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amshenskinash69



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:32 pm Post subject: Where Can You Buy a Lada in the US? Reply with quote

I cant find one anywhere. Does anyone know where I can get one? And if I cant can you tell me how I can get one in the US and be able to drive it on the streets? Question Sad
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porschev812



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:59 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

they show up on Ebay from time to time...Otherwize you never know
where or when one might show up in the US-they were never sold new
in the u.s.,but were sold in canada mostly from 1980-98 with a few sold
around 1978-79.If you find one at least 25yrs old,it will be exempt from
u.s. D.O.T.rules and should be easy to register in the u.s...
As far as i know,importing a lada less than 25yrs old can be done but
registering it for use on public roads could be a problem until it is 25+
yrs. The 1987 2107 lada i found here in belle had been registered locally
as far back as 1998,so sometimes some slip through.
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rrshadow2



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:29 am Post subject: Reply with quote

I currently have a 87 Samara that I have registered as a 1978 Lada 2108, yeah I know the 2108 didn't exist in 1978, but hey it worked! I plan to register it as a 87 after January. Yes this car did come from Canada and was brought to the US where it sat until I bought it, Was nice, only a 10 minute drive for me to go collect it versus having to go to Canada to get it. The main reason I bought it...Todd
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DeLorean_4



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:29 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Can someone sticky this topic please?
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rrshadow2



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:54 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

it is kind of a sticky topic especially after seeing all those Ladas in Oregon on E-bay, None of which sold which didn't surprise me at all. Taking all that effort to bring those car in from Canada paperwork-less and thinking you're going to sell them off and make a fortune kind of makes me laugh. I can say that only because I know this guy personally And because he's not on the forum
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DeLorean_4



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:05 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Every now and then there's a Lada in California that pops up on eBay and sells for 5000$, or even a Volga M21 for around 20,000$.

All the rest... 1000$-ish.

Usually someone will register on the forums and say

"Hay, I watcht this moovy and ther was this Lada Jeep thing I thinx its cool here's my e-mail where can I buy one I'm a serious buyer.
How do you bring one 2 USA?"

And nothing happens even when we find Ladas in the USA or USA registerable Ladas in Canada.
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Ben



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:48 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Not always so! Got my windshield installed this past week. I don't screw around!
DeLorean_4 wrote:


And nothing happens even when we find Ladas in the USA or USA registerable Ladas in Canada.
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DeLorean_4



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:18 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Hence my calculated use of the word "usually".

I wrote that post right before doing an exam at the university
so I was tense and very direct.
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Ben



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:25 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Having dealt with the vintage Citroen, VW, and Lada communities there is a common thread. They expect cheap parts, and zero cost.

Mind, for the most part, a Lada in Canada is relatively cheap as long as you can find the model that you want with Signets being the most troublesome. The problem comes when you get people in the USA who want them cheap. Many of these people don't want to be told that they are going to have to get involved in shenanigans to title it, that parts are coming from Europe, and all the rest.

Everybody always posts about windshields, to the point that Gabor had a whole list of people who wanted in on getting them over here. However, when the time came to pull the trigger, I was the only one that came through.
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lalunette



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:49 am Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben wrote:
Mind, for the most part, a Lada in Canada is relatively cheap as long as you can find the model that you want with Signets being the most troublesome.


The most troublesome... to find ??

Yes, I would agree.

I totally lucked into mine and I'm not parting with it. Twisted Evil
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Ben



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 4:25 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Signets are VERY hard to find up there. My suspicion is you would not have it had you had to get it from Europe. With the lack of them up north, and the 25 year exemption issue the only practical way to get alot of these cars going to Europe. However, nobody wants to spend $2500 to ship a car that isn't worth much than that, and so it goes. We get people from Europe who are shock and appalled that we get $18k for a restored 2CV. They think they should be able to get it for $1000 like the old days.
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lalunette



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:08 am Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben wrote:
We get people from Europe who are shock and appalled that we get $18k for a restored 2CV. They think they should be able to get it for $1000 like the old days.


Well, I saw my share of 2CVs when I was in the Limousin region of France. This is an agricultural region and farmers there have the lowest income of all farmers in France. This is probably why I saw so many of the 2CV car and "small van" configurations... they simply can't afford to buy anything newer.
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Ben



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:43 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

The thing is that 2CVs rust badly and almost always require a new galvanized frame. By the time we have done all the rust repair, sourced all the parts and restored them they aren't cheap anymore. Most of the 2CVs in France are head together with dirt and a prayer!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:39 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben wrote:
Most of the 2CVs in France are head together with dirt and a prayer!


Don't forget the role played by baguettes, wine and cheese. LOL
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:45 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben you're right about the idea of spending $2,500 to ship over a Lada that even on the Best days and in amazing condition would never fetch more than $5,000 unless you found some really Drunk Russian, and you're right about 2CVs, people think Awwww How Cute!! Until you tell them how much a really good one sells for, then they're like Oh No Way! You gotta be F-ing Kidding Me!! My first car was a 1963 Austin Mini which I paid $1,500 for in 1981, seemed like a lot of money at the time, Today you couldn't buy rusted out POS parts car for $1,500. People just think it's cute, it's odd, it's gotta cost about about $500. Ha Wrong!!!
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