what's importing to NZ like from the UK?
A friend sold a car to Australia and that cost about £2k in shipping fees - not sure about all the customs stuff though.
Prices are even higher in Australia, so that was probably worthwhile. In NZ there's a stringent compliancing process to get through - something like a dent on a sill can spell the end of a dream
It's also necessary to prove that a car meets the equivalent USA frontal impact standard, which can be tricky for cars never sold in the USA but there is a list of models that the NZ dealer has had approved and I think the GTV is on that list. Vehicles over a certain age are exempt. I saw a Delta Integrale the other day that was imported ten years ago - the owner kept it in a shed; now that it's 20 years old, it can finally be complianced and used on the roads in NZ!
My 156 had about £2k-equivalent spent on it when it arrived from Singapore - some seatbelts and all the brakes were replaced and much of the suspension (I replaced what was left). I'll try asking around people who have imported cars from England so I will have an accurate figure when the time comes
EDIT: well darn it, I remembered someone mentioning a tightening of emission standards this year and sure enough, as of 1st of January this year, any imported vehicle up to 20 years old must meet Euro4 and its equivalents. http://www.nzta.govt.nz/vehicle/clas...ment.html#tbl1
The GTV/Spider and most other models (156, 147, etc.) are only Euro3 at best (since that was the standard applicable at the time of manufacture) so that puts an end to importing them. Such retrospect (applying later rules to earlier cars) would be unthinkable in the UK but is nothing new for NZ rules, unfortunately
Effectively, it places an age limit on imported vehicles.
More information about the rest of the process at http://www.nzta.govt.nz/vehicle/impo...-one/cars.html
Meanwhile, once a vehicle has been entry-tested, the only ongoing test for exhaust emissions is applied at the six-monthly Warrant Of Fitness inspection. "Reasons for rejection: A vehicle with the engine at normal operating temperature (Note 1) emits clearly visible smoke (Technical bulletin 8) from the exhaust tailpipe (Note 2):
a) foracontinuousperiodoffivesecondswhenthe engine is idling and does not meet the additional requirements in Table 11-2-1, or
b) astheengineisbeingrapidlyacceleratedto approximately 2500 rpm or approximately half the maximum engine speed (whichever is lower) and does not meet the additional requirements in Table 11-2-1. " - the tables go on to exempt rotary and two-stroke engines - what an excellent example of double standards...