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Imported Cars Read this bit below Warranties
Certainly within the car's first year of warranty you should be taking it to your local main dealer for any servicing and maintenance work. It's illegal under European law for a dealer to refuse to carry out warranty on your imported car.
Also don't let them try to convince you it'll cost more to service as a result of it being an import. As for the kind of service you get, remember you didn't buy the vehicle from them. Should any future warranty claims be required then expect to be treated far less importantly than someone who has purchased a car from that UK dealer; they may not offer a courtesy car, or worse still, no coffee!
Insurance costs should be just the same as those of a UK-purchased car, but search around because some insurance companies may give inflated quotes for imported cars.
One final thing to consider when buying a car from abroad is that it may affect the resale value.
Remember, when you purchase a vehicle from abroad you'll get only a one-year warranty from the manufacturer which runs from the date the car was originally purchased, rather than when you bought it. This can be a particular problem if you buy an imported car from a car supermarket. The car may have been unsold at a dealers for months before the car supermarket bought it. Only UK dealers offer three-year warranties. However, you can buy a warranty. Motor Warranties Direct offers one - Tel: 0800 0978001. If the car comes with longer than a one-year warranty, check with the UK distributor that it'll be valid in the UK.
The specification for UK-sourced cars can be different to cars made for other Member States.
The AA told Watchdog: "The specification for UK-sourced cars can be different to cars made for other Member States. For example, we believe one manufacturer provides a different car security system for cars built for the UK market."
It goes on to say: "Beware of having fittings installed by the dealer, such as conversion to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). The warranty for the work won't be covered by the manufacturer's warranty and so warranty work may have to be done by the supplying dealer."
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