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Old November 12th, 2015, 01:20 AM
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What is an independent PPI?
Pre purchase inspection
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Old November 12th, 2015, 08:26 AM
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Old November 12th, 2015, 08:46 AM
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ppi is always a good idea regardless of brand of car
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Old November 12th, 2015, 09:20 AM
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FWIW - if you are importing a vehicle from over the pond, and are not going to do it yourself....and then you choose to NOT use Uncle Douglas aka Dividing Creek...then I just say "good luck"

Doug has forgotten more than others know, is on a first name (speed dial) basis with CBP folks and just knows his stuff. Period.
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Old November 12th, 2015, 09:27 AM
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Doug is great but there are also other customs brokers that do an amazing job.
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Old November 12th, 2015, 09:29 AM
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I don't own a Porsche so please excuse my ignorance. What is an independent PPI?
IIRC, Independent Pre Purchase Inspection.

To the guy that asked, if the place that is selling the car wont allow you to have your own mechanic/inspector come to inspect the car, then you probably dont want to buy from them.
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Old November 12th, 2015, 09:56 AM
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^ thanks, and agreed. Asking lots of questions, and when the other side stops responding, another indication not a good buy source.
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Old November 12th, 2015, 10:10 PM
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I think if you are looking to buy something "in stock" that a PPI would the best idea. If they are unwilling Ito entertain this I would steer clear of this shop. On the other hand if you are looking for a custom rebuild a PPI may not be feasible as most will require a substantial deposit or even the entire fee up front. This approach would make most understandably nervous, but working through a rebuild shop with a good reputation should provide some peace of mind. This link will provide you with many shops in good standing by the community. Of course Googling any rebuild house with "complaints" after their name will provide much insight and help you avoid those questionable shops. Forum members are a great resource and led me to the shop I am using as well as avoid some others.
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Old November 12th, 2015, 10:38 PM
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While there may be other "amazing" importers doing "amazing" things, Uncle Douglas did the importation on my 110 and he was Rock Solid and did it right with no worries whatsoever. And this was during the height of the seizure bullshit from DHS/CBP. I Slept like a baby through the whole process because Uncle Doug knows his shit and does it right. Nothing amazing here.
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Old November 13th, 2015, 12:16 AM
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IIRC, Independent Pre Purchase Inspection.

To the guy that asked, if the place that is selling the car wont allow you to have your own mechanic/inspector come to inspect the car, then you probably dont want to buy from them.
Except that, most mechanics usually won't go mobile, right? It's hard enough to find great LR specialists, but how many of them won't insist that the vehicle be brought into their own shop? None, in my experience. IMO, one of the first questions to ask a seller is if he is willing to bring the rig into the local-to-him shop of YOUR choice. Said mechanic may also want to hold it overnite to see how it acts cold OR you may want to insist that he does so. Many sellers won't want to do either.
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Except that, most mechanics usually won't go mobile, right? It's hard enough to find great LR specialists, but how many of them won't insist that the vehicle be brought into their own shop? None, in my experience. IMO, one of the first questions to ask a seller is if he is willing to bring the rig into the local-to-him shop of YOUR choice. Said mechanic may also want to hold it overnite to see how it acts cold OR you may want to insist that he does so. Many sellers won't want to do either.
The challenge is still honesty and collusion. The local shop is likely to have more allegiance to the seller. Better than nothing but nothing beats a boot on the ground.
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Old November 16th, 2015, 09:37 AM
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Except that, most mechanics usually won't go mobile, right? It's hard enough to find great LR specialists, but how many of them won't insist that the vehicle be brought into their own shop? None, in my experience. IMO, one of the first questions to ask a seller is if he is willing to bring the rig into the local-to-him shop of YOUR choice. Said mechanic may also want to hold it overnite to see how it acts cold OR you may want to insist that he does so. Many sellers won't want to do either.
You find a way my friend, go on forums or connect with people on facebook through the LR groups or even instagram, people are usually willing to help others. While i agree that it might be difficult to get someone to go inspect it for you, it is possible. And remember the truck is in a foreign country, so going into this we should know its not like buying it from Billy off craigslist 2 towns over, this isn't going to be the most straightforward transaction. But if the buyer does some due diligence, these risks can be reduced.

