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q1 What are the qualifications for the membership of KAIDA?
The members of the KAIDA are divided into regular and special members. Regular members are the companies import and sell, contracted with foreign automobile manufacturing companies. Now, KAIDA also accepts data membership on-line, for further information, please click For Membership menu.
q2 Can you advise me of importing and customs clearance procedures of used automobiles?
Our association consists of 15 new automobile importing companies. Thus, we can just provide the information about new imported cars; no information on imported used car cannot be given. Please refer to the distribution channel, registration procedure and certification & Inspection for getting the information on importing procedures of new automobiles.
q3I am curious to know taxes on imported cars. Are the taxes more expensive than for domestic cars?
The customs duties for imported cars is 8% of CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) (as of 2009), and except for customs duties, the same taxes are imposed as domestic cars. You don’t need to pay any special taxes for imported cars, or tax rates are not higher for imported cars either. Depending on the type and size of the car you own, you will pay the same taxes as for domestic cars. For detailed information on types of taxes and tax rates until the acquisition of imported cars, please see the section on Tax Structure under the Imported Cars Information menu.
q4Can you tell about monthly registration performance?
Domestic registration performances of imported automobiles are updated in the statistics center section every early month. Please refer to it.
q5Let me know the price of automobiles of each model
Selling prices of imported automobiles according to each model is given in the price information section of the member's list.
q6In case of brands not officially imported into Korea, or in case certain models are not sold in Korea even if they are officially imported,
e.g. Fiat, Alpha Romeo,and Starcraft, I want to know how I can buy them and their prices.
The information KAIDA can provide is limited to the models the member companies sell. In case of brands and models not officially imported and soled in Korea, since there is no showroom where consumers can buy cars, we cannot inform you how you can purchase them or their official selling prices. For such information, you’d be better off visiting the websites of the head offices of those foreign makers.
q7How to buy the car not being sold in Korea
To register and use imported cars, customs should be cleared and formal approvals as well as certifications should be made. Thus, it's very difficult for consumers to purchase the car not sold by the registered companies of the KAIDA.
q8I want to contact gray importer who is selling import car brands and models which are not imported by official importers.
In case of brands officially imported into Korea by KAIDA members, KAIDA can offer the contact information but we don’t have any gray importer’s info.
q9I bought a car from a gray imported, and I want to have it serviced. Who can I contact?
In principle, the 15 KAIDA member companies provide service for those brands and models they sold. The service policy for those models purchased through gray importers varies depending on brands. So you are advised to directly contact the brand. The showroom and service center for the brand in questions will be listed in the Showroom & Service Center section under the Imported Cars Information menu.
q10Do you act as the agency for the certification acting work?
Our members in charge of homologation handle homologation related works for imported cars. The homologation committee, a subcommittee of the KAIDA, is sharing the information on homologation with its members, but the KAIDA does not act as the homologation agency.
q11I want to get the support and cooperation related to automobile importers of Korea. Please let me know their contact number.
find out the representative contact numbers in 'Member’s List' of About KAIDA.
q12I want to buy a certified imported used car. What can I do?
Some of the KAIDA member companies have a used car showroom or website. For more details, see the Showroom & Service Center section under the Imported Cars Information menu. You will find the contact info on brands selling used cars.
q13I want to bring my car I own in a foreign country back to Korea as part of my moving cargo. What is the procedure like, and how much will it cost?
To bring a foreign car you used in a foreign country to Korea as part of your moving cargo, you must meet the moving cargo customs clearance requirements, pass through various inspections and pay the cost. For brief information on this, see the Moving Cargo section under the Imported Cars Information menu, and for more details, contact relevant agencies such as the Korea Customs Service, the Korea Automobile Testing & Research Institute, and the Traffic Environment Laboratory.
q14Is there any way I can access part of the data or for a certain period of time without joining KAIDA as an annual data member?
Presently KAIDA offers only annual data membership. As you asked, we do not charge members on a case-by-case basis, or allows data members to access data for a certain period time only. We seek your understanding.