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Sambar Titled and Tagged in Texas

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Bobacuda, May 15, 2019.

  1. Bobacuda

    Bobacuda Member

    I have put off talking about this until I had numbers and more info. I first started considering importing or purchasing a Sambar last May. After looking as the prices of vehicles already imported and those at the Japanese auctions, I took the plunge to import one. After a lot of research, I signed up with Pacific Coast Auto in September. They recommended Payline for money transfers and Davidson and Sons as the (import) Customs Brokers. I would highly recommend any of the three - quick responses to my dumb questions and never lost patience with me. They made the process fairly painless.

    After missing on quite a few bids, I finally got a 1990 showing about 43,600 km, AC, Grade 3 truck. First of all, it is in much better condition than the Grade 3's I have seen online. The seats aren't torn, it was recently tuned up and the oil was changed. The timing belt, water pump and seals were done about 4,000 km ago. Tires are good. There is some slight surface rust, but nothing I can't take care of this summer.

    So, what did this cost? Know that going through a Japanese export firm, everything will be in JPY, which I am converting to USD (current rate): vehicle - $576, PCA fee - $913, inland transport - $146, shipping insurance - $73, shipping to Freeport (TX) - $797, shipper charge to take the truck off the boat - $96, Fed taxes - $456, all other fees covered by Davidson and their fee - $450, Texas title, registration and taxes - $140. Total cost = $3,647.

    I got lucky. I have very little maintenance to do (brakes - front rotors are chewed up).

    Farm Bureau was the only folks I talked with willing to insure it - $148 for 6 months.
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    Last edited: May 15, 2019

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