Compliance is a process that must be undertaken before any imported vehicle can be registered in Australia. The vehicle must be altered to comply with the Australian Design Rules (ADR's), which vary from model to model.

Built before 1 January 1989

If you are deciding to import a vehicle built before 1 January 1989 the compliance work can be undertaking by yourself with considerable savings, given you have the tools, facilities and knowledge. We will supply you with guidance and details of suitable workshops should you require any assistance.

Vehicles imported under this scheme only require around half the amount of compliance work in meeting the ADR's as opposed to vehicles that were are built after 1 January 1989. Below is a list of common ADR's that may need addressed. Works can include removing modifying or installing the following.

  • New Catalytic converter (fitted to the exhaust system).
  • Child seat restraint points/anchorages in the rear parcel shelf (three 5/16 UNF fittings).
  • Dash lighting dimmer switch.
  • Driver's side mirror is to be changed from convex to flat glass.
  • High-level brake light.
  • Unleaded fuel filler neck (opening restrictor) The purpose of the fuel filler restrictor (which must be 23.6mm diameter or less) is to prevent somebody inserting a non-unleaded fuel nozzle into the filler neck. The restrictor has a spring-loaded flap that closes the filler tract when the nozzle is removed.
  • Rear lap sash seatbelts. Non-retractable lap belts for the rear seating need replaced with 3 point ELR (emergency locking retractor) seatbelts. This may also require changing the placement of the buckles.
  • Side intrusion bars (with an accredited engineers inspection/sign off to make sure they make the specific strength requirements).
  • Speedometer (may need changed from MPH to KPH).
  • Sun visors.

An allowance of $900 - $1500 should be made for these alterations which will vary from model to model and whether or not you undertake the work yourself.

Over and above compliance there may be some mechanical or cosmetic repairs needed before the vehicle can be registered (obviously the vehicle must be in a road worthy condition). The focus should be on fixing any major faults that would make it difficult to pass a roadworthy inspection. Main points to be considered are chassis damage, mechanical faults, fluid leaks, lighting and excess rust. This is all clarified before you purchase the vehicle at Auction, so you have the final say on whether or not you would settle for such faults.

Built After 1 January 1989

When it comes to vehicles built after 1 January 1989, compliance work must be done by an ISO 9001: 2000 accredited workshop. Rates are much more expensive than the vehicles built before 1 January 1989 as the process is much more stringent, adopting a very long list of ADR's to be met to precise and policed guidelines. Again the price varies depending on the model, your location and the availability of compliance plates. We have built up a network of well-priced quality workshops Australia wide to help with the compliance part of the importing process.

Personal Imports

Personal imports do not have to show proof that they meet the ADR's, however they are expected to provide a safety level similar to Australian vehicles. So a minor amount of safety ADR's must be met.