Deals on wheels

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 December, 2010, 12:00am

Since it's almost Christmas, I imagine many of you women out there have scoured the world for the perfect luxury car for your man and are now stumped, trying to work out how best to get it to Hong Kong. I know I am. Which is why I am turning to the newly launched A-Z Luxury Car Import Service by Thrift Logistics (, a boutique shipping firm.

The company takes care of everything necessary to import a top-of-the-range used vehicle, including registration, inspection, documentation filing and full servicing. It helps clients overcome the limitations of the local market and buy a rare or exclusive previously owned luxury vehicle from overseas.

Desirable luxury cars, such as Ferraris, Porsches, Bentleys, Rolls-Royces and Aston Martins are especially expensive here due to high demand and low supply. And overseas purchases can be hampered by onerous paperwork, lengthy waiting times and the possibility of penalties imposed for incorrect documentation.

Thrift Logistics takes the stress out of importing wheels from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Japan or any other country that uses right-hand-drive cars by doing it all for you. The service provides options on cost and choice, and the company has a complimentary price-check service to calculate savings inclusive of shipping duties and other fees.

'We are able to arrange all necessities in Hong Kong and overseas, from registration and inspection, to the delivery of a fully serviced, road-ready vehicle,' says Alexander Meerovitsch, the founder and managing director of Thrift Logistics. 'We protect our clients from hidden risk and costs. A car can be delivered, registered and road-ready within 30 days [air] or 60 days [sea] from the date of purchase.'

Meerovitsch saw a need for the service when he imported his own Rolls-Royce Phantom to Hong Kong and experienced the frustration and complexity involved in the process.

The cost of importing a car varies and is dependent on a number of factors. But the British-registered Jaguar XJ220 pictured below would incur a cost of US$2,000 by sea or US$6,000 by air.