Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 11:44:24 -0700
From: John Yuen <>
Subject: Re: Buying as a Tourist

Jim Brown wrote: > I've known for years about the cost savings when Americans buy a car and > take delivery while on holiday in Europe, then having the car shipped > home. But I've never talked to anyone who's done this, and don't have a > good idea about how much one can save or the possible pitfalls. > > What experiences has anyone had, good or bad? > What about taxes in the US? It's been a while, but I picked up a 9000 in Gotenberg, took the ferry back to London, used it for a while and shipped it back. The purchase price includes all shipping charges, duty, transportation to the dealer of your choice once back in the US and installation of the Catalystic converter. The only extra charges is if you decide to drop it off at a dealer other than those in the designated port area. > About how much (in percent) can one save as compared to a well > negotiated purchase from a dealer? Not much, I can walk into my local dealership and get European delivery price on anything they have in stock, but then again, I have been buying Saabs from them for the last 16 years and I deal with the owner direct. > > Both Saab and Volvo offer and encourage tourist purchase arrangements. > Has anyone here dealt with them? How is the service once you get them > back to the States? Do you get a cold shoulder from your local dealer, > or are you treated well when you come in for service? Not a single problem with the dealer once it returns. They treat you just like you bought it local. > What's Sweden like in the fall? Cold with snow, I went in late Sept and it already a bit on the cold side. I wouldn't go any later that Oct. Regards John Yuen

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