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Importing a hot rod from Netherlands
Hey all, I'm looking to import from the Netherlands to the USA for either a street rod or a hot rod, still undecided. Has anyone tried doing the same, and could they tell me how it went and with what company? Thanks!!

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  • jimmothershead
    Jul 19, 2018 at 8:19 AM

  • Hopperash
    What year and make ?
    What did you do ?

  • jimmothershead
    Jul 2, 2018 at 7:45 AM

  • If you can't kiss the hood, don't buy it.
    Example: If you are in Florida, see a neat '32 Ford coupe in California for $50K, spend $400 to fly there and "kiss the hood" or leave it there.
    $400 is beer bucks compared to the $50K price.

  • jimmothershead
    Jul 2, 2018 at 7:37 AM

  • Hopper
    1. Ditto with 32 Dodge and Classical Gas. What is the car ?
    2. Scam ? Buyer beware ??
    3. Does it have a title and matching VIN plate ?
    4. Scares me........
    Jim, School of Hot Rod Hard Knocks since 1957
    410 535 1933

  • 1320clout
    Jun 29, 2018 at 7:53 PM

  • It will be very difficult and costly for you to do that. If you have plenty of cash and do not mind the pain in the rear then go ahead.

  • classicalGasMotors
    Jun 27, 2018 at 2:27 PM

  • I would also recommend finding one in the USA unless it is a super specific unique car. The cost of importing/exporting a vehicle greatly increases your cost. Not only is the shipping itself expensive but there are additional fees to get them in the country and on top of that there are a lot of customs rules that you have to follow. There are certain countries where transporting a "custom" car can be difficult. If that doesn't convince you enough after you purchase the car you are still looking at 1-2 months before you ever see it because it needs to be loaded in a container, inspected at customs, etc.

    There are definitely cases where it is worth while if you don't have another option. But if you are looking for a street rod you have a ton to choose from here in the states and most likely will find one at a better price because there are so many on the market. Send me a message of what you are looking for and maybe I can point you in the right direction.

  • 32 Dodge
    Jun 27, 2018 at 10:55 AM

  • Can't you just find one in the USA?
    Seems that would be a whole lot easier than importing one from the Netherlands.......

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