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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-12-2006, 04:13 AM Thread Starter
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Importing Left Hand Drive Benz From Japan To British Columbia

Kind of have a problem.In Canada, as well as in other places, we have the 15-yr rule to bring a car from Japan. Once it passes Transport Canada's Inspection for compliance, it then is presented for BC provincial Inspection. I took my 90 SL to 3 different Govt. inspection places and had 3 different opinions, interpretations, or misinterpretations on what needed to be adhered to. First guy said he had received a memo from BC inspections that "Japanese Imports" would have to have new headlights, 3rd rear brake light. DTR (daytime running lights) side reflectors, and it went on and on. Next guy, no problem, and told him about the first one, and he said "They are idiots", I have a copy of the memo, and it is intended for RIGHT HD JAPANESE MADE VEHICLES IMPORTED TO CANADA, NOT GERMAN MADE LEFTHD VEHICLES...If it is 89 or newer though it would indeed have yo have DRL's. The 3rd guy said he would do a normal inspection to make sure it was roadworthy, PERIOD. My concern is getting a letter from this Insurance MONOPOLY six Months from now to re-inspect it or sometihg...Anyone have answers...links to sites with info..much appreciated..

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RE: Importing Left Hand Drive Benz From Japan To British Columbia

Based on my research and understanding, the DTR lights, child restraints are part of the RIV (registrar of import vehicles) program. At 15+ years, you SL is exempt. As soon as you pass the provincial safety inspection, you're done and won't have any hassles. Call BCAA, they do the inspections and paperwork for around $100.Google 'importing a car into Canada' for lots of good info. I even had to do this when I took my BC bought Ford (new in 1991) to Sask. for 3 years and moved back to B.C.
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I have two ex-Japan cars - an 81 BMW and an 89 300TE. The 89 wagon needed no modifications at all. The only little "blip" was when the ICBC agent couldn't find the vin number plate on the door jamb - isn't done on the Japan cars, wasn't satisfied with the rivetted plate by the rad and then finally I found what he accepted which was the vin stamped on the firewall by the battery. The inspection was done by Milo's European cars on Kingsway in Vancouver. No need for DRL's or the third brake light, at least for my two cars.
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