If you want to import a vehicle, legally, contact: ImportAVehicle.com

Monday, February 9, 2015

Nonconforming Motor Vehicles That Are Eligible For Importation (By Or Through A Registered Importer) October 2014

Nonconforming Motor Vehicles That Are Eligible  For Importation (By Or Through A Registered Importer)  October 2014


Under 49 U.S.C. § 30112(a), a person may not permanently import into the United States a motor vehicle manufactured after the date that an applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) takes effect unless the vehicle complies with the standard and is so certified by its original manufacturer. This prohibition applies to both new and used motor vehicles, but does not apply to motor vehicles that are at least 25 years old (based on the month and year of manufacture).

Vehicles over 25 years old.
All eligibility numbers are for left-hand drive motor vehicles except where the initials "RHD," signifying right-hand drive, appear in the model type column. While there is no specific restriction on importing a right-hand drive vehicle, these may not be imported under eligibility decisions based on the existence of substantially similar U.S.-certified left-hand drive vehicles. Our experience has shown that the safety performance of right-hand drive vehicles is not necessarily the same as that of apparently similar left-hand drive vehicles offered for sale in this country. However, we will consider the vehicles "substantially similar" if the manufacturer advises us that the right-hand drive vehicle would perform the same as the U.S.-certified left-hand drive vehicle in dynamic crash tests. Absent such a showing, the RI would have to demonstrate (through a petition) that the vehicle, when modified, would comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards, including those for which dynamic crash testing is prescribed.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Mississippi Man Admits to Smuggling S15 Silvia

Nissan Silva S15
Here is another example of a vehicle, imported incorrectly, registered in a state, eventually catching up to someone.  As any news article, they always seem just a little off in some areas - "the car is right hand drive." Even though it is true the car is right hand drive, it doesn't necessarily make the car illegal. 

They say that he is facing 20 years, and up to a $250,000 fine.  Pretty harsh for a car. They did mention that he sold the car, even after a federal agent told him not to.  There are many ways to illegally import a car, and just a few ways to do it correctly.
http://www.importavehicle.info/2011/11/is-my-imported-car-legal.html


GULFPORT -- An Ocean Springs man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of smuggling into the United States an illegally imported car made in Japan, court records show.
A federal grand jury indicted Kendall Noble, 31, on four counts of wire fraud and one count of smuggling in the case. In exchange for the plea, the three wire fraud charges were dismissed.
Noble is set for sentencing today. He faces a maximum prison term of up to 20 years and up to a $250,000 fine.
According to the indictment, Noble knew a 2001 Nissan Silvia he brought to South Mississippi did not meet Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency standards. In addition, the car is a right-hand drive.
Noble allegedly arranged for a third party to fraudulently register the car in Mississippi
Homeland Security Agents said Noble made fraudulent claims when he had someone register the car in Mississippi and later sold it to a South Carolina resident in 2011 despite a federal agent telling him he could not sell the car.
The wire fraud centered around $5,135 in payment reportedly sent to Noble's checking account over an eight-month period.

Source: http://www.sunherald.com/2015/01/27/6041245_ocean-springs-man-admits-smuggling.html?rh=1 

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2015/01/27/6041245_ocean-springs-man-admits-smuggling.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

California Certification Procedures For Used Modifier Certified Motor Vehicles

The title to this document from the California Air Resources Board is a bit misleading. At least when I first saw it, I said "whats that got to do with vehicles older than 1975?"



In part I, Applicability, it mentions that this part does not apply to 1974 or older light duty motor vehicles.  Here is what it does say applies to 1974 or older vehicles for California import.



So older than 1974, needs to meet EPA requirements as they existed November 15th, 1972.

