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Looking at an 04 r230 SL600, Vin WDB2304761F082116.
It's a Japan version, with license plate holder for Mexico.Asia, according to the build for the VIN. Not very USA.

How do I determine if this car can be imported into the US. I would not want to modify anything to meet EPA regs.
Are all later model Mercedes such as this one EPA compliant?
 

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Looking at an 04 r230 SL600, Vin WDB2304761F082116.
It's a Japan version, with license plate holder for Mexico.Asia, according to the build for the VIN. Not very USA.

How do I determine if this car can be imported into the US. I would not want to modify anything to meet EPA regs.
Are all later model Mercedes such as this one EPA compliant?
Have you done some additional homework to clarify importing into the US?

I think you're going to run into issues even if the Japanese version comes into USA, indirectly.
The first hurdle is age requirement issue, which I dont believe your SL600 even qualifies for. (Only 16 years, possibly 15 only, depending on the month day of manufacture)
 

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You have to call your state offices as this is what will be applied.
Each car has a label, either on the engine valve cover or in the engine compartment that will say "compliant with Federal (state) emission and safety laws "
If it doesn't have it, you need to contact MB representative and get a letter that it does.
If you don't get such letter- the car will be part donor.
I was considering importing Canadian Smart diesel to California and I had to deal with 3 government agencies that don't communicate between themselves.
Refusal from any of them would stop me from registering the car. That can easy turn into nightmare.
 

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Thanks.
I asked the seller to take a picture of any stickers that indicate EPA approval.
If the car does not have that, I'll pass.
 

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You have to call your state offices as this is what will be applied.
Each car has a label, either on the engine valve cover on in the engine compartment that will say "compliant with Federal (state emission laws) "
If it doesn't have it, you need to contact MB representative and get a letter that it does.
If you don't get such letter- the car will be part donor.
I was considering importing Canadian Smart diesel to California and I had to deal with 3 government agencies that don't communicate between themselves.
Refusal from any of them would stop me from registering the car. That can easy turn into nightmare.
Kajtek1,
All of this is true, however, if it doesnt meet the first criteria (age requirement), you're SOL.
No department will sign-off.
If you want to bring it in, parted (in piece meal), that's another story.
 
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