Originally Posted by Neville
Because you will be undercutting the authorised dealers here. Its then a grey import. When the dealers over here get annoyed at hearing about this guy selling cheaper imported engines, they then order one from you, check the serial number, phone up the manufacturers, and the manufacturers come down on the usa dealer like a ton of bricks. Sometimes the dealer will lose his contract.
Not strictly true. A dealer can't be held responsible for a customer who is prepared to buy outside of his country of residence. As long as the motor is PDI'd by an authorised dealer then the warranty is valid. You may not get the full warranty term, as some countries only have the benefit of one year.
Quite a few of the Mercs/Mariners in England have been sourced abroad, Belgium being very popular, although America, Australia etc are quite often cheap places to buy. Even some of the approved Barrus dealers are now doing this.
A common trick that used to be used by the old Merc distributor (Sowester) was to honour the warranty, but get the dealer to slow the repairs by quoting long delays due to being very busy, or having to wait for parts!