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Hi all,

The search for my first evo continues (vi /vii) and as a newcomer to the evo world I was wondering how important you think it is that a car was imported by Ralliart?

The car that I am interested in was and has full MSH although there are cheaper non ralliart Vii's which are otherwise comparable available and of similar age (2001).

Any comments gratefully received!

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Hi Timmy,

My thinking was that if a car was ralliart supplied then it would have been imported to UK when new i.e the service history would be easier to verify and not in Japanese.

Unless I have got the wrong end of the stick which is likely, please feel free to correct. I have already had at least 8 people inc garages saying "nah mate no SH before it was imported they normally chuck it anyway you couldnt read it HO HO HO)

Just makes me suspicious

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paxo said:
I have already had at least 8 people inc garages saying "nah mate no SH before it was imported they normally chuck it anyway you couldnt read it HO HO HO)

Just makes me suspicious
I had mine bought for me and imported by Miguel at Newera. He sent on to me about a month after i got the car all the Japanese service history. Yes it is all in Japanese but they use lots of pictures and tickboxes so as long as you have half a brain you can pretty much see what has been done and when.

To be honest though, the Japanese are pretty anal about things like servicing so would be very suprised if you managed to buy a car only a few years old that had not been kept fully up to date.
 

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Thanks weeble that would make sense given the impressive state of your average five year old japanese car. Worth bearing in mind. What if the car had been serviced by obscure garages ie not mitsi and not specialist presume better to give these a miss?

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Thanks weeble that would make sense given the impressive state of your average five year old japanese car. Worth bearing in mind. What if the car had been serviced by obscure garages ie not mitsi and not specialist presume better to give these a miss?
I don't see a problem with cars being serviced by independents. To be honest, some of them are better than some of the franchised dealers.

I personally service my own car now. I know exactly what has been done to it and when, and i see no point in paying upwards of £50 an hour when, for all I know the spotty apprentice will be the one doing the work. The only thing my Mitsi dealer does is bleed the AYC oil in the rear diff as that requires a MUTII tool which is a couple of grand.
 

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:D I went out of the way to get a (UK) Ralliart car and paid a premium for it :D it does not cost any less on insurance :eek:(as far as I know only the 8's are "official" cars and are slightly cheaper), it doesnt look any different (ok the fog light may be stuffed somewhere but some imports are done right), the underseal is on mine is thin :eek: and mitsi are **** when it comes to warranties, and as for re-sale values, who knows, I've yet to try and sell it :D

Don't get me wrong, I love my car and don't regret buying it but, I am trying to tell it as it is ;) :crackup: :crackup:
 

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The UK cars are undersealed and prepared for uk roads from day 1 whereas I think the ones used on Jap roads first aren't if I remember correctly? Also, some insurance companies wont insure 'imports' and some charge more for them. As already stated, not usually any history from its time in Japan either. The official uk cars tend to fetch slightly more than the greys and in my opinion its worth finding one if possible but at the end of the day it is the same car from the same production line.
 

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i no for a fact if you get a VI it doesnt matter if its ralliart imported or not, it will still be classified as an import when insuring, no company i could find would insure a VI as non import. My VI was a grey import but was imported from new, so it was never driven in japland apart from to the boat. i did fin 100 yen in the seat tho :)
 

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The UK cars are undersealed and prepared for uk roads from day 1 whereas I think the ones used on Jap roads first aren't if I remember correctly? Also, some insurance companies wont insure 'imports' and some charge more for them. As already stated, not usually any history from its time in Japan either. The official uk cars tend to fetch slightly more than the greys and in my opinion its worth finding one if possible but at the end of the day it is the same car from the same production line.
Importers will underseal the car as part of the import process along with fitting a rear fog light etc. I don't think "UK" versions fetch more money at all and all insurance companies probably class all VIs as imports. And so what if all insurance companies don't insure imports? Plenty do.
 

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Importers will underseal the car as part of the import process along with fitting a rear fog light etc. I don't think "UK" versions fetch more money at all and all insurance companies probably class all VIs as imports. And so what if all insurance companies don't insure imports? Plenty do.
Well when I bought mine a few months ago Ralliart cars where more expensive to the tune of up to £1000. I should know, I look at enough of them over a lot of months. There are obviously exceptions to this but on the whole equivalent cars would command up to 1k more.

Yes I know they are all imports but some insurance companies make a big deal of the fact that a car is a ralliart import, Im not saying this is right or wrong, just that its a fact. Try some of the online quote systems and type the reg of one of each type in and you will see the difference. Again this isnt all firms but certainly some of them.
 
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