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Thread: Car from UK to NZ ... RUST & V5 doc ... HELP PLEEASSEE!!!

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    Default Car from UK to NZ ... RUST & V5 doc ... HELP PLEEASSEE!!!

    I'm not normally one to cry for help, but I'm getting really vexxed here, so if anyone can help, I'd really appreciate it.

    We're due to be loading our container in about 3 weeks, and I'm in a bit of a tailspin about taking a car. Obviously we need to decide ASAP because we need to decide which size of container to take (with car or not). There are 2 things that I can't get my head round though.

    (1) RUST .... I finally managed to get the car we're about to buy onto a ramp yesterday, and the body is pretty good, but the rear axle and nuts and bolts are very rusty - just surface rust, mind, but lots of it. Here are the pics I took of the underside: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97524046@N04/ ..... I took it to a main dealer (always a bad idea) and they said that to clean it properly you'd need to drop out the axle, exhaust pipe and 4x4 mechanism, which would be about 1000 before you start. Not what I wanted to hear. What do you think, will it get through? Should I get it treated beforehand? (maybe if I take lots of pictures to show it was done properly?)

    (2) V5C REGISTRAION .. The other thing that I'm losing sleep over is the V5C registration document. We plan to buy it early next week, if all works out with the rust, but DVLA say they take 4 weeks to change the owner, and we leave in 3. The shipping company say they can't load it without a V5C, but when I called DVLA, they said the shippers could call them for verification that the V5C is in my name - and they pointed out that the V5C doesn't prove ownership anyway. So I have DVLA telling me it's fine and the shippers telling me it's not - what should I do?

    Any help really appreciated

    S

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    I did import a car when we moved but it was only two years old.

    Some things to note:
    You should have owned the vehicle for more than a year before importing, otherwise you may find yourself subject to tax...or at least that was the way three years ago

    Your vehicle undergoes a rigorous inspection when it arrives. Kiwis don't like rust and it is seldom seen on vehicles here ( very little road salting goes on)
    If you bring it and it fails to meet the standards here you could find yourself with a useless vehicle, import costs and all the UK bills. I would check out trade me and compare prices for a second hand vehicle. Costs on arrival could be another GBP 500- 1000 to get registered, licensed and on the road. We were almost $1200 to get a two year old diesel touran, already steam cleaned in the UK and with no faults, licensed and on the road here.

    Finally if it is a European model you may find servicing costs expensive along with delays for parts. If you had had from new and you were aware of all its services, repairs etc. it might be worth a risk....but not scond hand with all the on costs would be my opinion.

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    $1200 sounds pretty good, bet you didn't come off too bad overall.
    The car I want is definitely a manual and there are none at all on trademe.
    With parts, can't I get them ordered to a family member in the UK then posted over?

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    Have a look at this link

    http://www.mgparts.co.nz/advice/tech...o-new-zealand/

    This guy is offering if you send photos to him he will give an opinion about bringing your car over free of charge regarding rust. He is an MG specialist but he could probably give his opinion on your photos or refer you elsewhere
    Last edited by Dave in NZ; 16th June 2013 at 06:14 PM.

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    Brilliant, thanks, I've sent him a link

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    OK so I bought the car, let the fun begin!

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    Awesome news and good luck.

    Just on the off chance you have any room for a mountain bike frame (no wheels, just the frame) I'd be keen shout you some beers in New Zealand if there was anyway I could put the frame in your container? Completely understand if your not keen, but thought it was worth checking.

    Either way, enjoy your time here in NZ. I've been here (Wellington) for 11 years and absolutely love it!! Cheers

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    Sorry mate, containers going to be full to the brim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKNZ View Post
    Sorry mate, containers going to be full to the brim.
    No worries my friend, take care and safe travels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKNZ View Post
    Brilliant, thanks, I've sent him a link
    Quote Originally Posted by UKNZ View Post
    OK so I bought the car, let the fun begin!
    Did this guy get back to you? It would be interesting to know for a future source if someone asks again re rust on their car

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