The Import Guys told me that importing this thing was a nightmare. There's an exemption to the 25 year rule that allows you to import a car meant for competition. The process and the paperwork were so immense that it took over a year to clear it.
Seriously, I was able to import two kei cars and physically pick them up on location faster than the owner of the shop could even get the Clio cleared to leave Japan.
Shipping companies often refuse to pick up any used export vehicle that's less than 25 years old if the destination is the USA. So the car had to sit and wait in Japan while the Import Guys convinced the feds that this car is totally fine to import.
Also, this means that this Clio will never be road legal on the federal level.
In France, except when you have a brand new car under warranty, you usually go to the closest garage (or one that you already know) and don't care about it being franchised by your car brand like it seems to be a thing in the US.
Especially in rural areas or smol cities where there are not always franchises of your car brand.
@1969r16 I'll bet it was "easier" to do that today than when the car was new. Imagine what the automotive world would be like today if Renault had invested in their supply chain and dealer network. Also, that sounds like way more work than that sentence really conveys. Congratulations.
I don't think I'd be as brave in my Cruze. That's a long way. I loooove Fuegos but given pretty much no Medallions at all were made as Renaults even before it totally flopped as an Eagle I'm very unlikely to ever see either.
@silentbutnotreallydeadly This is trying to reassure the typical Jeep Grand Wagoneer buyer that it's OK for them to check out an Eagle when they bring it in for servicing, because the typical Grand Wagoneer owner owned at least 2 other cars, and those 2 other cars were invariably West German