New Zealand Classic Car - - CONTENTS - Words: Lachie Jones

It wasn’t all that long ago that pur­chas­ing a car from over­seas re­quired an enor­mous amount of trust in the ven­dor, or an ex­pen­sive trip abroad to en­sure your pur­chase was le­git­i­mate. But the ef­fects of glob­al­iza­tion and the in­ter­net have changed the game in terms of break­ing down bor­ders for car im­porters, pro­fes­sional and pri­vate alike. If you now find your­self in the mar­ket for a piece of Amer­i­can mus­cle, for ex­am­ple, your first port of call will likely be a Google search of Amer­i­can cars for sale. The same goes for search­ing in the UK or Aus­tralia, or any other na­tion trad­ing with ours. The world of cars is now ours for the tak­ing. The hunt it­self is a bar­rel of fun, and hours can be lost por­ing over de­tails and re­search­ing spe­cific cars, years, en­gine types, and prove­nance. Most likely, you’ll find your­self in a worm­hole of list­ings, you’ll get an idea of val­ues, and your re­search will in­di­cate the pit­falls of the par­tic­u­lar ve­hi­cle you’re look­ing to buy. Even­tu­ally, you’ll find ‘the one’ and you’ll pull the trig­ger. At this point, you’ll be tempted to trans­fer funds to an over­seas bank ac­count, and there will be a case of the but­ter­flies and a hint of buyer’s re­morse un­til you get word that the ven­dor has re­ceived the money. Then, sud­denly, you’ll own the car. But the car will still be over­seas. And you’ll need to get it here. That is why we rec­om­mend do­ing things the other way around when pos­si­ble - sort­ing out the lo­gis­tics first, be­fore buy­ing. Whichever way you do it, you’ll need to find a good lo­gis­tics/ship­ping com­pany to get the car back to New Zealand safely. Luck­ily, there are play­ers in the New Zealand mar­ket with an abun­dance of ex­pe­ri­ence at bring­ing in pre­cious metal from all around the world. You’ll want to pick a com­pany with the nec­es­sary con­tacts in the coun­try you’re importing from. Of­ten these com­pa­nies will have re­la­tion­ships with bro­kers and agents with which they can li­aise and or­ga­nize to get the ve­hi­cle in­spected. Of­ten, spe­cial­ist lo­gis­tics com­pa­nies have a net­work of bro­kers and trusted ve­hi­cle in­spec­tors they work with to give you the peace of mind you’ll want when pur­chas­ing and importing a clas­sic or spe­cial­ist ve­hi­cle sight un­seen. Once the car is in New Zealand, a lot of freight and lo­gis­tics busi­nesses can help you get the car com­plied and road le­gal, but it will cer­tainly pay to en­sure that the ve­hi­cle is able to be reg­is­tered for New Zealand roads (if that is its pur­pose) prior to pur­chas­ing it. Of course, many of the ve­hi­cles fea­tured in this very mag­a­zine have been brought in from around the world. In fact, the cover fea­ture car in next month’s is­sue was hand-picked in the US and brought back to New Zealand by its owner.


Fa­mous Pa­cific Ship­ping (FPS) takes pride in the ve­hi­cle importing side of its busi­ness. It cer­tainly helps that the owner of the busi­ness is him­self a car nut and ap­pre­ci­ates what it takes to get a car to New Zealand while en­sur­ing that the ve­hi­cle is of the qual­ity ex­pected. Its staff have worked with a num­ber of col­lec­tors and pur­chasers over the years, bring­ing in all types of wild and won­der­ful au­to­mo­biles. It cur­rently has a ’56 Packard con­vert­ible and a Ford Mus­tang both tightly packed into the same con­tainer and bound for New Zealand. The ex­pe­ri­enced team at FPS has an ex­cel­lent track record in ve­hi­cle safety; it has never had an in­ci­dent while ship­ping a ve­hi­cle, and the com­pany treats each of its cus­tomers’ cars, mo­tor­cy­cles, mo­torhomes, and boats with the ut­most re­spect and care. FPS of­fers a full-ser­vice im­port process, mean­ing it can ar­range get­ting your pur­chase from its cur­rent lo­ca­tion, any­where in the world, to New Zealand, through cus­toms and Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI) cleared. FPS has a base at Auck­land Air­port and ac­cess to fa­cil­i­ties right across New Zealand. It can even help you get your ve­hi­cle com­plied and on the road once it hits our shores. For more in­for­ma­tion on the ser­vices FPS can of­fer, visit fa­

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