#1
Anyone know if its actually legal to own and operate a car where the steering is on the right in the US? I wanna get a little European car or something but I think having one with the left side drivers side would sort of demoralize it. Also would insurance etc be higher?
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I don't know if it's illegal. I think it is legal, actually.

I'm basing this off of a guess, and that my mail carrier drives a European car with a right sided driver seat.
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It's legal. I've seen a few people convert their cars to RHD.

Good luck paying importing fees and trying to get it registered, though.
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I don't think there's any real restriction.

Like the guy above me said, mail trucks are right hand drive.

The only way to really find out is to look up laws, IMO. *shrugs*
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Anyone know if its actually legal to own and operate a car where the steering is on the right in the US? I wanna get a little European car or something but I think having one with the left side drivers side would sort of demoralize it. Also would insurance etc be higher?

The only country in europe (or at least one of the very few) that has right side wheels is UK.

So unless you're gonna bring one from England in a container (which is gonna cost you ****loads), you're probably not gonna land on one. Plus, the english make most of their cars left-wheeled, so they can be sold elsewhere. (export)

Right wheel cars are legal here though. But inconvenient...i mean if you're like trying to overtake someone, then you won't really see an oncoming car from the lane next to you, before 1/2 of the car is already on the other lane.
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I'm not sure about in the US, but in Canada it's perfectly legal so I don't see why it would be any different. In fact two of my good friends have right-hand drive honda civics imported from Japan, and as far as I know they don't have to pay any extra to insure it.
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its harder to because you drive on the right side, but i think its actually legal, but just rare
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Best of luck.
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AS far as right hand driving, i dont in my knowledge know it to be illegal, but this may vary state to state.
However shipping a car from europe or japan can be expensive, and i can without a shadow of a doubt say that the cars will not pass inspection ( well maybe european cars but i highly doubt it. I know with japanese cars you almost have to rebuild the front end, because of headlight height requirements and other things. This is the kind of question you want to look up and research, because something tells me very few people on UG have a great amount of knowledge about this. MYself included in the lacking department.
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The only country in europe (or at least one of the very few) that has right side wheels is UK.

So unless you're gonna bring one from England in a container (which is gonna cost you ****loads), you're probably not gonna land on one. Plus, the english make most of their cars left-wheeled, so they can be sold elsewhere.

Right wheel cars are legal here though. But inconvenient...i mean if you're like trying to overtake someone, then you won't really see an oncoming car from the lane next to you, before 1/2 of the car is already on the other lane.

I have actually seen quite a few in Canada so if I do get one I'll probably go up there and try to find one.
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It's legal. Unless you're after a Nissan Skyling GT-R, it ain't worth it. Which you aren't, since you said you want a little european car.
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i never thought i'd say this, but insurance and the law are the least of your worries. Import and registration fees are gonna be massive, but it should be legal.

little European car...what were you thinking of getting? a fiat? renault? peugeot?
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it's more expensive to ship from the UK, but if your THAT ANAL, it could be done. Most of Europe is not like the UK road-wise, so the cars are originally like north american cars. Technically, having right side drive is "demoralizing" the original car, so buying one locally is not "demoralizing" it.
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I'm pretty sure it's legal
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i never thought i'd say this, but insurance and the law are the least of your worries. Import and registration fees are gonna be massive, but it should be legal.

little European car...what were you thinking of getting? a fiat? renault? peugeot?





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i never thought i'd say this, but insurance and the law are the least of your worries. Import and registration fees are gonna be massive, but it should be legal.

little European car...what were you thinking of getting? a fiat? renault? peugeot?

I'd like a Puegeot if I can find one.
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Peugeot's are 95% left wheeled anyway, since it's not a british car. The French drive on the right side of the road, and their market is mostly europe directed (in other words, for right side traffic). They probably make like 5% of their cars as an exception for the bastard britain. ( i mean what the heck? how come brits have so much exceptions over the other EU countries? Right sinde traffic, pound as currency?)

In short: the chances of you finding a right wheeled peugeot are very slim.
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#19
You should totally buy a beetle though.

Oh, and stay away from renault. probably the worst brand of european cars there is...they last you like 3 years, and that's it. The manager of my band drives one...and so do my grandparents.
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If you really want a British car then do it, it's legal, have fun using drive thrus and whatnot though.
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Well, they're selling Smart cars in the US now, if you're after tiny European cars. They have been "Americanized" though (steering wheel on the left)
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