VEHICLE IMPORTING

Importing from the USA to Australia Has Never Been Easier

We help you through the whole process of buying and importing cars, bikes and boats from anywhere in America to anywhere in Australia with door to door shipping. Our process and costs are fully transparent to make sure there are no unexpected or hidden costs to worry about and we make sure the status of your vehicle in transport is easy to follow.

Learn more about the services and features that set us apart from the competition. We’ve helped import hundreds of vehicles from the USA and are ready to help you get behind the wheel of a classic American muscle car.

OUR IMPORTING PROCESS

Importing a car with us is as simple as these 4 steps. We have imported hundreds of cars, motorcycles, boats and more over the years and know the perfect way to handle it every step of the way. Our goal is to help you with our knowledge and make the entire process as smooth as possible.

FIND A VEHICLE

Use online markets, auctions and dealers to find the perfect car to import.

INSPECT & PURCHASE

Our professional agents inspect and purchase on your behalf.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

We prepare and ship your vehicle for travel taking many addition precautions.

LOCAL SERVICES

We prepare all of the final details and services required to get you on the road with your new car.

Continue reading to learn more about our vehicle importing process, the different services we provide that set us apart from the competition and how we help protect your investment. Our goal is to make USA to Australia car freighting an easy, simple process where you don’t need to worry about anything.

1. FIND A VEHICLE

Finding your dream vehicle to import might be the hardest part of importing with us! There are many ways to find great deals on American cars, the following are some website we highly recommend as a starting place:

Many transportation options are available in the USA for shipping your vehicle to a suitable freight port at competitive rates. But for the cheapest costs for shipping and agent services look for vehicles closer to the 90220 zip code in California.

For more information on the types of vehicles you can import from the USA to Australia you can review the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities website or search the Australian Government RAWs search index.

2. INSPECT & PURCHASE

Once you’ve found your dream car we send our USA agents to inspect the vehicle on your behalf. They can provide additional information, test results and media relating to the vehicle. Before purchase they can also verify the title, status and condition of the car are as expected.

If you are satisfied with what you see our agents will then negotiate the price, purchase the vehicle and transport it back to our American shipping yard. It will then be prepared for importing to Australia.

Our network of agents and service providers in the USA have years of experience in transporting vehicles of any size across the country. We have repeatedly relied on them for bringing cars to import safely to our facilities without any issue for years.

3. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

We take special care of your vehicle for international shipping. Taking extra consideration to prevent any damage and minimize any exposure to moisture while in transit.

We use a direct 28 day shipping service which means the fastest delivery possible from the USA to Australia with no stop overs in foreign ports or any of the risks associated with them.

Some vehicles may require special modifications for importing to Australia. Something our team has extensive experience in.

We also provide freight insurance for shipping vehicles to Australia to make sure your investment is protected.

4. LOCAL SERVICES

When your vehicle arrives in Australia we have our experienced unloading crew receive and prepare it. Any modifications that were made to allow for safer shipping are restored to normal condition and it is prepare for any necessary processes such as quarantine.

Not all imports will need to go through quarantine but it is something we help with every step of the way.

We then help finalize the local import approval process and the necessary registration forms that need to be filled.

Once ready, we can then help arrange for your vehicle to be delivered straight to your front door so you can enjoy it as soon as possible!

THEN ENJOY YOUR NEW CAR!

Our goal is to make getting to this step of importing a vehicle from America as easy as possible.

If you still have any questions about importing a vehicle feel free to read the rest of the details covered on this page or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for some of our the more common inquiries we hear.

Take the first step and get in contact with us today. We’d be glad to have a chat about our full process and give you a no obligation quote on the full costs of importing a vehicle from the USA to Australia.

OUR SERVICE FEATURES

We aren’t just a freighting company. For years we have helped hundreds of Australians through the whole process of purchasing, importing and registering amazing cars from the United States. We understand that importing can seem to be a daunting prospect; but with our experience and trained staff it can be an easy, affordable way to get the muscle car you’ve always dreamed of. Here are some of the important features of our service that set us apart from the competition.

Muscle Car Specialists

More than just importers, we’re heavily involved in the muscle car and drag racing community and know our cars inside and out.

Inspections

Our agents in America are ready to help inspect and purchase vehicles on your behalf.

Transportation

No matter where your purchase is located we can organize to have it transported to our shipping yard.

US Customs

We take care of all the paper work when transferring the title of the vehicle to US customs.

Cargo Protection

Vehicles and cargo we transport are protected from fluid damage by plastic wrapping.

Moisture Prevention

We use special silica moisture absorbent packs to minimize moisture in each container.

Insurance

We provide multiple options for international shipping insurance so you can choose one that suits you.

Direct Shipping

We only use fast and direct 28 day shipping from California to Adelaide. No stop overs in China or Taiwan.

Unpacking

We handle all stages of the vehicle arriving in our shipping yard and restoring any modifications that were required for transportation.

Quarantine

Quarantine services including comprehensive asbestos testing and cleaning by a specialist.

Australian Services

We help organize the vehicle import approval certificate and make all of the associated paper work easy for you.

Delivery

To complete our service package we can also arrange for your vehicle to be delivered directly to your door at an extra cost.

HOW MUCH TO IMPORT A CAR TO AUSTRALIA?

The costs for personal car import to Australia are based on the overall size of the vehicle. While we specialize in classic car imports we can also help import a variety of other vehicles, parts, cargo and more. Below are some rogue size classifications that affect the cost of importing. All vehicles are different though and we generally quote on a case by case basis. Car shipping costs are typically dictated by the total height or width of the vehicle.

