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Old May 19th, 2016, 02:43 PM
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Advice for a Brit looking to import and sell

Hi all,

I'm new to this forum, but not to Land Rovers (or Landy's over here!). I've owned a 1982 series 3 2.3L petrol and a 1993 200tdi discovery so far (currently driving a Skoda though ).

So...

In about a or month or so I'll be moving to Providence with work for at least 6 months.

I noticed that 90s, 110s, defenders and even series vehicles seem to be in pretty high demand in the USA, so that's got me toying with the idea of importing 1 to sell, maybe more in the future, who knows!!

So my question to you, my fellow Landy lovers, is what are the most sought after models, engines etc that I could bring over? Bear in mind that I can only bring over a vehicle that is AT LEAST 25 years old to keep the folks at the DOT happy and it has to be completely original (unless I want to see it crushed of course!). So this means series vehicles, pre "defender" 90s and 110s. There's also a lot of ex British Army vehicles here too if they're of any interest.

Hopefully some of you can help me out here.

Thanks!! Joe.
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One word, two numbers, and an acronym: 110...5 door...Tdi.
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One word, two numbers, and an acronym: 110...5 door...Tdi.
you forgot three more letters...LHD
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The more expensive models fetch better pricing. 130 crew cab hcpu, 110 SW. LHD is a big adder for price. Most people don't want RHD. And no rust.... A stock 200TDI is your best choice right now.
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One word, two numbers, and an acronym: 110...5 door...Tdi.
Cheers! However, they have to be over 25 years old to get in to the states, so the first 2 I am do, but the tdi will become td. Plenty of 2.5 petrol and diesel though. How do you guys and girls feel about ex MoD landys like this?

http://www.mod-sales.com/direct/vehi...ER_DEPOSIT.htm

Would $17-20k be a fair price for this?
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Old May 19th, 2016, 03:32 PM
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200TDI started 1991 model year, so they are available. It goes by built date.

ex-MOD is the bottom of the barrel for value. The largest British army base in the world is in Canada and they released a lot of trucks into the wild. Nobody actually "wants" a 2.5NA.
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Cheers! However, they have to be over 25 years old to get in to the states, so the first 2 I am do, but the tdi will become td. Plenty of 2.5 petrol and diesel though. How do you guys and girls feel about ex MoD landys like this?

http://www.mod-sales.com/direct/vehi...ER_DEPOSIT.htm

Would $17-20k be a fair price for this?
You can bring 200TDI cars in, 1990 and 1991 (it is based of manufacturing date, so 5/1991 and older)

It also depends on your market. From what I have gathered in my very short time in this community is that the buyers on the forum are very saavy to them and their value. You want a customer who thinks Defenders are cool, but isn't interested in being a part of the community.


FWIW - As a buyer I have no interest in that truck. It is impractical for civilian purposes, it has a non turbo engine, and it is RHD. A clean 110/90 county wagon on the other hand...
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Cheers guys. You're giving me a much better understanding of the market. Seems pretty similar to the UK market in terms of what people want except you guys want 110a while we prefer 90s!
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id stress Left hand drive....much more difficult to sell RHD trucks here. the market seems to be saturated with them.
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id stress Left hand drive....much more difficult to sell RHD trucks here. the market seems to be saturated with them.
Sadly LHD cars are very rare and just as pricey as defenders in the US!
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id stress Left hand drive....much more difficult to sell RHD trucks here. the market seems to be saturated with them.
I've never really understood that. I guess people are worried about going to ATMs, the drive through, etc? Or just not comfortable with driving on the "wrong" side?
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I've never really understood that. I guess people are worried about going to ATMs, the drive through, etc? Or just not comfortable with driving on the "wrong" side?
I can see the point, I wouldn't want a wrong hand drive car here if I could help it. Wait, are you saying you have drive through ATMs?!
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I've never really understood that. I guess people are worried about going to ATMs, the drive through, etc? Or just not comfortable with driving on the "wrong" side?
I would say it is a no-brainer, this country is set up for left hand drive vehicles. From atm's to the drive through at the liquor store to not having to put my daughter out into traffic when I drop her off at school it is easier in a LHD vehicle.

------ Follow up post added May 19th, 2016 04:30 PM ------

Besides, shifting with your left hand is just plain wrong.
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Drive through liqor store?! I'm in for a drive through revelation when I move!
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I can see the point, I wouldn't want a wrong hand drive car here if I could help it. Wait, are you saying you have drive through ATMs?!
and drive through liquor stores, guns shops and dentists ok kidding about the gun shops and dentists.
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Wait, are you saying you have drive through ATMs?!
The land of the free. And drive through ATMs. :USA:
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I've never really understood that. I guess people are worried about going to ATMs, the drive through, etc? Or just not comfortable with driving on the "wrong" side?
I think its the funnest thing in the world driving RHD in the states but thats me.. Its like sitting in the passenger seat and having all the fun of driving while making your passenger do all the work at drive throughs and when your on the highway in the slow lane you get to enjoy the scenery with out having to look across the cabin.

So if you sell any RHD emphasize on those values..
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OK, going off topic slightly now, but....

How does a drive through liquor store work?! I guess you have to know what you want exactly. Does someone come to your window or do you basically stop, get out and browse quickly? Honestly, this idea is properly mental to us Brits! We only get drive through food...
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pull up to the window...saying id like a bottle of jack, 12 pack of budweiser and pack of marlboro's ..pay and drive away.
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