Table 1 to §85.1515—Emission Standards Applicable to Imported Light-Duty Motor Vehicles123
OP Year
Hydrocarbon
Carbon
monoxide
Oxides of
nitrogen
Diesel
particulate
Evaporative
hydrocarbon
Useful life
(years/miles)
1968-1976
1.5 gpm
15 gpm
3.1 gpm
6.0 g/test
5/50,000
1977-1979
1.5 gpm
15 gpm
2.0 gpm
6.0 g/test
5/50,000
1980
0.41 gpm
7.0 gpm
2.0 gpm
6.0 g/test
5/50,000
1981
0.41 gpm
3.4 gpm
1.0 gpm
2.0 g/test
5/50,000
1982-1986
0.41 gpm
3.4 gpm
1.0 gpm
0.60 gpm
2.0 g/test
5/50,000
1987-1993
0.41 gpm
3.4 gpm
1.0 gpm
0.20 gpm
2.0 g/test
5/50,000
1994 and later
(4)
(4)
(4)
(4)
(4)
(4)
1Diesel particulate standards apply only to diesel fueled light-duty vehicles. Evaporative hydrocarbon standards apply only to non-diesel fueled light-duty vehicles. For alternative fueled light-duty vehicles, the evaporative hydrocarbon standard is interpreted as organic material hydrocarbon equivalent grams carbon per test, as applicable.
2No crankcase emissions shall be discharged into the ambient atmosphere from any non-diesel fueled light-duty vehicle.
3All light-duty vehicles shall meet the applicable emission standards at both low and high-altitudes according to the procedures specified in 40 CFR part 86 for current model year motor vehicles at the time of testing.
4Specified in 40 CFR part 86 for the OP year of the vehicle, as described in paragraph (c) of this section.


1967 model year vehicles and older: no modifications and testing are required to register the vehicle in California.
1968 model year to 1974 model year vehicles: California does not recommend the purchase or importation of these years of NON-USA vehicles, even if currently registered in another state. These vehicles require compliance with USEPA requirements in effect on the specific date of 11/15/1972. This provision when written, was considered by the California legislature as a gradual phase-out of very dirty "non-collectable" types of imports, as this specific requirement was understood to become increasingly difficult to meet. Today, this requirement, while not impossible to meet, would require testing expenses and modifications that far exceed most vehicles value and would make little sense from a collectors standpoint to attempt. Some limited exemptions apply to individuals moving to California with vehicles of these years registered in their home state for at least a year before moving to California. Contact us for more information.
1975 model year vehicles to the present: (EXCLUDING any vehicle obtained by a California resident within two years of its date of production) require a "Certificate of Conformance" issued by the ARB after a successful laboratory test. This test is administered to the same standards required of new vehicle manufacturers, and for the model year of the vehicle . However, unlike new vehicle manufacturers, as an individual you are not required to meet the full range of additional testing and equipment standards such as On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) requirements, durability testing, low emission fleet averaging, or Zero Emissions Vehicle testing (LEV and ZEV requirements). So while these standards reference what a manufacturer must do, when required by the Direct Import requirements they apply to individuals importing a used motor vehicle. Some limited exemptions apply to individuals moving to California with vehicles of these years registered in their home state for at least a year before moving to California. Contact us for more information.
Motorcycles and heavy-duty engines (used in trucks and buses) are required to comply with CA or USEPA from the date of manufacturer, no after-the-fact modification is permitted for products first sold outside the US market.
Diesel vehicles: 1979 model year and older vehicles with original-equipment diesel engines are exempt from Direct Import lab testing requirements. Please note that any vehicle converted to operate on diesel fuel is subject to lab testing requirements if it is a 1968 model year vehicle or newer.
From the ARB site

The title actually says " California Certification Procedures For 1975 or Later Model Year Used Modifier Certified Motor Vehicles


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Diesel Vehicle Direct Import - Grey Market Requirements - Smog Requirements for California




Direct Import or Grey Market Diesel Vehicle Requirements:
Diesel vehicles:
1979 model year and older vehicles with original-equipment diesel engines are exempt from Direct Import lab testing requirements. Please note that any vehicle converted to operate on diesel fuel is subject to lab testing requirements if it is a 1968 model year vehicle or newer.

Reference- http://www.arb.ca.gov/html/master_faqs/vehicle_faqs/greymarket_cars_faq.htm


Diesel Smog Check or In Use Check

Diesel Smog Check - Since 2010 California has required all diesel trucks and diesel passenger cars which are 1998 model year or newer, and weight under 14,500 GVW, undergo a biennial smog inspection similar to their gasoline counterparts.

Diesel Smog Test Exemption: The DMV does not require a California emission inspection (smog check) for the following types of vehicles:
  • Any diesel car or diesel pickup truck which is 1997 model year or older.
  • Any diesel truck which weights over 14,500 GVW.

 
© Copyright by Vehicle Import and Car Importing FAQ  |  Template by Blogspot tutorial