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Is it worth bringing my car? The Iron Lady's trusty new calculator reveals all!

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    logo-180.pngOk I've been having a tinker with this for a little while and think I've got it pretty close. I've developed an Excel spreadsheet that provides an estimate of whether or not your car is

    Category A: definitely worth bringing, you'll do nicely out of it when the time comes to sell

    Category B: only worth bringing if you love the car and/or plan to keep it for a while

    Category C: not worth the aggro, you're better off selling it in the UK

     

    *Disclaimers* - the estimates are based on the following:

    1) using our most complete 'A Package' service at AUD990 (it's set up for our customers, obviously!)

    2) using RORO shipping from Southampton (does not include transport to get your car to the port)

    3) the current GBP/AUD exchange rate

    4) an estimated Australian Customs value calculated for your specific vehicle

    5) includes customs duty, GST and LCT where necessary

    6) a set figure for customs clearance (which I've deliberately set higher than what they normally come in at)

    7) includes the cost of Australian Customs valuation and transport to the workshop once cleared

    8) includes allowance for the minor modifications needed before registration

    9) includes road registration and stamp duty costs (for a "no surprises" all inclusive cost estimate)

     

    As you can see, I've tried to be as upfront about the costs of getting the vehicle to Australia, and I have actually over-allowed on what many bills come in at. There are a heap of variables in here and each car is different, so don't be disheartened if you get a category C - the calculator isn't meant to be the ultimate authority, but it will give you a fair guide.

     

    What I need from you:

    - year of manufacture

    - make, model & variant

    - body type (coupe, convertible, etc)

    - engine size & fuel type

    - transmission

    - drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc)

    - mileage

    - any special features, options or modification

    - does it have aircon

    - realistic current UK market value

    - Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range)

    - Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle)

    - which Australian state/city

     

    Please note when you are searching that most Vauxhall, Opel and some Chevrolet models will be badged as Holden in Australia.

     

    Let's test it out :biggrin:

     

    **Please note, our responses will normally be just an A, B or C. If you want a full breakdown of costs, you'll need to email us via our website***

     


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    Ok I've been having a tinker with this for a little while and think I've got it pretty close. I've developed an Excel spreadsheet that provides an estimate of whether or not your car is

     

    Category A: definitely worth bringing, you'll do nicely out of it when the time comes to sell

    Category B: only worth bringing if you love the car and/or plan to keep it for a while

    Category C: not worth the aggro, you're better off selling it in the UK

     

    *Disclaimers* - the estimates are based on the following:

     

    1) using my services at AUD990 (it's set up for my customers, obviously!)

    2) using RORO shipping from Southampton (does not include transport to get your car to the port)

    3) the current GBP/AUD exchange rate

    4) a customs value at 75% of the normal market value

    5) includes customs duty and GST

    5) a set figure for dock charges (which I've deliberately set higher than what they normally come in at)

    6) includes the cost of a valuation and transport to the workshop once cleared

    7) includes $1000 for minor modifications needed for registration

    8) does NOT include registration costs (because you pay that on all cars, whether they're imported or bought here in Australia)

     

    As you can see, I've tried to be as upfront about the costs of getting the vehicle to Australia, and I have actually over-allowed on what many bills come in at. There are a heap of variables in here and each car is different, so don't be disheartened if you get a category C - the calculator isn't meant to be the ultimate authority, but it will give you a fair guide.

    What I need from you:

     

    1) Year/make/model/mileage/aircon or no aircon

    2) Market value in the UK (be realistic!)

