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Old 29-07-2015, 02:07 AM   #1
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Paying It Forward: R32 Edition

Hello ladies and gentlemen. If you own an R32 here in the US you probably already know that it's not exactly the easiest car to own and maintain largely because of a lack of widespread resources and info here in the land of apple pie and easy gun ownership. I know from my own experience that I would have had a much harder time getting my R32 GT-R registered if it hadn't been for the assistance of some wonderfully helpful JDM car owners here in my state of Arizona. Since then I've started my blog 23gt.blogspot.com to help spread info about JDM car ownership in the US to prospective and current owners but I can't possibly answer every question of course.

So, here's what I'd like to do – if you own an R32 or other JDM imported car in the US I'd like you to contact me if you'd be willing to help others out if they have questions about their own cars that they are importing or have already imported. Since registration and ownership situations can vary greatly from state to state I'd like to compile a list of owners who can help someone out if they have trouble, preferably someone who lives in the same state or at least in the same part of the country.

There would be two situations you would probably be called on to help:

1. Someone has a car on the way or already here but needs help getting it registered.
2. Someone needs help finding a good shop locally to get their car inspected or fixed.

I may contact you to help with other issues but only if it's appropriate.

Email would be the preferred contact method but if you have an alternate way you'd like to give (such as PM on a forum) that'd be great too. What would basically happen would be if someone contacts me through my blog or a forum I go to, or if I see a forum post asking for help you would then get an email from me asking if I can share your contact info with that person and extend an offer to help them out. I'd just like you to share your knowledge, I don't expect you to do anything financial or anything like that and won't hold you to a standard – just the fact you're willing to help another person out is enough.

So what'll happen would be something like this (this is just an example mind you): I see someone on SkylineOwnersAnonymousAndOnlineDating.Com who posts “Hi! My name is Stacy and I'm an ex-porn star and I just imported an R32 Skyline but the DMV won't let me register it even after I flashed the clerk! Helps me plz!”

You'd then get an email from me saying “Hey, have you seen this girl Stacy with the R32? She's hot! Here's some links to her vids! Oh, and you wanna give her advice on getting her car registered?”

Only after you give me the okay would I then share your contact info, discreetly by the way so you don't get more emails from Nigerian princes and male enhancement vendors (I won't just post your email publicly – I'll either post mine and ask them to contact me or send a PM).

So if you'd like to participate in this charitable endeavor and help the Stacys of our country then please contact me by PM, email me at 23gtblog(at)gmail.com, or post in this thread how I can contact you. Here in Arizona, I have someone already on board besides me but more people would be appreciated of course.

Thank you very much,

Oliver

P.S. Please participate only if you have a 100% legally imported JDM car. This isn't because I have anything against quasi-legal cars but it's for your safety and the other person's. If your car isn't quite legal then you probably shouldn't advertise it by sharing your contact info with others. At the same time it's not good if prospective owners get advice that's not quite on the up-and-up. Thanks.
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Old 29-07-2015, 04:29 PM   #2
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Count me in. I'd love to help straighten out all of the misnomers about the importation process. PM me when you're ready to start collecting personal info.
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Old 30-07-2015, 03:09 AM   #3
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Count me in. I'd love to help straighten out all of the misnomers about the importation process. PM me when you're ready to start collecting personal info.
Thanks for being willing to join in and help! Just sent you a PM to get your details - hopefully it went through since it doesn't seem to be showing up in my sent items. If you don't get it feel free to send me a PM anytime or you can email me at the address I mentioned above.

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Once I get back to the US Immay have some questions, but after that I'll be very willing to help folks out.
I'll be registering mine in Texas.
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Old 30-07-2015, 09:48 PM   #5
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Once I get back to the US Immay have some questions, but after that I'll be very willing to help folks out.
I'll be registering mine in Texas.
I'll be happy to take your info or get you hooked up with some help whenever you're ready. Just shoot me a PM or email at the address in my original post. So far I don't have anyone from Texas.
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I'd be up for helping, but my car isn't here yet. So i'll be going through the whole import customs and registering in Virginia in Sept/Oct.
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I'd be up for helping, but my car isn't here yet. So i'll be going through the whole import customs and registering in Virginia in Sept/Oct.
Once you get it you can let me know if you need help or if you want to sign up to help others out then. So far I have people from Arizona, Washington, California, Florida, and Colorado who've volunteered so the East Coast needs more representation lol. Got one guy hooked up for registration help already.

