Californian Prius going to Europe

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  1. Alex PHV

    Alex PHV New Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    I'm here to seek information and advices concerning the importation to a PHV prius to Europe (South of France).

    -First, I'm Very happy to find this forum, I hope to get precious info from it and be able to help anyone in the future with my upcoming experience!!
    -I will do here the long story-short, but you have a bit more details in my presentation.

    So: at the end of November 2020, the car will ship from Montreal to Foss-sur-mer (France)
    "The car" = Toyota Prius Plug-In 2013

    as of now except for the front and rear light, i did not find many difference (i would be therefore be delighted to be lightened to whats has to change).
    - i might have to create the circuit for the rear fog light that is required in France
    according to the owner book (page with the fuse board) there is a place for it but its not connected.


    any recommendation or info would be much appreciated

    thanks everyone
     
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    I am assuming did the numbers on the cost of all this, including possible import duties, compared to selling here and buying there.
     
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    Hello PA Prius,
    indeed i did, moreover, my visa situation does not allow me to sell the car in Canada unless i make the modification for Canadian road and i pay the import tax. Since i don't have address in the US and the border is closed for non essential travel, it would be pretty hard to sell back the car back there.

    all parameter accounted for, I rather take the car with me in Europe where i can Import it duty and tax free
     
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    It sounds like you have a plan. Bon voyage!
     
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    yes indeed, and this my me face so many question

    i need to change the tail lights mostly because the rear fog is missing:
    -Does anyone know if the circuit is already here? or do i have to make a full install?
    -I need to change the side mirror to put the one with the blinker, i was wondering the same, is the electric circuit already here?

    also looking for anyone with similar experience :)
     
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    It's common to fit aftermarket rear fog lights on used Japanese imports coming into the UK as they are also a requirement there, they are often fitted down in the rear bumper as that meets requirements. I can't say specifically about what wiring is present in your car already.

    The front lights may also be of concern as the US is one of the few countries that doesn't comply with UNECE regulations for automotive lighting, so there may be other compliance issues. Things like amber front side marker lights may not be permitted in France, for example.

    The FM and MW radio won't work properly in Europe either, if you care about that.
     
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    thanks a lot, indeed i am not concerned for the radio, but i was wondering if i can update the map?

    regarding the light i am already actively looking for a rear left light (That the one with the rear fog) all i am praying for is that i wont need to wire this in do it yourself way ahahah
     
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    Well, I'm not sure just fitting a European light cluster is going to work. Your indicator stalk won't have the selector for the rear fog light, so you'll have no way of turning it on without replacing that or wiring up some switch...
     
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    You are actually right and i did purchase the button control that goes to the panel left to the steering wheel,

    but most likely the connection wont indeed be here,
    does anyone has a picture of the read fog light?
     
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