A Selection of Questions Regarding USA to Australia Importing

There are a lot of extra questions we get about our importing process, what is involved in importing and what to expect once you have finally taken ownership of your new vehicle. Part of our service is to make sure the whole process is as easy as possible and you aren’t left wondering about any questions. The following are some of the most common ones we hear. If you have any other questions not covered here please feel free to get in contact with us.


Can you drive an American car in Australia?

Yes, the exact requirements may vary depending on your state but left-hand drive cars are legal to drive in Australia. Typically imports older than 15 years old, and for personal use, are eligible for driving without a right hand drive conversion. More restrictions and regulations may apply for newer vehicles. Please consult with your local Department of Transportation for more state based information.

Is it worth shipping a car to Australia?

Yes, there are a number of great reasons to import a car from USA to Australia. There are an abundant number of classic cars to import and often with very little rust due to the dry conditions of California. There are also many models that were never released in Australia or are very rare to find in Australia. Often a fully restored local example will cost much more to purchase compared to importing an equally restored car.

How long does importing usually take once the vehicle is purchased?

Our average freight time is between one and fourth months depending on a number of factors. We will be able to give a more accurate estimate on a case by case basis.

Do I need to deal with the seller personally?

No, we can do all the communicating and arrange for the purchase of the vehicle through our local agents. We can also help negotiate on the final price and find answers to any additional questions you may have about the vehicle.

How do I pay for a car in the US?

Money is transferred to our local agent via a broker who handles international transfers at generally better deals than a local bank. We then use our agent to complete the sale with the local seller.

How long does it take for you to get the funds to the seller?

Once the amount has arrived in our account we can send it immediately. While the time it takes can vary it often clears on the same day we send it.

Can you buy a car on eBay for me as I don’t have an account?

Definitely! We are ready to make the purchase and our US agents can take action to pick up the vehicle. Payment would be handled in the same way a more typical purchase would.

Who are your American service agents?

We have a number of experienced and professional agents specializing in different areas that we have used for years. They manage the negotiation and completion of sale, transportation of the vehicle and the various packing services at our loading warehouse.

How much does it cost to ship a car to Australia?

The average cost of importing any vehicle from America will vary based on the specific model, size and weight of the vehicle. You can learn more about the different rough size categories on our importing information page. You can also submit a quote request and we will get back to you with a full breakdown.

Can I import a modified car?

Modified cars can be imported but must go through some different procedures to get them on the road compared to stock cars. Due to this some additional costs may be involved. If the car is only going to be registered for track or club use exceptions may exist.

Can I import a drag, track or rally car?

Yes, and both California and nearby Nevada have thriving motor sports scenes with some amazing vehicles available for importing.

Can I import a trailer or camper van?

Yes but they may need specific modifications to meet ADR specifications including which side their door is mounted on.

What cars and other vehicles can I import?

You can import a huge range of vehicles from the USA. For a more comprehensive answer you can visit the Australian Government RAWs search index.

Can I import a vehicle that isn't 'numbers matching'?


Can I import and register a salvage title vehicle?


Can I import a European or Japanese car from the US?

Yes, and there are a surprising number of unique and special RHD vehicles available for import from the USA.

Does the vehicle have to be in California? How much does interstate shipping generally cost?

The car can be anywhere in the US. As a part of our service we help arrange transportation to the most appropriate shipping port. Costs will vary greatly depending on where the vehicle is coming from and any special requirements it may have for shipping.

What happens if a vehicle fails an asbestos test?

In the case that a vehicle fails mandatory asbestos testing we provide a professional asbestos cleaning service to bring the vehicle in to compliance with Australian Border Force regulations.

Can you import automotive parts or engines?

Yes and there are a wide variety of second hand and new automotive parts, performance parts, restoration parts and front cut or crate engines that can be purchased in the USA.

Where in Australia can you delivery to?

We deliver Australia wide straight to your front door. Depending on the exact destination some additional costs may apply.

Got a question you couldn’t see here? Get in contact with us today as we’d love to answer it for you.