My car seems to be the exception, they are much more expensive over there, even before the conversion rate. For example the closest car they have to my ‘12 V8 Challenger is a 2013 V6 Challenger for UK$21,750. Comparable car here is about US$18,000.
I have a check engine light on in my 2005 IS300 sedan. Turned out to be the very back O2 sensor. A glorious side effect of this was that when the CEL comes on, the car’s VSC and TRAC systems are disabled and much fun can be had.
I have a lot of experience with a Del Sol. My Dad bought his base ($13k MSRP LOL) Black Del Sol the first year it came out, drive it as his primary driver and then I took it over and drove it for a number of years and finally my father-in-law drove it and sold it with 300k+ miles on it.
No, but I did a little bit of checking out of curiosity.
Anything that redlines over 8k is fun, it doesn’t matter if you have to shift into second at 10mph, doing it at 8k rpm makes you smile.
I was talking once with a dealer mechanic about getting rid of squeaks and rattles from a car body, and he said that the worst car for that he’d ever personally worked on with regards to squeaks and rattles was the Del Sol. He said they had to apply a whole jar of silicone grease to the car just so it wouldn’t sound…
That trunk is YUUUUUGE. I didn’t need a truck, I had my del Sol.
This is a website called appropriately, ‘Car From Japan’ that specializes in shipping specified cars you buy used in Japan, to a bunch of established ports around the world where they have established Port of Entry personnel:
I wanted a del Sol for a while in HS and college. Still kinda want one now, and that trans-top is awesome, but I don’t want a rear hand drive car though, and I don’t think a del Sol is worth that price (especially because I live in CA and the site says CARB compliance will take $5k-$10k).
Question for the Brits. I’ve heard talk (including here) about the MOT inspection.
I think, the short answer is yes, generally very second hand cars in the UK are considerably cheaper than the the US (although I’ve often thought US second hand car prices are insane).
it’s always worth it for the blue, long roof life.
I bought my Saab 9-3 Aero in Scotland 5 years ago for £2000, about 1/4 the price they were selling for locally in Germany. It’s been a great car, driving on the right is really no problem at all (it just isn’t), it costs nothing more to insure than an LHD model on German insurance.
The U.K. car market is quite a fast market with people wanting newer, cheaper to run and better features all the time. Older cars start costing more to maintain, often less economical and generally just not so much desirable. Some cars (vans and minibuses especially) go to Cyprus or Malta (the taxes for buying a…
Want to see a HUGE difference, look up Land Rover Defenders. Those things are starting at 100k over here. UK RHD versions are $75k less at least.
One huge difference is the MOT test that is required on all vehicles after 3 years (4 years in NI). It’s a pretty comprehensive test of safety and a lot of other (IMHO) superfluous things. This means, that similar to Japan and Germany, older cars with lots of small things that are wrong or can go wrong are…
2005 Corvette. Pretty rare in England so I could sell it for almost $10kUSD more by selling it there because of the rarity alone and the market for them. Hmm......
If I recall, new car prices are outrageous in the UK.