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Where can I buy an Elgrand?

Karl

The Boss
Staff member
E50 Owner
Premium Member
E50 Expert
North East
#1
You can buy one privately through an ad on the likes of Gumtree, Ebay, Autotrader etc.

There are dealers you can buy from.

You can use a UK based agent to import for you.

You can import directly yourself through the auctions in Japan.

The easiest options are to buy from within the UK. You get to see it, drive it, get a feel for it and make a decision. Buying from a dealer in the UK is the most expensive option. They have a business to run, overheads to cover, staff to pay etc. So expect to pay a few thousand more from a dealer than anything else.

Buying privately from someone in the UK is also easy, but you are taking risks. Same with buying any second hand car privately. Make sure you check it over, check the history, check previous MOT's etc.

Importing via a UK agent will save you money, but you will have to wait. Generally these guys have people in Japan to inspect the cars for you before you buy, so you'll know you're getting what you want. Obviously there will be a fee to the importer for putting in the work on your behalf, but they will go through the auctions and find the one you want for you. Then you bid, you buy, you wait, you smile.

Importing directly from Japanese Auctions. Probably the biggest risk, but you can get some absolute bargains. To put it into perspective... E50's and E51's sell for (usually) less than £500 in Japan. The rest is shipping, taxes etc. Then dealer premiums if you go down that route. I'd not advice this for a newbie unless you happen to know someone in Japan who can look at the car for you... or better still, take a trip over there yourself and sit in an auction house for 2 weeks :D
 

George322

Well-Known Member
Premium Member
E51 Owner
North East
#4
We had a member who bought a new black one and he posted a pic on here last year I think.
He might have been in Australia - but I'm not sure.
Anyone else remember?
 

Chris T

Here for life
Premium Member
E51 Owner
Wales
#5
Can a UK dealer import a brand new one for me?
I'd see no reason why any of the usual importers couldn't get one for you, some probably only deal in auctions but most would probably have someone able to get a new one.

I would imagine the cost could be pretty prohibitive though, as 30% vat and duty on top, with shipping etc

Also a grey import means no dealer backup for any recalls etc, also it'd need an SVA test as it's less than ten years old. There would be no used parts available, and very little in way of new parts either.
 

blingo

Here for life
Premium Member
E51 Owner
Midlands
#6
Can a UK dealer import a brand new one for me?
Ignoring the potential cost issues of doing so, are you sure you'd want too? I'm sure the new ones (E52 models) are great cars but it is worth noting they are more like cars than vans compared to the previous generations. If you are happy with that, cool. For me that has lost alot of the appeal - I'd be tempted myself if they were more like the older models.
 

Deand

Active Member
E51 Owner
#7
Can get you a new one but it’s gonna hurt on price!
Recon landed uk inc shipping taxes Iva start at £30k for 2.5 highway star all in and work up from there for higher spec
The boys ion here are going to say you don’t want a 2.5 so you are looking at another couple of grand for a 3.5 on top
 

George322

Well-Known Member
Premium Member
E51 Owner
North East
#8
So £35k for a decent spec? That's a good price if you compare it with eg a VW Tiguan which is the car I was considering before I got the Ellie.
 

Deand

Active Member
E51 Owner
#9
Yes you are right vw know how to charge! And realistically you are getting a much better car ! Alright it is always going to be an import as I where but if you are going to keep it for a number of years does it matter? Personally I think not and how many other new elgrands are you going to see not many .
 
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