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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Audrey and today, I would like to invite you all to learn about the wonders of the automobile. I first became interested in the auto mobile after the death of my husband. Until that point, I had no interest in cars at all. My husband did all the driving and I simply had to turn up on time and climb into the back. However, a few days after the funeral, I walked into our garage and I decided that I would learn how to drive and how to maintain an automobile. Our mechanic has been very good at teaching me a few things and giving me some top advice.


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No Car Left Behind! A Guide To Additional Costs When Importing Your Car To Australia From The USA

Tracy Arnold

When people move country, they take as many of their belongings with them as possible to help reduce the strangeness of their new surroundings. You already know what is going in your suitcases, and you know the best way to get your beloved pets down under, but how do you part with your beloved Pony? While Ford Mustangs are available for purchase in Australia, older models with personal history often accompany their American owners to their new home. However, importing a car is more than just the cost of the shipping. Make sure you are aware of additional costs charged before you start getting your vehicle ready for the container:

Customs and Quarantine

Australia is an island (albeit a large one), and the government is serious about keeping drugs and pests out of the country. As part of this, every vehicle that enters Australia must pass through a Customs, and then a Quarantine inspection. The Customs Division is making sure there is nothing illegal packed inside the vehicle, and the Quarantine inspection ensures there are no bugs, diseased vegetation, or other nasties in the car. The cost of these two inspections is additional to the cost you pay for shipping.


Vehicles imported into Australia attract a duty tax, and the amount of this tax depends on the age and value of the vehicle. For the 2017-2018, the Luxury Car Tax (LCT) threshold is $65,094. This limit means that if your vintage Pony is valued at more than this amount, then you are charged a 33% LCT tax when you import the vehicle. Cars worth less than the LCT threshold are charged smaller duty percentages depending on age, and every import also attracts a 10% Goods and Services Tax.

Roadworthy Compliance

Once your Mustang has arrived, and you've managed to pay all the government charges, you then need to get the vehicle roadworthy compliant before it can be registered and driven. Examples of tasks required to make your vehicle conform to Australian standards include:

  • replacing seat belts if the vehicle is more than 15 years old, so they match Australian standards
  • replacing brake fluid and brake pads, so they pass the safety standard inspection
  • fitting halogen headlights if your car does not already have them, so they meet Australian standards

As you can see, there are additional costs to be factored into your budget before you bring your Mustang to Australia. Once you provide the specific details of your vehicle to a car importing agency, they can give you an accurate breakdown of what the full cost for import cars would be.