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Moving to Poland next year, want to bring my Nissan Skyline

23 Oct 2007 /  #1
I will be moving to Poland in the spring. I have a Nissan Skyline from Japan currently in Canada. How do I go about bringing it with me to Poland? I was thinking of shipping it to Amsterdam and driving it across Europe. Is this feasible? How does registration and insurance work there? Can I drive it with my Canadian plates for the first month?
plk123 8 | 4,149  
23 Oct 2007 /  #2
smoking! woot!

Can I drive it with my Canadian plates for the first month?

my guess would be YES.
dtaylor 9 | 823  
23 Oct 2007 /  #3
i would say the best way is to ship it into the uk, get it sva'd or something like that, give you a licence to use it in europe for as long as you like. we done it with the liom's we imported from america.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
23 Oct 2007 /  #4
A right-hand drive car?
In a left-hand drive country?
Get a dog for the front passenger seat!
OP zoogle  
23 Oct 2007 /  #5
I've been driving it fine in Canada. Will be installing one of those backup camera's in the passenger mirror before I leave.
valmoe1 11 | 52  
24 Oct 2007 /  #6
You will destroy this car. The roads here are terrible. Hope your bringing extra parts as well! Have you checked on secured parking where you are living? If it does make it here, good luck keeping it here. You may want to start the papers now as exporting a car is a LONG and painful thing. Good Luck but you may want to look into buying something here if this is a short stay. Maybe cheaper and less time consuming.
Bartolome 2 | 1,085  
24 Oct 2007 /  #7
If it's a right-hand drive car, I think you won't be able to register it in Poland.
OP zoogle  
24 Oct 2007 /  #8
It is right hand drive. Can I register it in another country? Or just keep the Canadian plates?
25 Oct 2007 /  #9
think about this before bringing your car over.

1- the roads are riddled with potholes
2- 95% of the time you will have to hop up and over a 10-20cm curb to park your car in the city
3- your car will be a target for theives or vandals. ppl here are a jealous lot.
4- parts will be super difficult to find. my friend has a IEVCO truck, and he had to wait 2 weeks for 1 part for it to work.

5- ppl drive like idiots here. daily i see 100km/h speeds in the city center.
6- tram tracks, and related holes along the lines.

All my friends suggest buying a used car from Germany as they have better roads, more money and interest in caring for their cars. Cars in PL get abused
Puzzler 9 | 1,089  
25 Oct 2007 /  #10
1- the roads are riddled with poth [etc]

- Another 'nice' guy, living - God knows why! - in my country?

From Canada?

Well, if so, and if you do not appreciate my country so much and appreciate Germany so much, why on earth don't you get the hell out of my country and go to Germany?

Look at me. I didn't appreciate Canada very much - I consider it the most Polonophobic land on earth - and so I got the hell out of it, never-ever to return, and get the creeps whenever thinking of Canada.

Use me as an example, pal.

re: zoogle

- Yeah, you better not come to Poland. Go to Germany instead.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
25 Oct 2007 /  #11
Another 'nice' guy, living - God knows why! - in my country?

whats the point in denying the truth?
Puzzler 9 | 1,089  
25 Oct 2007 /  #12
- What is the alleged truth here? Is it, for instance, true that all Polish people - or even the majority of them - are 'theives or vandals' (sic), 'a jealous lot' who 'drive like idiots'? Do you think, pal, I don't know how Canadians - or should I say Canadian idiots? - drive, e.g. in Vancouver, where you can hear the ambulance and fire engines rushing to the accidents twenty four hours a day?

Defending one of your own, Bubba? But Canada isn't British any more - and taking pride in it.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
25 Oct 2007 /  #13
god you dont half talk a lot of shite puzzler... dont you ever get bored of being a twat?
Puzzler 9 | 1,089  
25 Oct 2007 /  #14
- Yeah, yeah, the usual name-calling and nothing beside.

If any of us two talks a lot of 'shite' and is a 'twat,' it ain't me, pal.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
25 Oct 2007 /  #15
you know me puzzler... more than happy to call a spade a spade
Puzzler 9 | 1,089  
25 Oct 2007 /  #16
you know me puzzler... more than happy to call a kunt a kunt

- Rather more than happy to engage in name-calling when your intellect fails you.

Haven't had enough capppuccinno? Gulp a pail of it.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
25 Oct 2007 /  #17
my intellect rarely fails me. however, experience has taught me that some people are not worth the courtesy of sharing it with - you, with your narrowminded subjectivity fall resolutely into this category. if you were capable of having a civil converstaion without sprouting your biggoted views you might find that people would give you the time of day, rather than calling you names. as it is, you appear nothing more than a sorry little man with an unpleasent mental health issue, which you have been told a number of times by people on the forum to get treatment for
Puzzler 9 | 1,089  
25 Oct 2007 /  #18
your biggoted views

- Oops, which specific views would that be?

I'm still amazed by the ease with which bigots accuse others of bigotry.

And I'm still amazed by the glibness with which foul-mouthed guys preach about the virtues of civil conversation.

however, experience has taught me that some people are not worth the courtesy of sharing it with

- Well, it seems you count moi amongst those 'some people' not worthy of sharing your 'brilliance.'

And yet you've been sharing it with me over and over again, this thread included...

So the conclusion is...?
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
25 Oct 2007 /  #19
lets just finish this this then by agreeing youre a kunt until you prove otherwise
Puzzler 9 | 1,089  
25 Oct 2007 /  #20
- A good conclusion, with one little exception: let's agree instead that one who is unable to prove his points, resorts to angry name-calling, and holds twisted views, is unintelligent, rude and bigoted.