If you need info once your car gets here I'd like to humbly plug my blog:

23GT

I've only been working on it a few months but it already has info on importation, registration. inspection, Skyline history, DIYs, and a whole bunch more lol.
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Awesome, I'll definitely let you know. I'm not scheduled to receive mine until the end of September...I'm so anxious lol. I hate waiting for stuff I really want!
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I just titled and registered my GTR here in Arlington VA yesterday. Super easy. Honestly. Just booking an appointment at the freaking CA dmv is harder than this was.

Feel free to message me with questions or let me know how I can help others.
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I just titled and registered my GTR here in Arlington VA yesterday. Super easy. Honestly. Just booking an appointment at the freaking CA dmv is harder than this was.

Feel free to message me with questions or let me know how I can help others.
Sweet man! Did you have to have the customs stamp on your paperwork? If so, where did you go to get it stamped?

I sent ya a msg about it, but it's not in my sent messages, so figured I'd ask here too.
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Sweet man! Did you have to have the customs stamp on your paperwork? If so, where did you go to get it stamped?

I sent ya a msg about it, but it's not in my sent messages, so figured I'd ask here too.
Got your message, but I'll just answer here for others to see as well. Yes, my CBP Form 7501 (Entry Summary) was stamped on page 1 and page 2. My broker was responsible for receiving this document for me so I didn't actually gather it from CBP myself.

As you asked in your message about electronic entry filing, you're right. Most entries are filed and completed electronically now (as mine was), but I think only brokers have access to that system i.e. you as a regular joe would still be presenting real paperwork to CBP in order to declare and file your entry. However, both CBP and customs brokers know that in order to register any vehicle, you need to have your stamped form 7501 at the DMV so the 7501 is the one paper doc that you will get from them. I'm not 100% sure how to get this stamped since my broker simply provided it to me, but from my conversations with CBP prior to deciding to use a broker, you basically just get it done with the CBP officer.

Is your car headed to Baltimore? Officer Lewis at CBP is the lady I asked a lot of questions to and she was pretty helpful. After calling 300 different phone numbers listed for baltimore CBP, I finally found the right one: 410 865 2020

That is the direct line to the people that know about vehicle shipments.
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I just titled and registered my GTR here in Arlington VA yesterday. Super easy. Honestly. Just booking an appointment at the freaking CA dmv is harder than this was.

Feel free to message me with questions or let me know how I can help others.
Thanks for volunteering and congrats on getting your car! Can you PM me with your preferred contact info (email, phone, PM or smoke signals) and what name you want to be referred to?

It's actually been pretty quiet as far as people needing help lately as far as import and reg goes - mostly been seeing people ask about technical stuff. I'll still keep the list going in case anyone needs it though.
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Sweet man! Did you have to have the customs stamp on your paperwork? If so, where did you go to get it stamped?

I sent ya a msg about it, but it's not in my sent messages, so figured I'd ask here too.
A guy in Washington on another forum had the same issue with getting his entry form without a stamp due to electronic filing. From what he said he went back to the CBP office at the port and they stamped it for him after he explained the situation.
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Got your message, but I'll just answer here for others to see as well. Yes, my CBP Form 7501 (Entry Summary) was stamped on page 1 and page 2. My broker was responsible for receiving this document for me so I didn't actually gather it from CBP myself.

As you asked in your message about electronic entry filing, you're right. Most entries are filed and completed electronically now (as mine was), but I think only brokers have access to that system i.e. you as a regular joe would still be presenting real paperwork to CBP in order to declare and file your entry. However, both CBP and customs brokers know that in order to register any vehicle, you need to have your stamped form 7501 at the DMV so the 7501 is the one paper doc that you will get from them. I'm not 100% sure how to get this stamped since my broker simply provided it to me, but from my conversations with CBP prior to deciding to use a broker, you basically just get it done with the CBP officer.

Is your car headed to Baltimore? Officer Lewis at CBP is the lady I asked a lot of questions to and she was pretty helpful. After calling 300 different phone numbers listed for baltimore CBP, I finally found the right one: 410 865 2020

That is the direct line to the people that know about vehicle shipments.
Hey thank you for the information! I have a customs broker that will be doing the "work" for me. I plan to pick the car up from the port though. I'm pretty sure I have to hire a company to escort me on the port to get my car though. I've read the port requires a "TWIC" card to gain access to the port.

What kind of stuff did you need to know that Officer Lewis was able to tell you? The customs broker I've got is in Washington State I believe, so I'm just hoping they know what all needs to be done. I did tell them I plan to trailer the car home.
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I'll reply via PM to keep this thread on topic...
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