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Old 11-11-2013, 01:05 PM   #1
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Question How to import a bmw e36 M3 from Europe (germany etc)

I would like to know how to import a bmw e36 m3 from europe, i would like to import it from germany but i am open to importing from europe as long as its a real euro m3. I know if the car is older than 15 years germany doesnt really give you any trouble but say i did find one in germany how would i go about bringing it to mississauga ontario canada. What would i need who would i need is it an easy prosess?

Please guys i really need some one to help me out on this i have done some research but i would like to get in contact with someone who has done this before and have some assitance.

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Old 11-11-2013, 03:56 PM   #2
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Unfortunately I don't have any experience. There are certainly a few folks on the board that have done it, hopefully they'll post.

There are so many "JDM" brokers that a lot of the imported German cars actually come through Japan. I've always wondered why there aren't more German brokers. Fun business opportunity for someone...

Good luck getting that Euro M3
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:47 PM   #3
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contact will zaraska @ http://willz.ca

a broker will make this process way easier for you
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:27 PM   #4
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E36 M3s in Europe have undergone a steep price increase in the last two years. You may be better off getting one from Japan. I'll also be selling one as soon as I hit 25 posts on this forum.
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:08 PM   #5
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There are so many "JDM" brokers that a lot of the imported German cars actually come through Japan. I've always wondered why there aren't more German brokers. Fun business opportunity for someone...
germany is pretty strict on upkeep of cars but iirc there really are no restrictions on mileage/age like there is in japan. thats why japanese brokers do so well. Because they can bring in relatively newish(15 yrs old) cars with hardly any mileage on it due to japanese laws/taxes. There are so many to choose from.


get a jdm import(they are still lhd) from out west. easiest (and likely cheapest) way to get a euro powered e36m3... there are plenty around

or just buy a us spec and do an s54 swap since parts are cheaper and easier to source for the s54.

back when i bought it wasnt worth the premium though...and arguably may still not be. but if you have to have it. ..then that wont matter.

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i guess buying a german car from japan wouldn't be as bad as it sounds.

i'll look into it thanks
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It's true, there are alot of quality LHD BMWs that get auctioned in Japan. My Alpina came from there. I don't recall if they got the "Euro" E36 M3 though.

You should think through insurance before you get too far...
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It's true, there are alot of quality LHD BMWs that get auctioned in Japan. My Alpina came from there. I don't recall if they got the "Euro" E36 M3 though.

You should think through insurance before you get too far...
Yes, Japan got full "Euro" spec cars. North America was the only market that didn't. I was looking for a specific set of options, so I didn't ever get one directly from a JDM auction, but the cars do sell at the auctions that all of the JDM importers use.

I would suggest you find a dealer or importer that you get comfortable with. I can make a recommendation, if you want to PM me.

Figure on $11-14K landed for a 3L car and about $13-16K for a 3.2L one.
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Thanks for all the info on how to import, Japan sounds like a decent route although I'm not intirely sure on what choice I'm going to be making. I will however be finding a importer to help me out.
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