Vehicle Importing By The Numbers

I’ve just returned from the PA Auto Tag place. I immediately had to turn in the Title that I had waited so long for, and I don’t even get it back. I did however get my pink slip. Now all I have to do is wait for the car to be delivered an the plate to arrive! The guy seemed surprised that I had all of the paperwork ready to go (props to The Actual RootWyrm). He was also surprised to see that I had the title already translated. I translated it originally just because I was curious, then a few Oppos mentioned that I might need it for the state DMV, and I did! So thanks!

I thought some of you might be interested in the breakdown of the cost to get a vehicle from Europe to East Coast USA. So here it is

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Shipping for the title - $32

Pickup and shipping from Beesd, Netherlands - $1,494.92

Import fees (customs bond, filing fees, duty, delivery) - $1384.76

PENNDOT fees (Tax, title, tag, registration) - $1205

Grand total - $4,116.68

Before this all started I guessed $4k omitting tax, and duty. So I think I made out well.

Things of note:

Shipping was on a RoRo carrier, container shipping would have been more expensive.

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Beesd is close to Amsterdam where they do a lot of shipping, so I’m guessing this deducted a significant amount from the cost.

Chances are that you could save some money stateside if you DIY, but I wouldn’t if I do it again. It was around $750 to have someone else file the paperwork and deliver the car, that’s a steal to me. It would have to cost double that for me to consider doing it myself.

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Looking back, the process was easy overall. The lack of experience and level of anxiety made it difficult for me. It will be much easier next time.

Now it’s a race to see what arrives first, the car or the license plate. I’m suspecting the car, but at least I’ve got a head start on the plate. I’ll be driving it around the neighborhood either way;)

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Happy Friday and Happy Holidays!

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