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Old 26 March 2006, 05:08   #1
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Importing a Garmin Chartplotter from USA

Does anyone have any experience of importing a Garmin chartplotter from USA?
I've been looking on e-bay and they're quite bit cheaper than the best UK deals. Are there any drawbacks, eg warranty, compatibility with chart software, import duty, etc.?
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Old 26 March 2006, 11:20   #2
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Have just bought a garmin 172 colour plotter with cmap regular chart.
from the states. Took a while to come. But great unit. just customise to
your chosen measurements,same as buying one in uk.
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Have just bought a garmin 172 colour plotter with cmap regular chart.
from the states. Took a while to come. But great unit. just customise to
your chosen measurements,same as buying one in uk.

does that include the same warranty...check out my post 'A BIG THANK YOU TO GARMIN'
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Old 26 March 2006, 13:17   #4
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does that include the same warranty...check out my post 'A BIG THANK YOU TO GARMIN'
I presume it comes with standard 12month waranty, i have the waranty card
and reciept will fill it in and send to garmin. as you would purchasing in the Uk. Your experience seems to say it all. company reputation. How many other
companys would honour out of date guarantee. amazing piece of kit.
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Where did you buy it? Presumably it was a lot cheaper than UK prices? I've seen lots of them on e-bay, but haven't looked anywhere else.
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I bought it of ebay. cost me 400.00 with regular c map chart of irish sea.
it covers from south scotland to south wales including east cost ireland.
buy with paypal for extra security. Was thinking of the new garmin 292c
but reckon the charts will be expensive. my mate allso bought a lowrance
and thats ok. Ive had friends buying mercury spares from the states for
years with no problems. Good luck
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I would check your warranty.

Not every one offers a worldwide warranty and you may find if it goes wrong it will need to go back to the US for repair.

Many companies take this stance now to stop "grey importing"

So check before you buy.
Check with Garmin here not the dealer in the US cos they will tell you it does!!

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Jon, what is Icom uk's policy on covering warranty work for a radio which has travelled abroad?
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Jon, what is Icom uk's policy on covering warranty work for a radio which has travelled abroad?
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We do not offer a world wide warranty and our warranty is back to base.
Having said that if you called here and were over sea's with a problem we would do all we can to assist.

The other thing to consider is type approval with radio's, not such a worry with GPS.
US radio's are not approved for anything oither than fitting to a US vessel.
They have their own class of DSC for domestic vessels (those not leaving US waters) this is a lower class than class D.
Also channels will be missing.

Dealers here should not add the channels as they could be fined.
Most will tell you to go away as would we.

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We do not offer a world wide warranty and our warranty is back to base.
Thanks for that. A bit restricted, though, Jon considering boats travel the world.
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Having said that if you called here and were over sea's with a problem we would do all we can to assist.
I'm pleased to hear that bit.
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