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Old September 1st, 2015, 05:32 AM
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Defender Importing Company Reviews

I am curious if anyone has experience with any of the companies that restore and import Defenders in to the USA. Any Pros and or Cons on the quality,, cost ease of importation etc..

Arkonik
Sear Motor Holdings
The Landrovers
Top Hat Classics
Defenders Direct UK
Heritage
Foley

In the US:
East Coast Defender
West Coast Defender

There may be others and I know some of these folks are regular posters on this forum.

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Old September 1st, 2015, 07:30 AM
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I bunch of people have bought ex mod, and 5 doors through me.
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Old September 1st, 2015, 07:34 AM
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If Oliver is at top hat I can endorse him from my experience with three imports.

Here's one for your list, user Uncle Douglas

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Old September 1st, 2015, 07:35 AM
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also johan on this forum also sells so really great Rovers
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Old September 1st, 2015, 07:44 AM
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I wouldn't buy anything from Arkonik aka landroversuk.co.uk unless you want a burnt out engine with fancy stitched interior and a shiny paint job that'll be bubbling up in about 3 months.
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Old September 1st, 2015, 08:31 AM
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I am curious if anyone has experience with any of the companies that restore and import Defenders in to the USA. Any Pros and or Cons on the quality,, cost ease of importation etc..

Arkonik
Sear Motor Holdings
The Landrovers
Top Hat Classics
Defenders Direct UK
Heritage
Foley

In the US:
East Coast Defender
West Coast Defender

There may be others and I know some of these folks are regular posters on this forum.

Cheers,
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Those are not all defender importing companies. Most are car dealerships who will sell you something and some will arrange shipment. Know that there is a US task force in place and any dealership (they show as the shipper on export) who shows as previously having had a US Customs Seizure will of course get even more scrutiny on imports today. Part of the ISF filing procedure allows but US and UK Customs to do background investigations on the seller/shipper before a vehicle even loads on a boat. Several of the companies you listed have had stateside seizures.

Tophat Classics has dissolved and Oliver is now on his own and is Forest here on the forum.
Heritage Vehicle Sales is Matthew R. Moore formerly MRM Land Rover and you can google him and get a feel for his reputation.
Defenders Direct I work with daily and highly endorse.
Foleys is a top notch shop that wants nothing to do with sending cars to the US anymore but will perform very high quality work for you. Just had them convert a truck back to its original engine so I can ship it.
The LandRovers is again a Netherlands partnership and Daniel is here on the forum. I have worked with them on several trucks and their trucks have been very nice.Daniel even went to the port and fixed brakes for me on a truck I was shipping from Amsterdam that didn't involve him. Great guy.
Arkonik is to avoided @ all costs and there are several threads here about them and the horrendously poor quality of their trucks, and their willful fraud.

The only one in your overseas list I have had no dealings with is Sear Motor Holdings.

West Coast Defender was getting all his trucks from Arkonik.

East Coast Defender is the Humble Bros and they import and build Defenders in Central Florida. I have also had some dealings with them. Tom is active on this forum.


Since many of the dealers you are asking about are members of this forum you may want to use the search function.
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Foley's is a solid outfit. Overall can do anything you need right the first time. Stuart Foley is who I would approach.
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Old September 15th, 2015, 08:43 AM
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FWIW if Sears website doesn't make you uncomfortable buying a 25-32 year old truck I have some swamp land to sell.

They are getting 38k for a repainted lhd tithonus
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We currently have vehicles in stock in the USA and UK. We have: 1 x 1988 110 rhd CSW TD in uk and 1 CSW in NC, 1 x 130 in NC, 1 x NAS 90 in NC, ! x 110 V8 project in UK, 1 x 90 in UK.
Our NC agent is in Wilmington.

We also have multiple diesel re-power kits available. And LHD conversion kits.
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Old November 1st, 2015, 05:00 PM
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FWIW if Sears website doesn't make you uncomfortable buying a 25-32 year old truck I have some swamp land to sell.

They are getting 38k for a repainted lhd tithonus
I have imported two 110's this year using Uncle Douglas and had a great experience and referred someone else to him. I have had a bad experience with Mathew Moore, Heritage.
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I am awaiting import of a reconditioned "90 110 SW from Daniel and Peter at The Landrovers. The process has been good thus far and I'll let you know about the final product upon arrival.
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I am awaiting import of a reconditioned "90 110 SW from Daniel and Peter at The Landrovers. The process has been good thus far and I'll let you know about the final product upon arrival.
Interesting, because I just saw this one for sale by them as well:
Land Rover Defender 130 | eBay

Keep us posted once you get your truck, I'm assuming they did work on it as well as are shipping it into the States for you?

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DEFENDER 130, The Pick up Chuck!

Always dreamed about owning your own, one of a kind Land Rover Defender… We at The Landrovers now offer the option to build the Defender that is right for you! Do not hesitate to contact us, and start building your own Dreamfender today!

Interested in our ´Build your Dream´ program? Find out more

To experience one of our most recent builds, please check our video channel: Driving Experience


Name: Pick up Chuck
VIN: SALLDHMV7FA362260
Body type: Land Rover Defender 130
Year: 1986
Mileage: 75,000
Title: Any
Current Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Final Destination: Anywhere in the US

Work and parts that has already been performed @ The Chuck and included in the starting price of $66,950

Finished in top quality Mercedes-Benz AMG Satin mat grey metallic
Completely rebuild engine
Completely rebuild gear box and transfer box
Completely rebuild brakes and suspension

Exterior
The Chuck has been finished in the top quality Mercedes-Benz AMG Satin mat grey metallic.
New doors: to prevent the well know problem of galvanic corrosion, all 4 doors are replaced by new ones.


