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Reconfirming bringing a car

Post by newcomer » Sun, 24 Apr 2005 6:29 pm

I had posted this query before but would like to confirm once again...

I am relocating to Singapore. I have a 7 year old bmw in perfect condition with around 40K kms mileage. Is there any way I could bring this car with me to Singapore?


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Post by cyber_m0nkey » Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:12 pm

From everything that I have read I think you can only bring cars that are less then three years old.

Sorry to post from 'the other' forum but this is the most comprehensive one stop answer for this question that I could find...


Post by depends » Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:46 pm

It also depends on where your car is from -- I don't think you can bring a left-hand drive car here unless you are some sort of diplomat. In addition, you would basically have to re-buy the car again as you would have to buy a COE (certificate of entitlement) and that could most certainly cost you as much or more than the car is currently worth. You'd be best off selling your car or putting it in storage for when you return home. BTW, I know what you are feeling -- we had to sell our perfect condition 1989 325i before we moved here. Luckily, my brother bought it so it's still 'in the family' and being well taken care of and enjoyed!!

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Post by Strong Eagle » Sun, 24 Apr 2005 10:54 pm

It can't come in unless you figure out a way to get around the three year old rule.

These are the official rules from LTA... let me know if you figure a way around them. ... mp/car.pdf

And, you may want to think about the cost. Automatic $10,000 fee for a used car. Then 110 percent of vehicle open market value which includes the vehicle, all shipping, and inspection fees. Don't forget 20 percent customs duty and 5 percent GST levied on the whole mess. Oh, and then you have to buy a COE... around $20,000 right now.

So, you bring a car with an OMV of $20,000... you will pay about $60,000 to register it and have a permit to drive it... and you still have to pay for shipping, inspection, etc.

And that's if the car is less than 3 years old... otherwise, forget it.

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