The Bishop+Rook Defender Importing Guide

Importing a Land Rover Defender is a very tricky task which many of you are thinking about doing yourself. These guides are here to help you understand the complexities of the process.

An Introduction to Importing a Land Rover Defender

No matter how often we warn people about the importing process, we continue to receive calls and emails asking for our help to get them out of a bad situation. There are a lot of dishonest sellers on the market, just waiting for you to wire your savings to them, with little recourse if something shouldn’t turn out the way you had imagined. Self-importing a Land Rover Defender is a risky endeavor – we share these tips, so you’re adequately prepared for the potential pitfalls should you go this route alone.

Importing a Classic Land Rover Defender (Part I)

What to know if you’re thinking about importing a classic Land Rover Defender. I had always wanted to import my own classic Land Rover Defender 90 or Land Rover Defender 110. The process scared me, as I had read many horror stories about the process.


Importing a Classic Land Rover Defender (Part II)

The things we learned from importing Land Rover Defenders in our first year. We’ve been researching, buying, and importing classic Land Rover Defenders for the past 7 years (or so) at the time of this update. We’ve learned quite a bit and we’re excited to share some additional thoughts and answer some of your questions.


What kind of Defenders are eligible for import?

Before you decide to import a vehicle or vehicle parts into the United States, you should ensure that it conforms to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Both the DOT and the EPA advise that although a nonconforming car may be conditionally admitted, the modification required to bring it into compliance may be so extensive and costly for vehicles that were not originally manufactured for the U.S. market.


Concierge Land Rover Sourcing and Importing Services

While the primary focus at Bishop+Rook is building and preserving vintage Land Rover Defenders, we also love a good challenge and the chance to play with unique and exotic cars from around the world.  We’re particularly fond of boxy cars with limited electronic components – the beauty of simplicity. As such, we offer a concierge automotive searching service for those looking for something unusually specific or equally as unique.


The Hidden Dangers of the Importing – Scams From Defenders to Geländewagens

It may seem like everyone involved in the Defender and G Wagon trades do it out of the love for these iconic vehicles. Unfortunately, there are far more opportunists and scam artists out there willing to help separate you from your hard earned dollars. Not only that, they will leave you feeling betrayed and crushed – sometimes literally.


The Costs of Importing a Land Rover Defender

The purchase price of your Defender is only one part of the process. The other expenses will be transportation, customs, and any possible repairs needed before (or after) it ships. We offer a flat-rate fee to manage the process and then we invoice you the hard costs associate with your particular Defender import.

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