We have been dormant for a little while, and have been quite busy since the beginning of the year. We are looking to add a forum to allow the users to engage in some more feedback and conversations about a wide variety of topics concerning importation and all of the grey market regulations.
One of the reasons I have been so busy is that I have been tracking down an import of my own. Although I am stuck to the 25 year rule at this time it does not mean I cannot take advantage and pick up one of my favorite rides. I have been looking for some time to add a RHD Supra to my collection and have picked up a fresh 25 year vehicle. This is some of what you may find that will interest you, and with a goal of a 15 year rule it will open the doors to many newer options.
Make/Model:Toyota Supra MA70 GT-L
Description: A stock vehicle with 98k~ miles on her and a pretty decent body. Interior is a little dirty, and exterior has a few details to smooth out, but it is a straight and clean body vehicle. The only visual mod I have seen is a turbo timer.
My first import
Right now is the time to get the ball rolling and to voice your opinions! Lets get some ideas and plan on creating a proposal to forward on. After this we are looking to setup a form for you to contact your local representatives and let them know how you feel.
Sorry for the lack of updates, I am still here and very active with the mission at hand. There have been many things going on on this side, and a mission to bring in a 25 year old vehicle here in the months to come, in which I will post details and pictures later.
On another side note, there are a lot of very important and critical things going on right now within out government, and although it would be a perfect time to work legislation through, we are not at all ready. We need your help to bring people to the group and get some activity going!
In an earlier quest for signatures, we had a great start with many people showing their support, and we had many people working to spread the word throughout the different automobile forums and even some news channels.
We do plan on introducing a new petition on the whitehouse website in the future, but we plan on rounding up our participants early on. As a side note for those of you who are not aware, the petitions are required to have a response at 100,000 (corrected) votes but are not going to guarantee a response we may be looking for or even set in motion a immediate change. The whitehouse petitions are not required to have an actual response if they choose to not address the question at hand and the petition will end up with a “beat around the bush” type of answer. The petition is designed to get the attention of the administration and the legislators that are important in making these changes and show them that there are people ready to fight for this change.
This is an excerpt from Jalopnik.com of the original petition:
“The Department of Homeland Security spends a shockingly disproportionate amount of its budget not on security initiatives, but on customs seizures. In particular, importers of grey-market vehicles have been targeted by monies taxpayers have intended to be used to secure our country against terrorism and terrorist activity. We call upon the Executive Branch to immediately cease this wasteful activity, and furthermore to change the DOT/EPA exemption time on grey-market vehicles from 25 years to 15 years (to match the vehicle regulations of Canada), recognizing that the 25-year rule was enacted due to support from special interests such as Mercedes Benz North America.”
Unfortunately, at this time we do not have the specifics on the original author. If you were the author of the original petition, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
As for Mercedes, in the 80′s Mercedes had the 380SEL available for sale in the US while the rest of the world was able to enjoy the 500SEL. Due to this, the grey market exploded with over 20,000 Mercedes vehicles being imported into the US outside of the dealer market. This caused Mercedes and lawmakers to work hand in hand at closing the door on our import market. This was merely a loss in sales in a specific market due to the lack of availability, and Mercedes was still profiting at a global level. I feel that if Mercedes had put an effort out to bring in cars that were desirable here in the US, they would not of had an issue or loss of sales in the USA.
Thoughts? Ideas? Let us know!
Welcome to 25to15Years.us. We are a community trying to change the governing import restrictions of 25 year old exempt vehicles to a 15 year exemption. We need your help as a community to make this change.
A quick rundown of our goals are as follows:
- Educate people about the law
- Organize a community
- Change the law
We will be adding more to this site as we get everything together, but we would love to hear your opinions, and suggestions.
Please, join us in discussion, spread the word, and bring your friends!
A HUGE thanks to JDMVIP for their support and assistance in setting up this site for us. We ask that you also give the JDMVIP forum a visit and join the community.