Mini shorty stuck in customs

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ouch,   less than knowledgeable/honest broker.

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i imported a 1988 Mini Shorty from England, used a broker and everything and I drove from Riverton Utah to Port Hueneme CA. (750 miles one way) to pick it up DOT/NHTSA had seized it and would not let me have it. I was told it had to get shipped back because it has to much new materials used on it and now its a new car???
i dont know who decided this but i cant even talk to any body there. It's the same old car just shorter, i have my congress women's office working on it but still waiting only have 2 weeks left before something has to happen to it.
any ideas?
thanks
64mini@comcast.net
It has been discussed a lot of times here that vehicles now being imported have to be exactly as they left the factory or they will be seized and possibly crushed, you are lucky they are letting you keep ownership of the car. It is blatantly obvious apart from the shorty conversion yours is not.
You will have to ship it back or forfeit it as for driving that far your broker should have known it was not released as that is part of what he is paid for.
Your option may be to disassemble it and ship the car in a container as parts with the parts removed in a separate container or pallet, not a cheap way to do it.
Bill Cox should chime in and he will know the best way to go on this.

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If I had to guess, I'd guess that you're screwed - that is a Custom Car, with new wheels, bodykit, grille, headlamps, bonnet, and unibody.

That much shorter, with no doors and all the new bits, it's just not a Mini as DOT recognise one.

Also, you've imported it to California, where they generally get upset about anything newer than 1967/8 when the Mini ceased being sold.  There are a few loopholes for up to 1974 I believe, but 1988 will get them digging their heels in and warming up the crusher.

Best of luck !

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i imported a 1988 Mini Shorty from England, used a broker and everything and I drove from Riverton Utah to Port Hueneme CA. (750 miles one way) to pick it up DOT/NHTSA had seized it and would not let me have it. I was told it had to get shipped back because it has to much new materials used on it and now its a new car???
i dont know who decided this but i cant even talk to any body there. It's the same old car just shorter, i have my congress women's office working on it but still waiting only have 2 weeks left before something has to happen to it.
any ideas?
thanks
64mini@comcast.net

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