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06-16-2018 01:49 PM
jimvw57 getting close to the year bypass for importing into the USA otherwise I would be up for one!!

The hard part is getting them through customs. They want them to go to an importer for the safety modifications, and they track large parts pretty carefully. They grabbed a bunch of Land Rovers a while back and some owners still don't have theirs back yet even with the correct paperwork.
06-16-2018 07:22 AM
Niteshooter Perhaps a ICE roadster instead? I think we only need 1 more buyer.....

a roadster vacation May 2018 - Page 4 - General Discussions - Club smart Car
06-16-2018 04:35 AM
Crunkkkid
Electric Smart Roadster Kit car possible?

I just want the body, and interior Of the elusive Smart Roadster for an electric conversion. I have a smart Fortwo ED “ Electric drive” . I’m fully prepared for the build. Can I just import the body and interior? Will this fall into the category of kit car? Thanks guys. This is just a question I had, and no one was asking it. 😅

I live in Indiana and we don’t have car inspections or anything, it seems to be relatively easy to register an Electric kit car. I’m not sure if I can just get those two parts though for my build legally so I can prove I own the body without getting in trouble. Any input from you guys would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

I’m aware s disassembled one, with intent to be reassembled and passed on as a kit car is illegal. But that is far from my intent. It’s my understanding I May be able to get the body. I’m not sure if I can have the chassis though. I’m not interested in the engine transmission or any of the mounts I’ll make my own for my conversation.
01-15-2017 08:12 PM
DAN_NYC
Smart Roadster For Sale Ebay

Hi everyone. if anyone still follows smart Roadster look what I just saw on ebay

eBay item number:232207716220

I wonder if its real deal
01-05-2015 08:57 AM
Karl Roth Laws change, what was true when I transferred back from overseas is no longer the same. A good place to start: https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...-into-the-u.s.
01-05-2015 07:22 AM
kennyrayandersen
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Originally Posted by jwight View Post
Insurers normally run a VIN check, and when they can't find a VIN problems usually ensue.
Yes, been there with my 450. So, either you work that out with them (I was able to), or you may have to go with a speciality insurer. This part is or can be a hassle, but it is not a showstopper.
01-05-2015 07:18 AM
jwight Insurers normally run a VIN check, and when they can't find a VIN problems usually ensue.
01-05-2015 06:22 AM
kennyrayandersen
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Originally Posted by tecnopolis View Post
Lets also address the 800lb gorilla in the room. What to do about insurance?
There are several specialty insurers that will insure to an agreed upon value. This may not be the biggest hurdle, but it certainly can be a real hassle.
01-05-2015 02:52 AM
tecnopolis Lets also address the 800lb gorilla in the room. What to do about insurance?
03-17-2011 10:57 AM
kennyrayandersen The exception is that if you are a Canadian, or a Mexican, you can drive your non-compliant car across the border; but, you aren't supposed to sell it -- you are supposed to drive it back to the country from which you came. Technically, you have to take it back out of the country after 1 year (I think -- I would have to confirm), or show proof that the car has been destroyed.

It's not like some non-compliant cars don't get in. First, I'm not sure how they do it. I brought in a FIAT 500, and someone from the Feds actually went and inspected the car to make sure that it was, in fact, a 1963 FIAT. If it weren't the car would have been seized by the Feds and it would have been ugly on several levels. In my case there weren't any shenanigans, so it came right on through. Additionally, so states require very little documentation and in one case the local municipality was actually encouraging licensing little Kei-class trucks! go figure. So there are tow things. There are the federal regulations AND the state regulations. You could get a non-compliant car into the country and still not get it licenses to drive if your state wasn't one of the lax ones. And, even if your state gave you a license to drive, the car would still be subject to seizure by the feds.

Having said that, if you got plates on your car and don't make a big deal of it (like posting on an open forum that you've succeeded in snookering the feds), you'll probably be fine. Still, the rarer the car, the more likely it would be that you might get found out, if you know what I mean. Plus, you may have extreme difficulty getting insurance etc. so that you could drive it (even assuming you live in an easy-to-register state).

I'm actually considering to buy a Honda Beat, and leaving it in Canada for 5-6 years and then bringing it in. I'm not really into messing with the feds and putting my cars/money at risk.
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