Also, i do agree an in-person inspection is probably the best way you can get peace of mind, but that is not always feasible for everyone.
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Old November 16th, 2015, 01:47 PM
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Almost seems like it would be better to get a truck "as-is" and then modify here in the States. Paint can cover up some serious defects. Echo the sentiment that seeing in person is preferred. Seconded by having ones "agent" see it and report back. Clearly if the seller and the shop doing the PPI have a relationship....
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Old November 16th, 2015, 09:11 PM
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Almost seems like it would be better to get a truck "as-is" and then modify here in the States. Paint can cover up some serious defects. Echo the sentiment that seeing in person is preferred. Seconded by having ones "agent" see it and report back. Clearly if the seller and the shop doing the PPI have a relationship....
90 plus percent of the trucks I handle these days for forum members are all original trucks. For the most part, the restoration process has been forced to change sides of the Atlantic by US Customs and disreputable shops in the UK.

Depending on where a truck is located we often have pre purchase inspections done. I have an awesome guy out of Merseyside, just wish he'd go further. Mobile vehicle inspectors are common in the UK. Depending on travel distance an inspection is typically around 250 quid.
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Old November 18th, 2015, 10:38 PM
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Arkoniků..big disappointment

I received my '88 110 CSW from Arkonik late last spring. The experience started out very pleasant indeed. You will notice that all their testimonials are from folks that are anticipating their trucks, or have recently received them. None from folks that had owned their trucks for some time. This was the case until I brought this observation to their attention.

What I thought would be one of the most fun experiences turned into one of the worst experiences.

The truck was not sorted carefully at all. I had to sort out many shortcomings after delivery.
The problems that I encountered are too many to list here.

The most serious, in my opinion, is the accumulation of water into the truck from drainage of the doors. This soaks the carpeting under the rubber mats. So, I really can't use the truck in the rain, without days of drying out. The 110 arrived without ANY gaskets along the bottom of the doors. They altered the thresholds with stainless steel plates which will not allow the installation of the original gasket design.

Within a very short time and with very little exposure to rain, I noticed rust bleeding through the new paint on the rear door and front doors.

Arkonik offers a money back satisfaction guarantee in their sales contract. There is no time limit or other stipulations. I have asked Arkonik to fulfill their contract and collect the vehicle and issue a refund of my money. Their response has been that they will aid me in the sale of the truck. They also suggest that I made a mistake in buying a 110 from them and they made a mistake in selling one to me. (I have owned a D90 and 109 5 door for 10 years)
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Old November 18th, 2015, 11:09 PM
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Perhaps explains the reason they've suddenly shut the f!!! up after spamming the forum.

Sorry to hear you got suck with one of those thrucks
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Perhaps explains the reason they've suddenly shut the f!!! up after spamming the forum.

Sorry to hear you got suck with one of those thrucks
Lav, Jonesy, and Pheonix won the Pig In A Poke contest and are there now on their European vacation. I pinged Lav the post. We will see what the litigious Mr Hays has to say about it tomorrow.

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Old November 18th, 2015, 11:25 PM
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Lav, Jonesy, and Pheonix won the Pig In A Poke contest and are there now on their European vacation. I pinged Lav the post. We will see what the litigious Mr Hays has to say about it tomorrow.

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I forgot about the all expense paid trip tooooooooo Arkonikland.
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Beware of Heritage Vehicle Sales

Doug brought mine over, Purchased from Matthew R Moore of the apparently bankrupt MRM specialist vehicles: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/L-60641-1909384/ Back from the dead as Heritage vehicle sales. Unless you've done a personal inspection and have seen service records you can verify, I would not recommend dealing with that lying sack of dookie.
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Old November 19th, 2015, 04:10 AM
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I agree all the high priced defender outfits selling to Americans are nothing more than fast talking corner cutting car dealers, but if you try to sell a cheap defender in the US its presumed junk. People have strange expectations in the US regarding these vehicles, they are 25 year old farm trucks and they were made in Britain. They are not 'fine automobiles' and were nobody's garage queens. Buy them for what they are if the price is right and build it up yourself, so you know what is done to it.
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