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    importing bits from the UK

    Hi, am thinking of getting a few Renault bits from <a href="http://www.eurocarparts.co.uk," target="_blank">www.eurocarparts.co.uk,</a> and was wondering if anyone had got bits from overseas internet shops before, and what customs stung you for importation.

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    If the items are small, like a box of nuts/bolts they get through OK. Larger items say with a value of over $500 (the invoice is usually attached to the parcel) can either come though unscathed or be subject to customs. I've purchased a number of bits from OS (like a set of pistons and sleeves), and never had any problems. A friend purchased one lot of gear and got hit by duty. I suppose my number will be up soon, fortunately I don't need to buy too much from OS.

    Perhaps I'll get hit when I happen to find a 10S gearlever OS :-)

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    Haakon,

    I've imported from Andyspares on a few occasions.
    Price from them is VAT exempt but you pay GST when they arrive in the country (10%) plus Import duty of I think it was 15%.
    Naturally with Governments refining criminal activity to an art form, theft being a good case in point, you get charged the GST as a last bite, hence they also ad it to your freight and apparently Import duty is a "service."
    Even with all this being charged, it still works out heaps cheaper than the local prices with some parts costing a third of what they do here even after you've paid all the taxes & charges.
    Ideal situation is if you have a friend travelling in from overseas with a fair bit of their 20Kg luggage allowance spare; then they's real cheap. deal deal

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    I bought my air filter from Jetex in England <a href="http://www.jetex.co.uk" target="_blank">www.jetex.co.uk</a>

    With delivery included, it still cost me less than what I would have spent for a similar product in Australia. I ordered the part on Friday and had it on my door step the following Wednesday. I just couldn't believe how quick it got here.

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    The manifold that I recently just got was UKP105 and shipping was UKP45.

    The actual all up cost ended up being $500.

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    Haakon,

    As Yelo20 points out, freight can be the big killer when getting parts from over there.
    Andyspares use OCS (Overseas Courier Service) which are so dear it's not frunny. cry
    10Kgs costs about $300 + from memory, so heavy low cost bits can soon multiply in cost with freight added. eek! eek!
    I checked out the cost via the post and found it was only about 60% of OCS charges but the Poms are not very comfortable using their mail service due to its reputation for being slack, yet backpackers use it all the time & very few seem to have problems.
    Parts I bought left Andyspares Reading branch on a Friday and were sitting in OCS loading bay in Sydney by opening time Monday am. It took our Australian Customs and local carriers another fortnight to get them to Queensalnd, so draw your own conclusions from that. mallet mallet

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    Originally posted by YEL020
    <strong>The manifold that I recently just got was UKP105 and shipping was UKP45.

    The actual all up cost ended up being $500.
    That sounds about right...

    Those number escalate quickly when you're converting the pound and then paying import duty and GST.

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    Hey guys,

    in a similar vein, I am trying to get some bits from (British Columbia) Canada at the moment, without much luck! The new piston and liner kit was $130 US, and it is gonna cost me $180 US (about 325 nz $$) for freight to NZ!!!

    This when postage from this end for the same thing (8kg parcel) is $120 NZ!!.

    No-one in Canada seems interested in delivery by surface mail. NZ post here quoted me $120 and 3-4 weeks delivery time.
    The supplier seems helpful, but will only quote shippers willing to move the item in 3-4 days- but at considerable cost.

    I have made it clear that a 2-3 month wait would be ok, but he says no-one over there is interested for small shipments. Is this really the case or is this guy shafting me?

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    if you can get them to use Fedex you are better off
    3kg parcel from the UK is about 40 quid to your door which at the present rate is jsut over $100aud
    BTW that is sent extremey urgent so if you are prepared to wait a bit longer it is probably cheaper
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    a few years ago, I enquired about importing some new panels for an Austin from the UK. I was quoted $400 for the panels, and $600 to ship them. cry
    Since that time the dollar has radically dropped in relation to the pound. 2_cents
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    Originally posted by Pugnut403
    <strong>a few years ago, I enquired about importing some new panels for an Austin from the UK. I was quoted $400 for the panels, and $600 to ship them. cry
    No Austin could be worth that today...

    And this from a former A99 owner.

