Duty Free Trueno
01-09-2018, 05:05 PM (This post was last modified: 01-09-2018 05:21 PM by Hama86.)
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Duty Free Trueno

Don't be mislead by the thread title. I bought the car with taxes in Japan. But I attempt to import it to Germany duty-free. Normal imports would have import and consumption taxes, a whopping 29%. I can save those because of 3 conditions:
  1. I lived in Japan for at least 1 year
  2. I have the car registered under my name in Japan for at least 6 months
  3. I will not sell, rent, gift or borrow the car for a whole year afterwards

  • 1986 Sprinter Trueno 3dr
  • 205.000km (1st engine)
  • 140.000km (2nd engine)
  • TE37's + Intra spare
  • (more details later)

I am still in Japan and enjoying the car on some days. The other days... Either I have no time, or my car is not running. I had a difficult start. I bought the car, but delivery of the car took 3 months. On its 3 day, I had a head gasket blow, together with insurance and road service problems along the way. The engine had to be replaced. The day on the redelivery the coolant temp sensor cable broke off. The next day my driver side tweeter fell off and got crushed in my door, something with my clutch or transmission and a parasitic draw.

For 2 days I tried to find the draw but the multimeter was displaying a good value. While trying to pull one of the interior fuses, I touched the brake pedal which triggered the switch. Basically the brake pedal has a play, and sometimes the pedal triggers the brake light. This was draining my battery in the morning.

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01-09-2018, 11:13 PM
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Duty Free Trueno
I see you are having fun with the hachi! Nissan engine museum and the Daikoku Futo parkinglot! Thumbs up!

That would be a very nice deal if you can get it duty free into Germany. Smile
If the German law would forbid your duty free in the end, importing it into the Netherlands first would be an option. It gives you the low VAT tax rate of 6% on oldtimers, however this tax rate will go up to 9% from the 1st of January 2019 onwards. The tax ruling in the EU is that if anywhere VAT has been paid, they can't charge it a second time. It would however require you to get it legally registered in the Netherlands first.

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01-10-2018, 07:53 AM
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Duty Free Trueno
Switzerland has the same rule and while the movers took ages to clear the paperwork I din't pay a dime of tax on my LS in Switzerland.

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01-10-2018, 07:53 PM
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Duty Free Trueno
woha, living the dream! would be the same in spain, i guess it has something to do with european car import sh*t

Enjoy that experience, sounds awesome
if you made a youtube channel as noriyaro, id totally follow that!
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