Hey Lifehacker, I've been living in Australia for the last three years but I still have a car in New Zealand that I'd like to hang onto. My brother (who still lives over there) has been taking care of it and I still make use of it whenever I head back there on holiday. However, he is looking to move here to Australia next year so he won't be able to take care of the car any longer. I've been weighing up my options and even considering the idea of having it shipped over here to Brisbane. What things do I need to consider and is it worth it? Cheers, Stuck In A Rut
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Without knowing the make or model of your car this is a difficult question to answer. Generally speaking, you're usually better off selling the car and putting the proceeds towards a new set of wheels in Australia.
In addition to the shipping costs there are a multitude of additional fees that importers often have to stump up for, including permit applications, customs duties, quarantine inspections, modification costs, State or Territory registration, insurance — the list goes on and on.
The effort and expense involved is really only worth it if the vehicle has a significant value attached to it (we're assuming your car doesn't fit this bill or you probably would have mentioned it; if only for bragging purposes).
That said, we'd love to hear from any readers who have attempted to import a vehicle from overseas: how did you find the process and was the expense worthwhile? Let SIAR know in the comments section below.
You can also find additional information at the Australian Government's Department of Infrastructure and Transport website which includes an Importing Vehicles into Australia section.
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