An option would be to buy a charge port adapter which would probably be much less expensive than replacing the charge port. However, this adapter supports only AC Levels 1 and 2 charging but not DC fast charging.
Ah, okay - thank you!! So there are differences between the US and EU versions of the i3, I didn't know that. That's exactly the kind of information I needed. If it needs a retrofit it definitely wouldn't be worth it. If it was just shipping fees, things would have been different. So there's presumably also no chance the EU i3 will already be DOT/EPA certified, and no point in checking if it has any such certification stickers anywhere, right?alohart wrote: ↑Fri Jul 09, 2021 5:19 pm You might be required to install the yellow front and red rear side-facing reflectors that U.S. i3's have but E.U. i3's don't. U.S. spec headlights might also be required which would be an expensive retrofit. I don't know whether a European instrument panel that displays kilometers could be configured to display miles and whether this would be required. When I imported a U.S. car to Sweden, its instrument panel was required to display kilometers.
Considering everything, I wouldn't try to import a European i3 into the U.S.
Ah, okay, so this is something I was also thinking about. I know non-residents can import their car for up to one year, but I just don't know what happens if you end up keeping it here for longer. You don't have to provide proof that you exported the car again within a year? So if you keep it here longer and you get caught, e.g. if you get stopped by police, do you just get a fine? What if you want to take the car back to Europe at some point - do they check on the way out? Thank you!EvanstonI3 wrote: Oddly enough there is a way around this that I am familiar with and have known others to do it.
Think about Canada for a moment. Another Country. Like any other European Country.
But you can drive across the border easier. With a Canadian car registered in Canada to a Canadian with Canadian plates.
You can do this with a "Tourist visa" for pretty much any car for up to one year.
You can then extend that visa for another year if needed.
I know people who have done this with other vehicles and then.....the car is just forgotten. They can't legally title the vehicle in their name in the USA, but the cars generally end up in private collections so nobody cares.
So, if you want to drive YOUR DAD'S car around for a year or so, you CAN do it. But your Dad has to prove he is bringing it with him from Europe. There is some paperwork involved (don't ask me to walk you through it) and your Dad would need to provide some sort of proof he is coming to the USA for some period of time. He can go back and forth to Europe but leave the car here for "his use" (wink, wink). The car will have to be registered in Europe, with European plates and Insurance. Last I looked, PROGRESSIVE would deal with this type of insurance.
That is the cheapest and easiest way I know of to accomplish what you are asking for but it still may not be cost-effective for what your needs are.
The "fine" is they seize the car and have it destroyed. At your expense.
So I'm thinking instead of spending a few thousand dollars on a crappy used car here, maybe it would make as much or more sense to spend the money on shipping the i3 here instead. I've been looking into how that might work, but I just cannot see my way through all the DOT and EPA and CBP rules around importing a car.
Yeah, and they aren't kidding! They literally impound the car and then immediately crush it into scrap. Here is a MINI Cooper that was seized for being illegally imported.The "fine" is they seize the car and have it destroyed. At your expense.