We love forbidden fruit, especially when that fruit is a diesel, manual, four-wheel drive small pickup truck not meant for the U.S. market, like the Volkswagen Amarok. Believe it or not, there’s one for sale in Pennsylvania right now, but you may not want to buy it. As you may well know, here in America there’s a stupid rule against importing non U.S.-spec vehicles that are younger than 25 years old. The Amarok in these pictures—sent by a reader named James, who spotted the truck in the parking lot of a traveling gun show—was first registered in 2015, so it’s clearly not a quarter of a century old. So why is it for sale stateside? After seeing these photos, I called the number on the for-sale sign, and found myself speaking with a soldier in the German military who’s stationed in the U.S. for training. The man, named Andreas, told me that because of what’s called a “SOFA Agreement,” German soldiers are allowed to bring their Euro-market cars to the U.S. and drive them legally without American titles. When I asked Andreas whether he could legally sell the vehicle, he said the folks he spoke with at his importer and also at U.S. customs seemed to indicate that he could indeed get a U.S. title for his truck and that he could sell it, though he’d have to pay taxes since he hadn’t paid any upon entry. Andreas told me he admittedly was a bit suspicious of these answers, saying… [Read full story]
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