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Old 21-09-2014, 02:07 PM
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The next car I'm planning to start restoring is a project car that was imported about 15 years ago. The car has changed ownership 2 or 3 times since arriving here, so the name on the Import Approval differs from the current owner's name, and also from the previous owner's name on the sales receipt.
Before he spends a $hit load of money on a full resto, the owner wants to make sure the car should have no dramas getting rego in NSW, from a paperwork point of view with the different name on the VIA.
I've never done this particular scenario myself, but wouldn't think it'd be a problem; after all, plenty of dealers import cars in their own name and then sell them as projects, and as long as the VIN on the VIA matches that on the car, no dramas. Can anyone confirm, specifically in NSW?
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Old 21-09-2014, 02:13 PM
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Doesn't matter who's name is on the import papers. That can't be changed.

So long as he has a copy of it, and a receipt for purchasing the car, he's good.
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^ Russ is spot on, who's name is on the import papers matters not much.

All you need is a receipt of the person you bought it from.
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Thought that'd have to be the case, but thanks for your confirmation guys. Going to be an interesting project, will likely set up a build thread here.
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Old post but I thought I'd tack a question onto it rather than start a new thread.

I've been offered a project that doesn't have import papers- any idea how that goes down with the RMS in NSW?

A receipt wouldn't be an issue from the various owners but no-one at this stage seems to have the import approval. Not sure what the implications are but I haven't laid out any money or commitment yet.
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You should be able to chase up a copy of them from the Department of Infrastructure. I'd check before buying though.
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Thought that'd have to be the case, but thanks for your confirmation guys. Going to be an interesting project, will likely set up a build thread here.
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You can get a replacement copy of an import approval document (see first question listed here: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/veh...er_issues.aspx) but as suggested, I'd get that squared away before purchasing.

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You can get a replacement copy of an import approval document (see first question listed here: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/veh...er_issues.aspx) but as suggested, I'd get that squared away before purchasing.

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Allan I am bloody hopeless at remembering to take any photos, will have to volunteer the wife as official photographer.
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You can get a replacement copy of an import approval document
You have to make sure it wasn't imported as a parts car or for specifically for racing right? If I recall correctly not all imported cars can be road registered?

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You have to make sure it wasn't imported as a parts car or for specifically for racing right? If I recall correctly not all imported cars can be road registered?

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Not sure in the case of racing vehicles (special purpose) but as far as I'm aware, a VIA would only be issued for importation of a vehicle intended to be registered for road use. A VIA would not be issued for importing used vehicle parts. Interesting to note that Dept of Infrastructure seems to consider a vehicle without drivetrain, axles or wheels as 'parts'. So presumably this is to prevent someone buying a complete car overseas, then removing those bits and importing the whole lot as 'parts' in separate containers, then putting it all back together on arrival before heading to get registration. Can't be registered without VIA.

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Meant to add that in the link I posted previously, the answer to the 4th question also states:
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Q. I am purchasing/insuring/registering a vehicle already imported into Australia. How can I check if the vehicle has a Vehicle Import Approval?
You need to send a request in writing to the Department with your contact details and the vehicle details—e.g. make, model, VIN/chassis number. If the vehicle does have a valid approval, the Department can send confirmation. This letter can act as the Vehicle Import Approval for registration purposes.

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