There are different rules in each state regarding yearly roadworthy testing (MOT) You will need to check with Tasmanian Rules. Here in WA, there are no annual checks however it appears most keep their cars in good order as the Police are very strict and if you are stopped and they find a defect you cannot drive the car from that point. Once fixed it then is tested for everything and the slightest defect will fail. The Compliance Plate attached to all vehicles is the issue. I brought over a 5-year-old AMG Merc SL in pristine condition, the same model sold here and it still had to go through the process of compliance approval and biosecurity cleaning. If it has no plate its deemed non-compliant to ADRs regardless of the same car being sold here. The car is also always branded a personal import. If you feel your car is worth the effort and you plan on keeping it then yes, go for the personal import. Don't assume you will be able to sell it easily and make a profit.
https://www.transport.tas.gov.au/?a=111998 2003 TD6, EGR delete, Bluefin tuning, Dual batteries, UHF 2way radio, Android head unit, Led Headlights, Switchback DRL`s , Trailer Electric brake controller. icarsoft & IPNA Diagnostics.