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    No Austin could be worth that today...

    And this from a former A99 owner.[/QB][/QUOTE]

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    Have you ever had a car that would sit on 110mph all day, handle and stop well, tow a car trailer (fully laden) safely at 90mph all day...

    And all the while (except with the trailer, of course) get 24mpg?

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    a 504 TI will do all that and more

    sorry not a big fan of pommy engineering (cough)
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    I ended up getting some panels off a wreck for $50 deal
    A lot of English cars were rather nice, but almost all of them had a fatal flaw mallet .
    The best for not stuffing up too much were Rootes Group, in my opinion. The Humber Hawk was comfortable, classy, and didn't break down TOO much.
    I've still got the Austin, but I have not finished restoring it yet, and I won't until I have all by frogs on the road. Even then I don't expect it to be reliable. ( I've got to have something to fix when my Pugs are being so reliable spanner )
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    But it means breaking out the imperial spanners...

    What Austin is it, anyway?

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    It is an Austin 1100 Countryman.
    They are just like a Morris 1100.
    In England they were badged as Austin, Morris, MG, Wolseley, Riley, and Vanden Plas.
    They also come in 2 door as well as 4 door sedans, and a 3 door wagon in the Austin and Morris versions.
    These were called the Countryman or Traveller.
    Mine is a Mk1 Countryman in dark blue with light blue interior. The main difference from our locally made Morris, apart from the fact that it is a wagon with seats that can be folded backwards (the so-called "Camping body"), they have bucket seats in the front, along with the Austin wavy grille.
    The Mk1 wagon is now fairly rare even iin England, and I have never seen another in Australia.
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    As another closet BMC fan I am always interested in what is still left floating around in those old rack & pinion steering rattling beasts...is that why it was called "rack?" short for racket? mallet
    Are you aware of the site by Keith "griz" Adams?
    Keith owns at least one Cit a BX 16V but also has a passion for the BMC range of old "Pommy rattlers."

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    You'll find some interesting stuff on there.

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    Pugnut403:
    It is an Austin 1100 Countryman.
    They are just like a Morris 1100.
    In England they were badged as Austin, Morris, MG, Wolseley, Riley, and Vanden Plas.
    They also come in 2 door as well as 4 door sedans, and a 3 door wagon in the Austin and Morris versions.
    These were called the Countryman or Traveller.
    Mine is a Mk1 Countryman in dark blue with light blue interior. The main difference from our locally made Morris, apart from the fact that it is a wagon with seats that can be folded backwards (the so-called "Camping body"), they have bucket seats in the front, along with the Austin wavy grille.
    The Mk1 wagon is now fairly rare even iin England, and I have never seen another in Australia.
    I know the type... didn't the Countryman have some wooden features? Or had they left that behind with the Minor Estate?

    A friend of mine from the Atlas F1 forum has a Montego you might appreciate.

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    Whoops... there he goes now... in one of his other cars...

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    Ever seen a Mini like this?

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    I dont know about english cars always having a fatal flaw - no more so than any other car on the planet... My first two cars were Rover 2000 TCs - one of the best cars ever built full stop. Way ahead of its time in technology, safety, handling, etc etc. Fantastic OHC motor with twin SU and extactors standard, De Dion rear end with inboard discs, funky front suspension, all removalble bodywotk (even the roof panel unbolted!) and 100% reliable electrics (had to put that in to dispel the myths).
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    Simon:
    If the items are small, like a box of nuts/bolts they get through OK. Larger items say with a value of over $500 (the invoice is usually attached to the parcel) can either come though unscathed or be subject to customs. I've purchased a number of bits from OS (like a set of pistons and sleeves), and never had any problems. A friend purchased one lot of gear and got hit by duty. I suppose my number will be up soon, fortunately I don't need to buy too much from OS.

    Perhaps I'll get hit when I happen to find a 10S gearlever OS :-)
    Simon,

    Do you want a good 10S steering wheel?

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    [quote]JohnW:
    Do you want a good 10S steering wheel?

    JohnW
    No thanks, I'm just after a gearlever. The later more curved type. Mine snapped on the 8 with a quick change to third, lots of blobby PO welding from a previous breakage gave way....

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