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During my daily travels I have noticed many large car transporters carrying used cars towards the Port of Dover.The first thing that drew my attention was that it used to be new cars that were being brought in from Europe.

The type of cars being exported was interesting the first 4 transporters I really noticed on different days were full of old used MG's ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MG_MGB ) subsequently I have noticed transporters full of 2008, 2009 reg cars.

My thoughts are:

Who would want a load of right hand drive cars in Europe?

Are used cars really that cheaper in the UK at the moment?

Perhaps this is due to the weakness of the pound?

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During my daily travels I have noticed many large car transporters carrying used cars towards the Port of Dover.The first thing that drew my attention was that it used to be new cars that were being brought in from Europe.

The type of cars being exported was interesting the first 4 transporters I really noticed on different days were full of old used MG's ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MG_MGB ) subsequently I have noticed transporters full of 2008, 2009 reg cars.

My thoughts are:

Who would want a load of right hand drive cars in Europe?

Are used cars really that cheaper in the UK at the moment?

Perhaps this is due to the weakness of the pound?

My Mrs and I were discussing the business model for "We Buy Any Car". We wondered how money could be made buying large quantities of cars. Why do you think they are going to Europe?

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No one seems to do a hpi check over there, so basically it's a gold mine to get rid of faulty bangers. Also thanks to gordon our weak currency means that our country has a big for sale board stuck slap down in the middle for anything that can move.

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My Mrs and I were discussing the business model for "We Buy Any Car". We wondered how money could be made buying large quantities of cars.

Because they are buying cars that would have been sold anyway.

Second hand cars is more or less a zero sum game. Most times, thera are just as many buyers as there are sellers

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Because they are buying cars that would have been sold anyway.

Second hand cars is more or less a zero sum game. Most times, thera are just as many buyers as there are sellers

There's no answer to that!

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On a one-country sample, it's always been my impression that used cars here are much cheaper than in Holland.

While living in Holland, I didn't find an s/h runabout for under 2k. Here, I've bought a couple of perfectly serviceable cars for 1k.

Cars in UK appear, on the whole, to be better presented and invariably lower mileage - people drive much more in Europe.

Just to test my impression, I looked at Auto Trader nl in comparison to Auto Trader uk. How about this:

Dutch Escort: 1996, 169,000k, Euro 950

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UK Escort: 2000, 84,000miles, £795

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Poles and Lithuanians buy s/h cars all over Europe and fix them really cheap. Maybe they have started doing conversions?

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Poles and Lithuanians buy s/h cars all over Europe and fix them really cheap. Maybe they have started doing conversions?

Don't need to do conversions. At those prices and out of the "repairs all going through insurance and nneding new parts" scam you'd probably make a fortune breaking up those old cars for spares.

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During my daily travels I have noticed many large car transporters carrying used cars towards the Port of Dover.The first thing that drew my attention was that it used to be new cars that were being brought in from Europe.

The type of cars being exported was interesting the first 4 transporters I really noticed on different days were full of old used MG's ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MG_MGB ) subsequently I have noticed transporters full of 2008, 2009 reg cars.

My thoughts are:

Who would want a load of right hand drive cars in Europe?

Are used cars really that cheaper in the UK at the moment?

Perhaps this is due to the weakness of the pound?

They are probably going a bit further away than Europe. About a third of the world's population drives on the right. That includes countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and a few African countries. These are the most likely destinations.

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They are probably going a bit further away than Europe. About a third of the world's population drives on the right. That includes countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and a few African countries. These are the most likely destinations.

They wouldn't have to go that far - Cyprus drives on the right. Not a huge market but they could absorb quite a few car transporter loads.

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Perhaps it is time to buy that luxury estate car I always dreamed of.

Well, there you go.

That Dutch Escort Estate is a snip at E950. 'First to see will buy', I think the saying goes.

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In most countries in EU, it is not legally possible to register RHD vehicle. except in cases when LHD version of the vehicle are not produced, or temporarily for up to 1 year in some places. So what you have seen were most likely cars destined to the likes of Albania, Serbia, etc.

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R Drive on the right-hand side of the road (and mostly the driver sits on the left side of the car).

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In most countries in EU, it is not legally possible to register RHD vehicle

Sure? I never knew that.

Anyone can register an LHD in the UK.

Where's the reciprocity?

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Sure? I never knew that.

Anyone can register an LHD in the UK.

Where's the reciprocity?

My mother in law had no trouble registering her RHD in France last year, as per normal in France it required a ton of paper work but the fact it was RHD was not an issue.

Going back to the We Buy Any Car comment, they offer you absolute peanuts for a car. When I was looking to sell two cars a couple of months back I tried them, I knew in advance it would be bugger all but there is the ease factor and I'm not somebody who puts over inflated values on second hand items. These were the offers

Seat Altea, 54 Reg, 50K Miles - £2,800 I traded it in at a dealers and got £3,400. Buy from a dealer and it will cost £4,500

Land Rover Freelander, S Reg, 78K Miles - £800 sold privately for £1,500.

I'm sure most people who get a quote are offended by the offer, what they are after are those desperate enough for the money. It's all in the advertising, they make it sound good but the reality is they won't be buying many cars just the ones they can get at a massive knock down price.

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Going back to the We Buy Any Car comment, they offer you absolute peanuts for a car.

And then they'll also knock you down from the laughable offer price once they see your car

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