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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-05-2014, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Should I bring my Cherokee with me?

Hello UK Cherokee owners! I will be moving to the UK in February and am torn between leaving her here in the states? Obvious concern is having to drive a left hand vehicle.....any one here have any issues with this? Next concern is having someone to work on it should any issues arise......are very many shops able to work on it? I.E. software updates? She's been perfect so far but you never know. Finally, what all has to be done as far as the light conversion goes? Sorry to overload with all the requests for information but I really don't want to regret bring her with us.....thanks!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-06-2014, 12:55 AM
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Regarding taking the Jeep to the UK, you may want to research what is/is not legal there and determine if this vehicle will need to be modified to legally operate on their roadways. Are you moving, visiting, military and being transferred? << could be a factor to help you decide if changes are needed/worth cost vs getting different vehicle on arrival.

as far as working on it .. it's a jeep. the same as the ones Jeep sells there, so having a mech look at it wouldn't/shouldn't be an issue -- steering would just be reversed.

Software updates ... might be an issue w the uconnect and gps ...dunno

Good luck in you decision making.........

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I would think you would also need to check to see if you warranty still applies.

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I owned a right hand drive British MG in the 1950s and trying to pass a slower car on North American 2 lane highways was always a chancy adventure, and often dangerous at that. I had to pull well into the left lane before I could see if there was another car heading at me! I would NOT own a left hand drive American car in England and risk my life..
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I owned a right hand drive British MG in the 1950s and trying to pass a slower car on North American 2 lane highways was always a chancy adventure, and often dangerous at that. I had to pull well into the left lane before I could see if there was another car heading at me! I would NOT own a left hand drive American car in England and risk my life..
I am English but now live in LA and to agree with this comment. Roads can be twisty, narrow, with plenty of adverse cambers. Trying to overtake slower traffic in a RHD car can be challenging in a LHD car just plain dangerous. Sorry
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Hi Ned,

As they suggest please check with a local traffic office at Uk to check the modification. Have in mind that this operation can be so expensive if you do by your own and not like import company.
You need the licence plate special to road that car some days at Uk, just to do the modification (if that's a TH will be more complicated), need a company for insurance the car on the boat that you bring and then for special license plates.
You have to pay tax for importation, and them you have to proceed as a new car to matriculate and pay all taxes.
In this case I suggest to check if the cost really are lower than bought there in UK.
I think it's too much time you will wast, money, parts replaced for this.
Try to find also and import export company in America that can give you some tips about this operations. Also there you have to some papers as that car it's not going to be any more at USA. More taxes.
If you got the TH model you may have to remove the front and back red supports (recover help) because they are not allow for pedestrian security.

I told you this because I check this few years ago to do something similar. Was more expensive than bought locally. That only its recommended for expensive cars that are not sold in UK/Europe.

If you go ahead please also check warranty terms to see if they cover you at UK and how. Very important.

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