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I am thinking of taking the car to Florida next April.

Is this madness? Be there for 4 weeks at my Condo in Naples. Does anyone know-

1 cost return by quick route as dont want on the high seas for weeks
2 likely issues with customs

Would it be mad - what is your opinion :confused:
 

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Crazy! But it would be worth it if it worked out. Customs could be a pain but I would make sure you can drive it on Florida roads and ensure you have insurance.

Maybe you should just buy another one for Florida ;)
 

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I am thinking of taking the car to Florida next April.

Is this madness? Be there for 4 weeks at my Condo in Naples. Does anyone know-

1 cost return by quick route as dont want on the high seas for weeks
2 likely issues with customs

Would it be mad - what is your opinion :confused:
obviously the only way would to air freight it,by specialist carrier and speaking to a friend of mine in the industry it would be a one off price,so no repeat buisness its going to be very expensive ,then you would have to have specialist one off insurance.so i think i would find out if any american clubs have a 12c by then,it could even be cheaper and a left hooker with no insurance problems.
just a thought
 

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I don't believe customs will be a problem, only the EPA. Nonresidents have the option to import a car for a certain length of time.

Just find a car show in Florida and say you are going to it with the car.


Nonresidents may import an automobile or motorcycle and its usual equipment free of duty for a temporary stay to take part in races or other specific purposes. However, prior written approval from the EPA is required and such approval is granted only to those racing vehicles that EPA deems not capable of safe or practical use on streets and highways. If the contests are for other than money purposes, the vehicle may be admitted for 90 days without formal entry or bond if the Customs officer is satisfied as to the importer’s identify and good faith. The vehicle becomes subject to forfeiture if it is not exported or if a bond is not given within 90 days of its importation. Prior written approval must be obtained from DOT. A vehicle may be temporarily imported for testing, demonstration, or racing purposes. A vehicle may be permanently imported for show or display. Written approval from DOT is required and should be obtained before the vehicle is exported from the foreign country to the U.S. Information on how to import a vehicle under show or display is available at DOT’s NHTSA Vehicle Importation Regulations website. ( Vehicle Importation Regulations ) A vehicle permanently imported for show and display must comply with all U.S. emission requirements as well, and in general must be imported through an EPA-authorized ICI for modification and testing. EPA will not allow the vehicle to be released to its owner until ICI work is complete.
http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/basic_trade/importing_car.xml#CarsImportedforOtherPurposes
 

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There are companies that specialize in doing this (normally though it is US reg cars coming to Europe for a short time). Cost wise, to ship by sea will be around $2-3k each way and air 3-4 times that. If you have the proper documents, it should not be a major isse bringing the car in (no different really that a car coming across the US border from Mexico or Canada).

I would contact the DOT in Washington DC for more info:

http://www.dot.gov/
 

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Thank you everyone that is very helpful .
Scott how long does the sea route take each way please iye
 

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Doesn't roll on roll off risk damage due to the salty air/water? Or have the ships improved such that it is no longer an issue?
 

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How much does Ferrari S.p.A. charge for their optional air-freight service destination-charge for Italy-to-U.S. deliveries when customers don't want to wait the (estimated) 4-6 weeks surface-shipping time? For some reason, I'm recalling "$15k" as that number.
 

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Doesn't roll on roll off risk damage due to the salty air/water? Or have the ships improved such that it is no longer an issue?
I'd want it in a container. RoRo's require someone to drive the car. ...which is partly why they transport "normal"(ish) cars. I'd want my McLaren packed by someone who knew how, and unpacked by someone equally qualified.

That driving part is one of the dangers of flying a car, actually. However, the folks flying cars generally are flying cars similar to McLarens, and not, say, Volvos, so they're less likely to hurt it. Though I have some horror stories of things happening while the car is sitting on the tarmac...

If it's going from West Coast to England, figure 4 weeks on the water. Leaving from the East coast will save you 7-10 days.

Just my $.02.
 

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How much does Ferrari S.p.A. charge for their optional air-freight service destination-charge for Italy-to-U.S. deliveries when customers don't want to wait the (estimated) 4-6 weeks surface-shipping time? For some reason, I'm recalling "$15k" as that number.
I've always paid $10K extra for air freight for my Ferraris.
 
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