Re: Exporting Passat to Greece (Elias)
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>With all due respect to your Greek friend…
Unfortunately they are still stuck in the "Old Days" when Greeks in the US would bring a car back to the "old country", from America, and think they have brought something special over.
The Passat in Europe is just as nice, if not better equipped than what we get here. What a shame…
As far as the trunk is concerned, they don't have to change a thing as they will have to get the car registered with "red" tags to identify it as an "export". The "red" tags are similar in shape/size to the US plates. See if you can talk them out of it, if its not tooooo late… They will regret this within the first 6 to 8 months as they will be wrung through the ringer … Tell them that KARENTA VW/AUDI in Athens has a 1.8t 4Motion Passat, cloth interior with recaro seats, factory roof rack and tow package, with a 6 speed for 37,000 Euro. I realize it’s a bit more expensive than the 1.8t they purchased here, however they will easily exceed that price by the time the car passes European inspection standards and hits the streets in Greece.
Good Luck as the plate size should be the least of their problem.
I have exported a US spec B4 to Europe (Germany) and went through the registration process. While dealing with the local beauracracies is a PITA, converting the car to Euro spec involved swapping the headlights and taillights, having a European ID plate (containing the car's dimensions, weight, etc) afixed to the car, disable the DRLs, enable the rear fog, install a Euro headlight switch and going through Germany's comprehensive vehicle inspection procedure. The cost for all of this was approx. DM 3,000 ($1,500.00). IMHO, the whole process is not cost prohibitive.
Regarding additional information, here is a place to start: http://www.eurocadres.org/mobilnet/EN/greece.cfm