Thursday, 7 June 2007

What the...?

This is the funniest thing I've ever seen.

A Jeep Cherokee for sale on eBay with a backyard right hand drive conversion. How can this be registered? Why not just get a RHD one shipped in from the UK?


Anonymous said...

If that's the funniest thing you've ever seen you need to get out more. Granted, the tray on the milk carton is pretty lame but there are thousands of vehicles just like this in this country mostly used by mail carriers like myself. I've had factory built rhd jeeps and converted ones. There are a lot of advantages to the factory rhd like you can see the speedometer and other guages but the converted ones are perfectly safe to drive and work quite well if installed by someone with good common sense and mechanical knowledge. Here's the difference. As far as importing one, call whatever govt. agency in charge of vehicle importation and you'll begin to see why people opt to convert. Duty is incredibly high, then when you get it here you have, you have, I believe, 6 months or a year, I'm not sure which, then you can't drive it legally anymore. The reason is our emission standards are so much higher than in any European country that it's illegal to drive them here unless you do several thousand dollars in bringing it up to U.S standards. I think you'll find that the cars GM and the other "BIG 2" will not be installing catalytic converters on the cars they ship overseas because it costs too much and when it comes to cost versus clean air which one do you think the big 3 are more interested in? Understand that emissions aren't as big a problem (yet) overseas because unlike we idiot Americans they seem to get by just fine walking or riding bicycles or maybe a scooter. I know they're funny looking. I actually had a guy that was staring at me being on the wrong (or right) side of the car so hard that he rear- ended the guy in front of him. At first I thought Jeez that's a tough break. Then I started laughing and couldn't stop. Anyway, I hope I've clarified the reasons for you. It may look stupid but it's about 2 to 5 thousand dollars cheaper.

Andrew B said...

Point taken Anonymous.

I was being a bit facetious with my comment about it being the funniest thing I've seen.

I see your point about it being a cheaper option and I'm sure it's legal. One thing though, about the European standards - I think they are actually quite high. I know that California has very tight regulations, but I don't know about the rest of the USA. My RHD Jeep has a catalytic converter and it was made for export to Australia, so I assume they all were made the same.

Thanks for setting me straight regarding the conversion.