- Buying bikes from USA
warranty: may have to return to US unless Giant do worldwide thingyism
tax: whole bikes attract more tax than parts (might be 15% – google it – and this is in addition to VAT at 20%). You might be lucky and not be charged but my guess is they’ll ship with a big carrier and that will cost 2 lots of tax plus carrier’s fee
spec: make sure its what you’re expecting partswise, and don’t forget brakes will be US stylePosted 6 years agofootflapsSubscriber
if you’re lucky they won’t pick it up at customs and you’ll get it tax free – especially if you can get the seller to stick ‘warranty replacement, $0’ on the customs declaration form.
NB you’d both be committing offenses by doing this, but I have a *cough* friend who assures me this works every time 😉Posted 6 years agowillMember
Basically I’m thinking about buying a new giant anthem x3 29er from US. Mainly because they don’t do one in the uk, and the one they do is silly money!
Found a dealer through Giant’s website, emailed them and they have said they’ll ship to uk etc…
Main question has anybody done this? Are there any pitfalls?Posted 6 years agoBreamMember
You’re lucky to find a Giant dealer willing to ship as they shouldn’t really, so don’t start spouting about who it is until your deal is done 😉
Done it myself on a frame/fork set and worked out well, plan to pay the full VAT etc and if you get it cheaper then you’re quids in. Best bet is if the shop can write down the invoice value.
For £600 tax it would almost be cheaper to fly out there and bring it back checked in 😆Posted 6 years ago
Definitely worth buying parts instead of a complete bike. The duty is calculated to the price plus postage then the VAT is calculated based on that total. Duty on parts is 4.7% whereas on whole bikes it’s 14%.
Also, I just imported the frame, headset and forks. I could get the other bits cheaper by shopping around and negotiating here or from Germany.
And bear in mind that you can normally negotiate a discount off the RRP with the US dealer too.
All in all I now have a bike I couldn’t have justified at UK prices but am also aware of potential warranty problems in that it might need to be sent back to the US.
Hope this helps.Posted 6 years agoconvertSubscriber
For £600 tax it would almost be cheaper to fly out there and bring it back checked in
You might have issues there too unless you can prove you took a bike out with you. I’ve known people who have. You could take a tip bike out with you I guess and bin it there.
Back in 2006 when the £/$ rate was near $2 a pound I got a Cervelo p3c frameset (poncy TT bike) shipped from the states for just under half the uk rrp. The retailer was slightly creative (not at my request I hasten to add – so no idea what would have happened if it had got squished) with the value on the paperwork. Arrived 48hrs after order too!Posted 6 years ago
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