7 Things to Know Before Buying a Car in the U.S.

What you should know before you buy a car from the United States

It’s easier together

While it may seem like a good idea to just go for it and arrange everything yourself without any overlooking assistance from an export company based within the U.S., it’s not.

Importing a vehicle requires a lot of time, paperwork, and knowledge. There are many areas during the procedure where you could potentially get caught up and fail altogether.


Buyer Beware: Emissions and Safety Matter!

Although emissions and safety equipment are things you might not think about when purchasing a new vehicle, they are very important things to consider when importing. If you are buying a car in the U.S. for import, that vehicle is not made to live up to the specifications of your country. Therefore, you must choose a vehicle which is compatible with local law, or pay to get it modified.


Differing Legalities

In addition to the whole emissions and safety debacle, there are also legal differences which might not seem like a big deal, but will make your vehicle completely illegal upon import. For example, in the EU, vehicles differ from ones made in the U.S. in terms of lighting color and lighting placement. U.S. vehicles will have a red indicator, which is not acceptable in the EU, and they will also have headlights oriented in an illegal manner. Although some countries might provide temporary exemptions to these rules, they are important to acknowledge when buying a car in the U.S.


The U.S. is a Great Country of Origin

Although the United States can be a hard place to import from depending on your location when it comes to legalities, it has always been a country which offers quick imports and large selection. For these reasons, we still think that the United States is one of the best countries in the world to import from, and why you should consider it over many other potential options.



Many vehicles which are destined for export to other countries will be modified. Modifications are a major benefit to export vehicles which draw attention and increase the desirability of a vehicle. However, some modifications which are perfectly legal in the United States may be extremely illegal in your country. In addition, governments tend to require extra paperwork and documentation for modified vehicles, even if the modifications are legal in both countries; for example, when it comes to importing a U.S. car from Canada.


Expanded options

If you’ve been thinking of buying a car in the U.S. and importing, you might also want to take a second look at the market before initiating any kind of import proceedings. The U.S. auto market is vast and has many unique vehicles available for export. Perhaps you have not considered some of these vehicles, so make sure you have looked at all of your options before finalizing your decision.


Not all Exporters are Equal!

When it comes to exporters within the United States, some of them are just not equipped to deal with certain situations which may or may not arise during the export procedure. It will save you a lot of time and money – ironically – going with a more expensive exporter which has experience and knowledge under its belt rather than a company which does not know what to do in challenging circumstances.

We will take on any export you need, and have many years of expertise within the export industry.

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