GRAY WOLF AND RED HATS
Play on an irresistible passion to buy a novelty, without waiting for a scarce car for months - such an obvious opportunity to feast on hot cakes gray car wolves can not miss. Recently, even AvtoVAZ products have come into the scope of their interests. Try to buy Lada-Largus quickly and without hassle - and you will understand why it promptly appeared among the grays.
The favorite technique of an unofficial dealer is maximum information, but it is served super-remotely.The favorite technique of an unofficial dealer is maximum information, but it is served super-remotely. The favorite technique of an unofficial dealer is maximum information, but it is served super-remotely.
But why on earth would a gray dealer sometimes be cheaper than an official? Everything is simple here. Say, LLC Superuperkarz Knowledited asks to sell as many as 20 cars of a certain model, as it has a license for road transport - that is, it is a taxi service. A large party, of course, will go with a decent discount and out of line. After all, the official dealer probably counts on a premium for sales growth from the general importer. And the next day, “Superpupercars” will change their occupation and forget about the taxi fleet. But the gray seller will have brand new cars of a popular model. And this is just one, the most typical way of getting scarce models.
A huge number of Japanese off-road vehicles of a certain model illustrates what Russians most want.A huge number of Japanese off-road vehicles of a certain model illustrates what Russians most want. A huge number of Japanese off-road vehicles of a certain model illustrates what Russians most want.
Of the recent gray market trends is the abundance of offers from Toyota Land Cruiser Prado SUVs. The officials seem to have enough of them, and the spread is small in price, but the gray ones emphasize that they have the latest Japanese-made cars, and not Russian ones, from Vladivostok.
“You yourself understand how they can collect from us, ” the manager of a salon insinuatingly told me, lovingly stroking the white wing of the “real” Toyota, according to him.
IVAN TSAREVICH AND THE GREY WOLF
The second direction is popular among those who want to be met by clothes. Even with not very large incomes. Externally expensive, but cheap, that's why there are a considerable amount of BMW-X5, Porsche Cayenne, Lexus and Infinity imported from America on our roads. The grays here play on the difference between the dollar and the euro. In addition, initially, prices overseas are significantly lower than European. And customs cleared cars for individuals, which also gives a gain in money.
Pickups from overseas are a profitable business. They cost Russians several times more than they cost in America.Pickups from overseas are a profitable business. They cost Russians several times more than they cost in America. Pickups from overseas are a profitable business. They cost Russians several times more than they cost in America.
Finally, the third and most obvious front, thanks to which the gray dealership took place as a phenomenon and gained strength in the struggle for its buyer. I mean models that are not officially delivered to our country. The record holder for the popularity of unofficial models from the American market is the Toyota brand. A huge Tundra pickup truck, no less impressive Sequoia all-terrain vehicle, Sienna minivan are being dragged to us - they are in the main demand. But there is also a Fo-Runner jeep, a mid-size Tacoma pickup truck, and various Lexus cars. There is a demand for the classic new-fashioned Land Cruiser of the 70 series, designed for the broken roads of Africa.
About native American cars, too, do not forget. Here, the leaders of the Dodge-Ram and Ford megapixels of the F series are those who appreciate style and power. They order Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger. Until recently, demand was also on the Chevrolet Camaro, but with the start of official sales, interest in gray sports cars fell noticeably. By the way, importers carefully monitor informal channels and sometimes, given the demand that certain models use, they decide to deliver them officially. That is how Toyota-Highlander and Honda-Pilot SUVs, the Prius hybrid, appeared on our market. What models are there - whole brands have come: Infinity, and now Akura.
The service of an authorized dealer usually does not refuse to service an exotic model of its brand. However, such a service for obvious reasons is not advertised. Another thing is that people who bought such a car are unlikely to go to the official - expensive! Around are full of other masters who have gotten their hands on servicing gray cars.
THERE WAS ON GRANDMOTHER GRAY GOAT
There is a fat minus in the purchase of an unofficial car from abroad, and for someone it becomes decisive, it makes you refuse the car “not like everyone else”. It's about a guarantee. Usually gray sellers promise their patronage in solving problems or simply refer to the manufacturer’s warranty. Both options in Russia are not viable, because the seller will always find a reason to explain the breakdown by illiterate operation, and not a factory defect. Well, the Russian importer will simply say that he does not know this car.
A warranty is promised - but who will provide it, especially for a rare model?A warranty is promised - but who will provide it, especially for a rare model? A warranty is promised - but who will provide it, especially for a rare model?
Nevertheless, spare parts, service and interest clubs - all this is enough in cities with a population of over one million. True, often bought a car requires adaptation to our technical regulations. For reference: to hide the American past in the form of a square stamping under the license plate on the back door of the Porsche Cayenne, you can convert it into a European one - 37, 000 rubles plus painting. Almost 4, 000 rubles more - for the transition from orange to white. And if you want to see degrees Celsius and kilometers on the instrument scales, replacing the combination will require about 80, 000 rubles. It’s easier if the car is from the Canadian market - there are metric units in use.
Arabic script on the plate is a sign that the machine is designed for a hot climate.Arabic script on the plate is a sign that the machine is designed for a hot climate. Arabic script on the plate is a sign that the machine is designed for a hot climate.
If you are tuned in to what is already in abundance, do not rush to purchase. Especially in the car dealership, where 20 brands are presented right away. Remember: buying a car is not a lunch in the first street fast food that comes across. Go to the manufacturer’s official website, call his hotline. Now, when there is a decline in sales on the market, it's time to bargain for yourself the most worthy option. Of course, it is troublesome to go around several dealers, comparing and choosing, but in the final you will get the car of your dreams. Agree that buying a car just like that and buying it with pleasure is a big difference!
Comment of the department of public relations of Toyota Motor LLC
To limit the import of counterfeit goods marked with company trademarks (Toyota, Lexus, car model names), since March 14, 2013 trademarks belonging to Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan) have been included in the Customs Register of Intellectual Property. From the moment trademarks are entered into the Customs Register in case of unauthorized import into the Russian Federation of cars, spare parts and accessories marked with trademarks of Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan), customs authorities are authorized to take measures to suspend the release of such goods.