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Old September 5th, 2012, 01:39 PM
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You are not including the cost of the trip... Visiting the UK is not cheap.
I have the trip costing around $2000 for 4-5 days. I'm not a big tourist type, if I could get tickets to top gear and drink lots of beer its a good trip in my book.
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Old September 5th, 2012, 02:02 PM
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$4500 vehicle
$2500 shipping
$2500 importation (if all goes well)
=$9,000 vehicle all-in (less the parts you should buy while you are there, but then you aren't paying RORO but container)

profiting twice the base vehicle price would require some parts and labor (so you're no longer profiting 2x)

So take the advice and spend 2x on the base vehicle.

And remember if you bring back parts it has to be in a container a) with the vehicle or b) shipped separate, not RORO
I would be happy to arrange for parts to go with it for anyone who would be willing to split the costs with me. From what I understand, a container is quite a bit more than roll on. It would have to be cost effective for my time, and I don't really want to deal with running around the UK grabbing parts, so it likely wont happen.

Also, I have been quoted $3300 for shipping and customs. I plan on having whatever I get absolutely spotless before getting on the ship, to try and avoid any extra customs checks.
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Old September 5th, 2012, 02:31 PM
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Old September 5th, 2012, 02:59 PM
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Once all is said and done, I will have spent about $10,000 US for an amazing trip and a defender 90 that is then worth about twice what I paid for it because it is on US soil.

Any input would be more than welcome
Here is some input on "worth" and "value" because it seems you are a bit off here - most 90s are less valuable as imports than 110 imports over here. Perhaps it's the whole only 500 110s in 1993, perhaps it's the "practicality" of the 110 for a family, who knows...

Here are a ton of 90s that haven't exactly flown off the shelf in the US for less than $20k.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=38222
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=39396
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=39058
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=32003
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=37714
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=38455
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=38036

This one under $10k not in the US but shipping included
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=38614
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Old September 5th, 2012, 03:09 PM
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Here is some input on "worth" and "value" because it seems you are a bit off here - most 90s are less valuable as imports than 110 imports over here. Perhaps it's the whole only 500 110s in 1993, perhaps it's the "practicality" of the 110 for a family, who knows...

Here are a ton of 90s that haven't exactly flown off the shelf in the US for less than $20k.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=38222
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=39396
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=39058
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=32003
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=37714
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=38455
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=38036

This one under $10k not in the US but shipping included
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=38614
When its all said and done, I am buying it because I want one, not as a business decision. Though, I am 100% sure, if I fall on hard times, I can bring it down to my home town in Connecticut and 500 yuppies will be willing to write me checks for what I spent on the entire trip and then some the second they lay their eyes on it.

As a noob though, even I see a problem with the one under 10k. It has a newer engine in it, which will HAVE to pass EPA standards, no matter how old it is. Probably why its still for sale...
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Old September 5th, 2012, 03:30 PM
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I think you will do fine. I imported a 500 UKP truck based on no pictures and got my money out of it including shipping.

Just get a good one (which I did inadvertently -- the frame was solid other than the rear x-member)

Craddocks has a 4000 UKP 90 with a galvy chassis but rusty bulkhead. I bet they could be talked into less than asking on it and the body looks nice enough.
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Old September 5th, 2012, 03:31 PM
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Guess there is no better way to have someone poop on your dreams than to post your ideas on a forum. Many wish they could be doing the same trip for the same reasons, some talk about it and few actually do it.
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Old September 5th, 2012, 03:34 PM
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James, I may have a contact in the UK that you can coordinate with if interested. He's in the Mineshead area. I've bought a few 110's from him for import and have been happy with the purchases.

I'll email him to make sure he's interested and then I'll PM you his contact information.

Good Luck,

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Old September 5th, 2012, 03:38 PM
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James, I may have a contact in the UK that you can coordinate with if interested. He's in the Mineshead area. I've bought a few 110's from him for import and have been happy with the purchases.

I'll email him to make sure he's interested and then I'll PM you his contact information.

