Frequently Asked Questions

Importing your car into Australia is simplified for our customers by our “full and complete solutions service”, which includes everything required from shipping, to delivering your car to you fully registered and compliant. Your car will be ready for you to drive away with your compliance certificate and road tax included.

We have an easy step by step guide for the services that we offer, we carry out any modifications as might be required at our own friendly and family run workshop which is fully licensed and approved by the relevant government departments.

We have organised the questions that our customers frequently ask us into categories to help you understand the different steps that you need to take to comply and register your imported vehicle in Australia.

By clicking on the tabs below you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions. Please contact us for further information or any queriers that you may have.

Bringing your car to Australia is not as expensive as you may think!

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Import tax and GST for imported vehicles

When importing your vehicle to Australia you will be required to pay import tax and GST (goods and services tax) to Australia to Australian customs.

Different rates apply.

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Luxury car tax (LCT)

LCT (Luxury Car Tax) applies to road vehicles (except motor cycles or similar vehicles) that are:

  • designed to carry a load of less than two tonnes and fewer than nine passengers; and
  • above a certain value; (2013/14 above $60,316 any car, or $75,375 for Fuel Efficient Vehicles [FEV] using 7ltr per 100km or less [40 mpg or better] in combined cycle) e.g. BMW 520d 5.6 ltr per 100km,  BMW520i 6.8ltr per 100km,  BMW 530d 5.8 ltr per 100km *

The definition of a road vehicle for LCT purposes includes limousines regardless of the passenger carrying capacity.  The value above which the LCT becomes payable is the LCT threshold. The LCT threshold is a GST inclusive value which, for the 2013/14 financial year, is set at $60,316.

(NB: Customs Value can be an amount less than the LCT threshold figure, as shown in the example below).

The LCT rate is 33 % (commencing 1 July 2008, prior to that date the rate was 25%).  While the LCT threshold is GST-inclusive, LCT is only payable on the GST-exclusive amount which exceeds the threshold value.

e.g. Car valued @ $80,000 combined 7 ltr per 100km, or less – LCT = $1526.25

Car valued @ $80,000 combined cycle above 7ltr per 100km – LCT = $6495.72

Combined cycle = Urban & Open Road

* Source BMW.ie  November 2013

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Importing left hand drive

You may import your left hand drive (LHD) vehicle into Australia within the following parameters:

  • You vehicle may remain a LHD provided it is 30 years or older from date of manufacture
  • Your vehicle would have to be converted to RHD for use on Australian roads if less than 30 years old
  • We can make your vehicle compliant* and provide a roadworthy certificate
  • It can be well worthwhile bringing a “classic” 30 year old LHD car to Australia from Europe or the USA

 

* Please note that we do not provide a conversion service from LHD to RHD

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Importing left hand drive

You may import your left hand drive (LHD) vehicle into Australia within the following parameters:

  • You vehicle may remain a LHD provided it is 30 years or older from date of manufacture
  • Your vehicle would have to be converted to RHD for use on Australian roads if less than 30 years old
  • We can make your vehicle compliant* and provide a roadworthy certificate
  • It can be well worthwhile bringing a “classic” 30 year old LHD car to Australia from Europe or the USA

 

* Please note that we do not provide a conversion service from LHD to RHD

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Air conditionning re gas

To pass a Queensland safety certificate (required in order for the vehicle to be registered on Australian roads), the air conditioning / climate control system must be fully operational.

In Australia, R134A gas is the only acceptable gas. R134A is however, widely used in cars that are less than 10 years old in Europe.

Bring My Car To Australia will manage the re-gassing of your air conditioner, should it be required.

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Child restraint anchorage points

Australian Design Rules (ADR) have very specific requirements with regards to child restraints and anchor point.
Your car may already have them, however, you car will have to be assessed to make sure they meet ADR standards so that your vehicle can become compliant.                   We have found most European cars already comply, but if there is a modification required, it is all part of our service to you.
This requirement needs to be met whether you have children or not.

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Vehicle import approval

In order to import your vehicle to Australia you need to obtain a vehicle import approval.

