hi check out the website for volkswagon ireland, it will give you the specs on the cars , asr is standard on all models but not esp which is extra, otherwise spec is similar but prices are very close with dealer discounts on uk cars etc.
You'll find most if not all UK cars are one of these specs just with things added. My Touran Sport for instance says Highline. You can see on the sticker in the boot. I think countries all vary according to what the spec means even if they use the same names.
EU imports carry a 2-year warranty and VW UK will even sell you an extension to it. VW UK are one of the few, perhaps only, manufacturers (OK sole concessionaires) who acknowledge that you may have an EU imported vehicle and will allow you to register it with them etc, there is even a fairly large section on the website about this.
I bought mine from an importer when I was back home in N Ireland a few years ago, mainly because I wanted a plate that didn't show the age of the car and within a week, the gearbox oil was leaking. Took the stealer over here two weeks to fix, but I would say that if I bought it off them it would have been sorted the next day, as KuniD says, never again
Quote: posted by youngdriver on 13/04/2005 17:12:15
if you import from germany so you pay there tax. When you bring it back to the Uk, will you have to pay british tax (i.e. VAT)?
You will indeed, but you will also be able to apply to have the German tax reimbursed (you only have to pay one set of taxes). In all other EU countries they will sell you the car tax free and you just pay VAT in the UK.
Quote: posted by youngdriver on 12/04/2005 20:31:02
Thanks, do VW ireland and VW germany have the same standard equipment for the same trim levels?
I would doubt they do. Last time I looked some Irish "Highline" models (Touran I think) they had climate as an extra when it is standard at that level almost everywhere else. Also options in (Rep) Ireland tend to be on the pricey side. I bought a MK4 there a few years back.
With a GTTDI I imported from Holland the base Highline spec included almost everything you would want including things not standard on a GT here at the time - rain sensor, cruise etc.
As it's always been with imports, you just need to scan the list of major spec items and make sure they match or exceed UK spec.
my last car was a belgian import fully speccd 130 gttdi better equipped than uk car at that time with a huge saving, and the dealer was ok he had to be because every other car here was an import 2-3 years ago and they got very well paid for warranty work! Margins have closed so much now the uk car is nt much more expensive dealers here are selling eire cars ?13600 for a 105 bhp 5 door golf with aircon and met paint car doesnt have the esp and only a two year warranty. A uk spec car as previous with esp additional third year warranty and road assistance is ?14100 straight sale prices . To spec your own car from eire you could wait 6 weeks but the cars available are ordered with uk clocks rather than km clocks. good luck
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