Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > USA
Reload this Page >

Shipping a US car BACK to the US

Shipping a US car BACK to the US

Old Feb 5th 2012, 11:47 pm
  #1  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 8
Lalanda is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Shipping a US car BACK to the US

Hi,

two years ago I shipped my car which I purchased in the US to the UK. I had it adjusted and licensed to run here.

Now I'm moving back to the US. I can't afford a new car. Would it be impractical to ship my car back to the US? What kind of hoops do I have to jump through, and roughly how expensive are they?

Thanks.
Lalanda is offline  
Old Feb 6th 2012, 6:06 am
  #2  
Account Closed
 
Joined: Aug 2002
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 38,867
ian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Shipping a US car BACK to the US

Originally Posted by Lalanda View Post
Would it be impractical to ship my car back to the US?
Yes. Sell the car.


I can't afford a new car.
Buy a used one with the money you get from the sale.

Ian
ian-mstm is offline  
Old Feb 6th 2012, 11:34 am
  #3  
BE Forum Addict
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Rural Virginia
Posts: 1,021
ottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Shipping a US car BACK to the US

A specialist car carrier like Wallenius Willhemson should do roll on roll off for around $1200 to the East Coast depending on the size of the car. As long as all the stickers are in place and as the car was sold in the US there should be no issues. It would need to be steam cleaned as if any dirt is found they will charge you around $600 to clean it or maybe send it back. Never leave any docs in the car and keep a spare set of keys. You can not put anything in the car. If you have a title you can get plates and drive it out of the docks. I have done that before although it would not be state inspected.
ottotheboar is offline  
Old Feb 6th 2012, 1:01 pm
  #4  
BE Enthusiast
 
Awesome Welles's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Belle Isle, Florida
Posts: 594
Awesome Welles has a reputation beyond reputeAwesome Welles has a reputation beyond reputeAwesome Welles has a reputation beyond reputeAwesome Welles has a reputation beyond reputeAwesome Welles has a reputation beyond reputeAwesome Welles has a reputation beyond reputeAwesome Welles has a reputation beyond reputeAwesome Welles has a reputation beyond reputeAwesome Welles has a reputation beyond reputeAwesome Welles has a reputation beyond reputeAwesome Welles has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Shipping a US car BACK to the US

I would say totally dependent on the value of the car.
I've re-imported a US built car too - very simple.
Awesome Welles is offline  
Old Feb 6th 2012, 10:12 pm
  #5  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 8
Lalanda is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Shipping a US car BACK to the US

Thanks for the responses.

It's a 5 year old Mini Cooper S. Not sure how much I'd get for it here in UK. It's left hand drive, etc. Would the value be similar to the Kelly Blue Book price?

What stickers would I need to be in place?

I read something about the steam clean. I can probably sort that out. Not sure where though.

I have the old title and the old bill of sale.

Would I be paying duty on it? How can I apply for plates?

Are there any unexpected steps/charges? Do I have to have the car reconverted for the US, headlights, etc.? Anyone have any good sites which explain the steps?

Really appreciate this.
Lalanda is offline  
Old Feb 6th 2012, 10:21 pm
  #6  
BE Commentator
 
S Folinsky's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: Los Angeles, California
Posts: 7,270
S Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Shipping a US car BACK to the US

I would use Edmunds.com "true value" to determine the sale price. KBB is based upon asking prices and tends to be on the high side.
S Folinsky is offline  
Old Feb 6th 2012, 10:30 pm
  #7  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 8
Lalanda is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Shipping a US car BACK to the US

Edmunds. Ok. Do you know if I'd pay duty based on the Edmunds price?

EDIT - Edmunds price is about $14,500.

Last edited by Lalanda; Feb 6th 2012 at 10:38 pm.
Lalanda is offline  
Old Feb 7th 2012, 12:13 am
  #8  
BE Commentator
 
S Folinsky's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: Los Angeles, California
Posts: 7,270
S Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond reputeS Folinsky has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Shipping a US car BACK to the US

Originally Posted by Lalanda View Post
Edmunds. Ok. Do you know if I'd pay duty based on the Edmunds price?

EDIT - Edmunds price is about $14,500.
I have no idea -- do remember that it is a used car which was already imported into the US.
S Folinsky is offline  
Old Feb 7th 2012, 12:48 am
  #9  
BE Forum Addict
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Rural Virginia
Posts: 1,021
ottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Shipping a US car BACK to the US

I do not see how you would pay duty on a car sold in America and then exported. Take the title to the DMV and apply for plates, you may need proof or insurance but it is very easy. The lights need to be switched or you will blind everyone but to be honest I have had cars pass inspection with UK lights.
ottotheboar is offline  
Old Feb 7th 2012, 9:42 pm
  #10  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 8
Lalanda is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Shipping a US car BACK to the US

So as far as I can work it out, here are the steps and fees of importing a US car back into the US.

1) Contact a specialised vehicle shipper.

Cost: Price of shipping.

2) Get bottom of car steam cleaned.

Cost: Price of cleaning.

