Imported Vehicles

Cars & Bikes


Bonneville Consulting is authorised to inspect imported vehicles for compliance with ADRs. We can provide you with the engineer report (VASS certificate) so you can have your imported vehicles registered in Victoria.
Prior to importing your vehicles, you will need to apply to the Department of Transport in Canberra for an import approval in order to clear custom. The application form is available on their website www.infrastructure.gov.au.


As per regulations contained in VSB 10, there are some restrictions on the importing of vehicles. You will need to check your eligibility with the Department of Transport. Once you have obtained the import approval and brought the vehicle in Australia, you will need to have your vehicle inspected by an approved engineer (e.g. JC Bonneville) for compliance with ADR (post 1969 for car and post 1975 for bikes), and you will also require a roadworthy certificate.


Bonneville Consulting can help you with the following imports:


Imported bikes

Any bikes manufactured between 1975 and 1988 will need to be inspected for compliance with ADR applicable to its date of manufacture and also any modifications will need to be assessed. 


Bikes manufactured before 1975 and unmodified are exempt from the engineer report and only require a roadworthy certificate. 


Bikes manufactured after 1989 cannot be imported into Australia unless they are a personal import or they are eligible for the SEVS list and are imported via a Registered Automotive Workshop (RAW). Visit the RAWS website for more information.

Imported cars

Any cars manufactured between 1969 and 1988 will need to be inspected for compliance with ADR applicable to its date of manufacture and also any modifications (engine change, brake upgrade...) will need to be assessed. 


Cars manufactured before 1969 and unmodified are exempt from the engineer report and only require a roadworthy certificate. Pre 1969 car that have been converted from Left Hand Drive to Right Hand Drive will require an inspection and an engineer report. Also, a pre-1969 car that has been modified (V8 conversion, brake conversion...) will also require an engineer report. 


Street Rods will require an inspection and an engineer report regardless of its date of manufacture due to its extensive modifications. 


Cars manufactured after 1989 cannot be imported into Australia unless they are a personal import or they are eligible for the SEVS list and are imported via a Registered Automotive Workshop (RAW). Visit the RAWS website for more information.


Personally imported vehicles

Under this scheme, you are allowed to import your own personal car or bike when you are moving to Australia. You need to meet all the eligibility criteria (refer to VSB 10 Importing vehicle into Australia)
Once your car is imported in Australia, you will require an inspection by an approved engineer (e.g. JC Bonneville). Upon compliance, your personal import approval documents will be signed off and the application for a personal import compliance plate will be sent. You will also require a roadworthy certificate.

Your car/bike is required to comply with safety standards such as:

  • Seatbelts
  • Head restraints
  • Child restraint anchorages
  • Window tinting
  • Lights (Beams, indicators, stops & tail)
  • Noise
  • Any non-factory modifications


Please contact JC Bonneville in order to discuss the inspection requirement based on the year of your vehicle. You might be required to perform some modifications (i.e seatbelts) to your vehicle to make it comply with Australian Design Rules.

Examples:
As an example, a 1985 bike is required to comply with the following ADRs:

  • ADR 7 Hydraulic Brake Hoses
  • ADR 33 Motor Cycle and Moped Braking Systems
  • ADR 39, 39A Motor Cycle and Moped Noise

A 1969 car is required to comply with the following ADRs:

  • ADR 4 Seat Belts
  • ADR 5A Seat Belt Anchorage Points
  • A 1972 car is required to comply with the following ADRs:
  • ADR 1 Reversing Signal Lamps
  • ADR 2 Door Latches & Hinges
  • ADR 3 Seat Anchorages for Motor Vehicles
  • ADR 4 Seat Belts
  • ADR 5A Seat Belt Anchorages
  • ADR 7 Hydraulic Brake Hoses
  • ADR 8 Safety Glass
  • ADR 10A Steering Columns
  • ADR 11 Internal Sun Visors
  • ADR 14 Rear Vision Mirrors
  • ADR 15 Demisting of Windscreens
  • ADR 20 Safety Rims
  • ADR 22 Head restraints
  • ADR 25 Anti-theft Locks
  • ADR 26 Vehicle Engine Emission
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 1966 Ford Mustang

1966 Ford Mustang import 

1969 Chevrolet Camaro import

1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1957 Chevolet with 454 Chev 

1957 Chevrolet Import
1987 Harley Heritage import

1988 Harley Davidson Heritage import

 

1988 Honda 450 Cafe racer 1

1988 Honda cafe racer import