Standard Sized Vehicles

Vehicles that take up one standard parking spot worth of space. Classic muscle cars, european cars, small trucks all fit in this category. If the car is excessively dirty, damaged or greasy there may be additional costs.

Cars built up until 1988 are generally very easy to import for street use as long as they haven’t been extensively modified. Later made cars must be converted by a RAWS registered company.

Large Sized Vehicles

Large sized vehicles take up more than one parking space but less than four. Vehicles typically in this category are large Ford F150s, F350s, some boats, trucks caravans and toy haulers.

Cars built up until 1988 are generally very easy to import for street use as long as they haven’t been extensively modified. Later made cars must be converted by a RAWS registered company.

Small Sized Vehicles

Small vehicles must be small enough to fit in a a parking spot edge-wise. This can include Jetskis, motorcycles and machinery.

Vehicles larger than this but smaller than a Standard Sized vehicle will vary in price depending on size and space availability. Special deals are available if buying more than one at a time.

Boats and Marine Craft

Boats of a size comparable to one standard parking spot. If the vehicle needs to be tilted or modified to fit there may be additional costs. Modifications often include removing windows, jet, stern drives and railings.

Boats of any year may be imported but their trailers must have import approvals and may require modifications.

Parts and Misc Cargo

We can freight a range of mechanical and solid parts for your car, truck or boat. Motors, gear boxes, transfer cases, differentials are common components.

Wheels, guards, bonnets, boot lids and floors are also options. Costs vary depending on size and if they will need cleaning for quarantine purposes.

Oversize Vehicles

We can also help transport much larger vehicles but due to the complex nature of their size, shape and transport requirements they must be quoted on a per item basis. Contact us today for more information.

For more information on the types of vehicles you can import from the USA, visit the official Government RAWs Search Index and see if the vehicle you’re after is listed there. If you’re still unsure if the vehicle you want to import is possible feel free to give us a call as we’d be happy to help you with any inquiries.

If you would like to know the cost of shipping a car from USA to Australia fill out our online quoting form and we will get back to you with a full car shipping cost breakdown.

Australian Border Force Asbestos Fact Sheet

Australian Border Force Asbestos FAQ

ASBESTOS TESTING AND CLEANING

In compliance with Australian Border Force regulations we put all imports from America to Australia through a comprehensive asbestos testing and cleaning process.

We use an asbestos specialist to perform thorough tests on each vehicle’s risk components and provide a full report on their status. Vehicles passing this comprehensive testing will be given a NATA approved equivalent certificate. If asbestos is detected further steps will be taken to resolve the issue and conduct additional testing. The costs of this will depend on the work required and will differ from case to case.

Once this full process is completed we can proceed with the import. We take these steps to show our due diligence in following the regulations of the Australian Border Force and our commitment to not bringing asbestos in to the country.

If you would like more information on the Australian Border Force asbestos regulations and to read some of the frequently asked questions, please download the PDFs provided.

VEHICLE AND FREIGHT INSURANCE

While incidents are rare, insurance is an important part of freighting a vehicle or other item from the United States.

We carry insurance for our services and during shipping for total loss or major damage by shipping forklifts and rail (clause C of international shipping). We use the best US trucking brokers sourced on your behalf to save you the trouble. (You can source your own if you wish). We cannot get insurance on any of the moves in the US as we are an Australian company. We do use the best transport companies and shipping yard to minimize risks but sometimes small things will get missed and cannot be helped. We offer two forms of insurance for all shipping from California. Costs are based on the total purchase cost plus loading, shipping and unloading cost at the time of discharge from the USA. Total Loss Insurance costs 1% and All Risk Insurance costs 1.5%.

Total Loss Insurance
All Risk Insurance
  • Fire and explosion.

  • Vessel of craft stranded, grounded, sunk or capsized.

  • Overturning or derailment of land conveyance.

  • Collision or contact of vessel, craft or conveyance with external object.

  • Discharge of cargo at port of distress.

  • General average sacrifice.

  • Jettison or washing overboard.

  • General average and salvage charges.

  • Heavy weather or rain water damage.

  • Theft, pilferage, piracy or malicious damage.

  • Shortage, short delivery or non-delivery.

  • Leakage, breakage or rust.

  • Seating and heating.

  • Denting, scratches or taint damage.

  • Damage by hooks, oils or other cargo.

The following exclusions exist for both insurance levels: Willful misconduct of the insured, ordinary leakage, ordinary loss in weight or volume, ordinary wear and tear, insufficiency or unsuitability of packing or preparation ( includes stowage of goods in a container by the assured (eg: surface rust on unprotected steel work), inherent vice or nature of the subject matter insured, delay (even if caused by at risk insured against), insolvency or financial default of the owners, managers, charterers operators of the vessel, use of weapon of war employing atomic or nuclear fission and the like, un-seaworthiness of vessel or craft and unfitness of vessel, conveyance or container where Assured are privy to such at time of loading, the waiving of a breach of the implied warranties of seaworthiness and fitness of the vessel unless the assured are privy to such, war, civil war, civil strife, hostile act, capture, seizure, arrest etc (other than piracy), derelict mines, torpedoes etc, strikers, locked out workmen, riots, civil commotions, resulting from strikes, riots etc, terrorist or person acting for political motive.

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American Muscle Cars Vehicle Importing

Address:

150 Lacey Street Whyalla, VIC, 5600, Australia.

Email:

graham@americanmusclecars.com.au

Fax:

+(08) 8644 1125

Contact:

Customer Service: +0412 712 007

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