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    hi all,

    This question is primarily regarding certifying the vehicle for use in NZ.

    Hubby has a 2000 BMW R1150 R motorcycle, which he isn't sure whether to ship or sell. Our major query at the moment is whether a near-10 year old vehicle will pass the emissions test.

    I've read through various stuff, but it's a little mind-boggling. Maybe he should just convince a MOT centre to measure the exhaust fumes like the do for cars, just to see where it sits!

    Anyway, can anyone offer an insight, please? I can see many threads asking about importing a vehicle, but nothing about this end of the process.

    ta muchly, Soph


    P.S. The info sheets so far are..

    http://www.landtransport.govt.nz/factsheets/44.html
    http://www.landtransport.govt.nz/factsheets/44a.html
    http://www.landtransport.govt.nz/rul...ions-2007.html

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    I am watching this thread eagerly. I tried asking questions about importing a motorcycle (ours from the US) and got nothing. Hopefully, someone has some info????

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    can you just take the details to a friendly garage and ask them to test it and see if it passes, i used to live near a garage that would have done a test like that for about 5.

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    I am worried about getting it all the way here and can't get it on the road. I see vehicles on Tradme all the time that are fine but can't be put on the road.
    Which would be awful to spend $$$ to get it here and not get it WOFd and regod.

    I was hoping that someone who has actually imported a motorcycle will pop up with advice. And costs.

    Sophiedb--what do you estimate it is going to cost to get it here and on the road? (assuming no problems with emissions etc)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flutterby View Post
    can you just take the details to a friendly garage and ask them to test it and see if it passes, i used to live near a garage that would have done a test like that for about 5.
    Our car is due an MOT by Christmas, so I was thinking of asking that garage (a local one run by friend of a friend) to have a look there. The awkward part is figuring out what the limits NZ will require re, as some of the info seems to refer to other documents that aren't linked in.

    Hmm.. maybe we could contact a BMW bike dealership in NZ and ask them?? He wants to upgrade to an RT someday, and would most likely get it serviced at a franchised branch to keep the history looking sparkly. Owners club might be able to help too.


    Quote Originally Posted by GrumpyGoat
    Sophiedb--what do you estimate it is going to cost to get it here and on the road? (assuming no problems with emissions etc)
    One of the factsheets had this info:

    What are the costs involved in the entire process?

    The costs are set by the individual organisations that carry out the work. It is currently estimated that the total cost for a vehicle to undergo the quarantine inspection and border check, clear Customs, be issued with a VIN, be certified for registration and be registered and licensed is approximately NZ$800 to NZ$1000. This does not include the goods and services tax (GST) of 12.5 percent payable to New Zealand Customs on the value of the vehicle, or the cost of any repairs or repair certification.

    Immigrants arriving for the first time in New Zealand may be able to import a vehicle without paying GST if they satisfy the New Zealand Customs Service that they're taking up permanent residence, have owned and used the vehicle for at least one year and agree that they will continue to use the vehicle for at least two years.

    Entry certifiers charge different rates, but an indicative cost to have a vehicle issued with a VIN and certified for registration purposes is NZ$350.
    Repairers, repair certifiers and LVV certifiers also charge different rates and their costs will depend on the work required for each vehicle.
    The costs for registration and licensing vary according to vehicle type, engine size, the period of the licence (ie six or 12 months) and what the vehicle will be used for. A full schedule of these costs is available from the NZTA. Call our motor vehicle registration contact centre on 0800 108 809.
    From that I guesstimate NZ$1200-1500 for that part, but we'll have to see!

    Then there's insurance, ACC, bleh... prob need to do a proper calc, but thanks to the recession hubby is going to lose more than that if he sells it here. He recently tried a "Best Offer" run on eBay and the sole offer was 1000 lower than the reserve! And he's already added topbox, panniers, hand guards, yadda yadda, because that's what he rides to work every day, all year round.

    We're shipping over a near-container worth of stuff anyway, so chances are if we do bring it hubby will talk to the shippers and make a box up himself.

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    I have seen their estimate but I just don't know if I trust it. I wish someone who has actually done this would give some real world numbers.

    I am curious how picky they are and what kinds of repairs might be needed. And I guess there is no way to anticipate what those might be.

    I hate to think that we pay to ship this motorcycle here and then are faced with thousands and thousands to get it on the road. You really have no options once you are in that situation except to pay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sophiedb View Post
    hi all,

    This question is primarily regarding certifying the vehicle for use in NZ.

    Hubby has a 2000 BMW R1150 R motorcycle, which he isn't sure whether to ship or sell. Our major query at the moment is whether a near-10 year old vehicle will pass the emissions test.

    I've read through various stuff, but it's a little mind-boggling. Maybe he should just convince a MOT centre to measure the exhaust fumes like the do for cars, just to see where it sits!

    Anyway, can anyone offer an insight, please? I can see many threads asking about importing a vehicle, but nothing about this end of the process.

    ta muchly, Soph


    P.S. The info sheets so far are..

    http://www.landtransport.govt.nz/factsheets/44.html
    http://www.landtransport.govt.nz/factsheets/44a.html
    http://www.landtransport.govt.nz/rul...ions-2007.html
    Are you sure you actually need to worry about an emission test for a motor cycle. This document lists the standards you need to comply to and for a 2000 motorbike it looks like you just need indicators and a reflector!

    http://www.landtransport.govt.nz/pub...heet-1-10.html

    The flow chart in this emissions document also seems to exclude motorcycles:

    http://www.landtransport.govt.nz/pub...heet-2-08.html

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