Originally Posted by matadorpoeta,Mar. 23 2005,16:15
go down to guadalajara or mexico city and buy a brand new alfa romeo, peugeot
You gotta be kiddin me. Â Totally Impractical. How are you going to get them serviced and repaired in the States? Are they in compliance with federal and state emission and safety standards? Â Are they even certified to be on the road in the US? Assume they are insurable, how much more for insurance premium? Â Whom are you going to sell them to or trade-in with when it's time to get a new car?
yes. they are insurable and in compliance with federal safety standards. if a handmade morgan with a wooden chassis can be insured, anything can. there could be an issue with having it pass the smog test in california, but there are ways around that, wink wink. as for who you're going to sell it to... why would you want to sell an alfa? the only real issue i see is that of repairs and maintenance. i'll grant you that. however, i Â know that alfa is still supplying parts for the cars they sold in the '80s and early '90s, Â so i don't think it's out of the question for their US distributor to get new parts for him. as a last resort, one could drive down to tijuana and order them there, or have them sent from mexico. people in mexico who have vintage porsches, mercedes, etc... buy their replacement parts from the US and have them mailed to them. where there's the will there's a way. he wouldn't be the only guy in l.a. with a non US car, but he'd have the only brand new alfa romeo spyder in town. that's cool. btw, my original post was a serious recommendation. mercedes are cool. i used to have a '75 280C, but every other guy in l.a. has one. with the emphasis this board puts on being unique, i would have thought my advice would be welcome with open arms. oh well, lawyers...