|Quite a few members have contacted the club recently, asking for information on buying Triumph parts from overseas. By far the easiest way is using the internet – various vendors have websites, although all accept phone and fax orders as well. In all cases, a credit card is by far the best way to pay.Some firms have a policy of always shipping via registered courier – safe and fast but quite expensive; if you’re not in a hurry, many firms will post by standard mail (normally or on request), which is safe and may take a couple of weeks.
A good place to start is www.sales-on-line.co.uk. This site will take you to a listing of UK suppliers who trade over the internet. Perhaps the best site to start at is Rimmer Brothers; they have a wide range of standard and reproduction parts for many models, with good illustrations. You can also order very good bound catalogues and a price list.Several parts suppliers, such as Revington TR, Cambridge Motorsport, Racetorations and TR Bitz specialise in performance and racing parts as well as standard stock.
|Performance parts include strengthened components for engine, transmission and suspension, not just Ego-faster-goodies’ and are worth considering for an old(ish) on modern roads. Moss (the UK version, owned by Moss USA) have a Triumphtune arm, which sells standard and performance parts. Their website doesn’t have the full Triumphtune catalogue, but it can be ordered from the site, and makes for fascinating if slightly drool-inducing reading.What about tax? In NZ we don’t have to pay the UK’s VAT tax, but if your parcel comes to over NZ$400 including freight when it lands here, Customs may hold it and bill you for GST (@ 12.5%) on the price and freight cost. So it’s sometimes worthwhile breaking orders up into installments, as long as that doesn’t in turn may the freight too expensive.What if the part arrives damaged or it’s the wrong bit? Most exporters have facilities to refund or replace damaged or incorrect parts, but there are no guarantees – we’re on the other side of the world, after all.