Gavin, thanks for the kind words and thanks for keeping up until 3am most mornings researching Defender faults
I must be a Defender talked about web site expert now
Codders, you have been an inspiration I kept my faith in you even after the 'nutter' scare story, bas...ds
I really thought I had been had over, more sleepless nights
Anyway the hard part is over, it is such a relief to get it in one piece as I have never imported before and after hearing all the scare stories about imports I was a bit concerned. I must say that the saving of £5,800 blew away a lot of that as in the car being labelled an import as there is more than enough cash saved to cover that. The log book has a tiny stamp on the dealer page which does not state which country it was sold from, after a few local main dealer stamps it will look no different to a UK supplied one. The log book shows me as the first registered owner and says nothing about it being imported.
Peter Allport Tel :- 01564 795090 is the guy at Lapworth Autos a true gent who imports 40 or so a month, the stress is taken out of the mass of paperwork as they do it all for you. I am sure that at the price he sells them for he is just taking a small amount of commission on each vehicle. If anyone has questions feel free to PM me.
You can see current vehicles on their way over at their site www.lapworthautos.com
or for some reason the link appears at the bottom of some of the thread pages. I would say that with the accessories he puts on the basic Station Wagon like mine, makes it the best value, the County for £1,300 more only gives you carpets (I wanted the big mat in the back for boating gear so suits me), tinted windows, electric windows (they would have been good as it is very difficult to reach across to open the passenger window as I found out yesterday when asking directions
), colour coded roof (I preferred the classic white), deletion of bulk head between front and rear (Iwanted this as it prevents gear flying forward in case of braking sharp, funny thing is they sell a dog guard type contraption to place there at silly money so why have it deleted?) 4 x individual rear seats (I prefer the two benches in mine as you can easily remove the bottom pads to give greater room) and front mud flaps.
My basic one I got came with these Land Rover original additional options :- Boost alloy wheels, CD radio, heated rear screen a w/wipe, cloth seats, centre front seat, alarm, central locking with remote and metallic paint, all sensible options with my Defender 90 Station Wagon £17,500 on the road including 3yr Land Rover Warranty and 3yrs Land Rover assist.
I hope my experience will inspire others to take the leap and perhaps get the ultimate 'dream vehicle' (for Gavin
) they never thought they could afford at the moment, some times I think you just have to take the plunge you only live once!
As for 'Google spider'
P.S. Now what about a Thread on importing a RIB in 8 days