Going through MotoRex is 100% legal. The car does not conform to federal smog and crash regs.
Post the state law that says vehicles intended for off-road use only can be legally registered and used on public roads.
"there are bonds(100% of what you payed for Customs, 150% for EPA source: http://freespace.virgin.net/jo....html
) that you must put down, but get back once the car is street legal"
"the only LEGAL skylines I know of have been imported through Motorex."
"If you want to import it as a racecar, then you have to claim so at port. Also, you have to file paperwork showing that you plan on racing it and at what races, in what sanction. Or, for a show car, what shows it will be attending."
"Yeah, I just did a little digging and found that even if they give you permission to import for racing purposes, you have to re-file for permission after a year. So...not worth it."
"That's because there *is* no way around it. If there was, then somebody would have done it by now."
"your $10400USD skyline sent to GK Automotive for DOT and EPA compliance brings your total to $16,400. Next, importation duty: 2.5% of $16400= $410. New total: $16810.The site figures $2000 for shipping and insurance.New total: $18810.The site then figures $1250 for "eventualities" aka unknown expensesNew total: $20060.Next is the whopper! customs bond equal to 100% of vehicle value $10400 added on, bringing your total to: $30460DOT conformance bond equal to 150% vehicle value($10400)=15600 added on to your original dollar amount needed to get your car here legally and in compliance with the three agencies.New total: $35660.USD
Yes, they are correct about the two bonds, which in your case would total $26000USD are returnable upon verification of vehicle compliance.
So, to get your car street legal in the U.S. you need $35660 sitting in your bank account right now."
"You guys don't seem to understand that legalizing a car is not a state government thing. It is a federal thing. I don't care what state you live in, all states are equally as hard to legalize a car in (with the exception of the Republic of California). I don't care if you are in Chicago, Atlanta, Bowling Green, or even a farm in the middle of Wyoming. It's all the same process.
For the kit car stuff, it is *illegal* to import a Skyline as a kit car. I don't care how you do it. Read http://www.epa.gov/otaq/imports/kitcar.htm
Specifically, the following statement...which is off the EPA website itself, not some B.S. wannabe pro-motorex site.
The production, sale and importation of vehicle parts (engines, transmissions, chassis, vehicle bodies, etc.) are not regulated by EPA because parts are not considered motor vehicles under the Clean Air Act. However if the parts constitute a disassembled vehicle or an approximate disassembled vehicle, the combination is considered a motor vehicle under the Clean Air Act. Any attempt to use this policy to circumvent the Clean Air Act or the Imports regulations will be considered a violation of the Clean Air Act and will be strictly enforced. An example of such circumvention is:
A kit car maker who also provides the engine and transmission before or after production/importation of the body/chassis.
Except with regard to kit vehicles meeting the guidelines at "2" above; an individual or firm that assembles kits for hire or resale, that produces assembled kit cars for resale or that produces complete kit car packages for resale will be considered to be a manufacturer of new motor vehicles under the Clean Air Act. Such manufacturers and their vehicles are subject to all applicable regulations under the Act including civil penalties of up to $25,000 per vehicle for each new motor vehicle distributed in commerce, sold, offered for sale, or introduced, or delivered for introduction, into commerce, unless such vehicle is covered by a certificate of conformity issued by EPA."
http://www.nissaninfiniticlub....26235This sticky is what you really need to read.
I wasn't pointing the finger at you specifically. Getting the car registered is the hard part. The time, money, and energy you put into this could better be spent earning the money to do everything in accordance with federal standards.(MotoRex)
You'll need 250% of the vehicle's value up front. You'll need an RI. You'll need to then get the car to comply($).
OR, go to MotoRex, and get a turn-key 100% regulation compliant car. Either way, you'll need roughly the same amount of money, up front. So, instead of finding a back door, why not start saving money?
--quotes from various members