What can you import?
Just about every country around the globe has importation rules. In the U.S.A, vehicles must be 25 years old to the month of manufacture in order for them to be legally imported and driven without the worry of having them impounded, seized or crushed.
Now if you think that there is nothing good worth importing that is 25 years old, you are dead wrong! Many US JDM enthusiasts are excited at the prospect of owning an R32 GTR, S13 Silvia or 180sx, Nissan Laurel or Cefiro and much more.
What’s even more exciting is what’s to come. In the following few years popular JDM’s like the FD3S Mazda RX7, MVIV Toyota Supra, JZX90 Chaser, Subaru WRX STi, Mitsubishi EVO, Honda NSX and many more will become federally legal to import and own.
At RightDrive, we have extensive experience in importing the highest quality vehicles. Since 2007 we have been providing a full turn-key import service to Canadians and Americans.
Our all inclusive, turn-key Import Service includes;
- Vehicle location
- Short or long-term storage
- Export preparation
- OEM level maintenance and tuning (replaced belts, pumps, batteries, bushings, fluids etc)
- Insured international ocean freight
- Port forwarding
- Customs clearance (importation)
- DOT/EPA modification and filing (daytime running lights, child safety latch, DOT tires)
- Registration assistance
We also offer a custom ordering service. Whether you are looking for a RHD Jeep for your postal route or a high power R32 GTR for track dominance, we will find it, inspect it, import it, prep it and get it to you without any hassle.
Registering your classic JDM vehicle
Once your vehicle arrives you would go about registering it much the same way you would with any other vehicle. Classic vehicles are emissions exempt and so you only require a valid safety certification and an insurance policy and then you can hit the pavement. We will also provide you with all the proper importation documents that accompanies your vehicle should you need to present it at your local DMV. These documents will include things like;
- Japanese de-registration
- Translated vehicle title
- Soil exams
- Customs release form
- EPA emissions exemption form
- Bill of lading
- Bill of sale
- Mechanical inspection