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GTA Online: Import/Export Guide

GTA Online recently received its last major DLC update for 2016. Currently, Import/Export is leading our poll which seeks to name the DLC of 2016, in spite of controversy and a pretty vocal outcry among certain fans. While the update does have some hefty prices and a steep learning curve, it still packed a ton of fun content.

Import/Export is among the least balanced when it comes to the price of new content, compared with the rate at which you'll be making cash with the new gameplay mechanic - at first glance, anyway.\\

Import/Export also has, strangely enough, one of the least accessible gameplay mechanics. Those who actually sat down and completed a few car import and export missions are likely dumbfounded about the negative reception the new missions received on the web. Making a profit from these jobs is actually quite simple, and yet angry fans are making it out to be impossibly hard.

We've tried debunking some of the misconceptions around Import/Export a few days ago, and now with this guide we hope to turn the gaming experience of every player into a fun and profitable one. There are plenty of ways to turn the new GTA Online content to your favor. There really is no need to regard it as a pointless money sink used to further promote Shark Cards - it's not like they need it.

Get Your Expectations (ROI) Right

The first and possibly most important thing you need to deal with in order to ensure that your experience with Import/Export doesn't end with a controller-shaped hole in your display is setting expectations. We went through the same thing with Further Adventures In Finance and Felony earlier this year, where players went out and bought the most expensive executive office, and expected to turn a profit with crates before the next bathroom break.

It takes years, sometimes decades to make a return on investment for businesses in real life - in GTA, it takes about 5-6 hours of gameplay, unless you buy the most expensive version of everything. That is hardly unreasonable, but players expected to make mad stacks with the first delivery, for whatever incomprehensible reason. Naturally, the fact that they didn't was the cause of outrage.

Keep in mind that it will take you even longer to make a profit in Import/Export, but once the money comes in, it validates the effort. The starting investment here is higher, hence taking more time to make a return. However, there are a few tips and tricks to make the most of the new opportunities.

Bring Some Friends

Export missions especially benefit from having some friends along for the ride. Each member of your organization may sell a vehicle, allowing you to sell up to four rides concurrently, which a major bonus considering you'd have to wait out a timer in between each four were you playing solo.

And Bring A Cargobob

Another great tip for either imports or exports is to take a cargobob along with you. This will make it easier to get your car to the warehouse without taking too much damage, minimizing repair costs. When you get NPC aerial attackers, make sure to fly low and fast, as this is the best way to avoid further damage.

Unlock The Discounts

You should also keep in mind that while the special vehicles are all pretty expensive, you can shave off large amounts from their prices by completing each mission associated with the vehicles. In some cases, this discount hits even a million, which is no small amount. The mission for the amphibious technical is useful on its own, since it's short but has a great payout, making it worth playing even once you already have the discount unlocked.

Make Car Collections

One very easy-to-miss detail that is crucial for squeezing as much cash out of Import/Export as possible is the car collections feature. These collections reward industrious players with a lot of bonus cash for assembling a specific shopping list of vehicles for a single customer, and selling them off in one go. Naturally, since sometimes low-cost rides make it into a collection, there is no need to session-hop when working on a collection.

In the end, it isn't particularly hard to make decent amounts of money with the new mechanics introduced to GTA Online with Import/Export, you just need to know what you're doing and go in with realistic expectations. You won't make several million in one sitting, but if you're patient, you'll make a return on investment soon enough, and coupled with the passive income provided by biker businesses and additional cash from crate missions, if you manage your affairs well you won't have many financial issues in the virtual world of Los Santos.

Have you been enjoying success with importing and exporting cars in GTA Online?

Frequently Asked Questions

How to start Import/Export in GTA Online?

To start your Import/Export business in GTA Online, you need to be a CEO and have an office and a warehouse. You'll then start to steal, store and export vehicles from your warehouse.

Can you do GTA Online’s Import/Export solo?

Yes, you can do the Import/Export business solo. However, it's more fun and profitable if you do it with friends.

What are the GTA Online Import/Export locations?

There are nine warehouse locations to choose from for your Import/Export business. These warehouses can be found at Cypress Flats, Davis, El Burro Heights, Elysian Island, La Mesa, La Puerta, two at LSIA, and at Murrieta Heights.


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Aron Gerencser

Aron Gerencser // Articles: 900

In the site's early beginnings, Aron was responsible for the bulk of the news posts that you'd find on GTA BOOM each and every day. He loves getting involved with the community and is an avid fan of all things Rockstar Games. Since then, Aron has become an editor across all the content that is posted on GTA BOOM. His journey with the franchise began with GTA 2 back when it was new (all the way back in 1999), and he was a gamer even before then. Graduating summa cum laude from Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi with a BA in Media Production, Aron has been a game journalist since 2014. When not writing, editing or playing, Aron is building models which you can find on Instagram and Facebook.