OP zoogle  
25 Oct 2007 /  #21
It is getting rebuilt right now so it should be good as new, I have adjustable struts so I can raise it up as I please . I would just hate to part with it. I don't see how buying a car in Germany would do me any good either. Is there anybody I can talk to that can give me some clear direction? And I will not be living in Germany despite all the trash in this thread, I know the language and have family in Poland and will part with my car if I have to but would like to avoid it at all costs. It looks very similar to this one: which I don't think is too flashy.
toli 3 | 7  
26 Oct 2007 /  #22

I'm in a similar situation. I want to use my own BMW 5er rather than the company car (a Vectra, Accord or smth like that) in PL, but have too many doubts about it being practical. I don't want to go through the hassle of registering it here (even though it's LHD), but on the other hand, the foreign licence plates would be standing out like a sore thumb in the traffic and when parked in a dark alley - not exactly something I want.

Wonder if it's easy to find a guarded parking place, say, in central Warsaw?
valmoe1 11 | 52  
26 Oct 2007 /  #23
So Puzzler, your saying the roads here are in good condition? Then why is the EU funding reconstruction of these good roads?
There is no parking on the sidewalks? You don't hop a curb or two to park?
Tram lines are smooth as a babies butt?
Speeding isn't a issue in town?
Do you own anything imported from another country? I find it hard to believe all your belongings are Polish made?
Funny, your english is quite good for someone who is SO critical of others experiencing your culture.
I think people here are trying to help by just giving some helpful advice.
sledz 23 | 2,250  
26 Oct 2007 /  #24
I didn't appreciate Canada very much - I consider it the most Polonophobic land on earth -

Yet you said in a previous thread that America was the most Polonophic country
in the world.
Make up your mind Puzzler, maybe people just dont like you!
28 Oct 2007 /  #25
/\ so true!!

the only conisitant factor in Puzzlers "everyone hates Poles" posts is him.

you might be onto something Sledz
11 Nov 2007 /  #26
I'll take a crack at giving some advice, based on what I've seen.
I have seen cars with American plates, even just a Ford Escort. I'd _guess_ that there is a time limit for getting Polish plates. (They don't always fit nicely, of course.) There are also plenty of right-hand drive cars, though I've maybe once seen one with Polish plates.

People are right about how the roads are here-- Poland is still at the beginning of the catch-up phase, and the lowest bidder is often really bargain basement. Traffic density means the accident rate is higher. And I use the Brit word 'pavement' rather than 'sidewalk,' because the description is better.

So, if you're going to be here temporarily, even as long as 6 years, maybe find a place in Canada to keep the car. With relatives? If you love it, leave it. I find it much more relaxing to have an old Opel that my heart doesn't throb for. HOWEVER, cars are so much cheaper to buy in the US (and, perhaps Canada too) that it makes economic sense to bring something with you. Here's what I found on , interpreted and edited for clarity:

So-called “resettlement property” is free from customs and tax, when moving to an EU member country.
However you should fulfill several requirements:
1) live in one place for more than 12 months before moving
2) the resettlement property is defined as property used for personal purposes
3) this property should be used for 6 months before arrival in the EU
4) you cannot sell it within 12 months after arrival to the territory of the EU
You need some documents:
- a special form - You can get it in the following offices: Civil Service, or Transportation Department of the County Office, or City Hall in bigger towns and cities)

- personal ID
- title
- vehicle registration
- customs certificate
Moreover your car must be tested (for emissions and function). Total cost is 657 zloty: 157 for registration and 500 for registration.
9 Dec 2007 /  #27
I have to agree with most of the above:

- Roads are awful ("motorway" from German border to Wroclaw is interesting experience if you want to rearrange your internal organs).
- Guaranteed to get nicked - my 525 was treated like some kind of spare parts bin (parked outside my flat): wing mirrors (twice, even with stamped ID numbers), badges, exterior plastic trim, front grill; all locks broken from attempted entry etc.

- You can insure RHD cars but not register them (though that may have changed).
- they are idiot drivers, but probably no more so than in Spain, Italy etc, it's just that the poor roads combined with poor driving leads to more accidents.

- driving on UK plates i was stopped by police around 40 times in 3 years (luckily the police don't accept credit cards).
- And to the muppet who suggests 'leaving if you don't like it', well I guess that's what over 2 million Poles have done in the last few years.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
9 Dec 2007 /  #28
(luckily the police don't accept credit cards).

lol - i remember i was driving from gdansk to germany back in the 90s i got stopped by the rozzers - saw it about to happen so stashed my cash under the seat. they took my passport and said there was a cash machine i should drive to in a town about 15 kms away and when i came back with the cash i could have my passport back.

i drove a couple of ks down the road, stopped for a smoke and then drove back and paid the mandat
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
9 Dec 2007 /  #29
Roads are awful ("motorway" from German border to Wroclaw is interesting experience if you want to rearrange your internal organs).

Yes, but only on an 80km stretch. LOL

The Poland.. German road is fine though.
9 Dec 2007 /  #30
"motorway" from German border to Wroclaw is interesting experience if you want to rearrange your internal organs).

is that the patch of road that is a tad bumpy in a large section then goes smooth then without warning another bumpy bit .... as i remember the coach not doing very well on that stretch of road in poland from the german border down towards opole wroclaw way on way to krakow .. all the overhead luggage ended up in the middle of the coach if it didnt hit you on the head first on its way down...

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