Rules for importing a car?

#1 Mar 26th, 2012, 03:02
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I have come across conflicting rules regarding import of a car for transfer of residence, from customs websites, to those sent by global movers (the latter provide official looking forms with tables etc).
Some say, new cars carry 106%, others say 70%. Some say cannot resell till two years have passed, others, no time limit. They all say, only right hand drive, with proper emissions control etc in place.
Some say only used cars with at least one year possession, others say even new cars are fine.
I would very much appreciate any LATEST info regarding the same.
Has anyone out there just been through this process to confirm the correct rules?
Also can one buy the car from another country and have it shipped directly to India?
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#2 Mar 26th, 2012, 08:15
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Have not been through this but let's say I know the procedure very well. Unless you're a masochist: do not try to import a car into India, transfer of residence or not. It will become a black hole that'll suck in all your cash and in the end it's likely you won't get it registered or will have t pay up heavily.

Import duty for a new car is in total (all duties, taxes and cesses combined) 164%, basic customs duty (a component) is 100%. This is assessed on the CIF value.

Take a look at the official website for the depreciation rules here, they still apply. Nowadays there are no restrictions on reselling etc anymore (apart from the fact that you can't start a commerce without paperwork of course) provided you initially get it registered in your own name. If you're thinking of making a profit on this, forget about it, authorities have cracked down on a number of dodgy car import schemes the last couple of years.

Importing it does not mean being able to get it certified and registered. I know a diplomat who had serious issues getting his car registered due to the emission standards (and his vehicle actually does better than what the indian standards provide for but he needed the paperwork saying so). Cost him a lot of money and he had better support than a private person can hope to have + of course he benefited from a diplomatic exemption.
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Thanks for the details, that really helped. I have been forewarned! Looks like only the uber rich manage to import a car into the country, and maybe we're better off getting dings into something we won't get (too) jumpy about.
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My thoughts too, amount to "forget it."

Buy your car here, even if it is a foreign import.

What car did you want?

www.team-bhp.com is the India driving forum --- but they are quite fussy about who they let in !


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Did not zero in on any particular one, before enough research was done to warrant further effort. I checked the link you mentioned, just last night (got it from one of your earlier posts, I think in 2009 ) when I was browsing the forum for related info. Not quite up my alley yet, so won't get all knotted up over lack of access to its exclusivity!
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Agree with both DC and Nick, provided there is no status symbol/passion thing for which you can spend, and keep on spending huge sums of money.

India has some of the best cars available now, with all warranty, service etc being taken care of. No reason for importing a new car.
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Whilst the range is nothing like that available in Europe, I do feel you will be able to satisfy your needs with something between a Tata Nano or a Maruti 800 and a Rolls or Bentley. At various levels of ex-pat-management expectancy, Honda, VW, Audi, Mercedes and others are available. Expect to be shocked by the imported, duty-inclusive prices though.
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Importing a car into India can turn into your personal nightmare as few others before me have pointed out and after the shipping costs and exorbitant customs duty, you will feel like you've been sodomized by a African bull elephant.

I think India explicitly forbids importing left hand drive cars so unless you currently live in one of the commonwealth countries, the idea is a non starter.

Based on people who moved back to India from US, you are much better off buying a car there in India if it is a regular sedan or hatchback you want to use for getting around.

And advice on expensive cars in India...don't bother because the way people drive there, you are almost certain of getting in a fender bender sooner than later and your expensive car will look like the Bombay taxi in about a year. Some moron running into your car with his 100cc mobike is almost a given and multiple times in a few year span I might add.
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one of the commonwealth countries
or Japan!
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a African bull elephant
An imported Bull elephant!
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And advice on expensive cars in India...don't bother because the way people drive there
It amazes me that there are unscratched, undented cars on the roads

I am still driving my car with new-car nerves, and, already it has one scratch.

My previous car was rear-ended by a biker on Day 4 of ownership. Bumpers should be regarded as consumables . During the next five years it acquired numerous dents and scratches. I have to admit that not all of them were somebody-else's fault

Sometimes the roads are really just crazy. Governments insist on "improving" them, too, without doing anything about improving those who drive on them.

Whoa! I'm off on one of my pet rants again. Better stop!
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Yeah, for peace of mind the best course of action after acquiring a new car here is to park it on your driveway, snap a picture and then throw a rock at it. It'll take away the angst about the first dent/scratch. This is one of the reasons -well, apart from the fact that my employer foots the bill- that I move around in a rented car + driver. For personal travel I ride a motorcycle and while I agree that some of my fellow motorcyclists display less than exemplary behaviour, consider that an accident for them is potentially a lot more dangerous than to you. My last near miss was when a small maruti crossed right in front of me without even looking, a bus drove into a pole trying to avoid a collision and I got past the car with centimeters to spare. Turned around, determined to draw blood (temper, temper), got him to stop (he never even slowed after the bus crash) and got off my bike, only to see that the driver was a 70 something gent with glasses as thick as the bottom on a jam jar. He very politely explained that he didn't see me nor the bus. I suggested a white cane sans car and rode off.

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