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We import and hand pick each of our rare and unique vehicles based on quality, value, and desirability. We source US customs compliant vehicles that are legal to import and work closely with the best shipping agents and customs brokers for a complete worldwide service. We’re a small family-owned business of Land Rover and classic car enthusiasts. We have operations on both sides of the Atlantic so we can offer a dedicated worldwide service and have physical locations and operations in the UK and the US, so all vehicles are shipped and received by our own company representatives. We have the advantage of inspecting and driving all our prospective vehicles before they are even worthy of being imported. Basically, if we wouldn't drive it ourselves, we wouldn't try and sell it to you. Being a native from the Land Rover heartland of Great Britain we have an abundance of connections, resources, parts, and suppliers throughout the UK, as well as Europe and the United Arab Emirates.
We focus on having vehicles fully titled and registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) prior to sale, so that they are 100% legal to own, drive and enjoy. All our vehicles for sale are in Durham, North Carolina. They are not located halfway around the world, so there's no need to worry about international shipping, dealing with US customs, foreign wire transfers, getting the foreign registration paperwork titled with the DMV, we take care of all the legal and importation issues, leaving you to drive your new vehicle home hassle and risk free. Our aim is to make the process simple, convenient, and transparent so that these vehicles can be ultimately enjoyed by all.
We are Mad about Land Rovers, on-road, off-road, 4x4, to work, street use, around town, we drive our Rovers because we love them, because there's nothing like them and the joy they bring when you’re behind the wheel. Anyone can go out and buy a Jeep, but if you want to stand out from the crowd and be different, then drive the best 4x4 by far. If you want to own a piece of history; if you want to make a sound investment that won’t depreciate the second you drive it away, drive an original icon. Land Rover Defender models are now becoming rare, vintage, and collectible vehicles, since Land Rover ceased production of the original Defender models in 2016, so prices are rapidly rising and are a worthy investment. Will they appreciate and prove to be good investments? The answer is almost certainly yes, since production of the original models has ceased and with the adage “they don’t make them like they use to”sure rings true today. Our focus is on great cars at fantastic values, and usually at prices that virtually everyone can afford. So that they can be accessible to all, enjoyed, and more importantly driven.
If you want a true to form original Land Rover and be the king of cool when you drive down the road, you might have to put up with the steering wheel being on the "Right" side. Right hand drive vehicle controls are the same as a US LHD configuration, gas, clutch, brake pedals and gear stick are all the same, except you are in a right-hand side driving position (ultimate street cred) and using your left hand to shift gears. Nothing crazy that you can't handle or get use to within 10-20 minutes of driving. Once you are familiar with a RHD vehicle they are a pleasure and joy to drive on the open roads and highways of America. So, whether you decide to use these machines as a daily driver, or keep it as your weekend toy, or possibly use them for what they are designed for off-road, they will handle anything you can throw at them and at least you will look super cool while doing it. On the streets you may get some strange looks and at your local cars & coffee show you will most likely draw all the attention away from the Ferrari’s and Porsche's.
Life's too Short to Drive Boring Cars!
Please be aware that 25+ year old Land Rover’s where never designed for comfort, speed, handling, smooth ride, or really any aspect that you can associate with a modern car today. You buy one because you like them; they are designed to go from point A to B and even if point A and B are separated by a desert, jungle, mud bog, mountain pass, off-road trail, and remnants of a once mapped road. They were designed to be serviceable in waist deep water and in the deserts and jungles of the world. They are rugged and charming; they are all over 25+ years old and as such have their unique ticks and rattles here and there. They are all mechanically sound and ready to be enjoyed. These are essentially farm vehicles, not luxury vehicles, so if you want fancy leather, A/C, cruise controls, ride comfort, then these vehicles may not be for you. If you want a vehicle that is fun, charming, and full of character, that will get you around with a bit of style and ultimately if you think “life’s too short to drive boring cars” then these vehicles could be for you.
