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Wow you UK guys and gals really have it good! I believe I saw one poster post that his 2013 Dacia Duster 4x4 cost 14,000 Euros. That would be $37,114.000 Colombian pesos. Price for Renault Duster 4x4 in Colombia is about $52,000.000. You UK owners have major gloating rights! I wonder what the equivalent price is in other European countries and India.
 

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..... I saw one poster that his 2013 Dacia Duster 4x4 cost 14,000 Euros. ..... You UK owners have major gloating rights!
Hi PC,

Trust me when I say here in the UK we've been getting ripped off over the cost of even basic entry level cars for many, many years. I'm sure the majority of the members will agree with me when I tell you until fairly recently (last year or so) we paid nearly the highest, if not the highest prices for our cars in Europe. Mercedes Benz is a case in fact - the price difference between mainland UK and mainland Europe for similar Mercedes models was eye-watering frightening and always in favour of mainland Europe.

About 20 years ago small independent dealers in the UK discovered a loophole in the major manufacturers marketing strategy in that 'lightly used' Japanese vehicles (which are right hand drive like UK ones) were better spec'ed, could be imported into the UK reasonably easily and were noticeably less expensive than our equivalent models. Of course the import trade gathered momentum here, that was until the major manufactures dealerships started to get difficult, telling owners of these 'Grey Imports', as they were called at the time, that they couldn't, more like they wouldn't honour remaining warranties, 'couldn't get' service parts as the imported models apparently were totally different to official UK imported versions, and on and on this obscuration went!

I worked in an independent dealership, where we bought Japanese 'Grey Import' vehicles from a major importer based in Dublin, Eire and we never had a problem getting correct service parts for these vehicles, the parts were only a telephone call and credit card away and could be with us in 48 hours.

Eventually the major manufacturers succeeded in their campaign rubbishing imported vehicles, potential customers understandably got cold feet and the market gradually dried up and all but died. However every one we bought to sell on was head & shoulders better spec'ed than our UK equivalent models and a good chunk less expensive for the same build year / mileage.

So, whilst you're quite right in saying the Dacia deals here in the UK are impressive, we've been waiting a long, long time for this fair deal - I can only hope the other manufacturers see the light.

WeegieBob. ;)
 

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Bob, do you remember, too, that there was a time - about 10 to 15 years ago - that it was actually cheaper in many cases to source a brand new, full UK spec car through a franchised dealer in mainland Europe, and bring it in as a personal import, than it was to buy the same car through a UK franchisee? At its peak, there were even specialist dealers doing the legwork for you - and with their fees added it was STILL cheaper!
 

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Yes, I do 431 - as you obviously know there are 'gaps' in the manufacturers strangle-holds they have on the UK motor market, where thankfully there are those out there who recognise and drive forward alternative methods of locating good value, brand new vehicles.

Sadly for me there just isn't enough of these people and if you factor in the chancers the 'innovative market' struggles to get a foothold, which if it did would make the major producers sit up and take note. I have a couple of friends who went the route you mention, coincidently bringing their cars from Eire, but UK registered. One friend, *'a particularly canny Scotsman who guards every penny he spends' (*PC version, he's just a tight-arse! LOL!) and even he was pleased with the deal when he went the Eire route. :)

WeegieBob.
 
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