- Feb 1, 2007
- Dallas, Texas
- 00 4Runner | 02 919 | 87 XJ6 | 86 CB700SC
Confuse a Nebrask Redneck Cop - drive an 'personal' imported RHD car.
America you really need an equivalent to our SVA.
Soon to be :
The Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) scheme is replacing the Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) scheme. From now on, you can use the IVA scheme for any type of vehicle needing type approval except for special purpose light goods vehicles.
We used to have one.
Then in the 80s Mercedes got pissed off that we were importing Mercs from Europe for tens of thousands less than they were ripping us off for here, including models we wanted but they couldn't be arsed to import. Mostly they were ticked off over all the profit they were theoretically losing, so they spent a few million bucks getting personal importation banned on a safety basis via various fake grassroots entities (among other things.) Thus we all got screwed.
It did backfire a little on them when they wanted to import the G-Wagen into the US some 20 years later to take advantage of the craze for super high end SUVs. They found that someone else had actually spent all the money to legalize the G-Wagen under the rules Mercedes had had instituted and they weren't about to let Mercedes muscle in on it. Mercedes ended up paying millions for the Federalization rights.