Good Luck,

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Great, thanks a ton.
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Old September 5th, 2012, 03:39 PM
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Ha I didn't poop on his dreams - if you're referring to me. If his dream is to own a 90 and have fun in the process of his search (hell, half the fun of finding my truck was actually FINDING IT) then have at it - it'll be a blast! If his dream is to own a 90 then magically have it worth twice what he has into it, then I think he'll have difficulty there, as shown in the multiple examples listed above.
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Old September 5th, 2012, 03:41 PM
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Guess there is no better way to have someone poop on your dreams than to post your ideas on a forum. Many wish they could be doing the same trip for the same reasons, some talk about it and few actually do it.
Haha no kidding. Regardless of whether this works out, I am going to at least pull the trigger and see what happens. I will be booking the flight shorty, and the money is allotted. I may very well get there and just be unable to find anything that suits my needs, and come home empty handed. But, I just don't see that happening with all the 90's on UK autotrader in my price range. I have plenty of experience with rust buckets, and from what I have seen the price I am willing to pay should get me something sound... maybe not pretty, but sound, and that's all I need.
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Old September 5th, 2012, 03:47 PM
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Anybody know anything about Nene Overland?

http://www.neneoverland.co.uk/
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Old September 5th, 2012, 03:53 PM
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Get on one of the UK based forums..let them know your coming over, I am sure some will be happy to take you out for a pint, even show you around. I would do it in a heartbeat. Your young, Makes a good story. Have fun.
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Old September 5th, 2012, 04:03 PM
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Ha I didn't poop on his dreams - if you're referring to me. If his dream is to own a 90 and have fun in the process of his search (hell, half the fun of finding my truck was actually FINDING IT) then have at it - it'll be a blast! If his dream is to own a 90 then magically have it worth twice what he has into it, then I think he'll have difficulty there, as shown in the multiple examples listed above.
I am not implying any one individual or even this particular post. I generally find it amusing how many posts seem to weigh heavy toward the negative thats all.
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Old September 5th, 2012, 07:36 PM
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Hi James, forgot to say keep an eye on milweb :http://www.milweb.net/classifieds/la...d=63340&cat=14

there are often sorted vehicles in the classifieds & some lhd, as long as you like green.
feel free to get in touch if you fancy a pint.

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Old September 5th, 2012, 10:02 PM
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James sounds like you've covered the bases pretty well thus far. My post was related to making a profit but sounds like that's not your primary concern. So have fun with it and I'm sure it will be a fun adventure.

Let us know why you do re filling a container. Just give folks a heads up and I'm sure people would have needs but would have to arrange collection to your demarc.

Good luck and keep us updated!
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Old September 5th, 2012, 10:37 PM
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Guess there is no better way to have someone poop on your dreams than to post your ideas on a forum. Many wish they could be doing the same trip for the same reasons, some talk about it and few actually do it.
Yeah, i had this exact idea, as the OP, but i was gonna include it in a semester abroad, i had the same budget, and i wanted a 90. I realized i wasn't ever gonna go abroad (for a semester), and bought a series.

Good luck OP, although you could find a truck here for your budget, its sounds like you will enjoy it much more this way!
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Old September 5th, 2012, 10:46 PM
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Hi James, forgot to say keep an eye on milweb :http://www.milweb.net/classifieds/la...d=63340&cat=14

there are often sorted vehicles in the classifieds & some lhd, as long as you like green.
feel free to get in touch if you fancy a pint.

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You know, I really want to go RHD actually. I just dont think there's anything cooler than a rhd 90.
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Old September 5th, 2012, 11:09 PM
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Toll booths and drive throughs are really the only consideration.

-Jeff
EZPass/FastPass/SunPass...etc on the toll booths.

No real solution about drive throughs.
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Old September 5th, 2012, 11:39 PM
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Toll booths and drive throughs are really the only consideration.

-Jeff
You know, I didnt even think about that. Luckily I dont eat fast food and I have an EZpass, so I am OK!
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