- How to buy a new frame from the USA
Best to confirm the process should you need to claim under warranty.
I bought a Cannondale in Canada that developed a fault. Whilst they were happy to resolve under warranty, because it was bought in N America, I had pay for shipping both ways (my frame there, the new one back). Cost the best part of £600 on an economy service.Posted 5 years agod45ythMember
orangeboy – Member
My main reason for looking to the USA was the exchange rate is in my favour
By the time you pay the postage, insurance and tax it won’t cheap anymore (It could cost more than £500!). I don’t think many places would ship them to the UK either due to distributor rights.Posted 5 years ago
Germany would be the best place to look. It would cost £30-50 to post, no import tax either. If they won’t post, cheap flight and put it in your suitcase. It depends on how bad you want one I suppose.warpcowMember
Exchange rate is only part of it. Total cost after you add duty, VAT and transatlantic shipping from the US (assuming you’re going to pay all that) favours a European store. A little rough back-of-the-envelope calculation suggests you’d save about £400-500 buying from Germany compared to the US.Posted 5 years agovikingboyMember
its a bit of a nightmare actually, especially with Specialized as no dealers will ship out of country for fear of specialized’s policies. Shipping is bloody expensive too so even if you can get one you have to get it back to the UK. I travel to the US fairly often so pick up in person and bring back in person, throw in a bit of US based riding as well and its a used bike. Or you can save yourself a lot of hassle and go buy one in Germany, there and back in a day and its a cheap trip too.Posted 5 years ago
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