High Quality Mini Parts Direct from Japan

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Rolandino
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Re: High Quality Mini Parts Direct from Japan

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Web site is impressive, but why no prices in Sterling £££

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Rolandino wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:37 pm
Web site is impressive, but why no prices in Sterling £££
Nothing to worry about, we now have a trade deal with Japan :lol: :lol:

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The Japanese made CV boots are said to be very good, though not cheap.

NIck at MIni Bitz had some at one time.

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Re: High Quality Mini Parts Direct from Japan

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Great quality no doubt. But EYE WATERINGLY EXPENSIVE!

Remember that there is duty & VAT to go in the initial price as well.
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Its a shame there aren't a few more pics showing some of these gadgets installed.... before age got the better of me i used to be able to open the rear quarter lights... one of the the very few advantages of being 6 foot plus in a mini!

edit: just seen the youtube video of the rear light opener...OMG!
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If the prices were direct comparisons to what they would be in the UK (ie without extortionate shipping, duties etc...) then I think there would be a market for some of the items - gaiters, grease tubes, ball joints, steering rack components etc. Other stuff, not so much.
Now Minis are more of a second car hobby than a fix-it-cheap mode of transport I do think some owners are willing to spend more for quality. I'm sure MiniSpares etc have the data to prove this 'some' is actually a relatively small percentage though as they will watch the market from a suppliers perspective.

That website looks to be aimed at export and presumably the vendor isn't the manufacturer - the heater valve for instance that says it is a Denso part. I wonder how much this stuff costs from the manufacturer?

Maybe it needs someone to have the balls to invest in agreeing better prices for a quantity of the Jap parts and get them over here, then see how they sell. But that'd see investing a good few £'000s which no individual wold take on.

If these Japanese parts are as good as claimed, and I have no reason to doubt that, it does prove that it can be done. We just need UK manufacturing to return to what it once was!

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Somerford now sell a range of Valtain Japanese Mini parts:-
http://www.somerfordmini.co.uk/eshop/in ... rd=valtain

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VALTAIN J.A.P MAGNA MK2 ALLOY WHEEL
Part Number: JMSA003
6x10 SET OF 4
£788.50 Ex VAT
£946.20 Inc VAT
Somerford Mini:-
http://www.somerfordmini.co.uk/eshop/in ... s_id=16978

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