6 Reasons to Choose from to Validate Your Importation of a Car to Australia

The trend of importing a car is growing in Australia. It’s not an impossible thing to do; but, you’ll certainly have to do some legwork and prepare a lot of papers ready and also think on insurance.

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Although taking help of Dazmac Logistics for the importation process will make things a lot easier for you, learning about some basics will always be helpful. One of the most important among them is your reason for importation.

Is Your Reason for the Importation Justified?

This is probably the most vital factor you should take into consideration even before you take your importation process further.

There are a lot of reasons people import a car to Australia but all may not be appropriate when it comes to the Government.

Therefore, it’s better to figure out the answer at the start of the process.

At the time of application of vehicle import approval (VIA), there will be a question for you about under which ‘option’ you are applying for importation.

Following are the options of which only one or none may be applicable to your particular situation. Make sure you choose the most correct option; an attempt to falsify the rationality of your reason for car importation or keep it secret is a punishable offense under the Crimes Act 1914.

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1. Cars Manufactured before 1989

This option is for historic or classic cars that may not be compliant with today’s Australian car standards. This option may be used by car clubs and/or automobile enthusiasts.

2. Australian Plated Cars

This option applies to cars that were bought and registered originally within Australia but were eventually exported.

It enables those cars to be re-imported, after a holiday in a foreign country or expatriate’s job appointment.

3. Race or Rally

Under this option, you can import a race or rally vehicle in Australia.

You’ll have to provide an evidence, like confirmed participation in the event or sponsorship, through which it will be proved that the car will be used in a race and/or rally.

4. Special Purpose

Under this option, special purpose vehicles can be imported like heavy vehicles such as fire engines/garbage trucks/street sweepers etc.

But to be eligible under this option, the vehicle should be constructed as a non-standard automobile from the chassis up.

Standard van/truck chassis later modified with bolt on equipment are not eligible, because they can be given their original state or can return to the market as a mainstream automobile.

The option of special purpose vehicles is meant for allowing importation of vehicles for public works as well as other special purposes that may not otherwise fulfill the least Australian standards of safety and emission.

5. Non-road Vehicles

A range of vehicles are considered non-road vehicles; per se, they don’t need to be compliant with the Motor Vehicles Standards Regulations 1989 and the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989, which are meant for the regulation of importation of vehicles.

But, for those who want to bring non-road vehicles to the country, it’s advisable to apply for VIA under the non-road vehicles option so as to get customs clearance.

Vehicles falling into non-road category are:

  • Monster trucks
  • Go-karts
  • Mobility wheelchairs
  • Off-road motorcycles, including ATVs
  • Off-road self-balancing means of transportation such as Segways
  • Drag cars and race cars (formula 1)
  • Pocket bikes
  • Power-assisted pedal cycles/motorized scooters
  • Incomplete vehicles

NOTE: An automobile imported to Australia under the non-road reason for importation cannot be registered under on-road use.

6. New Vehicles (and Big Trailers) for On-road

New vehicles imported to Australia need Identification Plate Approval; this suits full volume manufacturers like Toyota or Audi.

Low volume import (25 to 100 cars per year) is restricted to those automobiles on the SEVs register.

Thus this option is good for registered automotive workshops that intend to import specialised automobiles to Australia. However, it also applies to those who want to import large trailers or towable caravans.

Thus, while importing cars from Japan to Australia with Dazmac Logistics or from any other country, you should have a valid reason for importation and then you can have a smooth process.