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Differences between US and EU Roadsters?

Discovery

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Aug 13, 2021
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I was looking to purchase a new car and a Tesla roadster caught my eye on GruberMC being right in my price range of 70-75,000 but it is in Norway. I just wanted to ensure that the car would be street legal in the USA. As luck would have it, I know someone who is aware of the importing standards for cars. He informed me that the car wouldn’t pass a US safety inspection since it was manufactured for sale outside of the US. Has anyone here dealt with an EU roadster and could inform me what the car is lacking. I was thinking perhaps I could get the seller to bring it up to standard and then purchase the vehicle
 

IslandRoadster

Former Owner of #609
Nov 24, 2018
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Bainbridge Island, WA
I was looking to purchase a new car and a Tesla roadster caught my eye on GruberMC being right in my price range of 70-75,000 but it is in Norway. I just wanted to ensure that the car would be street legal in the USA. As luck would have it, I know someone who is aware of the importing standards for cars. He informed me that the car wouldn’t pass a US safety inspection since it was manufactured for sale outside of the US. Has anyone here dealt with an EU roadster and could inform me what the car is lacking. I was thinking perhaps I could get the seller to bring it up to standard and then purchase the vehicle

I don’t know what the rules are exactly, but for older vehicles you should be able to apply for a waiver from applicable standards. Might search for “import classic European car United States” on Google. That should give you the rules.

having just exported my US Roadster to Canada, there are companies you can hire that are experienced in the paperwork and will prepare all the documentation for you. All you need to do is give them your info, pay a fee, then sign the documents they send you.
 
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Discovery

New Member
Aug 13, 2021
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USA
I don’t know what the rules are exactly, but for older vehicles you should be able to apply for a waiver from applicable standards. Might search for “import classic European car United States” on Google. That should give you the rules.

having just exported my US Roadster to Canada, there are companies you can hire that are experienced in the paperwork and will prepare all the documentation for you. All you need to do is give them your info, pay a fee, then sign the documents they send you.
Thanks for the reply, I also found one of these companies but they dissuaded me from looking at the car due to US regulations being very particular in cars sold in Europe
 
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IslandRoadster

Former Owner of #609
Nov 24, 2018
381
293
Bainbridge Island, WA
I don’t know what the rules are exactly, but for older vehicles you should be able to apply for a waiver from applicable standards. Might search for “import classic European car United States” on Google. That should give you the rules.

having just exported my US Roadster to Canada, there are companies you can hire that are experienced in the paperwork and will prepare all the documentation for you. All you need to do is give them your info, pay a fee, then sign the documents they send you.

here is a link to some guidance. CBP Customer Service

looks like the car needs to be 25 years old to be exempt from DOT rules and 20 years for EPA. Since it’s a zero emissions vehicle, EPA rules won’t pose a problem. But DOT rules might be another matter.
 
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GJVR

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Aug 8, 2017
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What I know is that my European roadster does not light up the brake lights when regenerating. I want the the car to do so but ii was not allowed when the roadster was admitted. It is mandatory now for the model S.
 
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unixphone

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Aug 13, 2017
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I dont think it is possible to import Europe roadster without waiting 25 years.


This is the respond i got from tesla.
Thank you for reaching out to the roadster service support channel.
Upon further research we have found that European roadsters are not approved for registration in North America due to Safety and EPA guidelines.
 
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IslandRoadster

Former Owner of #609
Nov 24, 2018
381
293
Bainbridge Island, WA
I dont think it is possible to import Europe roadster without waiting 25 years.


This is the respond i got from tesla.
Thank you for reaching out to the roadster service support channel.
Upon further research we have found that European roadsters are not approved for registration in North America due to Safety and EPA guidelines.

It is really a question of can you make modifications to meet the DOT requirements. If you can, then you can import it. If you cannot, then you cannot.
 
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