India is fast becoming a hot spot for exclusive and high-end vehicles, with many companies establishing their official base in the country. However, as seen in the case of Tesla, bringing a brand to India through proper channel is not easy and it creates a kind of problem for overseas vehicle buyers. This is where the import route comes into play! Importing vehicles takes a lot of time and money, but it is the only way to own a vehicle that is not otherwise available. To import vehicles include the Department of Commerce and Industry, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade and the Department of Export-Import Policy. Thus, it is necessary to follow the rules and guidelines laid down by the RTO while importing the vehicle. Before getting into the specifications, let us discuss some of the standard requirements. Cars can be imported into India only from the country where they were originally made (RTO rule)
– Speedometer should display km/h in India as per metric system
As per the traffic rules, the imported car should be right-hand drive only.
There are two types of imported vehicles, and apart from the basic vehicles mentioned earlier, both the categories come with their own rules and regulations. Here is how the rules differ for each edition –
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new imported vehicle
An imported vehicle must check all these eligibility criteria provided by the RTO to be considered a new import:
– Neither the vehicle nor its parts should have been manufactured or assembled in India
The vehicle must not have been previously used or leased in any other country before it is imported into India
It cannot be registered in any country other than India before importation
The certificate of compliance along with the proof of compliance must be submitted 6 months prior to the import of the vehicle, which must comply with the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR), 1989.
Used Imported Vehicles (RTO rule)
To qualify as a used imported vehicle, the following criteria must be met:
Vehicles should not be older than three years
The motor vehicle must be in compliance with the Motor Vehicles Act 1988
– As part of the import process, dealers and importers must submit a certificate from a vehicle testing agency that the imported vehicle has been tested and conforms to the original homologation certificate.
An importer has to pay a huge amount as import duty for his vehicles. The import duty depends on the vehicle category, engine cubic capacity, type of vehicle as well as its cost, freight and motor insurance value. If all the above guidelines are followed, the RTO will register your vehicle. Initially, you will be given a temporary registration number and after 7 days, you can apply for a permanent number. (RTO rule)