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Importing a Roadster??

Anyone have experience with bringing a foriegn car into the US?? What would it take to get a Roadster into the country??
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Really, from what I've read, it's near impossible unless your bringing it in to put in a museum or somewhere you are not going to drive it.
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Anyone have experience with bringing a foriegn car into the US?? What would it take to get a Roadster into the country??

From what I heard, you will need to take the car apart, bring it here in pieces and then assemble it here and register it as a kit car.

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How to import Smart Roadster?

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I currently live in Munich, Germany and will be moving in one month to Phoenix area. It would be great to import my relatively new Smart Roadster coupe ..... but I have no idea how to 'legally' register this model type in Arizona, can anyone provide suggestions?

Is there a recommended insurance agent for 'imports' ?

Approved service garage?

Any help much appreciated,

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Probably have a better chance of getting struck by lightning in a thunderstorm, on a golf course, while leaning up against a flagpole with a nine-iron in your hand.

Just get a Miata. It'll be just as small, fun, and far cheaper as the price of importing would be astronomical compared to anything you can get here.
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You would have to ship the car in pieces to US and reassemble and get it titled as a kit car. There is no way you can get it legally registered otherwise due to US law.

http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/for...oadster-22728/
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From what I heard, you will need to take the car apart, bring it here in pieces and then assemble it here and register it as a kit car.

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That will not work


there is no way to privately import a non complying car to the US any more.
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I have heard of people that have imported BMW's and such. There are some exceptions and I am doing some research about IF it can be dome. Here is a place to start:
Importing Your Car into the US - Import a Car, Bring a Car, Import Your Car, US Customs

Since the roadsters are not sold in the US, parts and service may be a problem. Since Arizonia is close to Mexico, there may be a way to get work done there, I believe they roadster is sold in Mexico (not positive)
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