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Gray market, 1993 320 CE convertible, AMG, 75k miles

I need some advice, I am thinking of purchasing this vehicle, reportedly updated to US standards. What are the drawbacks/benefits of a gray market vehicle. Thanks in advance.---Jim
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RE: Gray market, 1993 320 CE convertible, AMG, 75k miles

Only negatives are registration issues at your DMV. If you're buying it in-state, then you'll have no issues. This is due to the VIN # not matching known DMV records. The DMV can then either request the legalization paperwork or/and ask you to go to a State Inspection site to verify it's roadworthiness.
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Thank you very much for the advice.---Jim
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RE: Gray market, 1993 320 CE convertible, AMG, 75k miles

I believe there ARE other differences. In the past, some dealers would not work on them. In some instances, some parts are different and not interchangeable with USA spec cars. I don't know any of this to be fact but you may wish to get a braoder spectrum of answers before the purchase. In fact, why not call your local dealer and ask him if he can get parts for it.
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RE: Gray market, 1993 320 CE convertible, AMG, 75k miles

Here is some free advise:

1) If the car had been imported into the U.S. most likely an extensive modification were done by an authorized shop by U.S. Customs/dot/epa in order to comply with the EPA Enviromental Protection Agency) & DOT (Deparment of Transportation who sees the safety of the cars).-although as these shops will advise the owner. There is no guarantee that all the modification will be DOT/EPA Approve, if so you might have a problem in passing the smog test upon renewal of your annual registration.
Therefore ask the dude who is selling the car to provide you with a copy of the repairs & modifircation made to this car and of course the name of the shop.
Personally I will not buy a Gray Market Car, but the final decicion is yours.

2) IF YOU ARE THINKING TO IMPORT THE CAR: don't it!!
The reason why I know all this is because I am a Licensed Customs Broker my business is to clear the Import shipments for commercial & individual account through U.S. Customs. If you would import this car, it WILL NOT BE RELEASED TO YOU. From the pier it will only go to the Authorized repair shop to make all the modifications specify by DOT & EPA, then after several months IF THE SHOP, WAS ABLE TO BRING THE CAR TO THE U.S. SPECIFICATION then it will release to you, of course after several thousan of dollars.
Also U.S. Customs will require for you to post a Bond in the amount of 3 times the value of the car, The premiun (Cost) of this bond is none refundable and if for any reason the car is not borugh into compliance then customs will demand the full payment of the bond taken.

I am sorry that this message is long, but this is only a 'TIP OF THE ICEBERG" that you might be getting into.

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