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Right Hand Drive Vehicles - Importing to the U. S. of A.

Seen quite a few legit RHD cars. Most of them have Vermont plates on them. Is it just really easy to register cars in hickville? Anyone have correct information about registering an "imported" car?

p.s. I'm to lazy to read through the whole http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/import/.

Pretty sure there are a lot of people trying to get info in stuff like this.

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I see RHD vehicles every day. There's actually one that drives by my house around 3pm every day, stops in front of every house, too.



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Re: Right Hand Drive Vehicles - Importing to the U. S. of A.

I see them all the time also. One of my friends brought his car over from Japan and had very little problems getting it registered. I think it depends on the state also because he lived in NYC when he brought it over and was easy to get registered. When he moved to NJ he said it was a bitch though.


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But ya for srs, I think it'll depend on your state. I don't see why you wouldn't be able to register a RHD. I've seen plenty around here, mainly old school Minis, but I've seen all kind of different cars. Mail trucks are RHD, and they're driven on the streets with everyone else.



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Yeah, but they're reggied to the gov't. So I would imagine they;'re like, " OH *snap* registered np!". Your everyday person wouldn't be able to do it so easily. Like I said in the OP, 9 or of the last 10 rhd cars I've seen this year have all be reggied to VT. Must be super easy to do it there.
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From what i have heard is that its not the right hand drive that is the issue it is the safety/emission certifications. Most guys who import japanese cars just buy the equivalent US market car and use that vin or swap vins. The care is the same chassis. I inquired at the nj dmv about importing a ford falcon from aus. They told me that I would not pass saftey certifications because of bumper height/depth and crumple zones etc. I can import it as a "specialty vehicle" but would not be able to register/drive it on the road as it is not "street legal" to drive in the US (US carb and dot regualtions). Bunch of crap if you ask me. However I could import a front clip from australia and convert the us equivalent car no issues. go figure If the car is over 25 years old you can register it under qq and there are no issues i see dozens of ford falcons at fords at carlisle every year.
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