these changes. 

Permits and documentation

Permits and documentation are a legal requirement and will determine whether you can successfully import your car. Therefore, do not feel shy asking your RAWS for detailed guides to the permits and documentation you must obtain. Ask what kind of service the RAWS provides, as some will help you organize the documentation and permits. However, keep in mind this usually means a higher fee and consider compiling the necessary documents yourself if you are capable. Finally, ask whether you can be present or a representative from your RAWS will be present during the inspection appointment of your car.

Author Bio:

Top Secret Imports is a family run, specialist car import business and has built a reputation as a selling of world class cars. A licenced Registered Automotive Workshop (RAWS) they are vehicle compliance and importing specialists.

Top Secret Imports goal is to ensure bringing your dream car into Australia is complete and painless.

From sales, service, RAWS compliance TSI aims to make sourcing,buying,selling and compliance is as simple as possible.

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