3) Take title and proof of insurance to DMV.

Cost: Registration and plates. Insurance.

4) Collect car at other end.

Cost: None. No duty to be paid.

5) Get car passed for licensing. (Wouldn't this have to happen before plates?).

Cost: Vehicle test.

6) Potentially have to adjust headlights.

Cost: installing new headlights.


Does that seem comprehensive? Anything I've missed? Any recommendations on companies, etc.?
Lalanda is offline  
Old Feb 7th 2012, 10:11 pm
  #11  
BE Forum Addict
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: US
Posts: 4,224
cheers has a reputation beyond reputecheers has a reputation beyond reputecheers has a reputation beyond reputecheers has a reputation beyond reputecheers has a reputation beyond reputecheers has a reputation beyond reputecheers has a reputation beyond reputecheers has a reputation beyond reputecheers has a reputation beyond reputecheers has a reputation beyond reputecheers has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Shipping a US car BACK to the US

Originally Posted by Lalanda View Post
So as far as I can work it out, here are the steps and fees of importing a US car back into the US.



3) Take title and proof of insurance to DMV.

Cost: Registration and plates. Insurance.

4) Collect car at other end.

Cost: None. No duty to be paid.

5) Get car passed for licensing. (Wouldn't this have to happen before plates?).

Cost: Vehicle test.

Does that seem comprehensive? Anything I've missed? Any recommendations on companies, etc.?
I think you will have to collect the car first and take it to the DMV to have the identification number checked before you can register it.

You say its a US car made in the UK but it was imported previously so they are going to have to check that out, however, you say you have the original title so that should make things simpler.

Assume that bringing the car back in will be difficult and you won't be disappointed.
If you think back to when you took the car to Europe it was difficult I would think.
cheers is offline  
Old Feb 8th 2012, 1:29 am
  #12  
BE Forum Addict
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Rural Virginia
Posts: 1,021
ottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Shipping a US car BACK to the US

Originally Posted by Lalanda View Post
So as far as I can work it out, here are the steps and fees of importing a US car back into the US.

1) Contact a specialised vehicle shipper.

Cost: Price of shipping.

2) Get bottom of car steam cleaned.

Cost: Price of cleaning.

3) Take title and proof of insurance to DMV.

Cost: Registration and plates. Insurance.

4) Collect car at other end.

Cost: None. No duty to be paid.

5) Get car passed for licensing. (Wouldn't this have to happen before plates?).

Cost: Vehicle test.

6) Potentially have to adjust headlights.

Cost: installing new headlights.


Does that seem comprehensive? Anything I've missed? Any recommendations on companies, etc.?
When you say "get the car passed for licensing" do you mean state inspection ?. This is not connected to the DMV in Virginia you can get plates and tags wthout it. I would not make a big deal about the car being overseas for 2 years it is a road legal US spec vehicle the DMV can make mountains out of molehills . Google Wallenius Willhelmson in the UK and ask their rates, they will ususally clean the car in the docks.
ottotheboar is offline  
Old Feb 10th 2012, 2:13 pm
  #13  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 8
Lalanda is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Shipping a US car BACK to the US

Hi Guys,

I found this piece of information. It may be useful for people in the future.

"Re-Importing A Previously Exported Vehicle
A vehicle taken from the United States for non-commercial, private use may be returned duty free by proving to U.S. Customs that it was previously owned and registered in the United States. This proof may be a state-issued registration card for the automobile or a bill of sale for the car from a U.S. dealer. Repairs or accessories acquired abroad for your vehicle must be declared on your return and may be subject to duty."
Lalanda is offline  
Old Feb 10th 2012, 2:48 pm
  #14  
Account Closed
 
Joined: Aug 2002
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 38,867
ian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Shipping a US car BACK to the US

Originally Posted by Lalanda View Post
I had it adjusted and licensed to run here.
How was your car "adjusted"?

Ian
ian-mstm is offline  
Old Feb 10th 2012, 6:55 pm
  #15  
BE Forum Addict
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Rural Virginia
Posts: 1,021
ottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond reputeottotheboar has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Shipping a US car BACK to the US

Originally Posted by Lalanda View Post
Hi Guys,

I found this piece of information. It may be useful for people in the future.

"Re-Importing A Previously Exported Vehicle
A vehicle taken from the United States for non-commercial, private use may be returned duty free by proving to U.S. Customs that it was previously owned and registered in the United States. This proof may be a state-issued registration card for the automobile or a bill of sale for the car from a U.S. dealer. Repairs or accessories acquired abroad for your vehicle must be declared on your return and may be subject to duty."
Do not start quoting customs regulations to an officer. This is a sure fire way to irritate them. If you are are bringing in a US spec Mini with rhd lights they should have little or no interest. They love documentation have copies of the title bill of sale and any other documents you may have at hand. They are far more interested in someone taking a new 2012 non compliant vehicle and doing a re-vin with a 25 year old MOT failure to sneak it in. The more simple you keep it the better.
ottotheboar is offline  

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.