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Thread: Very sorry, another car import question

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2011

    Default Very sorry, another car import question

    I and i'm sorry but i'm confused, we are looking at importing our car we are coming over on LTBV and are bringing a 40' container with our goods and our car, we aren't going to be there for 8 months, house to sell, kids exams at school but (and i'm not sure we can do this) we have a landrover discovery 2004 that we are bringing,

    my thoughts are this,

    should we renew our car now, maybe buy a newer Discovery with less miles or a different type of 4 x 4

    the thing is am I right to think that some cars are not as welcome to import as others?

    does it depend on where they are built?

    I had heard/read something about this and the next question how do I find out where a car is built.

    Do I have time to replace our car and avoid any added costs?

    Again sorry if anyone has already gone over this but I am well confused!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008


    Here's the official government information on this.

    Among other points, you'll see that you need to have personally owned the vehicle for 12 months, so you can stop considering a change at this point - it wouldn't work.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Manchester > Now Tauranga


    (you could import a car you've owned for less than 12 months, but it would be liable for GST at 15%).

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    North Canterbury, New Zealand


    I don't think you would have any problems with a late model 4x4. Cars with a separate chassis come under a different class as far as collision standards go. They give a pretty thorough going over on import and are quite terrified of any signs of rust. Other things that you may and up doing are replacing disc brakes and fitting a high level brake light.

    You need a receipt that says you purchased it over a year ago.

    There are plenty of LR Discoveries here.

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