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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.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Unpleasant Truths : Comforting Lies

When it comes to importing vehicles, there are just a few ways to do it legally, and many ways to do it illegally.  This cartoon captures this for me.  Most people don't want to hear the truth about their car , that was not imported correctly. They want the comforting lies. They want to know its "state" legal.  Or as some people say "fully legal". Maybe they know, maybe they don't. Maybe they care, probably they don't.

Over the years, I have tried to show people what a car needs to be legal. Some care, many don't. Some get pissed off when I point out that the car they are trying to pass off as "legal" was imported incorrectly.  

Many people say "my buddy" has had one here for 2,4,6,10 years, and gets pulled over all the time. Its all fun and games until that one day ICE comes knocking on your door.  No matter the comforting lies you, or the guy from Florida, that sold you the car said, ICE will seize first, ask questions later.

The latest cars with issues were Land Rovers. Some guys were taking newer Land Rovers, putting old VIN numbers on them, and passing them off as over 25 years old, and legal for import. Eventually they caught one of the main importers, and seized 40 Land Rovers he imported.

So, do you want the UNPLEASANT TRUTH, that the car can not legally be imported, or the COMFORTING LIE, that with a VIN swap, and some trickery, or bring it in as parts, or driving it across the border, that you are good?

Is my imported car legal? 

Then this cartoon was altered by a friend, and also appropriate.  Although now, it is much more of a possibly reality.

Over 25 years old now, NHTSA exempt. Over 21 years old EPA exempt in original configuration. Check out some inventory here - http://www.importavehicle.com/

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2014 Review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 - Australia

Infrastructure in Australia is looking for public submissions on reducing costs and improving safety.  You can make submissions at the link below.

Recently Holden, Ford, and Toyota have announced that they are pulling manufactuering out of Australia. The high costs associated with building cars has made the companies look for alternatives. Losing jobs is always a bad thing, but in a global marketplace, a company has to be able to compete in order to be profitable, and survive.

Also check out this article.  Imported Used Cars Aren’t a Threat to Australia

"On 16 January 2014 the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Jamie Briggs MP, approved the Terms of Reference for a comprehensive review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 with a view to reducing regulatory costs to business and individuals and improving the safety and environmental performance of road motor vehicles."


Since the last major review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 in 1999 there has been significant change in the domestic and global environment of vehicle manufacturing, in vehicle technologies and in purchasing preferences of consumers. A copy of the 1999 report is available for viewing:
In 2013 a Public Consultation process was conducted by the Department to seek feedback from interested parties on the need for a review and on the currency and operation of the legislation.

The 2014 Legislative Review

The 2014 review will involve a submission process along with public consultations on possible future options for the Act. An Options Discussion paper has been prepared and a number of public workshops will be used to facilitate this process. The public submissions will be used to develop recommendations to Government and to prepare a Regulation Impact Statement.
Further updates on the status of the review will be provided on this website and enquires can be made via the MVSAreview@infrastructure.gov.au email address.

2014 Options Discussion Paper

On 4 September 2014 the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Jamie Briggs MP, released an Options Discussion Paper for the review of the Act and called for submissions from all interested parties.
The Options Discussion paper is now available for download. The Options Discussion paper outlines the problem, considers the need for government involvement, identifies some broad options and poses a number of questions for stakeholder responses. Stakeholder feedback is a crucial part of a Regulation Impact Assessment process and will help design the options that are taken forward to Government later this year. A separate document has also been prepared summarising the questions within the Options Discussion paper to assist contributors in framing their submissions.

Public Submissions

The closing date for submissions on the Options Discussion Paper is COB Monday 20 October 2014.
Written submission should be emailed to MVSAreview@infrastructure.gov.au. An acknowledgement email will confirm that your submission has been received.
Received submissions will be made publicly available on the Department's website unless the submission is marked confidential by request or as a result of being determined by the Department to contain private or confidential information.
Please also indicate if you wish either your personal identity and/or your paper (in part or full) to be confidential.
All submissions provided to the Department will be given consideration in the conduct of this review.


Public workshops will be held for any interested person or organisation to discuss the content of the Options Discussion Paper in the following cities:
  • Sydney (Parramatta), Tuesday 23 September 2014—afternoon
  • Brisbane, Wednesday 24 September 2014—morning
  • Melbourne, Friday 26 September 2014—morning
  • Adelaide, Wednesday 1 October 2014—morning
  • Perth, Thursday 2 October 2014—morning
Additional places are now available for these workshops
If your preferred workshop fills, please go onto the waiting list so that you can be contacted if additional sessions are held or there are cancellations.
Note that you are encouraged to bring your own copy of the paper to the workshop, as additional copies will not be available.
Please note, places at these workshops are limited. For more information or to book in for a workshop, please go to the attached booking site atwww.eventbrite.com.au/o/mvsa-review-6940182573.

Friday, September 12, 2014

49 CFR Part 565 - Code of Federal Regulations - AKA the Worst Chose Your Own Adventure Book Ever

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 49 - Transportation

Volume: 6Date: 2011-10-01Original Date: 2011-10-01Title: Section 565.14 - Motor vehicles imported into the United States.Context: Title 49 - Transportation. Subtitle B - Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued). CHAPTER V - NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. PART 565 - VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (VIN) REQUIREMENTS. Subpart B - VIN Requirements.

 565.14Motor vehicles imported into the United States.(a) Importers shall utilize the VIN assigned by the original manufacturer of the motor vehicle.(b) All passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, low speed vehicles and trucks of 4536 kg or less GVWR certified by a Registered Importer under 49 CFR part 592 whose VINs do not comply with part 565.13  and 565.14 shall have a plate or label that contains the following statement, in characters that have a minimum  height of 4 mm and the identification number assigned by the vehicle's original manufacturer  inserted in the blank: SUBSTITUTE FOR U.S. VIN: _____ SEE 49 CFR PART 565. 
The plate or label shall conform to § 565.13 (h) and (i). The plate or label shall be permanently affixed inside the passenger compartment. The plate or label shall be readable, without moving any part of the vehicle, through the vehicle glazing under daylight conditions  by an observer having 20/20 vision (Snellen)  whose eye-point is located outside the vehicle adjacent to the left windshield pillar. It shall be located in such a manner as not to cover, obscure, or overlay any part of any identification number affixed by the original manufacturer.  Motor vehicles conforming to Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 115 are exempt from this paragraph.

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