Car importing Down Under: important info about the ROVER system

Car shipping to Australia is an incredibly exciting time for motor enthusiasts. Obviously, investing in a classic hotrod or luxury vehicle is one of the biggest investments you will make in your life, and nothing can quite compare to the unique buzz of finally receiving your new vehicle!

But with great excitement comes great bureaucracy (not so exciting), and your attention will, at times, have to switch gears from being absolutely pumped to thinking about the nuisances involved with car shipping to Australia. This being said, it really doesn’t have to be a nuisance, especially if you have the right brokers in your corner.

There is a new system in place

If you are a first time buyer of a luxury vehicle, hotrod, specialised vehicle or motorcycle then it is highly important that you understand the process as well as have the best crew in your corner to make it happen with ease. Although it is a crucial part of the importing process, many first time buyers don’t understand what needs to be done to ensure the vehicle enters the country without a hitch.

There is a new system in place (the ROVER system), which governs the process. Anyone who is new to the importing industry and hasn’t undergone this process before can find out plenty of information at the Department of Infrastructure’s website and talks at length about importing vehicles that are under 25 years of age and contain no added modifications.

We have compiled some further information to help you with this often tedious-yet-highly rewarding process, just so you know exactly what to do to ensure your vehicle enters the country without any problems:

It is up to you to create a ROVER profile

The obligation is on the individual to produce a ROVER profile and provide the 100 points of identification. When it comes to the Department of Infrastructure criterion, you must provide at least a licence picture and a picture of your passport (this should clear the 100 points). However, if you don’t have these ID forms then other types can also help you surpass the 100 point line.

Here is the link to the website:

You must verify your ID prior to making an import application

Before making an import application you must be approved by the ROVER staff.

When you make the application, you must provide the following images of the vehicle:

  • Rear external
  • Side external
  • Front external
  • Engine bay
  • Internal
  • ID badge/plates

The Department of Infrastructure will then inquire as to whether or not the vehicle has received modifications that might make it unfit for Australian roads.

For light cars or commercial vehicles, significant modifications may include, but are not limited to:

  • Chassis alterations
  • Body alterations
  • Breaking alterations
  • Drivetrain alterations
  • Steering conversions

You will also have to provide documented evidence of such modifications if your vehicle falls under this category.

This is important information regarding the new Australian ROVER system, one that has been introduced to hasten the importing process but still one that requires undertaking to ensure there are fewer hurdles with the process.

Of course, having the best import team in your corner can ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible. They have the skills, experience and knowledge to help you through these tedious processes, bargain a great vehicle deal and help ensure your vehicle enters Oz without significant problems.

It’s for these reasons that motor lovers across Australia enlist their services to make it that much easier for them!