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2008/05/12 10:27:12 (permalink)

Importing US Cars

http://importrates.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=45

That ad just showed up for me on one of the General posts.

Looks an interesting site - with the pound so high against the $ still (1.98?) it could make sense for a lot of vehicles. I know that the RRP on a Porsche 911 S is around 75k here...and in the UK, it's around 50k (no ****....it's honestly a 30,000 difference).

If you compare things that are classified as "imports" over here - e.g. the Hummer etc. - people ask silly money for them. There's a garage in Manc near me who repeatedly ask for 50k for a Hummer H2 - which is a 100% mark up from it's US cost of half that.

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    RE: Importing US Cars 2008/05/12 10:34:33 (permalink)
    i'd love a hummer h2,

    what are you thinking of importing??


    isnt left hand drive a problem?


    why are cars so cheap there?





    so many questions

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    RE: Importing US Cars 2008/05/12 10:49:12 (permalink)
    i think the VAT markup + shipping will cancel out the cost saving

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    RE: Importing US Cars 2008/05/12 11:00:07 (permalink)
    I assume the different Octane levels in out petrol to that in the US wont be problem!?

    Or the fact that our TAX is worked out by the cars Co2 emmissions now!?

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    RE: Importing US Cars 2008/05/12 11:01:52 (permalink)
    tbf US cars are wank?
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    RE: Importing US Cars 2008/05/12 11:08:13 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: A51M

    i'd love a hummer h2,

    what are you thinking of importing??


    isnt left hand drive a problem?


    why are cars so cheap there?





    so many questions


    Nah not at the mo mate, I'm happy with my car, but I always keep an eye out just in case there's a bargain and then I have that as a target to work towards.

    Re: Left hand drive - most US cars only come in left hand drive anyways, so not a problem.

    Re: Cheap - a few reasons:

    1) Larger economy = bigger economies of scale
    2) Exchange rate = our pound is strong, making US prices seem cheaper
    3) Taxes = all US taxes...or 99% of them...are much lower, therefore it's much cheaper for manufacturers to make stuff in the US for the US, than it is for the UK
    4) Expectations = people in the US tend to change their cars more often, and there's more cars per person sold every year. This demand drives down prices, and people's price expectation is lower. For this reason...you get a better deal on all sorts of car related stuff in the US. Did you know for example, that the average US car warrenty (on even Euro cars like BMW's and Mercs), is 5yrs and 100,000 miles? Here's it's only 3yrs and 60.

    Why? Cos they just don't see the competitive need to offer it here, and in the US, demand and competition is so intense, that they do.

    If I was importing anything, I'd be looking at a Corvette (massive saving), dodge viper (massive saving), or Lincoln Navigator (just cos they're cool). The Pontiac Solstace is also quite nice and can be had for 10,000 quid or so.

    Pontiac Solstace:
    http://www.pontiac.com/solstice/index.jsp

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    RE: Importing US Cars 2008/05/12 11:09:19 (permalink)

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    tbf US cars are wank?

    you can save huge %'s on Euro cars too.

    A 3 series is 20% cheaper there, the maddest example I've seen is in porsche's. 30,000 pound saving on an IDENTICAL car. Anyone in the market for one of those would well be getting ripped off in the UK.

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    RE: Importing US Cars 2008/05/12 11:16:24 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: cu3ed

    I assume the different Octane levels in out petrol to that in the US wont be problem!?

    Or the fact that our TAX is worked out by the cars Co2 emmissions now!?



    Imported cars have some weird TAX CO2 class anyways - I can't remember how it works, but they don't get catagorised like normal cars do, since they're classed as personal imports and don't go through "type testing" (some weird phrase)...

    Anyways, so you'll pay high-ish car tax, but not top rate or anything, and whether you import a small car or a big one...same tax off the top of my head.

    Only Biggie is VAT - if you have a business you can probably get the trucks classes as "Work vehicles" though and claim it back. If it's a car / sports car...sod all chance of that, but it's it's a 4x4 you'd like, piss easy.

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    RE: Importing US Cars 2008/05/12 11:17:28 (permalink)
    Are they all automatics/ left hand drive!?

    I could understand getting a Jap. Europen export, but I cant stand the cheapness of US cars.
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    RE: Importing US Cars 2008/05/12 11:19:21 (permalink)

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    ORIGINAL: cu3ed

    I assume the different Octane levels in out petrol to that in the US wont be problem!?

    Or the fact that our TAX is worked out by the cars Co2 emmissions now!?



    Imported cars have some weird TAX CO2 class anyways - I can't remember how it works, but they don't get catagorised like normal cars do, since they're classed as personal imports and don't go through "type testing" (some weird phrase)...

    Anyways, so you'll pay high-ish car tax, but not top rate or anything, and whether you import a small car or a big one...same tax off the top of my head.

    Only Biggie is VAT - if you have a business you can probably get the trucks classes as "Work vehicles" though and claim it back. If it's a car / sports car...sod all chance of that, but it's it's a 4x4 you'd like, piss easy.

    Wondered that...it sounds like the group them in one class it better to go with as large an engine as you can get lol.
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    RE: Importing US Cars 2008/05/12 12:05:35 (permalink)

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    ORIGINAL: ThaiFighter


    ORIGINAL: cu3ed

    I assume the different Octane levels in out petrol to that in the US wont be problem!?

    Or the fact that our TAX is worked out by the cars Co2 emmissions now!?



    Imported cars have some weird TAX CO2 class anyways - I can't remember how it works, but they don't get catagorised like normal cars do, since they're classed as personal imports and don't go through "type testing" (some weird phrase)...

    Anyways, so you'll pay high-ish car tax, but not top rate or anything, and whether you import a small car or a big one...same tax off the top of my head.

    Only Biggie is VAT - if you have a business you can probably get the trucks classes as "Work vehicles" though and claim it back. If it's a car / sports car...sod all chance of that, but it's it's a 4x4 you'd like, piss easy.

    Wondered that...it sounds like the group them in one class it better to go with as large an engine as you can get lol.

    pretty much.

    Same with old cars - one class pre: 1980 something i think.

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    RE: Importing US Cars 2008/05/12 12:40:52 (permalink)
    Just so you guys are aware pretty much any US made car like ford, dodge, etc are **** and will cost you alot more then lets say a honda or another jap import. So basically if you buy a US car over here you either don't know anything about cars or just want it because it looks nice and are willing to invest money in it. Also you can get 5 speed cars here (cheaper then automatics btw so you would save more). Only car ive seen with the steering wheel on the wrong side is the mail truck...
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    RE: Importing US Cars 2008/05/12 13:20:52 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: A51M

    i'd love a hummer h2,



    Why?

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