Nene Overland offers storage, shipping and export of almost every vehicle we stock, assuming that your country’s import rules, duties and taxes will allow it. If you have any doubts or just need some advice please contact us.
Secure Vehicle Storage
Whether you are planning to take a vehicle off the road for the season, or need somewhere secure to park your soft-top until the sun returns, or just don’t use it as much as you used to but cannot bare to part with it Nene Overland has a range of flexible storage options available. You will probably find that your insurance company will offer you much better rates if you tell them that your vehicle is stored in a secure facility like ours. We don’t just look after Land Rovers and 4x4s, if you have a campervan or motorhome that is too big, or too valuable, to park in the street let us take care of it.
We are more than happy to pick you up or drop you off at Peterborough Rail station which will get you back to central London in 50 minutes, up to Leeds in 1hr 15 mins or as far north as Edinburgh in just four hours.
We will look after your vehicle in our own secure storage facility until you need it and ensure that it is kept safe and sound and well maintained too if it will be with us long-term but you are free to liaise with our service department so that your vehicle is topped up and ready for your next road trip. We don’t ask for many weeks notice if you plan to collect the car. If you see that the weather is going to be good for the coming weekend and want to take it for a spin we will have it ready to go.
Standard Outside Storage costs from £20+VAT per week. Inside storage quotation by request.
A bit of TLC
Many of our clients leave instructions between visits for further upgrades and enhancements freeing up their time to focus on their corporate or family commitments at home and abroad. We are also able to ship vehicles to any destination worldwide if you’d like to have it waiting for you on your next holiday or when you set off on the next leg of your around-the-world expedition.
While your pride-and-joy is in our safe hands it is just great to know that Nene Overland have everything covered, from servicing or upgrading your vehicle, to our state of the art Waxoyl corrosion protection centre, from the trim shop to our parts and equipment centre, from tuning and engineering to body repair and refurbishment if you happen to have a mishap.
TRANSPORT, SHIPPING and LOADING
For quotations please contact us. We will endeavour to come back to you within a couple of working days if a shipping quote is required. We may be able to advise rough estimates on costs more quickly, however exact quotations will have to be confirmed by our shippers. Please understand that shipping costs are continually changing due to global fuel costs, the destination port and time of year. We can advise on secure container shipment or roll on roll off where your vehicle will be driven onto the boat. This method is generally 20 to 30% cheaper but obviously far less secure. Container shipping is recommended for long distance and to continents where security is a concern. We can quote to load and tie down your vehicle at our works, transport it by road to a UK port or overland by truck around the EU. We will work with you to confirm the safest and most efficient method of transporting your Land Rover anywhere world wide.
USA AND CANADA
You need to be aware that it is impossible to import defenders into the USA unless the truck is over 25 years old and for Canada it needs to be at least 15 years old. The law is that if the truck is newer then it would have to comply to your local vehicle safety regulations or be exactly the same year and specification as any new Defenders previously imported into North America.
That would mean that the Defender would then have to have air bags, impact crash cones and all other safety aids found in modern vehicles sold in North America which will make it prohibitively expensive to add these upgrades.
You may be aware of the NAS spec defender 90 wagon and soft top sold by Land Rover from 1994 to 1997 and a NAS spec 110 also sold in the US. If one could create exactly the same spec and year that may be a way to go obviously left hand drive. You can also import right hand drive which, for some clients, adds some appeal. There is obviously more choice of right hand drive Defenders here in the UK. Left hand drive variants tend to command premium prices various markets outside the UK also have a large appetite for Land Rover Defenders. We can convert right to left hand drive, even add automatic gearboxes. If done correctly using the correct wiring looms and parts left hand drive conversions will be reliable and work well. Beware of cheap conversions as I bet you that wiring will be substandard with incorrect parts being adapted to make half a job. Beware, get it done right!
REFURBISHED 15 TO 25 YEAR OLD DEFENDERS
This is possibly the way most will go as you can work with us to create your Defender to suit specification and budget. One needs to understand that this process can get heavy on cost as we will sell you a 15 or 25 year old truck to suit Canada or U S and then either ship it as it stands with little or no work, just advice with honest description of the truck with detail of all work you may need to do at some point once you have it. We may be able to ship you some or all the parts you need for your rebuild all in the container or just the truck which may be able to be driven onto the ship at less shipping cost. Roll on roll off shipping.
REFURBISHED trucks will generally become quite costly as the process is very labour intensive. Beware of dealers who describe their trucks as refurbished. Always understand exactly what has been done and to what standard as for me it is often a catch 22 situation as the deeper you get into quoting a client to build a refurbished truck the deeper one will go on what we would renew, refurbish or rebuild.
As most of the body skins are made of aluminium even if the truck you are viewing on line looks great more often than not there will be lots of evidence of corrosion underneath the paintwork which is generally the result of mild steel reacting with the aluminium body skin and paintwork. To address this problem the corroded body panel or frame would need extensive repair or replacement. As we sell so many Defenders annually, 450 plus, we have five guys in our team of over 50 running our own in-house body repair shop. Most of our competitors don’t have their own Bodyshop so won’t have the same control on quality or flexibility to deliver.
We can work with you to deliver a stunning Iconic Defender looking completely original or built to your specification with a little help from our creative and design team. If it is to be based on an older defender of correct age to import we will use the original chassis frame and axle casings refurbishing them with the chassis frame shot blasted, repaired and galvanised thus keeping the vehicles original 15 to 25 year identity to enable importation. It would then be possible to fit later model bodies, interiors, engines and gearboxes to bring your Defender up to date. We would recommend taking our lead on the correct motors so you can always be sure to have a local shop that can look after it. Ideally the 300TDi turbo diesel motor fitted to 1994 to 2006 would suit best being very torquey, powerful without any complicated electrics. Petrol V8s may be considered however if the V8 route was taken with high power options high investment in upgrades to brakes, suspension and driveline will be needed to take the power.
Don’t forget we are continually building 90, 110 and 130 soft top Defenders to suit all occasions as well as wagons and commercials. We thank you for reading this note and hope it may help clarify some points if you are looking to import. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your requirements and we will try to help. Please understand unless an original older Defender was sent over without much refurb work the cost of a bespoke built refurbished with modern spec could easily go well past the £25/40 000 mark and well beyond if the finished spec was high end.
With the US dollar exchange rate at around $1.6 to £1 you will be making a big commitment if you are after something really special so make your choices carefully and always take the best advice out there. If you decide to visit us we can help you enjoy your stay with some great local attractions and places to eat and stay. We are a 40 minute train ride from London Kings Cross station so very easy to get to.