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Maybe it was parked on a cobblestone street in Burgundy or under an olive tree in Umbria. Either way, you've seen it: that irresistible Eurocar you can't get at home—and it's for sale. Good news: The road to your driveway isn't as rocky as you think. With the help of a freight forwarder, which will oversee the shipping and deal with the customs paperwork, you can have your car within weeks. The process costs around $3,000, says Jason Chachich, export manager at the New Jersey-based All Shore Forwarders (800-689-2982), including added charges like import duties. Pay about $1,000 extra (depending on where you live) and the forwarder will get it to your front door (rather than the nearest port). Just make sure your find is at least 25 years old—if it's any younger, you'll have to pay upwards of $20,000 to make the import compliant with the United States' generally stricter emissions requirements. But presumably if it called out to you it's more Federico Fellini than Roberto Benigni. Ian Daly

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