EUROPE STILL OPEN FOR BARGAIN IMPORTS Thursday 5 April 2001 PDF Print Leading online car retailer, OneSwoop (www.oneswoop.com), confirmed today that the changes to be made to rules allowing new cars to be imported into the UK will not affect models sourced from European Union (EU) countries. This contradicts reports that all imports will require proof of long-term ownership and expensive tests under a revision of the Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) scheme due in August. OneSwoop announced that UK car buyers will still be able to source low-cost new cars from the continent both privately and through parallel importers. Tom Buehlmann, marketing director OneSwoop commented, "The changes to the Single Vehicle Approval scheme apply only to so-called "grey imports" sourced from countries outside the EU, such as Japan. "The new regulations stating that non-type approved vehicles will have to undertake tests on aspects such as emissions and crash safety will not apply to cars sourced from the EU - under EC guidelines, cars manufactured for continental markets already comply with the same standards as models build for the British market. Nor will the regulatory changes mean that parallel importers or personal importers buying from Europe need to prove they have owned a vehicle for a minimum of 6 months." Buehlmann continued, "Consumers looking for lower prices and a hassle-free purchase are still better looking to online importers, such as OneSwoop, who take care of the entire purchase process from online order to door-step delivery. Encouraged by our new trade-in option, we are finding consumers are increasingly ready to buy their new car from a parallel importer. We predict a record 10,000 UK consumers will look to Europe for their new car each month this year." Dave Sumner, Publisher of the car Import Guide added, "The New regulations on single vehicle approval only applies to unofficial grey imports from non EU countries which accounts for ten per cent of new car imports. Every new car sold in Europe has a certificate of conformity to prove it complies with all European requirements. The total number of unofficial imports last year was around 140,000 and I expect it to remain at a similar level this year as growing numbers of car buyers wake up to the cost savings offered by the single market." -ends- About OneSwoop: Launched in March 2000, OneSwoop is the leading pan-European online car retailer offering three easy ways to buy a car - OneSwoop Now, OneSwoop Custom and OneSwoop Select. The company specialises in a no haggle, no hassle service - delivering both custom and pre-configured cars directly to customers at up to 20 per cent off UK retail prices in as little as four weeks. OneSwoop is backed by a number of prestigious financial and strategic investors from Europe and the US, including BP, Credit Suisse and Atlas Venture. It numbers amongst its partners such respected organisations as Fortis Bank, Marks & Spencer, SGS and STVA (Transcars) About Car Import Guide: Car Import Guide magazine has been published every two months since September 1999 and is the only journal dedicated to the import market. It provides guidance to car buyers considering purchasing through all the alternative sales channels - including continental dealers, UK-based import agents, car supermarkets, automotive websites and companies importing vehicles from Japan. The magazine is sold through newsagents at a cost of £3.50. Review copies are available to journalists upon request to email@example.com. The magazine website is www.car-import-guide.com. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Pleon in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.