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Old 15th May 2017, 17:16   #1
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Hi,

I am hoping to go in search of a surf when I return from South Africa having driven one here and really enjoyed it. I am aware most of the surfs in the UK were imported from Japan.

I wanted to ask:
1. What the implications of buying an imported car in the UK? (insurance tax)

2. How difficult it can be to register a car in a different country should I decide to bring it back to South Africa?

3. Are there documents I should make sure I receive to make any future exporting easier?

Thanks very much everyone!
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Old 16th May 2017, 18:27   #2
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Hi there, will be nice to see another surf round these parts if you're returning to Aber.
No real issues in the uk as far as Jap imports are concerned. Some insurance companies don't like them but that's about it. Try the search this site for info re importing from Japan yourself if that's the route you want to go down. I'm sure a couple of others on the forum can advise re then exporting back to SA although that sounds expensive.
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Old 16th May 2017, 19:06   #3
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Hi there, will be nice to see another surf round these parts if you're returning to Aber.
No real issues in the uk as far as Jap imports are concerned. Some insurance companies don't like them but that's about it. Try the search this site for info re importing from Japan yourself if that's the route you want to go down. I'm sure a couple of others on the forum can advise re then exporting back to SA although that sounds expensive.
Yes, in SA big restrictions on Jap imports:Toyota and other Japanese manufacturers have big assembly plants there and they are trying to protect the local market/jobs etc. Which is fair enough I suppose...
But registering in the UK should be straight forward. There will be an import duty which is normally a percentage of the value.
Good luck
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Old 17th May 2017, 12:44   #4
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Thanks very much for your replies. My plan is buy a surf that has already been imported into the UK. Are you restricted by which insurance companies will insure the car?
Thanks again.
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Old 19th May 2017, 14:55   #5
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Thanks very much for your replies. My plan is buy a surf that has already been imported into the UK. Are you restricted by which insurance companies will insure the car?
Thanks again.
Not really most will insure them, look here
http://www.hiluxsurf.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1311

Adrian flux seem the easiest to go with as do a few others.
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I just insured mine with Admiral on a multi car got a great deal 506 for both cars..
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Hi there, will be nice to see another surf round these parts if you're returning to Aber.
No real issues in the uk as far as Jap imports are concerned. Some insurance companies don't like them but that's about it. Try the search this site for info re importing from Japan yourself if that's the route you want to go down. I'm sure a couple of others on the forum can advise re then exporting back to SA although that sounds expensive.
I've just moved to the area and went for a 3.0 3rd gen. Obviously no manual and I can't quite work out the 4WD. Would you around at some time to show me how to work it? I would appreciate it. Thanks
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Hi Pete,
Yes no problem. Not an expert on off roading but sure I can help you with the new truck.
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