Because of different import laws, taxes and fuel prices every country has favourite makes and models on demand. Preferences can be older or new cars, with Diesel or petrol engines, automatic or manual gears. Canadians buy cars older than 15 years, buyers from USA ask for 25 year old cars, buyers from Paraguay prefer older Diesel cars and trucks. In most South American countries is no import of used cars allowed.
For the actual import rules of your country please ask your customs office or your local Chamber of Commerce.
Make sure to know all about the import law and import taxes to pay in your country before you buy a car abroad.
Cars made for the European market generally do not conform with U.S. / Canadian safety, bumper and emission standards. Therefore the cars must be converted when imported to these countries. The conversion work can not be done in Europe, and there are only a few importers and workshops in the U.S. that are specialized in and, most important, certified for the conversion of imported cars. However, the conversion work is different for every make and model.
Canada: Used vehicles acquired in foreign countries other than the U.S. are not designed, built, tested and certified to meet the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. However, it is possible to import cars that are older than 15 years to Canada without any conversion!
Canadian buyers should know most Germans take care of their cars and clean and service them regulary. Some are real mad and polish their car every week. But 15 years is a long time. We have much rain in Germany, snow and ice in the Wintertime. We have salt on the roads to melt the ice and that can cause bad corrosion.
Most 15 year old cars have been 15 years on the road and will show wear and tear. A perfect old car with low mileage will have it's price. I think it's the same in Canada.
Canadians seem to love older Volkswagen T3 or T4 Doublecab (DOKA), older Toyota Landcruiser (BJ; FJ ), VW LT, Mercedes G-Model (Gelandewagen), Mercedes staton wagon, BMW station, Westfalia campervan, Unimog, Volkswagen Syncro like Golf or T4. All must be Diesel.
I found an useful link with more information for Canadians who like to mport a used car. Look what I found!
Government of Canada:
Shipping to Canada:
Car carriers go from Bremerhaven to many North American ports. That are special designed auto transport ships for roll on / roll off transports. Cars must go through a German customs inspection first. After that your shipping agent will let you know where to drop the car at the freeport area.
Important: Every car has to be steamcleaned before you deliver it to the port! That is to avoid bringing in seeds or bugs from Europe to your country. Canadion customs will do a kind of agriculture inspection on used cars.
Your car must be completely unlodaed. Trunk and inside must be empty. No other goods, no personal things are allowed to go with the car!
A shipping rate will not include the handling charges in Canada. There will be port handling charges, agent fees, CFIA fee, maybe others... Depending on the size of your car, van or truck the shipping rate from Bremerhaven to Halifax will be approx. Euro 1.200 to Euro 1800. The Canadian port charges are approx. CAD 250 per vehicle.
I have shipped cars to clients from BC via Tacoma (seem to be complicated), in containers via Montreal (and train, expensive and complicated) and Halifax (long way to drive).
The import of used cars from Europe to USA will cause several problems:
Cars made for the European market generally do not conform with U.S. safety, bumper and emission standards. Therefore the cars must be converted when imported. The conversion work can not be done in Europe, and there are only a few importers and workshops in the U.S. that are specialized in and, most important, certified for the conversion of imported cars. However, the conversion work is different for every make and model.
Sometimes US citizens fly to Germany for vacation and find a nice M3, M5, Porsche or AMG. They buy it and have it shipped home. But the US customs don´t let the car in. They have to send the car back to Europe and lose a lot money... Make sure you learn all about importing cars to US before you buy your dreamcar! Call your customs office for more details.
Cars older than 25 years can be exported without conversion work. American seem to love older sport cars from Italy and Germany, and Unimog, Mercedes G-Wagon...
More information on importing used cars to USA and Canada, can be found on the following links:
Many people from Central- and South America are asking for used cars from Germany, but most countries there have a very strict import law which does not allow the import of used cars.
I have exported brand-new cars to Argentina and Brazil, oldtimers to Uruguay, trucks and machinery to Chile and Bolivia and many used Mercedes Diesel to Paraguay (max. 10 years old).
If you want me as your supplier for a used German car, if you want further information about German cars, if you need a partner in the German market, please contact me by email: