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    AutoWeek article on gray-market cars

    Interesting article on the gray market from the latest issue of AutoWeek.

    @2Phast ..... should be of interest to you !!

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    Re: AutoWeek article on gray-market cars

    Thanks for posting. Cleared up a lot of my own misconceptions about the 25 year rule, and its historical provenance.

    For a 'youngin' like myself, this is always been the way it is. Neat (and more than a little sad) to know that it wasn't always this way.

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    Re: AutoWeek article on gray-market cars

    Thanks for sharing the article.

    I particularly agree with the paragraph:
    But even if profit is such a concern,
    couldn’t America just match Canada
    and relax the 25-Year Rule to 15 years?
    As Fritz says, “If you’re worried about
    competing with a 15-year-old car,
    you’ve got a lot bigger problems.”

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    Re: AutoWeek article on gray-market cars

    Yeah, I thought it a nicely done article that explained a lot. Of course we all knew that MB was behind the legislation, to stem the tide of gray-market cars in the early-mid 1980s. It was interesting to see the numbers of cars imported, though.

    A nice follow-up article would be on the bevy of fly-by-night conversion firms that sprang up during this time to "Federalize" the gray cars. This was alluded to in the article, but a more in-depth exploration would be very interesting.

    Cheers,
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