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    LHD cars in the UK

    ... or Hong Kong, Australasia or anywhere else they drive on the left, I guess.

    Other than the issues surrounding provenance of a car imported from abroad, what are peoples experience of running an LHD car in the UK ? I've just discovered mobile.de and have been avidly watching the German market for 993's (as much as I might like the 997 it's over any feasible budget by some margin), but am frightened off slightly by the LHD experience. Is it not annoying, sitting behind trucks, vans etc - not being able to pull out slightly to scan the road for overtaking opportunities ? It wouldn't bother me on suburban roads, motorways or sweeping A roads - but all my favourite driving roads are none of the above. Up in the wonderful Scottish Highlands where the real drivers roads are, it's often tricky enough passing slow moving traffic in a RHD car....

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    i wouldn't recommend on tight twisty roads.. we are also RHD here in South africa and my friend gets pissed off with his LHD viper when it comes to overtaking

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    LHD works great when you drive on the right side of the road

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    I've driven LHD here in the UK - didn't like it at all... I say stay away!

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    hellgelb said:
    ... Is it not annoying, sitting behind trucks, vans etc - not being able to pull out slightly to scan the road for overtaking opportunities ? ...



    This is exactly the major problem. I was on a holiday trip with my Dad ten years ago and it was always me on the passenger seat having to announce upcoming traffic before passing a truck.
    A similiar problem might occur once you try to pull out of a parking spot on a busy street.

    I do know a few Germans who drive LHD cars in London, and in fact there are a couple of British army residents in my town. Drove a RHD car around here and it's naturally the same problem.

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    I have driven a LHD car for one year in the UK and Ireland.
    It was ok... I got used to it and it didn't bother me that much, they were even some good points ( like parking on the side of the road, being able to go real close to the edge of the road) They where 2 main problems 1.as mentioned, when stuck behind a truck!! I had to lean to the passenger's seat to see if I could take over ( a pain in the a$$) and when entering and exiting underground parkings I had to get out of the car to get the ticket!!!

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    I considered briefly bringing my LHD with me to the UK when I moved there last year but then decided against it, for the problems mentioned already. The other way round (bringing a RHD to the US) might be even worse.. picture all the drive throughs!

    Re: LHD cars in the UK

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    hellgelb said:
    Other than the issues surrounding provenance of a car imported from abroad, what are peoples experience of running an LHD car in the UK ? I've just discovered mobile.de and have been avidly watching the German market for 993's ...



    What's the point?

    What you'd gain on the purchase price you'd lose again at resale, unless you were prepared to bring it back to Germany to resell it, which could be a real PITA.

     
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