This was impossible for me when I was looking for someone to do a PPI on a modern Porsche. Zero recommendations from the online community and most individuals were unwilling to do anything due to covid. Doesn’t help that I don’t speak German.
Importer should have everything you need. They can be pricey, but it’s not much more than just hiring a shipping company and doing it all yourself.
I recommend using Transglobal shippers. That’s the company I’m using and they’re one of the primary contractors used by Us government for shipping US military private vehicles overseas. They have lots of experience with these processes and can tell you what documentation you’ll need.
Buying the car would be your problem, they won’t help you with that. This is the advantage of using an importer.
I should also say boats leave about once every 5 to 6 weeks. I booked my car for shipment four days ago and next ship leaves port on 2 April. Give yourself 3 to 5 months from time you find a car to time you actually receive it at customs.
The entire process im following is exporting to Germany from the US. What is IDP?
It’s pretty straight forward. I needed six copies of five documents and that was about it. I am registering the car under US Military plates in Germany so I do not pay tariffs, taxes, and only the import fees. It wasn’t bad, all in I’m at 2200 for the import fees, inland shipping to and from the ports and the roll on/roll off shipping.
It hasn’t affected much of the logistics part because cargo can be secured and contained from covid and there isn’t a lot of people involved in the process.
I’m only referring to getting people to check out cars for you and doing inspections. You’ll either need someone who speaks German or an importer to help you out.
Expect Germans to work very slowly and be semi-responsive. They’re very by the book and get uncomfortable when asked to deviate from how they usually do things. They also tend to have prejudices against non-German speakers.
With that being said, I’ve found Germans to have the best used cars in the European used car market. Italy/Romania was the worst.
I see. I know a couple people that speak fluently, but they’re all in the US. Maybe I’ll have to convince them to come overseas with me.
I’ve also heard that Germany has great used cars. That’s part of the reason I was thinking about importing from there. I found a couple of listings in Germany for the specific car I’m looking for, and they are all in immaculate condition (from what I can tell).
There’s no reason why you can’t buy a car remotely. That’s what I did.
No reason you should ever have to put pants on, especially to travel in a pandemic. I would not travel to Germany right now. They are struggling to identify the best way to lift restrictions. Right now, it’s a massive PITA.
The good news is that posted prices at dealerships tend to be “Brutto” which is out the door, effectively and inclusive of the 16.5% (temporarily until return to 19%) so the price you see is the price you pay and I haven’t seen too many hidden fees or dealer games with pricing.
If you’re buying a collector’s quality car like that then I think a simple inspection would suffice. I understand wanting to go see it, but right now Germany is only really allowing business people to enter and stay in hotels.
Since you’re in no rush, I would just wait until covid restrictions lift later in the summer to simplify the travels.
Also, the euro and dollar conversion is pretty terrible. I’ve been getting bent over on it for a few months now. If you don’t have to buy anytime soon, just keep an eye on the conversion so you’re not unnecessarily losing money.
This is so nice. I’ve been back and forth between buying one that’s collector’s quality and one that I can work on, but as max_g said, there’s such a small amount of parts available for older Audis like this.
I trade in the foreign exchange markets on the side, so I’ve been watching the exchange rates religiously. Once I see a good opportunity, I planned on transferring my money to Euro so it’s ready when I end up buying. The exchange rate has been awful for a while now unfortunately.