rasandgeo asked this question 2 years, 11 months ago:

Convert car to German specs

Has anyone ever converted their US car to German specs? I read in another forum that if you go to the TUV inspection centers, they will give you a print out of what you need. I can't imagine they would know that for every US car. I have a VW Tiguan and a Toyota RAV - not sure which one I should keep to convert. Has anyone gone through this? Thank you.

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2 years, 11 months ago

Quote by rasandgeo:

Has anyone ever converted their US car to German specs? I read in another forum that if you go to the TUV inspection centers, they will give you a print out of what you need. I can't imagine they would know that for every US car. I have a VW Tiguan and a Toyota RAV - not sure which one I should keep to convert. Has anyone gone through this? Thank you.


Why do you want to convert either?

2 years, 11 months ago

I will have to convert when I retire - no more sofa card.

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2 years, 11 months ago

Quote by rasandgeo:

I will have to convert when I retire - no more sofa card.


I have always been told that it is cheaper to buy a Euro spec car than to convert.

2 years, 11 months ago

Just talked to a shop near Dusseldorf - they covert US spec cars all the time. It will run 900-1200 Euro, it's done in one day, and they inspect it for you through TUV. He said there's a shop in Kaiserslautern as well. I will have to investigate. Much cheaper than buying, right?

2 years, 11 months ago

Quote by rasandgeo:

Just talked to a shop near Dusseldorf - they covert US spec cars all the time. It will run 900-1200 Euro, it's done in one day, and they inspect it for you through TUV. He said there's a shop in Kaiserslautern as well. I will have to investigate. Much cheaper than buying, right?

Sounds like it. As long as you aren't planning to take the car back to the U.S.

2 years, 11 months ago

the TüV in Kaiserslautern Merkurstrasse use to have a specialist for this question.. Name was Mr. Vandercar (spell wan-da-car ... about). He use to work in homogolacion US to Europe for many many years...   best - set up an appointment there...

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2 years, 11 months ago

I appreciate your help. Thanks!

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2 years, 11 months ago

Quote by rasandgeo:

I appreciate your help. Thanks!


Diwil is the resident German helper.  He's always helpful about anything Germany.  



2 years, 5 months ago

Hello sir, did you ever find a place to do this? Can you share the shops details Please?

2 years, 4 months ago

I work on it for a friend of mine, next month. I can let you know.

What type of car??

4 months, 2 weeks ago

Resurrecting this thread... any updated advice on getting a Toyota Sienna converted for US to EU/German spec?  Retiring in summer 2022.

2 months ago

I am converting my cars now.  Autec in Weiterstadt (by Darmstadt) does it for you.  I am looking to convert a pickup.  I also have a Porsche I bought in the US which was built in Stuttgart...but buying it in the US was much cheaper.  I have to replace the headlights...thatz it and run it through tuv.  

1 week, 3 days ago

We're in the process of converting our US 1991 BMW 318i. The TuV inspector required only that the headlights be changed to German spec, and that a foglight be installed at rear (driver's side). The work is being done by RS Hundertmark, in Weiterstadt, and their service is excellent.

Note that once the work is complete, we also have to obtain permission to register in Germany, as this vehicle never received type approval in Germany. In Hessen, you do this by submitting the TuV report (an expanded version of the usual one in which the TuV inspector provides his/her opinion that the non-conforming vehicle is nonetheless safe to drive) online to the "Einzelgenehmigung / Betriebserlaubnis" Offic ein Marburg - I assume each Bundesland has a similar office.

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