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Tradecarview.com?

Discussion in 'Mini Lounge' started by matt167, Oct 25, 2017.

  1. matt167

    matt167 Member

    Anyone use Tradecarview to import a vehicle? I'm looking into importing a Suzuki Alto/Cervo, Daihatsu Mira Trxx or Subaru ViVio to compliment my Suzuki Carry. Was looking at going through Pacific Coast Auto and buying from auction since I know Derek and his company is legit. but the market is pretty dry for them at auction it seems. Tradecarview seems to have some good ones with reputable sellers. But sending a bank wire overseas is otherwise nerve racking to think about. I know that I could pay Derek to view and purchase the car and export himself but is it even worth looking into?
     
  2. John Crowne

    John Crowne New Member

    I am currently dealing with Tradecarreview. I ordered a '93 Suzuki Carry 4x4 with axle and diff lock, 4sp., with 53,000km. $893.00 for the truck and $1200.00 for shipping. I too was a bit skeptical about an overseas wire transfer to Japan. MY bank was VERY skeptical and repeatedly asked me if this transaction was legit. The wire transfer went through without a problem. Communication with this company is great. They are quick to answer any questions which I ask them and have been updating me with the status of my shipment to Longbeach, California. My Suzuki was loaded onto a RORO (drive on, drive off) vehicle ship on the 30th of October. Tradecarreview gave me the name of the ship (TYSLA) and it's schedule and route and when it will be arriving in Longbeach. Yesterday they sent me all the documents which I will need to pick up my Suzuki from the port. Shipping will take a total of 12-15 days depending on the ships schedule/route and weather. I am able to track the whereabouts and the route of the TYSLA using vessel tracking websites. I was tracking the ship long before it reached Japan. My shipping schedule was delayed 3 days by the closure of the Shanghai port due to congestion in the harbor as an example. Tradecarreview sent me this information with an updated shipping schedule and I was able to see it on vessel tracking websites as well. I will update this post when my vehicle arrives and I pick it up. Customs should not take long since the truck is NOT inside a container. Good luck with your endevour!
     
  3. matt167

    matt167 Member

    Cool. Good to know.. Hopefully your '93 clears. It's not 25 yet so you may or may not get it through customs
     
  4. John Crowne

    John Crowne New Member

    I am importing this truck for off road use only. I will not be registering it at all since it will live on my 40 acre ranch in Nevada. Might there still be a problem with EPA/DOT regulations if it is for off road use on private property only?
     
  5. matt167

    matt167 Member

    Yes, depending on how you file the paperwork and if you have modifications done to speed limit it.. It has to be imported as an ATV and speed limited to 25 mph. The EPA won't matter as it's over 21 years and exempt to them, but 25 years is DOT. At the end of the day, if they let it in the country otherwise, it would have the potential to be illegally registered which is of course what they wish to prevent.
     
  6. John Crowne

    John Crowne New Member

    I am a California resident and also have a small ranch in Northern California as well. It is my understanding that it is not possible to register a mini truck for street use at all in my wonderful state of California. Do you think this will make any difference?
     
  7. John Crowne

    John Crowne New Member

    What happens to a mini truck if it is not allowed into the country by customs? Is it shipped back to Japan or crushed in the long run?
     
  8. matt167

    matt167 Member

    Actually California has mini truck laws to my knowladge, so you can register them as mini trucks with lots of emissions BS. But that is still a limited use vehicle needing to be speed modified... I couldn't tell you what happens to a mini truck if it's not yet legal but ends up here. I know the import cars, like R34 Nissan Skylines end up crushed if they are caught. :(

    Your best bet is to find a company that will make the speed modification that the goverment recognizes , and when you file the HS7 documentation make sure you file as an ATV limited to 25mph. It has it's own check box. Then you need to send the truck directly there to the company. You can save yourself here I'm pretty sure as long as the paperwork is filed correctly. It probably would have been cheaper to get a '92 since they are exactly the same
     
  9. John Crowne

    John Crowne New Member

    From what you have written, it sounds like I am about to get screwed...
     
  10. matt167

    matt167 Member

    Just make sure your docs are filed not as a motor vehicle. Call customs for the ins and outs while it's still floating in the ocean.. Likely you'll be ok doing that.
     
  11. John Crowne

    John Crowne New Member

    I was just looking at form 3520-1 on which the approval expires in 2020. There is a section about EPA exempted vehicles which states vehicles must be at least 21 (twenty one) years old. Is this a slight change in the 25 year rule? Or, am I missing something?
     
  12. matt167

    matt167 Member

  13. piratebenjamin

    piratebenjamin New Member

    Trade car view is the worst place to get an import. Be patient and use Derek at Pacific Coast. I've seen numerous cars with rust holes, mechanic issues, etc. that were not shown upfront.
     
  14. matt167

    matt167 Member

    Is PCA who you export through? I've been in conversations with them and they are who I'm going with and will expand my interest of cars into easier to find vehicles.
     

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