The process of bringing a car into Australia from a different country can be a difficult one, no matter what country you’re coming from, and whether you’re buying a car from a foreign country or bringing your own car along when moving. Using a customs agent can help you get through all the paperwork and red tape involved in the process. As you’re first thinking about whether or not to use an agent to help bring your car in, there are a few pros and cons to keep in mind.
Less confusion: There’s a lot of paperwork to sort through for this type of project, both in Australia and the country you’re bringing the car in from. A customs agent can help you sort out which forms you need to send in when, so you don’t need to spend so much time and energy sorting things out.
Less work: Besides advising you on what you need to do, an agent can also get your information and then help make sure the paperwork is taken care of so you don’t have to worry about whether or not everything’s being filed correctly.
Fewer mistakes: Since you’re getting help in these ways, not only do you not have to worry about figuring out and doing everything yourself, you don’t have to worry as much about getting things right. An agent will help make sure things are done right the first time.
Professional advice: Some agents might have access to shortcuts and other tips on getting your business done that you might not have been able to find on your own.
The cost: Sometimes using an agent can help you to avoid additional taxes and penalties, but not necessarily. Meanwhile, you’ll still be paying fees to the agent whether or not they save you money. You’ll have to put some thought into whether or not you think it’s worth the investment.
Less control: Turning over the process to an outside agent can mean not necessarily getting things done the way you want or done on your schedule, especially if your agent has a lot of other clients to take care of. While you have a level of protection from your own mistakes, you don’t get protection from the agent’s mistakes.
Looking over these tradeoffs is important when you’re thinking about having a car shipped in from out of the country, in order to decide whether or not you want some help with the legal process.
Top Secret Imports is a family run, specialist car import business and has built a reputation as a selling of world class cars. A licenced Registered Automotive Workshop (RAWS) they are vehicle compliance and importing specialists.
Top Secret Imports goal is to ensure bringing your dream car into Australia is complete and painless.
From sales, service, RAWS compliance TSI aims to make sourcing,buying,selling and compliance is as simple as possible.