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Importing an American car: yes, but at what price?

Would you like to treat yourself to a typical American muscle car? Have you fallen in love with a comfortable pick-up made in the USA? Before you take out your bank card, make sure you have all the keys in hand to properly estimate the vehicle of your dreams. Purchase, repatriation by truck, sea transport, customs fees… Here’s everything you need to know to estimate the import price of a U.S. car.

After scouring US classifieds sites, you’ve finally found the American car of your dreams at an attractive price. It’s already a good thing to do, but to make sure you stay within your budget, you’ll have to add to this sum the incompressible costs associated with importing an American car. Between transport costs, customs duties, administrative costs… It is not always easy to estimate the real cost price of your future vehicle.

To know the real import price of your American car from the start, and avoid any unpleasant surprises, we strongly advise you to go through a specialized company. By choosing EASY IMPORT AUTO, for example, you can be sure that you are paying the right price. But above all, you are fixed from the start on the total amount to be paid to acquire your future vehicle. To do this, simply send the ads you are interested in by email to the address. In response, you will receive a free ultra-detailed quote adjusted to each vehicle, with an all-inclusive and turnkey rate.

The Costs of Importing an American Car to Europe

As you can imagine, transporting your new car from the seller in the United States to your garage will incur a number of costs.

To give you an idea of the total invoice, we offer you two examples of quotes drawn up by EASY IMPORT AUTO. The first is for an old vehicle, the second for a modern car.

How much does it cost to import a 1988 Corvette C4 to Europe?

  • Price of the car: around 6,000 euros (ad published on eBay on May 28, 2021)
  • Transport by truck from the American seller to the EASY IMPORT AUTO warehouse: 600 euros
  • Transport maritime : 1 390 euros
  • Receipt of the container and customs clearance: 500 euros
  • French or Belgian taxes: around 450 euros
  • FFVE (French Federation of Vintage Vehicles) file required for the registration of a classic car over 30 years old: 60 euros

TOTAL TURNKEY: approximately 9,000 euros

If you want to know the invoice for a 1966 Ford Mustang, we invite you to watch the video below. You’ll also find plenty of tips for buying a car in the United States.

How much does it cost to import a 2020/2021 Ford Mustang GT500 model to Europe?

  • Price of the car: around 62,000 euros (price in May 2021, for a vehicle with 563 km on the odometer)
  • Road transport from the Ford dealership to the EASY IMPORT AUTO warehouse: 600 euros
  • Transport maritime : 1 390 euros
  • Receipt of the container and customs clearance: 500 euros
  • French or Belgian duties and taxes: €19,000
  • Homologation: €6,000

TOTAL TURNKEY: approximately 90,000 euros

To discover the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 in pictures, and compare its price to that of its little sister, the GT350, you can watch the video below.

Please note that taxation is different depending on the country in which EASY IMPORT AUTO operates. For a modern vehicle, for example, the French have to pay 20% VAT, compared to 21% for the Belgians, with customs duties amounting to 10% in both countries. On the other hand, if it is a classic vehicle, there will be no customs duties to pay. The vehicle will only be subject to 5.5% VAT in France, and 6% in Belgium.

As you can see, it is not easy to calculate the actual cost price of a vehicle imported from the United States at the outset. This is why it is advisable to go through a specialized company such as EASY IMPORT AUTO. This is the guarantee of a clear and all-inclusive price even before the import procedure begins. All steps of the process are costed in the most transparent quote in the industry. In addition, you will be able to benefit from many optional à la carte services offered by EASY IMPORT AUTO (vehicle inspection before purchase, insurance, home delivery, etc.).

Finally, if you are wondering if it would not be more interesting to buy an American car directly in Europe, you should know that importing from the United States costs between 25 and 30% less.

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