Before committing to purchasing or shipping your car, please ensure you have taken into account all of the below points. If you can’t provide one of these documents then please contact us to discuss before committing to purchase your car. As some of these are pre-requests to importing, and without them you can’t import your car.
Whilst on road compliance is outside our service, we’ll gladly assist with introductions to reputable compliance centres. Contact us for more information.
First check the car you wish to import was manufactured to meet approved safety and emissions standards. This depends on the class of vehicle, date of manufacture and the country from which the vehicle is being imported. To find out more information please visit the New Zealand Transport Agency.
In New Zealand you can import any car you wish without restriction, but it does not mean you will be able to drive it on New Zealand roads. For example you can import a classic car that is in no condition to drive, and just store, or have in your collection. If you wanted to drive that car on the road, then you would need to go through the Entry Certification process.
Have you taken into account GST?
It depends on your criteria: is this a new purchase or something you class as a personal effect?
New purchase: GST of 15% is payable on the landed value, which is the value of the vehicle plus freight and insurance, otherwise known as the CIF price.
Personal Effects - GST Exemption: In some cases you may be exempt from paying GST, you will need to meet all the following conditions:
MPI / Quarantine requirements
You should aim to have your car in the cleanest possible condition. Best practice is to have the car thoroughly steam cleaned and vacuumed prior to shipment. There is no need to get it "detailed" but the goal is to remove all dirt and contamination inside and out. We can offer this as an additional service in some locations.
All used vehicles are inspected by MPI on arrival, and only after this inspection is the cleanliness condition known. Due to this we can’t quote the cleaning costs. But please allow NZ$100-200 as an estimated to cover potential cleaning, vacuuming and MPI re-inspection costs. Actual charge will be determined after inspection.
Car PreparationYour car must be in good running condition, and fully operational to be shipped RORO. Otherwise containerisation is the only option.
Have you taken out Marine Insurance?
Not compulsory, but worth asking us for a quote. Your road insurance will not cover any damage that may occur while in transit. Find out why you need Marine Insurance
If you’re taking out marine insurance then a pre-shipment inspection report is required to be done by an independent party. If this is not done prior to shipping then any excess is doubled.
If you have ticked off all of the above, then your car is ready to ship to New Zealand. Welcome home!