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Old December 26th, 2011, 03:58 PM
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best way to import a 110?

Looking for the best way to import a 110.

I know there are companies that specialize in this service so is this the best way to do it? Im sure some have done it themselves and have advice for someone contemplating this path for the first time.

Is it best to have the work done in England since all the parts are readily available there? I dont really want a small gas engine and would like a tdi so is it better to find one already converted before importing?

Are galvanized frames cheaper in the UK? How does the labor rate compare to the US?

ANOTHER option is to buy one already imported with a tdi and galvy frame. There are so many factors to consider and my head is spinning.
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Would be a good idea to look in the for sale section in the "Whats Legal" thread. Your head will really be spinning then.
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It depends what you need. Buying one in the states may be easier but a lot more expensive. If you are looking for a Tdi I would buy one with a Tdi already fitted or have one fitted in the UK. You do not see many places that will do a Tdi conversion much less at a decent price. It is cheaper to get parts in the UK and have them installed. Most shops charge about 40-60 which is 75-80$ per hour.

You can import a Defender yourself or use someone like me @ www.greenmountainrovers.com or Doug at http://www.dividingcreekimports.com/
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X3, Doug may know of one that is already here and for sale
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Is it doable to get all the parts in a container and ship it over to the US? Does it need a V5/title when they are just bits and pieces? At what point is it going to be considered a vehicle?
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Or even use me lol. www.globallandrovers.com !!
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Most states you can build a car/truck from parts and get the state to assign a title for it. It has some fine points of the law so best to check DMV first.
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Julian, I PM'd you yesterday and called you this AM. (Just wondering if your open for business)
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Looking for the best way to import a 110.

I know there are companies that specialize in this service so is this the best way to do it? Im sure some have done it themselves and have advice for someone contemplating this path for the first time.

Is it best to have the work done in England since all the parts are readily available there? I dont really want a small gas engine and would like a tdi so is it better to find one already converted before importing?

Are galvanized frames cheaper in the UK? How does the labor rate compare to the US?

ANOTHER option is to buy one already imported with a tdi and galvy frame. There are so many factors to consider and my head is spinning.
If "Best" means avoiding any unpleasent surprises then I'd recommend getting a legal opinion and make sure the opinion is based on the truck you actually want to import There is a lot involved. For instance, the vehicle should be legal in the country you are exporting from too. Unfortunately Customs agents are not experts on these vehicles so there's no guarantee even if your truck is a 25 year old barn-find it'll be flying through Customs the day it lands. Hell, it's possible your new baby could be sitting outside in a yard somewhere for six-nine months while Customs tries to figure out if what you've imported is approved by DOT and EPA. Good Luck!

x4 No question, Doug can help with shipping arrangements.
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