gray market 1989 80
audi at humanspeakers.com
Mon Sep 11 20:10:16 EDT 2006
>>Okay, I give up. What's a gray market car? One that hasn't been
>>legally imported into the US?
> A (usually) legally imported car, imported/sold by someone other than the
> authorized distributor, or a vehicle imported that doesn't have a US
> distributor. Almost all of the plain Jane (not exotic or particularly
> desirable) grey market cars I've encountered were Canadian models that
> made their way south.
Yes... my old '83 5kt was grey market, supposedly brought in by an AoA
exec. The rectangular headlights didn't fit very well, and weren't even
wired right when I got it - too bad the euros had to be removed to get
it in. It had a metric dash speedo/odo. May very well have been
Canadian spec (rather than, say, German) since all the knobbies and
stuff were marked in English. Hmm, come to think of it, they moslty had
little pictures, and what few 'words' there were were SU abbreviations,
The state of NH wanted to "take a look at it" when I first registered
it, they added a door jamb sticker with their own artificial VIN
replacing serial number.
It had the "ZZZ" in place of the three safety system digits in the VIN.
Oh, and I think I had a point to add - since "grey market" cars have
effectively bypassed whomever has the import contract (AoA in this case,
I guess), they will not "support" the vehicle.
I went in to the local (good) dealer to try to get the auto trans
starter lockout installed (to make it not go into D or R unless brake is
depressed, Prozac optional), and they said they weren't going to do it
since it "wasn't one of theirs".
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