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Old Dec 14th, 2019, 06:45   #1
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Really interested to see what people’s opinions are of all the imported stuff coming over here, it seems mostly 850s, but I’ve also seen a few P1 V70s and also P2 V70R’s

With the market becoming a little more diluted, does this devalue the U.K. spec cars??
Or do uk registered cars with provenance still hold a decent price
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Old Dec 15th, 2019, 22:19   #2
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I bought a jap import P2 70R about 6 months ago. Bit of a risk as you generally don't know history or get any service info. Although as a generalisation, they do tend to look after their cars.

All the messages being in Japanese is a bit of a headache (can be sorted for about £60) and I could do without the speedo being in kph (again, easily sorted for a few quid).

When I come to sell it on, I expect to be selling it to someone who knows what they're looking at. I think they'll see its been looked after for the last 'x' years of my ownership. Has absolutely no rust as they don't salt the roads in Japan and is in exceptionally good condition (although it is used to cart around two kids and a massive dog, so this will deteriorate a bit).

With cars of this age, condition is everything. I've had one garage asking if it was a show car when it was up on the ramps and another (Volvo specialist) stating that it was a pleasure to work on as he'd normally be heating up bolts and fighting with them.

So to answer your question.... I don't think there will be too much difference in value between equal UK and imports. But I think the imports will be easier to sell due to condition.

I'm that happy with it, I've debated importing a few myself.
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HI HankScorpio. Very interested in your post, particularly the pricing you quoted on "messages" and speedo conversion "for a few quid!" MORE information, please!
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when i was looking at the possibility of getting an import, the only downside is the insurance is more for an import (i did a few checks on comparison websites verses UK vehicles, dont know about specialist insurance)
However Tax is lower i beleive?
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Avoid price comparison sites for insurance. The "specialist" insurers will typically quote £150 over the odds. Direct line quoted £247. Others wanted £400-£500. Tax rates on, say, the V70 £265 ( same as my 960)
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HI HankScorpio. Very interested in your post, particularly the pricing you quoted on "messages" and speedo conversion "for a few quid!" MORE information, please!
Volvo diagnostic in Rainham quoted me £60 to change the messages into English (which I really do need to get done). This only changes the messages though and having the milage displayed in miles rather than km is apparently a much bigger job.

Lockwood international have replacemt (mph) dials for around £65.

Some imports I've seen have dials in kph with mph in the middle. Sadly mine is just kph. In all honesty it doesn't bother me as after a week you'll be completely used to it. At the end of the day you o ly to remember the conversions for 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 so it's not hard remembering 5 numbers (and everyone knows 50 mph is 80 kph)

I didn't have any issues with insurance. Cost was about the same as the 13 plate diesel A6 I was previously driving. I've just renewed with Chris Knott (advertised on here somewhere) and they beat the renewal.

Give me a shout in 18 months, there's a good chance mine will be for sale. With the exception that I've just ripped the 'unlocked' tab on the back seat when it got stuck on my wedding ring, it's in fantastic condition
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