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    I love my Terrano, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to get parts for it. I have been exploring all sorts of options, but would like to hear from the forum what one could do / what people have done to solve this problem. (Taking out the minister of transport or other dimwits is not on the agenda!)

    There are many Terrano's in the UK and they're priced amazingly. So I was thinking: Bring one in as spares and replace everything on mine that needs replacing, with parts from the one I brought in. Alternatively, replace certain parts on the brought in one with parts from mine and keep running it with the same VIN number. Can that be done and at what stage do the powers that be in guverment consider by combined vehicle illegal. (The fact that I'm having to ask this just proves to be how completely ludicrous these regulations are).

    So, what can be / has been done?

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    I don't think they will have a problem if you go over there, strip it and put it in a big box and ship it here. Then again if you buy a car over there and ship it in, would it cost that much? Especially if it is an old car.
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    I have to explored this in the past wrt vehicle engines and parts and found amazing deals abroad. The problem with import is that there are duties, VAT and surcharges apart from just shipping costs, that quickly rack up.

    A 700 car ends up R70000 to get here. Volume imports is a different story all together.

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    You can't bring it in as single import.

    You'd need to strip the engine and gearbox out and send that as one shipment or sell it there and then the body trim and other stuff as another shipment.

    As far as I know, the body/chassis may not be imported.

    I'd rather see if there is an online spares place in the UK that will ship you just the items you need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MBLife View Post
    I have to explored this in the past wrt vehicle engines and parts and found amazing deals abroad. The problem with import is that there are duties, VAT and surcharges apart from just shipping costs, that quickly rack up.

    A 700 car ends up R70000 to get here. Volume imports is a different story all together.
    I have bought parts before and there are no duties on them, just VAT, which is fine. The question is this: If I don't strip the car there, but do it here, will it be allowed? I know I can't register the car, but if I get someone to load it into a container over there, I ship it here and then start the work, will that be a problem?

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    I may be wrong, but a second hand import will attract duty and VAT. I think SABS may also be involved to clear the vehicle for SA.

    Stripping there and shipping the parts may be better.

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    https://www.milneroffroad.com/nissan/terrano

    Have you tried Milners? They shop worldwide and they have a good stock of nissan parts .

    I have ordered parts from them before. When they get to SA you get a reminder from post office or courier, go the office to pay the duty and you are done. Duty was not that high from what I remember .

    Unless you need large components like cylinder heads or body panels , this is your best bet .

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    An option would be to ship the complete vehicle to a country like Botswana that allows that and then strip all the parts needed there and bring them back to Sa, probably won't even pay duties/vat on the parts if it they come through the border post via Botswana.

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    PM sent, lifeboy.
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    Default Re: Importing a car for parts?

    there's a ford maverick on gumtree for R18 000.
    isn't that the same as a terrano?

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    Default Re: Importing a car for parts?

    well for a start exclude the UK as the used cars are not that good there after so many years , they are rusted buckets and generally chaps do not look after them and many problems importing as mentioned rather look at your options from RSA neighbors like Bots
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    Default Re: Importing a car for parts?

    You can import the second hand vehicle, no problem, but as far as I know, the only problem bringing in a 2nd hand vehicle is that you cannot register it locally.

    But I do remember speaking to to an MG dealer many years ago, where he did mention he had to bring engines and stripped bodies in separately. He had the doors removed and put the doors and the engine in in one shipment, and his neighbour brought in a "stripped" body without doors, (both these "separate" shipments were then put in the same container to save costs) and shipped to Johannesburg by the agent in the foreign country (in this case Australia).

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    Default Re: Importing a car for parts?

    Quote Originally Posted by mvcoller View Post
    But I do remember speaking to to an MG dealer many years ago, where he did mention he had to bring engines and stripped bodies in separately. He had the doors removed and put the doors and the engine in in one shipment, and his neighbour brought in a "stripped" body without doors,
    precisely

    and remember, MG falls under classic vehicles and the Sports Car Club of SA can vouch for them as such, which gets special import dispensation from SARS

    If you bring a complete Terrano in, you won't even be allowed to move it from the dock without a SADC transit permit and a flatbed.

    @lifeboy: why don't you try Jap used vehicles? less KMs, less salt.

    Although the Nissan Mistral hasn't been sold there in 20 years.............

    Here we go.

    https://www.japan-partner.com/Auto/2...-for-sale.html

    USD$4,000, dropped off in Durban.

    Another one:

    https://www.japanesecartrade.com/281...-suv-1998.html
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