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How much do you have to pay for the delivery to the US if you do take european delivery. Also is there anything different in the cars they make for the US than what they make for european markets??? I mean the right hand drive...left hand drive thingy.....isnt that a problem???
We drive on the right side here in Germany. If you order one that is going back to the states, you just get a US-spec one. If you are in the military, you do not have to pay for your vehicle to come back, but if you aren't in the military, or don't rate a vehicle move, it will cost you about $1500. The european ones have different headlights I think, and the emissions might be different, but I'm not sure.
I don't know if they make right hand drive ones. But you only need it in the UK, Japan, China, places like that.
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Originally posted by 2001BMW325xi@May 5 2005, 09:58 AM How much do you have to pay for the delivery to the US if you do take european delivery. Also is there anything different in the cars they make for the US than what they make for european markets??? I mean the right hand drive...left hand drive thingy.....isnt that a problem???
It's a dealer option. You take delivery of the car they were going to ship you in the US, in Germany. There are no modifications needed to the car to make it DOT, EPA, etc. legal since it is already a US spec car.
I'm not sure, but I think it only adds a couple grand to the purchase price for the package. A friend of mine did this with his M3, but I never really talked to him about the money. I do know his car got held up for a couple of days at customs for some reason, but it didn't cost him anything.
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When I spoke to my salesman at the dealer about European Devlivery, he indicated that most of the time there is savings over taking delivery at the dealership. He said most people save enough to cover the price of the airfare. Granted I was told this 7 years ago when I bought my 94 325i.
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Hey guys I did the euro thing in 2000 right before I moved back to the states (Wuerzburg), and it cost me about $800 to ship it via Cargo ship. However, when I picked it up I had to pay an additional $600 for import tax because I had never driven it prior to shipping it.
The US spec cars DO have different headlight restrictions, they are not angle the same for oncoming traffic and a little less power (non-xenon). The windshields are not safety glass as we know it in the states there are laws that require it to take so much pressure. They have impact (5 mph) bumpers that absorb impact, another federal law. I have never paid attention to the length but I would imagine it could be longer because there are shocks in the bumper. The speedometer of course is in MPH instead of KPH. The real biggie for customs and environmental agencies....THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER. There is no restriction in Europe for this but it does reduce performance output, although I'm not sure how much. Also the US has laws for car seats to fit in late models, so expect to pay if you get one converted.
The savings that you think you get is based on MSRP. I hope no one here paid that and think they got a good deal. You can always throw around numbers and stats to make things that are not "free" seem "free". When I purchase my 3 in 2000 the MRSP was 31K in the US and I paid 23,800 for it plus the shipping and import tax. I guess they could have added $4000 to the list, paid for my shipping and tax, plus buffed the dealers pocket and made it seem like a very sweet deal for me to come and get it.
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