Right, let me outline this a little and see who can chip in with advice for me
I spied a new bike that I REALLY liked the look of, after a bit of searching I found out all the details and looked for stockists, unsurprisingly for a bike I'd never heard of, there were only US and Canadian dealers, so in my infinite wisdom I went straight to source and contacted the manufacturer. This is where it gets a bit complicated.
So after a dialogue of emails back and forth, I've figured out they have NONE of their bikes anywhere outside of the US and Canada, BUT they are looking to expand into the UK and Europe, So to be cheeky and maybe grab myself a discount, I offered, if upon purchase of a bike, if they contacted retailers/dealers who might wish to have a look at and potentially stock their bike/brand, then I'd happily within reason travel with my bike to show interested parties.
So having received an email not that long ago and getting prices and spec's, I really cant refuse the chance of getting 25% off Industry Pro Deal they are offering me.
My problem now comes regarding shipping, I've entered the weight and dimensions into various websites who could ship it for me, but getting at best around the £500-600 mark for shipping, although even with that amount of shipping, I'm still grabbing a bargain price, But after looking at flights (return) to the US, I can do it cheaper myself, flight from Aberdeen - London - America comes in at £400 odd return.
The help I'm asking for are just a few tips/suggestions about this all
1. If I ship it via a courier, I'm guessing there is a good chance of getting stung with import duty, because its a high value item, I would want it declared for shipping insurance.
2. If I travel to the US personally to collect my bike, say with an empty bike box (hiring or buying something like this http://bikeboxalan.co.uk/) Then packing it up and flying home with it, would I be able to avoid import duty?
3. The way I see it, flying over and collecting it, I could gain a lot more knowledge if in the future they ever wanted me to show the bike to any potential clients and OF COURSE, my first port of call when getting back in the UK, would be to Road.cc HQ to let you have a look/ride and review the bike, giving you the jump and exclusive scoop on this new bike.
So any helpful tips and ideas would be gratefully received because I'm stuck as to what to do, Dave if your reading this, its regarding the bike I sent you a PM about.