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Date registered: Apr 2004
Location: S.F. Bay Area
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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.
Best Regards & good luck
Firemist Red CLK500