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      02-20-2007, 09:10 AM   #1
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Buying an M3 in Europe and shipping it to the USA?

From what the reliable sources on this board seem to be saying, it looks like the E92 M3 will be available for sale in Europe in about four or five months and by Spring '08 it will be available in the US. Now my question is, can someone who's really diehard about getting an E92 M3 buy it in Europe and then ship it over to The States? How does that work? Anyone know? Besides getting the car about six months ahead of normal US delivery you'd get all of the added benefit of the features only the euro cars have also.

I'm curious as to what would hold someone back from doing this, other than maybe the cost to ship the car over to the US.
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      02-20-2007, 09:13 AM   #2
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You can't get the features of the Euro car for the USA.
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You can't get the features of the Euro car for the USA.
Why not? If you ship the car from europe to the US, what's to stop you?
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      02-20-2007, 12:32 PM   #4
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Why not? If you ship the car from europe to the US, what's to stop you?
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unless they do a complete US conversion when it gets here

will it be really expensive because now I am thinking about it
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      02-20-2007, 12:37 PM   #5
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Oh you mean grey imports? A lot of red tape to contend with, not to mention, you'll be buying the car at euro prices.

It'd be far easier if you have diplomatic status.
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Oh you mean grey imports? A lot of red tape to contend with, not to mention, you'll be buying the car at euro prices.

It'd be far easier if you have diplomatic status.
Are the euro prices any different than the US price after conversion?
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      02-20-2007, 01:28 PM   #7
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euro is alot more expensive than the dollar so its gunna be expensive... plus i think a car has to be payed for completely to travel it but im not tooo sure on that part
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euro is alot more expensive than the dollar so its gunna be expensive... plus i think a car has to be payed for completely to travel it but im not tooo sure on that part


Euro's might haver a higher exchange value than the US dollar but speaking in terms of numbers, the new M3 will be less in Euro's than in US dollars so technically it will be the same price, not more.
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Euro's might haver a higher exchange value than the US dollar but speaking in terms of numbers, the new M3 will be less in Euro's than in US dollars so technically it will be the same price, not more.
Don't count on it. To give you an understanding.

A completely stripped E90 335i bases for 34,285 EUR ex factory. Factor in about an extra 10,000 EUR just to bring it within US 335i basic spec (e.g. xenons, L7, leatherette etc etc). So thats just about 44,000 EUR. Adding 19% tax, would take you to 52,360 EUR. At the prevailing rate, that'll be USD 68,773. Factor in about an additional $5,000 for marine transport, insurance, brokerage fees etc. Then you have to worry with US DOT compliance, certification, custom duties etc etc and it quickly adds on. So you see, it might not be worth it...
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Don't count on it. To give you an understanding.

A completely stripped E90 335i bases for 34,285 EUR ex factory. Factor in about an extra 10,000 EUR just to bring it within US 335i basic spec (e.g. xenons, L7, leatherette etc etc). So thats just about 44,000 EUR. Adding 19% tax, would take you to 52,360 EUR. At the prevailing rate, that'll be USD 68,773. Factor in about an additional $5,000 for marine transport, insurance, brokerage fees etc. Then you have to worry with US DOT compliance, certification, custom duties etc etc and it quickly adds on. So you see, it might not be worth it...
Damn you. My big bubble of M3 euphoria just burst.
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Damn you. My big bubble of M3 euphoria just burst.
Although if said M3 was *ahem* Russian or Eastern European sourced...it might work out as you envisioned (or cheaper )
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I think someone should writeup a guide on how to do this and source your car from Europe.
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I think someone should writeup a guide on how to do this and source your car from Europe.
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Here's a guide I found but it looks like it tells you how to import a car from Mainland Europe into the UK. Not from Mainland Europe into the USA.

http://www.topgear.com/content/buyersguides/08/1.html
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Here are some more good links I've found:

http://www.bmwworld.com/bmw/importing.htm
http://www.foreignborn.com/visas_imm...ingyourcar.htm
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/...list010807.htm
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Im still quite confused on the benefits of this venture, for the amount of work and hassle its not worth it to me to hold the title of being the first on the block.
having said that Im comfortable to take the last e92 M3
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From what the reliable sources on this board seem to be saying, it looks like the E92 M3 will be available for sale in Europe in about four or five months and by Spring '08 it will be available in the US. Now my question is, can someone who's really diehard about getting an E92 M3 buy it in Europe and then ship it over to The States? How does that work? Anyone know? Besides getting the car about six months ahead of normal US delivery you'd get all of the added benefit of the features only the euro cars have also.

I'm curious as to what would hold someone back from doing this, other than maybe the cost to ship the car over to the US.
Exec - Contact Stewart Simons at stewart.simons@pentagoncarsales.com to see if he can help you out. I talked to him in person at the Kaiserslautern, Germany dealership about a month ago. They are only supposed to sell to US Military but he may know of other programs where he can get a car to non-military individuals but it wasn't discussed since I'm military. The website for the program is www.pentagoncarsales.com. I did learn that that are expecting a base price of about $50K US dollars and they expect to get the first M3s in June or July in Germany. In addition to the price I was quoted, you will have to add 300 Euros for an Export License plate and $1100 shipping to the USA. Plus it would have to be picked up at the port where it's possible (but not certain) you might have to pay 2.5% in import duty.

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The idea sounds great, but its a complete waste of time. Even if you do get the car through customs, by the time you clear all the red tape and get the car in compliance, the US spec M3 will be available and for less than you'll have invested in your grey market M3. It may be easier to invent a time machine, go back in time 5 years, join the military, get stationed in Germany, do your 4 years service, buy the new M3 when it comes out, then get it shipped back to the US through the military. If they even let you do that anymore!
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I guess I didn't pay attention to skierman64's quote about the military shipping! durr..... He would know better than I but, if you do the military route, I dont think you can ever sell the car or get rid of it without it being crushed. Either way, its easier just to wait for the US spec. M3 to come out!
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Exec - Contact Stewart Simons at stewart.simons@pentagoncarsales.com to see if he can help you out. I talked to him in person at the Kaiserslautern, Germany dealership about a month ago. They are only supposed to sell to US Military but he may know of other programs where he can get a car to non-military individuals but it wasn't discussed since I'm military. The website for the program is www.pentagoncarsales.com. I did learn that that are expecting a base price of about $50K US dollars and they expect to get the first M3s in June or July in Germany. In addition to the price I was quoted, you will have to add 300 Euros for an Export License plate and $1100 shipping to the USA. Plus it would have to be picked up at the port where it's possible (but not certain) you might have to pay 2.5% in import duty.

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As I understand, DoD civilians and contractors on TDY orders are eligible for the military sales. I wonder if you might be able to arrange a purchase through a DoD civilian or contractor "friend" that might be on orders in Italy or Germany in the near future. Just have them take delivery and then buy it from them once the car is in the USA.
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The idea sounds great, but its a complete waste of time. Even if you do get the car through customs, by the time you clear all the red tape and get the car in compliance, the US spec M3 will be available and for less than you'll have invested in your grey market M3. It may be easier to invent a time machine, go back in time 5 years, join the military, get stationed in Germany, do your 4 years service, buy the new M3 when it comes out, then get it shipped back to the US through the military. If they even let you do that anymore!
The deal I was talking about is for a US Spec car, not a Euro spec car. No conversions required.

Mosport, I have heard of that happening; that is having a US military friend in Europe buy and ship a car for someone else and then getting reimbursed.
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Don't they have those German import pomotion that you can go over to Germany and buy it and have a track day also?
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