Jiggered for a Jag
WHY does the Federal Government think it needs to regulate and restrict the private import of vehicles from the UK, most notably Jaguars? An entire industry exists to import Nissans, Toyotas and other vehicles from Japan via specialist importers, and similar arrangements exist for imports from the US. Why not Jags from the Old Dart? The Department of Infrastructure and Transport in Canberra directs queries to Jaguar Australia, which can retrospectively apply an ADR compliance plate to a private import but refuses even to speak about the situation. I want a five-to seven-year-old XJ8 with all the trimmings. In Oz they’re about $30,000 to $50,000, depending on kilometres and condition. In the UK they are about $7500 to $11,000. After exchange rate conversion, transport costs, customs duties and AQIS fees, and our GST, it is still about $10,000 cheaper. An opinion would be good, and maybe a bit of pressure on the government to free up this type of trade, and take away the manufacturer’s bully-boy tactics.
Alan Thierry Jaguar Australia totally disagrees with what you say and points out that the Japanese imports are made under theRAWscheme that allows low-volume imports and is focused on Japanese performance cars more than 10 years old. Otherwise, the company says the rules are the same for all brands.
I will retire in the next six months and am thinking of a year-old Holden Statesman or Caprice for about $50,000 with up to 15,000km. What other cars should I consider in that in that range.
Denis White, email Since it’s likely a retirement gift to yourself, go with what you want. It won’t be your last car, especially not the way fuel prices are going when you’re buying into a thirsty but enjoyable luxury car. For similar money, you could get a boring Camry or an enjoyable Honda Accord Euro or a great value new Skoda Superb.
IF NOT 3, THEN 2
My mother, who is 80, has a 1998 Holden station wagon which she bought new and is getting old and way too big for her to drive. We are thinking of getting her a smaller, more compact car, new or a few years old, for no more than $18,000. We were thinking of the Mazda3 but they may be a bit pricey. She doesn’t drive much and, being in a retirement village, she has no garage. The car will sit in a car park. Can you advise?
Sharon Patullo, email If you like the idea of a Mazda3, the obvious destination is the smaller Mazda2. It should be fine for her and you should get a reasonable trade-in.
Interesting Top 10 V8 Supercar crashes you picked in
Carsguide. I can’t agree with having Fabian Coulthard down at nine, though I amprobably biased having been there, and I don’t think I would have put Brad Jones’s one in there. And, as memorable as the SkaifeIngall clash was, it wasn’t super in any sense for me.
Phil Wisewould, email Everyone will have their own crash list, but it wasn’t meant to be a strict ranking of the crashes. Jones’s crash was included because it was one of the first big ones at Turn Eight in Adelaide, and the SkaifeIngall incident at Eastern Creek had fallout that went far beyond any panel damage.
Reading your Top 10 crashes, I was surprised that you didn’t include Bill Brown in the GTHO of Bathurst 1971. Comparing safety standards of then to 1999 and even recently makes it amazing that Brown could virtually walk away. Also more astounding is the marshal who leaped out of the way, missing death by inches.
ShaunDunford The crash listing was only for V8 Supercars. Brown’s rollover at McPhillamy Park was in the 1970s and the days of Series Production cars.
I want an Audi Q5 but can’t decide between a 2.0-litre petrol or a 2.0-litre diesel. I’ll do about 15,000km a year and will keep the car for 10-plus years.
Gareth Seeber, email The general rule of thumb is to go petrol if you travel less than than 30,000km a year, as it takes a while to win back the extra cost of the diesel engine with better economy. Definitely go diesel if you do any towing.
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