Aussie Muscle car fans: REJOICE

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  1. Gordon_4

    Gordon_4 The Big Engine

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    Keiichitron Not a physicist, dammit

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    can't you just import a left-hand drive one yourself and not bother with paying them to conver it? are is there some legal issue that requires Aussie cars to be RHD? i'm not familiar with the laws and such.
     
  3. Gordon_4

    Gordon_4 The Big Engine

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    I'm no expert, but these two links may detail some of the hoops you'd be jumping through to do just that:

    importing a motor vehicle - Importing a Motor Vehicle.

    Bringing Your Car to Australia - Australian Automobile Association - Registering to drive left hand drive vehicles


    Now, money is the big thing so I cheated a bit and used the ZIP code for Wall Street in New York to build a Camaro that I would like to drive, basically I went to the top end SS

    Net in US Dollars: $36,365

    Now converted to Australian Dollars: 45,160.40

    The duty payable is 10%xCost so 45,160.40x0.10 = 4516.04

    Transport and Insurance, say, $4,500

    Now is where it gets really fun

    Current cost it: 54,176.44 for a Camaro

    Tax = 54,176.44x0.10 = 5417.65

    Sub total = $59,595.10AUS

    LCT: 59,595.10 - 57,180 = 2415.10

    LCT Payable: 2415.10x(11x0.33) = 8766.81

    So in total, I'd be looking at 45,160.40 for the car, trimmed how I want it and then I add Duty (4516.04), Transport cost (4,500 as a ballpark figure) Goods and Services Tax (5417.65) and LCT (8766.81)

    So for a car that costs in the USA approximately $32,000 I would pay: $68,361.91
     
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    Gordon_4 The Big Engine

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    UPDATE:

    Performax got back to me with the pricing for the SS version the Camaro in Australia: its not looking pretty Aussie Muscle fans.


    Although to be fair a lot of that extra cost would go towards converting the vehicle from LHD to RHD and some other compliance testing, given my shakey formula still comes in at 50% or so of that cost, is it more worth it to just import the vehicle?
     
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    Keiichitron Not a physicist, dammit

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    i would say it's worth it, unless Performax has exclusive rights to import the car, then you might run into legal trouble importing one other than through them.
     
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    Gordon_4 The Big Engine

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    If that's the case, screw them, I'll just get a Dodge Challeneger SRT instead. Much nicer looking car.
     
  7. Drake

    Drake Smooth Is Smooth Baby

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    I'de rather have one of the FPV Falcons.
     
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    yeah I gotta say if I lived in OZ I'd be all over their domestic cars like a Commodore as they both share the same chassis... but then even I have to say if I had the moneyz I'd be ordering a new camaro
     
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    chrisr291 Master of the Unknown

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    pass...... 150 for a chevy? HELL NO
     
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    I'm quite sure he means Australian dollars not US
     
  11. Gordon_4

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    I do indeed mean Aus dollars. And thats after the thing has been converted from left to right hand drive. And all the rebuilding that will entail.
     

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