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 Posted: Apr 21, 2017 09:29AM
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I know local guy  who was in the air force there In Japan  and speaks fluent japanese..  I just import Nissan Pao and Figaro for him.. he buys of auction sites in japan.. classic minis are damn cheap. STAY away from the AUTOS.. nothing but trouble..  I can give you his phone number if you like.. later bc

 Posted: Mar 29, 2017 04:10AM
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Originally Posted by Minerva
And there is the always desirable Mini from 1844...as advertised here...built in the Russian Longbridge factory in Kiev.. http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C852641
That would be 1944. Nonetheless, a pretty rust-resistant vehicle. And pretty resistant to parki9ng lot dings too.

http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C852641

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 Posted: Mar 28, 2017 01:48PM
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special.. are you STONED or just STUPIC?/ all minis leak oil.. only reason they do NOT .. if they are out.. ( of oil)

 Posted: Mar 28, 2017 01:01PM
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The only worth importing minis are the Japanese classic minis, they are solid and doesnt leak oil. (Not a british car, but BC claims his minis for sale doesnt leak because he uses special 0-rings and bushings).
 And the way to import it is to ship them by parts like what moog and marty did on their jap car , watch -----> https://youtu.be/3Cu795wWoqQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Posted: Mar 28, 2017 12:47PM
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And there is the always desirable Mini from 1944...as advertised here...built in the Russian Longbridge factory in Kiev.. http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C852641

If it's not Scottish....it's crap! (Cry of the Mini Tartan Owners' Clan)

 Posted: Mar 28, 2017 06:41AM
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kingspenm3 what are you on planet earth??  just check for rust and has good compression and title matches the vin numbers on the car..   later bc

 Posted: Mar 28, 2017 06:40AM
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Thanks for all of the replys! I had gotten really burned out looking for minis anywhere near me (500 mile radius) that weren't just terribly overpriced. And just as I was looking to go with the ebay buy, I seem to have come across an ad for a '74 close to me. Crazy how that works out. And thanks for talking me out of the UK ebay route. Cheers. 

 Posted: Mar 28, 2017 06:20AM
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jim in ohio.. yes this is one of ellisons  Mt. minis..   Sight inspection is MUST these days..  must be all OEM.. including the engine.. glass, even the seatbelts..  I recommend that IF you decide to buy from the UK .. get a BMHT cert ( www.bhm-ltd.com ). photos required and then buy from private party off www.carandclassic.co.uk  and do HPI search also off the DLVA site ( which is the DMV there in england) .. and then have some go inspect the car in person like AA.. later bc  ps  I quit importing minis five plus years ago for resell..  no real money in it now..  cars too rusty and need to much work..( sure my old buddy Cheeky pete mustang would agree)

 Posted: Mar 28, 2017 04:43AM
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Be sure to check the seller before you buy

 Posted: Mar 28, 2017 04:02AM
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Hey Bill.. is this an example? 

The price he is quoting includes shipping to the states

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1991-Mini-Classic-Mini/401296730305

 Posted: Mar 27, 2017 10:30PM
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Originally Posted by thewerewolf
 and johnyinCM.. been living under a ROCK??
BC, Thanks for keeping me on top of things. Clearly I was asleep at the wheel!

JohnnyinCM

 Posted: Mar 27, 2017 08:46PM
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another good rule is to see the car. Sit in it and drive it.  If you don't know minis, search here for how to buy a mini on the mm site.


rust is the biggest issue.    Get it checked out by someone who can notice the repairs. Look for bodged repairs on body shells and repaints.

 Posted: Mar 27, 2017 08:10PM
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dido what mini mike says.. lots of minis here in the USA.. no need to import. and johnyinCM.. been living under a ROCK??. all is NOT what it seems..remember  the dealer I exposed there in LA some years back and also BP about the same time in 06 later bc

 Posted: Mar 27, 2017 07:44PM
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seems to be enough second hand minis here in the states without having to pay all the customs fees and hassles. for the price of putting on a boat, you could have one trucked from the other side of the country. 

look here first.

 Posted: Mar 27, 2017 05:43PM
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A few thoughts come to mind.

Yes, they seem to have happy buyers but do we know what part of the world those buyers are in?

Why are all of the auction results private?

It looks like the seller has a business of selling Mini's for profit. This is not a bad thing, however that tells me there is a profit built into the price of each car (rather than buying private party). The FREE shipping, low Buy It Now price point and a profit factored in makes me concerned about the true value and condition of these Mini's. No one is going to sell a £10,000 Mini for £6,000 but many would sell a £6,000 Mini for £10,000.

Looks too good to be true and I'll bet it is regardless of purchasing for the USA or not.

 Posted: Mar 27, 2017 05:28PM
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kingpenm3.. RUN away from mountainminis.   take a look at the thread by about my shorty is STUCK IN CUSTOMS..  david ellison is  SCAM artist..  and I know of least 20 classic minis he has had SEIZED by US CUSTOMS here in the USA,  and Mexico..   ellison makes the king of missing deposits aka  bobby pack look bad..   might  ping out Alex here.. that is in the UK.  or try www.carandclassic.co.uk  If you find your perfect mini.  I can import for you..as I have resto shop in Aylesbury UK.  but do NOT get involved in the money part as I am Lic NC dealer..  later bc  www.montecarlomini.com  

 Posted: Mar 27, 2017 03:41PM
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You mention "... from across the pond" which suggests you are in North America.
Although probably not the same seller, this thread tells some of the pit-falls of over-the-pond buying.
Be careful.

http://www.minimania.com/msgThread/121331/1/1/Mini_shorty_stuck_in_customs

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 Posted: Mar 27, 2017 01:48PM
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I quick little bit of googling and looking around here gave me a very bad impression of trying to buy cars from across the pond and get them shipped here. But the one company that seems to have a few listed these days have great reviews. Has this company figured something out? Or are there still many pitfalls in the transporting/customs process? TIA (Sorry for rehashing an old topic, but people seem to be very happy with the cars and service that this group is providing??)

http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=mountainminis&&_trksid=p2047675.l2560&rt=nc&iid=401294657977&sspagename=VIP%3Afeedback&ftab=FeedbackAsSeller