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Hi gents, looking for advice on insuring my UK RHD M5 in the USA - I may be bringing my M5 into the USA via a temporary 1 year import.

I`m looking to get some insurance quotes ahead of arrival. Can anyone suggest a specialist insurer I can contact to discuss? The usual web based systems are not much use due to the import / RHD / UK license etc.

Will be on the east coast, PA.

Many thanks for any help.
 

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Hi sub8,

I've looked into this previously and it is possible to import for under one year etc as you wish to do. I'm a little vague now on the exact requirements but here's a good place for you to contact in order to at least call ahead and speak to. They import vehicles into the US all the time and convert them to US spec for permanent importation (provided they're still around - I assume so with their website still online!)

G&K Automotive Conversion, Inc.

Else, a quick google search brings up

Importing a Motor Vehicle | U.S. Customs and Border Protection - this is the official government website for US border control and protection
Importing a Motor Vehicle into the U.S.

There's probably a few more websites etc, so have a search around. I think the government one above is going to be your first point of call and then ask over at G&K about if they have any special contacts or knowledge which could help you for importing to PA. From there, you'll probably also get a list of insurer's willing to provide you with cover for the duration of your stay.

Don't forget to buy yourself one of those hand grab handle thingys ! I had to get some when I had the F150 Harley Davidson over here in the UK!

Cheers, Dennis!
 

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Dennis, hi. I've got the import side covered. It would be very difficult if not impossible to get a permanent import!

I'm just looks for driving insurance help.

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Hi,

No worries, I re-read and thought that might be the case! However, I think from the links above, it wouldn't do you any harm to ask if they have any recommendations for insurance that you could contact. Being in that 'area' of the importation, I'd think they'd have some preferred partner companies etc.

If not, and/or to help with your search, I'd say do some local, state level and nationwide searches for any insurance specialists and brokers to see if a policy can be found for you.

I'd love to do what you are doing and take an excellent right hand drive car to the USA and watch other drivers and people's reactions on the road! You know you'll get alllll the usual 'the steering wheel is on the wrong side' and 'how the hell do you shift with your left hand' and 'its crazy' and 'its weird' and 'you brits are plain crazy' comments... right?! I find it all hilarious & good fun though!

Cheers, Dennis!
 

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It's a rare thing over here. Your best bet might well be to ping the embassy. One would think that they would know.

That said, M5s are pretty inexpensive over here. Have you compared just buying one for a year with the cost of shipping over and back and dealing with all the hassle? (Not to mention the seaborn salt exposure.)
 

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Hi - well shipping is free! The car is for sale here but just in case I don't sell in time we could use it for a year and save buying a car in the US for a while. It would be shipped back after the year and then probably be put up for sale again. These cars in the uk are starting to appreciate a little now.

Over here we have the usual national insurance companies but also a good selection of sports/ high performance specialists. Just looking to find something similar in the US.

What does a middle aged professional in a decent area pay for an m5 over there anyway? Mine is around $800 a year now.

Thanks.
 

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Costs of insurance vary so greatly here that only those working in the industry have any real understanding. Happened to be talking to an agent after seeing this post, so here's a sample size of one, for you to take/leave.

He says to work with his firm (State Farm) you'll need:
- documentation of 3yrs continuous insurance on UK provider's letterhead w/o accidents or claims, and w/ clear driving record
- to contact an agent like him once you have possession of vehicle in US
- to expect to pay a bit more than a new client would pay
 
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