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Import classic cars from the USA. This must be observed!


After the really positive exchange rate in 2008, it is often said that the best cars have already changed hands at this time. However, we can confirm that this is not the case! Every month there are new treasures that enthusiasts import to Europe.

To make sure that the purchase of one of these vehicles does not become a nightmare, we have put together a few things to consider.

Again and again, we receive calls from customers who have found a particularly favourable offer on the Internet and are even prepared to pay in advance for such a "bargain"... but please be warned! Compare the vehicles of different suppliers because no seller will sell a vehicle in excellent condition for 50% less than his competitors.

It is also advisable to make the payment through an escrow service. The payment via our escrow service is carried out before or at pickup and thus guarantees the highest possible security. If you have found a suitable vehicle, ask the seller if he is willing to have his vehicle inspected by an expert before the purchase. Even if you do not want to have a preliminary inspection, this is a good indicator whether the seller is serious or not. With our USCT-AutoCheck, you are able to get an impression of a vehicle without being on site yourself.

Many sellers want a deposit of $500 - $1,000 which can usually be paid via PayPal. This is very common and confirms your interest in buying the vehicle. If it does come to problems, you are protected by the PayPal buyer protection. Here you have the possibility to claim back the amount within 45 days after payment. Please note the separate guidelines of PayPal.

When shipping vehicles from the USA, please know that cheap is not always good. Here there are different possibilities, such as the transport by RoRo, with which the vehicle is transported on a ship similar to a parking deck. Since it must go fast during loading and unloading, the vehicles are not handled with kid gloves.
A shipment in a container is no less "dangerous", but we prefer it. Here too, the price makes the music. The cheaper the freight rate, the more additional cargo is in a container. We advise to load the containers with two to maximum, three vehicles. For customers who only have one vehicle transported, this must of course be clarified in advance with the respective service provider, as the vehicle should arrive in the same condition as it left the seller. In the near future we will add some more questions from customers so that you are prepared for the purchase/shipping.

Please do not hesitate to send us further questions which we will be happy to include here.

Your team from USCar-Trader.com

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Port handling and unloading of vehicles


In order to keep the risk of damage down as much as possible during shipping and unloading from the container, we placed particular importance to professional loading in the USA and unloading without the aid of forklift trucks. Since the majority of the unloading companies in the Netherlands unfortunately do not forego the use of fork lift trucks, we have switched to importing all vehicles to Europe via Bremerhaven. In addition to the cheaper costs for port handling and possible stand fees, we can thus guarantee our customers proper unloading. Of course, when importing via Bremerhaven, there is also the option of customs clearance at reduced import taxes for vehicles that are more than 30 years old. Customs clearance takes place at the Dutch border in the course of delivery. The costs incurred are the same as the costs for an import via the Netherlands, but with the reduced risk of damage we strive for and the full control of the entire import process.

Should you have any further questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email!

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Customs clearance of vehicles (vintage cars) in France or the Netherlands


Since we have received some inquiries regarding customs clearance in France and the Netherlands, we would like to draw your attention to the new regulation again.

Since July 1st, 2012, the Netherlands have reintroduced the old regulation for vehicles over the age of 30. This enables customs clearance again at reduced import duties of 0% customs and 6% import sales tax.

Of course, customs clearance in France is still possible. The import duties amount to 0% customs and 7% import sales tax. Since the costs for customs clearance in France are considerably more expensive than in the Netherlands, we recommend customs clearance for imports from the USA to the Netherlands!

Since vehicles only have to be cleared once in the EU when they are imported from third countries, the ultimate place of delivery for the vehicle is not important. The advantage here is that any higher input taxes in other EU countries are of no consequence for a US import and there is a considerable potential for savings.

Of course, we are always happy to answer any further questions by email or phone.

Your USCar Trader Team

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US Cars, Muscle Cars, Oldtimers and American Cars on USCar-Trader.com


We are thrilled about the successful start of our portal and would like to thank all users and dealers for the consistently positive feedback!

We have already noted some suggestions from users for the further development of the portal and will incorporate them. You are welcome to send us further suggestions for improvement, as we are grateful for your praise and criticism.

If you have any further suggestions, use our inquiry form or send us an email to info@uscar-trader.com. Of course, we can also be reached by phone at any time.

Your USCar Trader Team

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The Street Mag Show Hannover will start in just a few days.


As always, we expect these great highlights:

  • '59 Cadillac Pro Mod Dragster "Badillac" from Sweden! The strength of 3,000 hp in a cool package!.
  • An Impressive lowrider show with spectacular vehicles.
  • Awards for the best and most original show cars by an expert jury in 22 trophy classes. Presented by Otto Meyer-Spelbrink.
  • Sexy Car Wash
  • Live music with the "Red Back Spyders"

The Red Back Spyders perform wild rockabilly, as well as well known Rock 'n' Roll pieces from the early 50's to today! The lifestyle, but also the goal of creating your own is the basis of these energetic shows!

We looking forward to seeing you there and hope to, as always, have perfect weather and sunshine!

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Start of USCar-Trader.eu, the marketplace for vehicles from the United States


We are pleased to welcome you to www.uscar-trader.com!

Search vehicles directly at the portal or send inquiries to our registered dealers to locate your dream vehicle.

We are constantly striving to improve our service. Therefore we're always pleased to receive feedback or suggestions for future development of our website. Write us!

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Please contact us if you have further questions, we're always happy to help.

Your team of your USCar Trader

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