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Hi, folks!

My wife and I are moving to Italy in about 3 months. We have a 1974 Toyota Landcruiser in great running condition. I have heard nothing but horror stories about importing cars to Italy, but want to do it if at all possible.

So my question: has anyone on the forum done this? Does the fact that the vehicle is a classic help or hinder my chances? Are there any experts on the ground in our area (southern Le Marche) who would be willing to assist - happy to hire someone if they know how to get this done.

My main concern is registration and insurance - I think I understand the physical transport part of the process.

Many thanks in advance,
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There is a reason why you hear nothing but horror stories...

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Hi, folks!

My wife and I are moving to Italy in about 3 months. We have a 1974 Toyota Landcruiser in great running condition. I have heard nothing but horror stories about importing cars to Italy, but want to do it if at all possible.

So my question: has anyone on the forum done this? Does the fact that the vehicle is a classic help or hinder my chances? Are there any experts on the ground in our area (southern Le Marche) who would be willing to assist - happy to hire someone if they know how to get this done.

My main concern is registration and insurance - I think I understand the physical transport part of the process.

Many thanks in advance,
Bob
I have friend who does this all the time and he is not far from you and speaks English he is in abruzzo , and please don't try the import your selve with out asking first , as some ports are controlled , if you follow my drift and will cost you a lot in so callel taxes when you have enough posts I will pm you his contact detales oh and I love land crusers Iive had 6 from the old long wheel base tractor types to the amazon damb great car and unstoppable exept by a jobs worth custums officer

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I have friend who does this all the time and he is not far from you and speaks English he is in abruzzo , and please don't try the import your selve with out asking first , as some ports are controlled , if you follow my drift and will cost you a lot in so callel taxes when you have enough posts I will pm you his contact detales oh and I love land crusers Iive had 6 from the old long wheel base tractor types to the amazon damb great car and unstoppable exept by a jobs worth custums officer
Sounds good - thanks much, and agreed about the Landcruisers!

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The car may be "classic" to you, but in reality it's just an old car. I'm sure you can find plenty of Land Cruisers where you live. Well, the same is true here in Italy. They're all over the place and can be purchased starting for less than 2000Euros but those are a little rough. I did spy a nice one with very low mileage at a very low price, but guess what. The car was a U.S. registered vehicle belonging to a U.S. serviceman and was NOT yet registered in Italy. This seemingly good price exists ONLY because registering a U.S. car here in Italy is so frustrating, time consuming, and potentially expensive.

Good Land Cruisers can be found at about 3500 Euros but with high mileage. Plenty of nice ones are available with less than 100000 miles up around five thousand Euros. Check autoscout24.it for some samples. There are many other used car sites too. Land Cruisers and similar cars aren't exactly a dime a dozen, but they are quite common and don't command any kind of price premium.

Unless you have some VERY special attachment to your car which only you can justify, then sell it and buy one here in Italy, especially if you might like to own one 20 years newer. If it were only shipping costs to consider, then I'd say go for it. But registering a U.S. car here in Italy simply can't be justified for most cars, especially ordinary ones like your Land Rover.
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most second hand cars here are very expencive , and most have never had a service after the gaurartee run out take it from me a good Toyota land cruiser is very hard to find
The only ones you will find are the ones worn out by boar hunters never never had a oil our filter change , and even I Toyota land crueser will struggle with that
And I have been searching for one for a long time , and am now thinking of importing from England or Germany ,
The cost of re reging will be well worth it to get a car with a service history

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just seen a rare sight here a long wheelbase amazon 4 ltr straight 6 nomaly they are short wheelbase cruisers do to small village roads or 3 ltr due to bollo

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Sounds good - thanks much, and agreed about the Landcruisers!
Has the old land cruiser broke down if so there is a first time for every thing . ik was looking forward to seing it

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[QUOTE=pudd 2;3582514]I have friend who does this all the time and he is not far from you and speaks English he is in abruzzo , and please don't try the import your selve with out asking first , as some ports are controlled , if you follow my drift and will cost you a lot in so callel taxes when you have enough posts I will pm you his contact detales oh and I love land crusers Iive had 6 from the old long wheel base tractor types to the amazon damb great car and unstoppable exept by a jobs worth custums officer [/QUOTE

Hello,
I am wanting to import a car to Abruzzo. Could I trouble you for your friend's contact info?
I have been told it is impossible by some but it would be nice to speak to someone from that industry before paying for shipping and winding up having to scrap it in the end.
Thanks, and great forum...
Paul

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I have friend who does this all the time and he is not far from you and speaks English he is in abruzzo , and please don't try the import your selve with out asking first , as some ports are controlled , if you follow my drift and will cost you a lot in so callel taxes when you have enough posts I will pm you his contact detales oh and I love land crusers Iive had 6 from the old long wheel base tractor types to the amazon damb great car and unstoppable exept by a jobs worth custums officer [/QUOTE

Hello,
I am wanting to import a car to Abruzzo. Could I trouble you for your friend's contact info?
I have been told it is impossible by some but it would be nice to speak to someone from that industry before paying for shipping and winding up having to scrap it in the end.
Thanks, and great forum...
Paul
i have sent you a private message

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