What’s a Defender like to drive? It’s an experience to say the least you’ll never forget. Some drivers will love it, others will be so shocked they’ll bail out and run a mile. Even new Defenders can be considered noisy, uncomfortable, and unresponsive by the standards of a modern SUV. That would be missing the point, though. These are serious off-road machines, built to tackle any terrain using a manually operated four-wheel drive system with high and low ratios for when the going gets tough. Nothing can beat it in the rough stuff. The short wheelbase 90 model has a choppy ride; the long-wheelbase 110 feels like a bus. Steering response, braking performance and vehicle stability all require a certain adjustment in driving style. But you learn to live with its quirks and many owners say there’s nothing they’d rather be driving.
These are not perfect showroom quality vehicles, so please don't expect a perfect or like new vehicle. We are not a restoration shop, but we do occasionally offer beautifully restored Defenders for sale. So, before you purchase a classic vehicle like a Land Rover, please be aware they are ultimately 25+ year old vehicle and they are rough, tough, and rugged. An old car, Land Rover or other, will not be perfect. They are Land Rovers after all. Old ones. They were very agricultural to begin with and they always will be. A 25+ year old vehicle will do strange things, make odd noises, and require driving. Defenders actually look better with faded paint and some battle scars (love marks as we like to call them). A few dings and dents here or there only add to their overall patina, character, and charm. For the vehicles we sell, we like to make sure they are good to go and are in ready to drive condition.
Land Rover, it’s a way of life!
Why Mad Rover Imports? Once a car turns 25 years old, it is eligible for importation. That doesn’t mean that a car can just be put on a boat and shipped over to the United States — there’s a procedure in order, and as you can imagine it’s a complicated and a tricky process. We know your time is valuable, so we spare you the headaches of importing. We handle all of the logistics and paperwork, as we are the direct registered importers of the vehicles. So there’s no need to worry about importing, international shipping, DMV registration/title work or getting it through customs. We have taken care of all the complex and diligent work for you. Take advantage of these rare and iconic vehicles that are sold with a clean and clear North Carolina DMV Title.
All vehicles have been legally imported to the USA. They have been inspected and approved by Customs Border Patrol (CBP), Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and have passed the Division of Motor vehicles (DMV) NC State Inspection and a NC Department of Transport inspection (DOT). All vehicles are sold with a clean NC Title. As we are NC dealer all our vehicles are required to pass a 3rd party NC inspection prior to sale. This process ensures that the vehicle you purchase is 100% legal and safe which adds security to your investment and tremendous value to the vehicle in the event you choose to sell it in the future. With all the intricacies surrounding buying and importing a classic car, having a professional on the case saves you time, money, and hopefully gives you peace of mind to acquire your own dream vehicle.
The greatest car of all time, vote segment was cut out of all re-airings and streaming versions of BBC’s Top Gear. It was aired only once in 2003, and most of the recordings of it were lost. See the segment below.
The Land of Land Rovers, truly phenomenal, inspirational and why we love them.
When serviced accordingly, these vehicles are reliable work horses with the ability to take you to the ends of the world, or to a nice dinner downtown. When people say that Land Rovers have reliability issues, it has everything to do with how the vehicle is kept and maintained. We believe that there aren’t unreliable Land Rovers, only unreliable owners that skip the maintenance they need.
All vehicles are imported with a United Kingdom Ministry of Transport (MOT) inspection certificate of roadworthiness and safety, see FAQ for more information. As we are NC dealer all our vehicles are required to pass a NC State safety inspection prior to sale. Pre-Purchase Inspections can be arranged at a local independent Land Rover specialist (no affiliation) for any potential buyers at their expense, please inquire for more information.
One Life, Live it!
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Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. The price listed is our best cash price. If needed, financing should be secured through your personal bank or credit union. All prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Sale prices may not include additional fees such as government fees, taxes, title, registration fees, finance charges, dealer document preparation fees, administration fee and processing fees. Dealer sales. All sales are Final and are sold "As Is". All vehicle deposits are Non-Refundable. Additional charges will include dealer documentation and administration fee of $250.00. 30 Day temporary tags are available for $25.00 and must provide proof of vehicle insurance before being issued.
Life's too Short to Drive Boring Cars