Wednesday 3 August 2011

Man travels 11,000 miles just to purchase a Fiat Doblò commerical van

A customer from New Zealand has travelled 11,000 miles (17,702km) just to by a Fiat Doblò commercial van from a major car supermarket. Former British resident, Dan Love, 45, from Central Otago, New Zealand, bought the vehicle as it was cheaper to buy abroad than it would be from New Zealand.

Love said taking the necessary paperwork, flights, and export costs, into account, he still saved money. Love's Doblò Cargo short wheelbase is powered by Fiat's 1.6 MultiJet diesel engine and came with 55 miles (89km) on the clock. He paid £7,299 (€8,370/$12,000), saving £7,081 (€8,120/$11,600) over the recommend retail price (RRP).

Love said: “Buying a similar van in New Zealand would cost at least 40% more than the bargain I have found,”. He concluded: “I have saved money even when you take into account other costs such as transportation. I’m paying a price in the UK for a new van, which would only buy one in New Zealand that was about eight or 10 years old!”

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