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Offline gdw35


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I will shortly be heading over to Europe for a few years and whilst there will be looking at purchasing an Aston in the UK for myself to use over there and then to bring back with me. Was wondering if there is anyone who frequents these forums that could give some advice on the potential pitfalls.

Also I was wondering if the resale value is affected back here in Australia if the car was not originally delivered in Australia? For example certain models of V8 Vantage are selling in the UK for around 50KAUD but are listed here for over 100KAUD.



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Offline S4Simon

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The personal import route is pretty easy. Most of the astons i saw over there were daily drives, so corrosion would be an issue. Do your homework. Purchase wisely and enjoy driving the English countryside while u can.
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The personal import route is pretty easy. Most of the astons i saw over there were daily drives, so corrosion would be an issue. Do your homework. Purchase wisely and enjoy driving the English countryside while u can.
Thanks for your useful reply. Would certainly do a full check (history, body, mechanicals) before purchase and nice to know that personal import is easy, or as easy as the companies specialising in it suggest.

I guess the main question I would like answered is there any stigma attached to an imported Aston as opposed to a locally delivered one? I am guessing that there would not be too much difference physically.



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Thanks for your useful reply. Would certainly do a full check (history, body, mechanicals) before purchase and nice to know that personal import is easy, or as easy as the companies specialising in it suggest.

I guess the main question I would like answered is there any stigma attached to an imported Aston as opposed to a locally delivered one? I am guessing that there would not be too much difference physically.

To answer your question, very much so. Imports are not looked upon here favourably if there were local delivered versions of the same model. If you do PI something, do it for enjoyment of the car as apposed to looking at making a profit. Which can still be achieved if you play the right cards but don't expect to get the same sort of money that a local car demands...........



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To answer your question, very much so. Imports are not looked upon here favourably if there were local delivered versions of the same model. If you do PI something, do it for enjoyment of the car as apposed to looking at making a profit. Which can still be achieved if you play the right cards but don't expect to get the same sort of money that a local car demands...........

OK, thanks for that. Certainly would be bringing the car back for my enjoyment but would not want to lose a lot of money on it if I had to sell. I guess I am looking at my move overseas giving me the opportunity of easier access to Aston ownership  ;) Do you think that this is likely to change any time soon with all the things going on with the phasing out of the local car industry?



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OK, thanks for that. Certainly would be bringing the car back for my enjoyment but would not want to lose a lot of money on it if I had to sell. I guess I am looking at my move overseas giving me the opportunity of easier access to Aston ownership  ;) Do you think that this is likely to change any time soon with all the things going on with the phasing out of the local car industry?

Unfortunately no, not even with the new laws. Once an import always an import. Only way to get around that is to bring in something special/rare or something that can't easily be imported under other methods.




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Once I posted my PI application off to Canberra from the UK, the approval came through in less than a week.  You just need to tick all the boxes.  The import process costs plus shipping, Oz stamp duty and GST/on road costs came to around 20% of the purchase price of the car.

I would definitely do it again given the opportunity.  Well worth it.  Plus I get to drive a nice car every week back in Oz.

Try and source a dry weather driven car, although that may be hard to source with an AM.  The salt really is a car killer over there.

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Try and source a dry weather driven car, although that may be hard to source with an AM.  The salt really is a car killer over there.


Ain't that the truth, had a little 308 UK import in the shop a few weeks ago for a quote.............it was crustier than a clown from a popular animated TV series..................



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Ain't that the truth, had a little 308 UK import in the shop a few weeks ago for a quote.............it was crustier than a clown from a popular animated TV series..................

I once had a look at a 512M that spent just one winter in the UK before being inported here. On a hoist you could see that every single bolt, nut and fixture underneath had started to corrode.
Imagine what it would have looked like after a decade or three :eek:



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