In India the Export Import Policy (EXIM) 2001, allows import of used cars as well as pre owned in India. The import rules state that the import of passenger cars, jeep, multi-utility vehicles, motorcycles etc. are restricted items to import and can be imported only after obtaining an import license.
- Used vehicles being imported should not be more than three years old and conform to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, (1989). Imported automobiles should have a minimum residual life of five years and the importer should ensure supply of auto parts and service during this period.
- The importing agency is expected, at the time of importation, to submit a certificate issued by a testing agency notified by the central government that the second hand vehicle being imported has been tested successfully before shipment and confirms all the regulations of used vehicles specified in Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
- The importer is also required to submit a certificate issue by a testing agency notified by government that the used vehicle being imported conforms to the original homologation certificate issued at the time of manufacture.