Genuine parts from Lithuania via eBay

Genuine parts from Lithuania via eBay

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FlyingTomato

Original Poster:

9 posts

145 months

Saturday 14th May
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Howdy!

Has anyone actually tried and had success?

Did you get clobbered for import duties etc?

Thanks.

ChrisW.

4,488 posts

232 months

Saturday 14th May
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Is it possible that you might be buying bits of somebody else's car ?

d_a_n1979

4,258 posts

49 months

Saturday 14th May
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FlyingTomato said:
Howdy!

Has anyone actually tried and had success?

Did you get clobbered for import duties etc?

Thanks.
What parts is it you're after & for which car?!

E-bmw

6,960 posts

129 months

Saturday 14th May
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Couple of (seemingly) sweeping generalisations there.

FlyingTomato said:
Has anyone actually tried and had success?
Are you implying everyone on ebay from Lithuania is mis-representing their stuff for sale?

FlyingTomato said:
Did you get clobbered for import duties etc?
That is very dependant on the price/value of the item.

So basically, you will need to be a lot more specific.

I have bought apparently genuine stuff from "Eastern block countries" and had no issues, but didn't pay duty as the value was low.

FlyingTomato

Original Poster:

9 posts

145 months

Saturday 14th May
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No generalisations intended, sweeping or otherwise.

I’m after some tread plates for an E39 M5.

d_a_n1979

4,258 posts

49 months

Saturday 14th May
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FlyingTomato said:
No generalisations intended, sweeping or otherwise.

I’m after some tread plates for an E39 M5.
Have you priced them up via the likes of Cotswolds BMW? They offer the BMW 5 Forums discount, worth asking before you starting looking at importing from Europe and risk the ball ache of postage delays, postage issues and sods law, the parts are wrong/damaged!

FlyingTomato

Original Poster:

9 posts

145 months

Saturday 14th May
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d_a_n1979 said:
Have you priced them up via the likes of Cotswolds BMW? They offer the BMW 5 Forums discount, worth asking before you starting looking at importing from Europe and risk the ball ache of postage delays, postage issues and sods law, the parts are wrong/damaged!
Not yet - only got the car last week and assumed dealers wouldn’t be viable. Thanks for the heads-up!

d_a_n1979

4,258 posts

49 months

Saturday 14th May
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FlyingTomato said:
Not yet - only got the car last week and assumed dealers wouldn’t be viable. Thanks for the heads-up!
Yeah; deffo don't go by eBay unless you really have to!

FYI the BMW 5 forums are down currently tech issues with the hosting company). But mention you're a member and you should get their discount smile

Court_S

7,647 posts

154 months

Speak to your local dealer too and be cheeky and ask for a discount. I did from mine and the parts guys gave me one and keep doing so.

They’re now more or less what Cotswold were and just down the road.

4004

111 posts

27 months

Lithuanian (and other) sellers on eBay are heavy on "let's upload the whole ETK on ebay", so the fact that they offer something for sale doesn't mean they actually have it, or can procure it.
That said, they are convenient for some small stuff if you are less familiar with your local parts dept, but I never found their prices to be lower than dealers

e21Keith

71 posts

7 months

Can't say I've bought from this seller but they often come up when I'm searching for parts.

Prices are generally very close to what you'd pay from your local dealer if you get a small discount (always worth asking particularly if you're a regular). Problem with buying from abroad is the returns process if it turns out to be the wrong part, damaged/lost in transit etc. So I generally just buy from the dealer or OEM.