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Old 08.04.2021, 21:10
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Re: Parallel Imports.

We bought a brand new parallel import several years back. It's got all the bells and whistles of a "Swiss" car, it just doesn't have a fancy plate on the back and it cost a fraction of the price. The local garage services it for us without problem and at a fair price.

There was still a 2-year warranty on defects and the like, but note it starts from when the car was registered by the importer. So we only got 18 months or something. Not really a big deal, few things go wrong in the first few years of ownership anyway.

When you buy the parallel import, the usual service package for 5 years doesn't exist. We ran the numbers before we bought. Service A is about 800 Fr. Service B is about 1,500. We only need one of each per year because we don't drive that much. After 10 years we will have spent 23K on service. Had we bought a new "Swiss" car, we'd have paid that 23K up front and then some as part of the purchase price, and only gotten 5 years of service.

Some folks say that parallel imports have lower resale values. I don't know, we've not sold yet and don't plan to. It's been a great car and was a bargain. It's not right for everyone, but for us it worked out well.
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