    3) Market value in Australia (search via www.redbook.com.au and make sure you click right through to the description to get the correct price ranges - if you don't chances are you're looking at the price it was sold at when it was new)

     

    Let's test it out :biggrin:

    Hi iron chef, I'm hoping you can help, we have been Melbourne for 4 weeks now and our car is sitting on my brothers driveway in the south of England waiting for us to start the painful procedure of getting over here. The details are: BMW x5 3.0d sports, 70,000 miles on the clock, with air con. Valuation in England was £12,000, valuation on redbook.com.au is $32,000. Hope you are able to help, kind regards, john

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    Hi iron chef, I'm hoping you can help, we have been Melbourne for 4 weeks now and our car is sitting on my brothers driveway in the south of England waiting for us to start the painful procedure of getting over here. The details are: BMW x5 3.0d sports, 70,000 miles on the clock, with air con. Valuation in England was £12,000, valuation on redbook.com.au is $32,000. Hope you are able to help, kind regards, john

     

    Category A :)

     

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    Ok I've been having a tinker with this for a little while and think I've got it pretty close. I've developed an Excel spreadsheet that provides an estimate of whether or not your car is

     

    Category A: definitely worth bringing, you'll do nicely out of it when the time comes to sell

    Category B: only worth bringing if you love the car and/or plan to keep it for a while

    Category C: not worth the aggro, you're better off selling it in the UK

     

    *Disclaimers* - the estimates are based on the following:

     

    1) using my services at AUD990 (it's set up for my customers, obviously!)

    2) using RORO shipping from Southampton (does not include transport to get your car to the port)

    3) the current GBP/AUD exchange rate

    4) a customs value at 75% of the normal market value

    5) includes customs duty and GST

    5) a set figure for dock charges (which I've deliberately set higher than what they normally come in at)

    6) includes the cost of a valuation and transport to the workshop once cleared

    7) includes $1000 for minor modifications needed for registration

    8) does NOT include registration costs (because you pay that on all cars, whether they're imported or bought here in Australia)

     

    As you can see, I've tried to be as upfront about the costs of getting the vehicle to Australia, and I have actually over-allowed on what many bills come in at. There are a heap of variables in here and each car is different, so don't be disheartened if you get a category C - the calculator isn't meant to be the ultimate authority, but it will give you a fair guide.

    What I need from you:

     

    1) Year/make/model/mileage/aircon or no aircon

    2) Market value in the UK (be realistic!)

    3) Market value in Australia (search via www.redbook.com.au and make sure you click right through to the description to get the correct price ranges - if you don't chances are you're looking at the price it was sold at when it was new)

     

    Let's test it out :biggrin:

     

    1) 2009 / Fiat 500 1.2 POP / 4000 miles / no aircon

    2) £6000 to £6500

    3) $11,400 - $13,200


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    1) 2009 / Fiat 500 1.2 POP / 4000 miles / no aircon

    2) £6000 to £6500

    3) $11,400 - $13,200

     

    Category C mate, sorry. The lack of aircon makes it an even worse bet.

     

    (PS got your email, will reply tonight!)


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    Category C mate, sorry. The lack of aircon makes it an even worse bet.

     

    (PS got your email, will reply tonight!)

     

    :) Thought as much but wife wanted me to try and find out. For sale it shall be..


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    Ok I've been having a tinker with this for a little while and think I've got it pretty close. I've developed an Excel spreadsheet that provides an estimate of whether or not your car is

     

    Category A: definitely worth bringing, you'll do nicely out of it when the time comes to sell

    Category B: only worth bringing if you love the car and/or plan to keep it for a while

    Category C: not worth the aggro, you're better off selling it in the UK

     

    *Disclaimers* - the estimates are based on the following:

     

    1) using my services at AUD990 (it's set up for my customers, obviously!)

    2) using RORO shipping from Southampton (does not include transport to get your car to the port)

    3) the current GBP/AUD exchange rate

    4) a customs value at 75% of the normal market value

    5) includes customs duty and GST

    5) a set figure for dock charges (which I've deliberately set higher than what they normally come in at)

    6) includes the cost of a valuation and transport to the workshop once cleared

    7) includes $1000 for minor modifications needed for registration

    8) does NOT include registration costs (because you pay that on all cars, whether they're imported or bought here in Australia)

     

    As you can see, I've tried to be as upfront about the costs of getting the vehicle to Australia, and I have actually over-allowed on what many bills come in at. There are a heap of variables in here and each car is different, so don't be disheartened if you get a category C - the calculator isn't meant to be the ultimate authority, but it will give you a fair guide.

    What I need from you:

     

    1) Year/make/model/mileage/aircon or no aircon

    2) Market value in the UK (be realistic!)

    3) Market value in Australia (search via www.redbook.com.au and make sure you click right through to the description to get the correct price ranges - if you don't chances are you're looking at the price it was sold at when it was new)

     

    Let's test it out :biggrin:

     

    Hi.

    Mazda 6 2005 Diesel , aircon , 57k miles £3700 ( realistic ) Oz $17k ( $15k for lower and higher miles ) .... Have you a D cat :laugh:


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    Hi.

    Mazda 6 2005 Diesel , aircon , 57k miles £3700 ( realistic ) Oz $17k ( $15k for lower and higher miles ) .... Have you a D cat :laugh:

     

    Category A! It ain't sexy, but it's worth importing based on those figures :)


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    Ok I've been having a tinker with this for a little while and think I've got it pretty close. I've developed an Excel spreadsheet that provides an estimate of whether or not your car is

     

    Category A: definitely worth bringing, you'll do nicely out of it when the time comes to sell

    Category B: only worth bringing if you love the car and/or plan to keep it for a while

    Category C: not worth the aggro, you're better off selling it in the UK

     

    *Disclaimers* - the estimates are based on the following:

     

    1) using my services at AUD990 (it's set up for my customers, obviously!)

    2) using RORO shipping from Southampton (does not include transport to get your car to the port)

    3) the current GBP/AUD exchange rate

    4) a customs value at 75% of the normal market value

    5) includes customs duty and GST

    5) a set figure for dock charges (which I've deliberately set higher than what they normally come in at)

    6) includes the cost of a valuation and transport to the workshop once cleared

    7) includes $1000 for minor modifications needed for registration

    8) does NOT include registration costs (because you pay that on all cars, whether they're imported or bought here in Australia)

     

    As you can see, I've tried to be as upfront about the costs of getting the vehicle to Australia, and I have actually over-allowed on what many bills come in at. There are a heap of variables in here and each car is different, so don't be disheartened if you get a category C - the calculator isn't meant to be the ultimate authority, but it will give you a fair guide.

    What I need from you:

     

    1) Year/make/model/mileage/aircon or no aircon

    2) Market value in the UK (be realistic!)

    3) Market value in Australia (search via www.redbook.com.au and make sure you click right through to the description to get the correct price ranges - if you don't chances are you're looking at the price it was sold at when it was new)

     

    Let's test it out :biggrin:

     

     

    Hi,

     

    I also have my own calculator, something I put together as I was gathering info about taxes and other things. Does yours take into account of Luxury car tax? Anyway, these are my car details. Just out of interest, your service 990AUD - what is this all about?

     

    2006/Mercedes/C180/40K/aircon

    UK Market value - £7K

    Aus Market Value - $19K

     

    thx

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    Hello mate ,

     

    cant find the equivilant in os , well spec wise anyway .

     

    Transit sport van , midnight blue ( 2010 ) 10K miles , aircon , leather ,blue tooth ,cruise control etc etc , all the options except the sat nav ( doubt the heated seats will be of use )

     

    UK 13K value , standard SWB van in oz around 30-£35k ( however it still owes me and would need to settle finance first)

     

    i mentioned it on your other thread but i think it'll be the only transit sport van in Oz , made for european market only ( possibly UK only ) they made 400 in 2010 all midnight blue ( the colour denotes year , 2011 was red , 2012 silver etc )

     

    last question , could i load the back up with my stuff or does the " vehicle" have to be shipped empty ???

     

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    as Iron Chef's pricing is based on shipping ro/ro you cannot load your stuff in the back. And it would get nicked anyway.

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    hi iron chef

    curious

    fiat ducato 100 multijet panel van (possibly backpacker style campervan conversion)

    2008

    72000 miles

    4000 ish sterling

    19000-21000 aussie arrantly

     

    thanks for your time

    s

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    Hi, we are having the discussion now about whether it is worth bringing our car over. It is a Volvo XC90, petrol 80,000 miles on the clock, with air con, worth around £9,000 in the UK and between £16,900 and £19,500 in Aus. Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Hi Iron chef we have a 2007 range Rover sport, 2.7d, with air con 60,000 miles. worth approx £20,000. In the red book it said for the same model $87,900. are you able to help us with the cost we would incur to import. We might look to sell when we are in oz is it harder to sell imports.

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    Hi we have an Audi A6 3L quattro le mans, 70,000 miles, worth £12,500 in UK , book price in Aus $47k.

     

    Thanks,

    Shelley.

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    hi iron chef

    curious

    fiat ducato 100 multijet panel van (possibly backpacker style campervan conversion)

    2008

    72000 miles

    4000 ish sterling

    19000-21000 aussie arrantly

     

    thanks for your time

    s

     

    A fiat costs same as a Mercedes done only half the mileage and similar age...there's something wrong with the site :)

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    hi iron chef.

     

    great service you provide on here.

     

    just a quick one mate .

     

    we have a 2011 s max which we love ,we have had it for a year.would parts be readily available in w.a ,and also garages that work on fords of that type.

     

    kind regards

    liverpoolollie

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    Hi,

     

    I also have my own calculator, something I put together as I was gathering info about taxes and other things. Does yours take into account of Luxury car tax? Anyway, these are my car details. Just out of interest, your service 990AUD - what is this all about?

     

    2006/Mercedes/C180/40K/aircon

    UK Market value - £7K

    Aus Market Value - $19K

     

    thx

     

    Mine doesn't include LCT, only because I've yet to price up one that has come in over the threshold :) My broker's fee is what I normally charge my customers importing through Iron Lady (see the link in my sig) - I've factored this into the costings, so people just need to remove that amount if they're planning to do it themselves.

     

    Yours is a Category B according to my calculator, it would be an A if you're doing everything yourself.

     

    Hello mate ,

     

    cant find the equivilant in os , well spec wise anyway .

     

    Transit sport van , midnight blue ( 2010 ) 10K miles , aircon , leather ,blue tooth ,cruise control etc etc , all the options except the sat nav ( doubt the heated seats will be of use )

     

    UK 13K value , standard SWB van in oz around 30-£35k ( however it still owes me and would need to settle finance first)

     

    i mentioned it on your other thread but i think it'll be the only transit sport van in Oz , made for european market only ( possibly UK only ) they made 400 in 2010 all midnight blue ( the colour denotes year , 2011 was red , 2012 silver etc )

     

    last question , could i load the back up with my stuff or does the " vehicle" have to be shipped empty ???

     

    lee

     

    Even at AUD30,000 market value, you'd be a Category B, any more than that, Category A. Deserves to be brought here for the coolness factor alone ;)

     

    as Iron Chef's pricing is based on shipping ro/ro you cannot load your stuff in the back. And it would get nicked anyway.

     

    ^^What he said!!

     

    hi iron chef

    curious

    fiat ducato 100 multijet panel van (possibly backpacker style campervan conversion)

    2008

    72000 miles

    4000 ish sterling

    19000-21000 aussie arrantly

     

    thanks for your time

    s

     

    Category A, no problems. Definitely worth doing the camper conversion before you leave. Man you guys get slammed on depreciation of work vans!

     

    Hi, we are having the discussion now about whether it is worth bringing our car over. It is a Volvo XC90, petrol 80,000 miles on the clock, with air con, worth around £9,000 in the UK and between £16,900 and £19,500 in Aus. Any help would be much appreciated.

     

    You haven't given me a year so I can't check values, but assuming you mean the Aussie value is between GBP16,900-19,500, not AUD16,900-19500, then it's a Category A. (Just make sure you give me the Aussie market value in AUD, everyone else reading!)

     

    Hi Iron chef we have a 2007 range Rover sport, 2.7d, with air con 60,000 miles. worth approx £20,000. In the red book it said for the same model $87,900. are you able to help us with the cost we would incur to import. We might look to sell when we are in oz is it harder to sell imports.

    :biggrin:

     

    Make sure you click on the description - $87,900 was their retail price when they were new! Even still, it's a Category A by a country mile.

     

     

     

    Hi we have an Audi A6 3L quattro le mans, 70,000 miles, worth £12,500 in UK , book price in Aus $47k.

     

    Thanks,

    Shelley.

     

    I'm presuming that's a late model...Category A, again by a mile.

     

     

    A fiat costs same as a Mercedes done only half the mileage and similar age...there's something wrong with the site :)

     

    More there's something wrong with Australian resale prices - they retail new for about the same money, too. The C180's resale isn't as good as other Benzes here because everyone wants the bigger engines.

     

    hi iron chef.

     

    great service you provide on here.

     

    just a quick one mate .

     

    we have a 2011 s max which we love ,we have had it for a year.would parts be readily available in w.a ,and also garages that work on fords of that type.

     

    kind regards

    liverpoolollie

     

    Bear in mind the S-Max isn't sold here, but working purely from memory, it's based on the Mondeo in terms of engines and everything else, yeah? If so, your friendly Ford dealer shouldn't have too many troubles getting parts.


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    2005 BMW 320i SE Z3S7 4DR, 115,000 Kms, Aircon, Price in Ireland €9000 price in Oz $24,000 est

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    hi iron chef

     

    2009(59plate) kia carens/ 28k with aircon

    worth about 10k in uk

    3) they dont appear to make carens in oz anymore, the latest year i can see is 2002 and the value is about $25k, so dont know how to work out oz value

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    2005 BMW 320i SE Z3S7 4DR, 115,000 Kms, Aircon, Price in Ireland €9000 price in Oz $24,000 est

     

    Euros? You're making me work, you guys! Ok, Category A, even after factoring in an extra EUR500 to get it over to Southampton.

     

    hi iron chef

     

    2009(59plate) kia carens/ 28k with aircon

    worth about 10k in uk

    3) they dont appear to make carens in oz anymore, the latest year i can see is 2002 and the value is about $25k, so dont know how to work out oz value

     

    Your Kia Carens is our Kia Rondo :) Either way my gut feeling was right - category C.


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        These lists are a guide. You may also be required to provide further evidence, including:
        • a copy of insurance documents for the vehicle;
        • copies of other documents that support your purchase of the vehicle (such as bank statements,
        receipts from vendors); and
        • copies of other documents that show you used the vehicle (such as receipts for any maintenance orrepairs made to the vehicle).
         
        You may be required to submit original documentation (not photocopies) to confirm eligibility under the scheme.
         
        Form to use for applying for a Personal Import
        http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/vehicle_regulation/bulletin/importing_vehicles/general/doc/Personal_Import_Application_1109.doc
        or
        http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/vehicle_regulation/bulletin/importing_vehicles/general/pdf/Personal_Import_Application_1109.pdf
         
        All Import-related information is in here, if you'd like more info:
        Importing Vehicles to Australia - General Information
         
        Is importing worth it? This is the $64m question of course! Going through the importing process for cars is not for the faint hearted, mainly because of the red tape you have to conquer.
        If you absolutely love your car and can't bear to part with it, then obviously you're going to choose to import it regardless of what I say, and that's fine, I've brought in many cars over the years that don't make any sense from a financial standpoint.
         If you've heard rumours that bringing cars to Australia is like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, then I would encourage you to do some further research before going through the rigmarole of applying for import approval.
         If your car is sold in Australia already, then I suggest you check what it is worth here on this website:
         Car Prices - Search Car Prices & Values Online - Red Book
         You may well find that you go to an awful lot of effort and expense to bring a car here, only to find that it is worth less here than what it owes you, particularly if it is a fairly basic model.
        If you're bringing over something more upmarket, then there is potential for profit, particularly if the car you happen to own is a model that can't enter the country any other way and is therefore desirable to astute collectors here. Feel free to ask if you aren't sure whether your car falls into this category.
         
        Why are Australian governments such ar$eholes? Dealing with them on a daily basis, I regularly wonder this myself!
        The personal import regulations have been tightened recently in response to dodgy businesses here rorting the system to make as much money as possible, by contacting ex-pat Aussies living overseas and effectively paying them to have cars registered in their names. This, of course, is not the intention of the scheme - it's not set up so that Aussies can send back cars every year and make money on them.
        Like most governments, Australian governments have never met a dollar they didn't like, and so when you import any goods over $1000 into Australia, you're going to get hit with 5% stamp duty on the cost of the car and its shipping charges THEN get another 10% GST charged on the cost of the car, its shipping charges and the 5% stamp duty - yes, you pay tax on a tax...
        Not only that, the state government will also get you for stamp duty of approximately 4% of the vehicle's value when the time comes to register it here. As you can see, they all do quite nicely out of importers.
         
        When should I apply for import approval? As soon as you've met the criteria for importing, or as soon as you have your visa. DON'T make the mistake of waiting until you're about to come over to Australia! Our government has a long history of making running changes to legislation without letting anyone know.
        On the DIT website you'll see something written about 17 working day turnaround times - this is rubbish, expect up to 5 or 6 weeks. The section that processes applications is terminally (and in my opinion deliberately) understaffed, and you see that the 17 day processing time doesn't include peak periods, and they always manage to find a reason for slower processing (at the moment, it's the strong AUD v USD making everyone buy US cars...)
         
        Which companies do insurance for personal imports? When most mainstream insurance companies in Australia hear the 'i' word (import), they will smile and show you the door. If your car is a model already sold in Australia, do NOT mention it is a personal import. There's nothing underhanded or illegal about doing this, so don't worry you're not breaking the law, you're just avoiding confusion on their end.
         If your car is rare or unusual, I recommend Car Insurance for car enthusiasts and owners of classic and vintage cars - Shannons , or if you're under 25 Car Insurance for Young Drivers and Modified Cars - Just Car Insurance In the interests of ethical probity, I have all my cars insured through Shannons - they offer big reductions if you have multiple vehicles or home insurance through them too.
         
        Air conditioning - what needs to be done? When you read the Department of Environment and Heritage's website, you'll read that no vehicle can be imported into Australia with R12 gas, which doesn't apply to many people these days.
        Most of us have R134a, which is still regarded as an ozone-depleting substance, and therefore, to bring a car in with R134a still in the aircon system, the importer must have the appropriate licence to do this - back in the old days, it was only $50 to get the licence, but because of recent changes, it has now jumped to $600. I should point out that the wait to actually get a licence is horrendous too.
         The alternative is to make sure your air-con is de-gassed before it leaves the UK. I'm not sure what your local mechanic would charge you to do this, but I doubt it would be much more than 20 or 30 pounds. From there, they need to sign the relevant paperwork to show that it has been done (I can send you the form for this), and then you give this form and the tax invoice from the mechanic to your customs broker in Australia. Re-gassing costs around $100AUD so you still end up miles in front compared to getting the $600 licence.
         
        Market value vs customs value -
        For personal imports, cars are generally valued independently once they arrive in Australia. This is done by a licenced valuer, at a cost of $200 or so (nice work if you can get it!).
        There is a good reason for this - if you paid $50,000 for your car and had owned it for 5 years, it would be unfair to tax you on the original purchase price. So it makes sense.
        The valuer is required to provide a customs value, not a market value. In virtually every case, the customs value is a much lower figure than market value.
        Just for fun, I'll do a hypothetical scenario with a 2007 Jaguar XK convertible, purchased new by whoever is bringing it in.
        Market value for one sold new in Australia is now $105,000-115,000AUD
        Customs value (I'm no expert at this, but I know these are the rough figures used for depreciation!)
        Purchase cost - £69,900 ($158,000 AUD based on an exchange rate of 1AUD=44p back in 2007)
        Three years' depreciation at 22% per year brings the value down to $75389, THEN another 20% approx is reduced to take into consideration an imported vehicle being worth less than its equivalent locally sold model in Australia.
        Customs value is $60,311.
        Like I said, don't quote me on those percentages I've used, but they're in the right ball park, which should help some of you with your calculations for taxes and customs duty.
         
        For further information, see my other topic:
         
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