Importing a VW - Advice

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by GTE88, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. Hello,

    I’ve seen a van I’m quite interested in, but I’d have to get it to this country from Italy - possibly without seeing it in person.

    Two questions. Am I mad? And also does anyone have any experience/advice on companies that do that or general things to watch out for?

  2. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    Why would you buy one unseen?
    They’re not rare so there are hundreds for sale here.
    If it’s in Italy; go there, have a look, and drive it back.

  3. Fair point. Guess just potentially a little nervous to do overseas travel at the mo!
  4. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    I went to Holland last week. The airports and flights were brilliant. Even Schiphol was deserted.
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  5. Sounds like an opportunity to have a great little adventure (depending on your circunstances/dependants/appetitie for risk).
  6. Thats a steal for a UK registered already car. I'd fly and drive back in that no worries.

    Just make sure you have European breakdown cover maybe?
  7. Baysearcher

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  8. Reckon it could be a scam?
  9. You are either very trusting, mental or have money that we could only dream of.

    I can’t think of any other reason someone would spend 14k on a vehicle based on some pretty pictures from eBay. Good luck dealing with the previous owner when you get it back to the uk and find out the paperwork isn’t legit, or it’s a ringer, or it’s rotten as a pear or you get half way home and the engine turns into a seized block of pig iron.

    look on the JK marketplace. There was 150 listed on there in the uk for sale last time I looked
  10. But if you are overly trusting. I’ve got a lovely golf convertible for sale. It was once owned by princess diana. I’ve had several enquires from fanatical American collectors who’ve offered me £80k for it as long as I ship it to the US. You can have it for £50k if you want.

    obviously I know that’s technically exporting a VW and you wanted advice on importing a VW but I’m sure it’s the same thing really
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  11. Now you got me wondering about the legitimacy of the OP :eek:

    I'm glad I have one of these money pits already:thumbsup:
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  12. Cab doors don't shut properly.
    They say it needs a new poptop.
    Interior incomplete, dark and minimal, no cooker or water.
    Is it cheap? I don't think so.
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  13. Looking at his feedback and the fact he's bought stuff from nlavw and other camping websites I can't see it being a scam.

    Looks a very nice van, is it worth 14k with the costs of getting it home maybe.
  14. I’d ask why it’s in Italy if it’s uk registered. Is it owned by an English expat who doesn’t want to bother driving it back or doesn’t think it will make it?
    Dialogue is key, talk as much as you can with the owner and if you get a feeling they might be hiding something they probably are.
  15. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    To be fair to the advertiser that is all explained in the advert.
  16. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    Who knows. They normally stand out like a sore thumb. This one doesn’t?
    The rest of the story checks out I.e it is sorn’d and uninsured .

  17. I don’t actually think it is as I have just been chatting to him via WhatsApp. From the replies I can see everyone thinks it’s a bit mental. I’m not necessarily going to do it without looking at it and getting more information - I’m a very cautious person! It just seems like a good camper at a good price is all
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  18. I am real, just new!
  19. Has it got new wiper blades...:thinking:
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