P - Parallel import

05 June 2006

Parallel import - Cars that have been bought elsewhere in the European Union then imported into Britain are known as parallel imports. Differences in trim and specification may exist between these and cars sold by UK dealers, but mechanically they should be identical.

Those which have been ordered to match the UK specification hold on to their value best, but even so, some franchised dealers will turn their noses up if offered a parallel import in part-exchange. You may have to sell the car privately to find a fair price. (See also Grey import.)


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