Mandatory criteria apply with regards to

  • Ownership of the vehicle (must have owned the vehicle [within the family] for at least twelve months)
  • Must have had the free use of the vehicle for the past twelve months
  • Visa or citizenship requirements (either or)
  • Date of application Age of applicants
  • Limit of 1 vehicle every 5 years

You will find more information here: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/imports/import_options/pis.aspx and here: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/vehicle_regulation/bulletin/importing_vehicles/general/pdf/VSB10_info_brochure_july_2011.pdf

The import approval form is located here: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/imports/application_forms.aspx#io1

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Import tax and GST for imported vehicles

When importing your vehicle to Australia you will be required to pay import tax and GST (goods and services tax) to Australia to Australian customs.

Different rates apply.

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Luxury car tax (LCT)

LCT (Luxury Car Tax) applies to road vehicles (except motor cycles or similar vehicles) that are:

  • designed to carry a load of less than two tonnes and fewer than nine passengers; and
  • above a certain value; (2013/14 above $60,316 any car, or $75,375 for Fuel Efficient Vehicles [FEV] using 7ltr per 100km or less [40 mpg or better] in combined cycle) e.g. BMW 520d 5.6 ltr per 100km,  BMW520i 6.8ltr per 100km,  BMW 530d 5.8 ltr per 100km *

The definition of a road vehicle for LCT purposes includes limousines regardless of the passenger carrying capacity.  The value above which the LCT becomes payable is the LCT threshold. The LCT threshold is a GST inclusive value which, for the 2013/14 financial year, is set at $60,316.

(NB: Customs Value can be an amount less than the LCT threshold figure, as shown in the example below).

The LCT rate is 33 % (commencing 1 July 2008, prior to that date the rate was 25%).  While the LCT threshold is GST-inclusive, LCT is only payable on the GST-exclusive amount which exceeds the threshold value.

e.g. Car valued @ $80,000 combined 7 ltr per 100km, or less – LCT = $1526.25

Car valued @ $80,000 combined cycle above 7ltr per 100km – LCT = $6495.72

Combined cycle = Urban & Open Road

* Source BMW.ie  November 2013

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Australian Design Rules (ADR)

The Australian Federal government has set some specific, national standards with regards to vehicle safety, anti-theft and emissions. These rules are called Australian Design Rules (ADR).

ADRs are performance based and cover issues such as occupant protection, structures, lighting, noise, engine exhaust emissions, braking and other items.

If you wish to drive your imported car on Australian Roads, your car (or any vehicle, such as motorbike, caravan, RV, trailer, you name it) will need to comply to the Australian Design Rules. As these rules are specific to Australia, imported cars need to be complied to these rules.
This is what Bring My Car To Australia does for you as part of their fully managed service once your vehicle arrives in our workshop.

Once the car is complied to ADR, it can apply for a Niddire* name plate, pass the roadworthy inspection and get registered to be driven on Australian roads.

*Niddire is the company that we apply to for your import plate, which we then attach to your vehicle

 

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How long does it take?

Once your vehicle is received in our workshop we will contact you to advise of arrival. It’s all systems go from this point as we realise you have been patiently waiting on your vehicle to arrive in Australia.

The first step is to complete a safety inspection for roadworthy, this is completed by our onsite Mechanic.

Second – will will contact our Mechanical Engineer to attend to inspect to ensure your vehicle is compliant (meets Australian Design Rules)

As long as there are no roadworthy or compliance requirements we will send your documents off to Niddrie in Victoria to provide us with your Import Plate, the turnaround time on this can vary anywhere between three to five business days.

Once your Import plate is received we secure it to your vehicle, complete your registration paperwork and deliver your vehicle to Qld Transport for inspection. Qld Transport will ensure your vehicle is entered into their system and complete their own inspection – if your vehicle passes their requirements we register your vehicle for six months (unless you advise us you would prefer 12 mths) return to our workshop, secure the plates and let you know it is ready for pick up.

From start to finish this process can be completed anywhere between five to seven business days (if all is straightforward)

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Qld Registrations Need a Qld Address

Bring My Car To Australia can can register your vehicle in Qld for six or twelve months. The registration document filled out and delivered to Qld Transport (along with your vehicle) for inspection requires a Qld address.

Showing you have a Qld address can be done by holding a valid Qld drivers licence or  by a CRN (Customer Reference Number). The CRN can be obtained by visiting a Qld Transport Department  and asking for a CRN.

One can obtain a CRN with a European licence.

You can obtain a QLD driving licence with your full European / UK / IRL licence. QLD transport allow you to keep your EU licence.

NOTE# a copy of your Qld Driver Licence or CRN is taken to Qld Transport when registering your vehicle.

 

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