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i'd like to hear from anyone who has sourced any clevo items from the US.For example you can pick up a set of Ferrea 5000 valves for as little as 10 bucks eachUS when you will pay 25 aus .Is it worth the hassle or not?
 

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I get a heap of stuff off ebay from the states, all my autometer guages and tacho were less than half price brand new, just be careful though, if the listed price on the packaging is more than $300 customs will keep it aside and you will have to pay a little extra to get it in.... Anything under $300 normally arrives within a week, no problems...
 

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i think the best way to do it is if you have somebody over there that you can trust to send it to you

or you can do as i did many many moons ago

upon leaving Australia you will be asked if you are taking anything out of the country that need to be declared & i declared that i was taking a couple of Holden Gemini cylinder heads ( you know the alloy ones with GM cast on the front ) to the land of the big smoke & when they ask why i told them that i was going to get some work done to them

once you arrive in the land of the big smoke ditch them in the first rubbish bin ( not at the airport ) purchase your Air Flow Research 227 cylinder heads have them ported flowed add to that a set of manly pro flow valves, springs, retainers & locks, give them a good coating of penatrine ( crc ) put them in the box the gemini heads were in

on your return you will be asked "DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO DECLARE" you will reply only these gemini cylinder heads that i took to the big smoke to have some work done on & in them days you did not PAY duty or tax on labour so you bought them into the country duty & tax free

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I have a friend going to the good old US of A in may. He and his mates are bringing a container back! He says it will cost him 4-5k, so obviously, i gave him my list of must haves! His intention is to bring bits back and pay for his holiday.
 

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It's always a risk buying stuff from overseas but then again, I agreed to buy something from someone on FF a while back, was all sorted out but never heard from them when the time came.

Rod, the downside is the public admission that you have 2 gemini cyl heads in your possesion !!!
 

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Yeah its worth it I've bought valves, crane roller rockers, ARP studs, guidplates, crane valve springs all for at least 40-50% off Aussie prises. Bought over ebay through a reputable guy.

He shipped in small packages that cost $20 Aus I received in 7 days, no customs, he also marked "Warranty Replacement" on the parcels with a $30 value. If you go one large parcel you'll have to pay tax if you a small parcel with Warrenty replacement no tax and no customs.

With the US dollar at .75 - .80 cents now is the time be buying from the US
 

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i was hoping the feedback would be good and it seems the positives far outweigh the negatives here.there are some bargains to be had on ebay,just spotted a set of c302b alloy heads ,never been used for 300 bucks us.i,m going to buy a set of ferrea valves i saw and i reckon i can have them landed for around 200 bucks aus ,around half of what youd pay here.
 

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Hey Clevo can you give us the name of the guy you used. I'd like to see what he's selling, most of the sites I see dont deal outside USA.
 

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Definitely worth getting your gear in the US. Even 2 years ago with a 49 cent exchange rate things were still cheaper to import yourself.

Ebay rocks! Go with the good feedback guys with lots of ratings and you should be set. There's HEAPS of cleveland and other stuff on the US ebay. Ensure they SHIP INTERNATIONAL first. A few sellers only ship within the US.

Other reputable online sites to buy gear from are Jegs.com and Summitracing.com.
Just email them for info and shipping costs.

I just got back from living in the US for 2 years and you could guarantee that these companies were always the cheapest.......except ebay somtimes. Loved those packages rocking up at the door!

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Hey Clevo can you give us the name of the guy you used. I'd like to see what he's selling, most of the sites I see dont deal outside USA.
Nod, alexsparts is the ebay user id. He currently has 6 pages of parts. If you don't see somthing you need send him an email and ask, he'll get a quote and can generally get anything in. I have bought items on three occassions with no problems at all.

Do a search on the seller, remember US's ebay is ebay.com.

horsepower-wd is another that has good parts, I have not bought from this guy yet.

I8AHSV: The GST tax is 10% of the value of the goods, it used to be 22% when importing. Its nothing if you have you parts shipped carefully and avoid customs etc.

Always ask the seller to put warranty replacement or "GIFT" on the package. That way your not buying anything to attract GST :)
 

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you can get them over here, definetly order from the USA (hence why i have a set of EAGLE ESP rods, SRP Pistons and eagle extruded billet RR's sitting in california at the moment :)

Be careful when ordering items over a value of $300AUD - once you pay shipping/import duty etc. you're saving very little. Especially heavy things (heads/manifolds/blowers etc.)
 

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Duty varies depending on what it is, but car parts are generally 15% plus 10% GST on top of the part and the shipping combined.

Small cheaper light things are a steal. Stuff like heads really need to be brought in as part of a container load to offset the expense.
 

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From the UK duty is 15% plus 10% GST unless the parts are for a car that is over 30 years old and then duty can be 3% plus 10% GST. I brought over a heap of Escort T/C stuff and even including freight and duties etc was far cheaper then buying from over here.
 

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how do people pay when buying things from overseas on ebay? im looking at a set of valves that id like, and are 50% less than aus prices
 

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Credit card is easy. If you do a money order or international exchange you have to pay a fee usually around $30.
 
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