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Importing my Altezza step-by-step Diary - iansartoria

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Postby tomo » Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:57 pm

yes definately you will regret it if you dont.
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Postby wullie_trd » Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:02 am

I Imported one last year through torque gt ..........

£5995 on the road.

its a 98 z-ed
Had full Kit inc fogs
92000kms
Absolutly immaculate
standard - no aftermarket parts.

But i must have turned down around 20 cars he showed me ........

Honestly mate dont rush it, the right car will come along at the right price.

I waited 6 months for the right one! And im glad i did!
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Postby iansartoria » Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:28 pm

Back again! Ok heres another one i have been shown,

Firstly it is a 98'
85,000km
Grade 4

£6500 on the road

It has the full kit i want, inc some deflectors. Bit disapointed it is a 98' (but i can just say, that was the year i left school hehe) but then only 52k miles and a grade 4 with everything i want...i'm going to say yes, i could hold out but then i'm not going to get better than around the 50-55k miles with full kit and grade 4, and age is nothing if its well looked after, afterall. So i would just be waiting for the same car if i say no to this one and i do have a feeling about this one :)

Anyways enough chit chat, here it is;

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Next step in this thread will follow hopefully if i win this car tonight!

Opinions please :)

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Postby Col » Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:19 pm

does look nice mate, but i can't help but feel thats expensive!

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Postby iansartoria » Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:16 pm

Yeah i think it is a little high but then the YEN is quite bad at the minute but i am paying £2750 in importing fees & commission but with everything i want i'm not having to buy anything extra for it, so ready to go :) But we'll see if i get it

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Postby wullie_trd » Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:20 pm

I like! Looks a good clean one!

Good Luck!
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Postby poTTa » Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:19 am

wullie_trd wrote:I like! Looks a good clean one!

Good Luck!


That's because its EXACTLY like YOURS!!!.......... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

nah it look mint tho....and very low mileage....... 8)
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Postby Robin H » Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:35 pm

if I'm honest with you, all the cars you've posted so far could be found in the uk for less money then what it's gonna cost you to import 1

hold out for something newer/nicer

or

buy a 98/99 in the uk and save yourself the hassel of importing it and some money
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Postby iansartoria » Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:41 pm

Robin H wrote:if I'm honest with you, all the cars you've posted so far could be found in the uk for less money then what it's gonna cost you to import 1

hold out for something newer/nicer

or

buy a 98/99 in the uk and save yourself the hassel of importing it and some money


I've searched every source for an Altezza in the UK for the past 2 months and not one doesn't look like its been hammered and MOD'd up (so wouldn't be my stamp on the car) plus with 70k miles+.

There is a white one on Auto Trader thats been there a couple months at £6900 with a supercharger and low miles but to be honest i want to import one myself to say "I own that", "I brought that into this country". Sad maybe, but you know what i mean? And again i have searched every database of sold cars in the past 2 months through Japanese auctions and the average price for what i want is around 650,000 YEN which is to high once i add £2750 commission and import fees. So getting this car i honestly believe i wont get 'much' better for that sort of money nowadays.

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Postby iansartoria » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:46 pm

I have officially got the car, happy, happy, happy :D

Also forgot to add with the total price for the car that will now include the following;
* 6 month road tax,
* full service,
* 3 months warrenty,
* full valet including steam cleaning of engine bay,
* free licence plates,
* also they will register the car for me and do all that,

Then i have bought / will be buying and will get painted and fitted for free;

* free painting of c-west eyebrows, rear light eyelids, wire polish and painting of calipers (red),
* free fitting of hi power silent and air filter panel.

So not actually that bad for the price i got the car for, wouldn't get that going private :D

So next step (finally) is importing my car. It will take approx 7-8 weeks to get the car into the country from now - best get saving and selling everything i own lol
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Postby wullie_trd » Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:16 pm

iansartoria wrote:I have officially got the car, happy, happy, happy :D

Also forgot to add with the total price for the car that will now include the following;
* 6 month road tax,
* full service,
* 3 months warrenty,
* full valet including steam cleaning of engine bay,
* free licence plates,
* also they will register the car for me and do all that,

Then i have bought and will get painted and fitted for free;

* free painting of c-west eyebrows, rear light eyelids, wire polish and painting of calipers (red),
* free fitting of hi power silent and air filter panel.

So not actually that bad for the price i got the car for, wouldn't get that going private :D

So next step (finally) is importing my car. It will take approx 7-8 weeks to get the car into the country from now - best get saving and selling everything i own lol



Get them to underseal the car too!

I made sure that was included in the price when i imported mine.......
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Postby iansartoria » Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:48 pm

Just checked and yup they do as he said they find it best to :)

Even better!

edit: Takes a full day, yikes, a job i would not like to do myself!

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Postby P.D.87RWD » Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:02 am

do you have a rough price on the shipping :?: (if you don't mind me askn)

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Postby iansartoria » Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:48 pm

P.D.87RWD wrote:do you have a rough price on the shipping :?: (if you don't mind me askn)


Not at all, it's £2000 as far as I'm aware. That includes getting it on to the ship, duty, tax, VAT and getting off the ship etc.
Then I pay a £750 commission but that includes all the extras I listed above.
Which i guess makes the car £3750 :)

Ian.

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Postby iansartoria » Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:57 pm

Ok guys the car is at the docks and ready to come England! :)

Here are some more pictures of it and some suggestions on the following questions, but first the pics;

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Ok sooooo i am in a dilema over the radio, there is an oem one on ebay for approx £150 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lexus-200-Altezza-CD-Player-Radio-/220803956521?pt=UK_Audio_TV_Electronics_In_Car_Entertainment_GPS_In_Car_Audio_Players_PP&hash=item3368f0ff29 to which i might buy but then i think why not just pay an extra £100 or so and get myself a nice Pioneer or Archos maybe? Thoughts on that guys please... Also what sort of connection am i looking for, for this? Or can anyone reccomend a good aftermarket stereo around the £250-£300 mark?

I have my list of things i want doing, i.e underseal the car, painting and fitting of a few things (including painting the alloys white and callipers red) and a full valet including a steam clean of the engine bay etc.

I have supplied my own panel filter and oil filter and there will be 95% chance i will be buying a Hi Power Silent and a 45% chance i will get the 4-2-1 manifold to go with it but bottom line, he will fit whatever i buy.

Ermm thats bout it, oh and i need to buy a cigarette lighter and an arial which is my final question, does anyone have a spare oem of either of these for sale please, or knows of the parts number so i can order them in?

OH and finally what are those things attached to the left and right of the rear window??

Thank you kindly and suggestions all welcome :D

Ian


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