Interior
Brand new premium Diamond Exmoor trim seats (4), plus cubby box (2).
Chassis


The chassis has been cleaned to bare metal and rust treated, painted and coated to ensure the best possible protection, to last at least another 25 years!

Engine


The complete engine is reconditioned. All parts that are subject to wear were replaced, such as valves, rubbers, gaskets, timing, water pump, hoses, belts, spark plugs, spark leads, air filters and so on. Further new parts in the engine bay are among others: radiator, oil filter, clutch system, release bearing and blower fan.

Drive Line


The complete drive line has been rebuild, including gearbox and transfer box.
Brakes and Suspension


The whole brakes and suspension system has been rebuild, including:
Brake pipes, cylinders, calipers, disks, pads, shoes and hoses.
Front and rear Axle: On the front axle we place new swivels and CV joints, on front and rear axle: drive axles and hubs including all seals and bearings.

Suspension: Springs, shocks, mountings and bushes. All new!We can perform any grade of restoration. From as-is to body off. We can go as far as you want and keep in mind that everything is possible! As long as you can imagine it, we can build it....

Other


New battery
New exhaust
New fuel tank, pump and fuel lines
New…. all parts that are subject to wear and tear

Chuck Customization Premium Upgrades

At this moment she is in the final stages of her rebuild, here in our shop in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

However there are still a lot of customization options left, and the Chuck is waiting to receive her final touch. To get an impression of what is possible in our Build your Dream program: Find out more



To mention a few options left for customization:

Exterior:
Color and type of the bonnet (Puma style or Standard)
Color and type of the front grill (KBX style or Standard)
Color of the flares

Load space
Teak wood deck
Canvas Soft Top

Wheel and tires
Choose your wheels and tires

Interior
Color and type of fabric of headliner (alcantara)
Door cards
Leather dash
Radio, sub-woofer
Acoustic insulation
Carpeting

Accessories
Side steps, rock sliders

Final Stage
Once completed, your Defender will be subjected to tough testing procedures prior to departure. Just to make sure all things are working like they should, and everything is adjusted to ensure a faultless Defender.

Delivery
We can deliver to any port on the East or South coast, or even better just at your doorstep!

Contact, Shipment and Title


We have several options to get in touch, Would you like to receive a callback or see us in person through Skype conference, just let us know your preferred one.

Locations Europe:
Our main office and workshop is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. From here we have an easy access to all available Defenders plus parts in Europe. And above all: know how!
This is the location where most of the work is done.

Locations US:
For your convenience, we have three different offices in the US:
Our Houston TX office,
Our Seattle WA office, and
Philadelphia PA office/dealer
Let us know your preferred location and we will contact you.

Shipment and title
Shipping to any port on the East or South coast
Customs clearance including EPA and DOT tests.
Clear US title (TX, PA, or WA)

Us and our Customer:

According to the preferences, our ´build your dream´ customers are very much involved in the whole process. With all of them we've got contact on a daily basis, to discuss about all details and to provide them with
pictures of the progress made. The whole rebuild is very well documented by pictures, and an extensive list of all the parts and work done will be provided in ´The Presentation Sheet´.

Latest custom build customer testimonial:
After three years of looking for a “great condition” Defender 110 RHD in the US States with no luck, I stumbled onto The Landrovers website and eventually began communicating with Daniel Van Oort and Peter Zeisser. Within a couple of days I found myself excitedly considering a vehicle that wasn’t even in the US, something I had never considered prior.
You guys were top notch to deal with, at first I was a bit hesitant and skeptical but your professionalism and transparency helped put my mind at ease. You guys keeping me in the loop all throughout the project was tremendous, your response time was amazing. The final product was terrific, I have had the fortune of owning many nice vehicles and this Defender is one of the finest vehicles I have ever owned. My boys and I love going around with it.
I have enjoyed our business relationship, more importantly I gained a friend and thank you for all your trustworthiness.
S. Ghannam



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Kind Regards,

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Old November 10th, 2015, 02:19 PM
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The engine, 19J in 1990, is a rebuild from Turner and the painting is done elsewhere, otherwise it is my understanding that the remaining work is done in house. Yes they will be shipping it into Houston. Apparently they have a representative there. Will keep the forum posted. I have high hopes.
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I had no issues using uncle douglas. Even if I bought from some dealer, I would pay him to handle the logistics to import my truck.
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I used sear and have spent a fortune fixing what I got. While the import process was good I would not recommend them at all.
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Old November 11th, 2015, 08:59 AM
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I just had an '88 110 inported through Heritage and I had a good experience. Communication was good and he was patient with a new buyer.

The truck arrived (after being stuck in customs for 3 weeks), it started, it shifted, doors all open/close/lock, windows go up and down. And a surprise... it has a radio!
The bonnet stay was disconnected, but that most likely occurred at the port, and hopefully will be easily fixed with a cotter pin.

As for more in depth mechanical analysis... I'm not at that level:-)

-Ed
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New member - thinking of importing a 90 - read some horror stories. Any chance exporters will submit to an independent PPI (typical in porsche market)?
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I don't own a Porsche so please excuse my ignorance. What is an independent PPI?
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