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Buying an imported Honda Fit/Jazz

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,218 ✭✭✭Iseedeadpixels




  • Registered Users Posts: 8,686 ✭✭✭corks finest


    If there’s an immobiliser and alarm on it

    and it’s not changed in any way other than it’s description on the web

    can’t see any problems ref insurance



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,686 ✭✭✭corks finest


    I’d bet if you do your homework and shop around

    you’ll get insurance through a broker ref Allianz or whomever gives you a decent deal



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,686 ✭✭✭corks finest


    😊😊😊



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,409 ✭✭✭goochy


    look out for one parked up and check the disc



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  • Registered Users Posts: 32 Tantalum73


    A word of warning from personal experience , a lot of Japanese imports come with non "E" marked tyres when imported . Not having an E mark on tyres is a failure at NCT , but some dealers or sellers will have a spare set of E marked tyres to get in through the NCT when imported and switch back on the non E marked tyres afterwards leaving the new owner with a tyre bill the next time it is tested .

    When buying , make sure the car comes with E marked tyres !



  • Registered Users Posts: 685 ✭✭✭POBox19


    Just failed NCT for no E marks. I bought the 2014 import Golf with a clean NCT 8 months ago. Good set of Bridgestones on it. Turns out none of the tyres now have an E mark, but no mention of that on the 2023 NCT cert that came with the car.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,525 ✭✭✭User1998


    Thats because the seller/dealer changed the wheels around for the test and re fitted the original ones after the test.



  • Registered Users Posts: 685 ✭✭✭POBox19


    I need to borrow a set of Golf wheels for an hour! (Only joking)

    Post edited by POBox19 on


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,525 ✭✭✭User1998


    Its kind of mad, I see some of the biggest dealers in Dublin arriving to the NCT centre with wheels that are clearly not staying on the car and then selling the car with illegal tyres. I’m not sure if you care, but technically your insurance could be null and void if you got into an accident because the tyres are essentially illegal. A tyre shop will charge you €50 to change the wheels over twice, so you might be better off just buying four part worn tyres for €150 to be safe.

    Its annoying because the Japanese tyres usually have good thread and are almost always Michelin, Pirelli etc.



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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 18,402 CMod ✭✭✭✭The Black Oil


    My mother has a deposit down on a 2019 Fit. Haven't heard that before re the note above re the tyres.

    Must check my own import, 2018 Vezel.



  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 10,520 Mod ✭✭✭✭humberklog


    The guy I bought from pointed out he'd change them to E marked ones. Wasn't charged for it.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 18,402 CMod ✭✭✭✭The Black Oil


    Is this what we are talking about?



  • Registered Users Posts: 64 ✭✭trindade


    I almost purchased a Fit 1.5 to 2 years ago for my wife… It is a great car and many many years ago I had a Honda Jazz (first generation). I can say it's a very spacious, comfy and reliable car. But I wasn't able to get a decent insurance quote. I got a quote for over 2.5k with a broker, while I wasn't able to quote online or to transfer my insurance (liberty didn't accepted the car). My wife had to put an extra 6k in a car and purchased a Corolla.



  • Registered Users Posts: 685 ✭✭✭POBox19




  • Registered Users Posts: 8,686 ✭✭✭corks finest


    Im on my 5 th import hybrid this week ,never one issue tbf,

    Cars all spotless,all flied the nct,

    All came with good tyres,but I've noticed the add I've been looking at has a few discrepancies ref description,

    Going up to Dublin To look at 3 imports ( old_ 2014 and 17 2,)

    Alloys on car description but reckon the garage have whipped them off and flogged them,but I'll wait till the bargaining point to mention that,

    Difference in price by shopping in Dublin compared with Cork city is a bloody disgrace,

    Locals gouging constantly,

    Have only bought one locally in over 40 years

    It's maddening



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,409 ✭✭✭goochy


    Don't forget some dealers in Dublin running laundry businesses . Easy to sell cheap . That's coming from a dub



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,686 ✭✭✭corks finest


    Wish they'd branch out to Cork then😊



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,686 ✭✭✭corks finest


    Never thought of it tbh,thanks



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,409 ✭✭✭goochy


    Any empty yard in Dublin gets taken by used car dealers



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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,525 ✭✭✭User1998


    Because its hard to find yards. Not because of money laundering. No idea how its relevant to the OP anyway.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,409 ✭✭✭goochy


    Just saying . There are tons of used car dealers for that reason..



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,686 ✭✭✭corks finest


    Distinct possibility,but I reckon my local dealers in Cork are just gouging bolloxes



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,409 ✭✭✭goochy


    Great island motors are long time in business not sure what their prices like but they arw more established dealers than ones in Dublin so could command higher prices ..friend bought polo import from them and happy with it



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,686 ✭✭✭corks finest


    Their prices compared to Dublin or Jim Carey Cahir are way above,

    Most of the jap cares haven't got android auto etc installed and it's an added few hundred on top of already inflated pricing,

    They give or at least offered low ball trade in prices aswell,

    Not on their own,kearys are worse



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 18,402 CMod ✭✭✭✭The Black Oil


    My mother (70) was quoted over €1,100 to insure her Fit, almost triple the policy cost for her former Punto. She did get it down to about €730. Madness. I was expecting a similar jump with my Vezel, but that hasn't happened.



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,686 ✭✭✭corks finest


    Her age came into play I reckon,

    Though I'm 65 and my insurance has stayed okish ref imported jap cars

    Obviously the fits automatic aswell?

    Punto manual?

    Also fit will be worth more aswell,all comes into play

    Irrespective though that first quote is criminal.



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