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G - Grey import

05 June 2006
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Grey import - This is a term used to describe a car which has been imported to the UK, but which is not sold here in its imported form. It is not to be confused with a parallel import, which is a standard European model bought in another European country.

Where there is an equivalent European model, the grey import tends to be much cheaper. One example is the MX-5, which is badged as the Eunos or Mazda Roadster in Japan. However, grey imports may not meet the full requirements of British or European law, while parts and servicing can be very expensive.

That said, choose a grey import carefully and you could get a real bargain. If there is any doubt in your mind about the history of a car, check with the seller - if you're not sure, don't go ahead with the purchase.

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