It’s Christmas, I’ve got a little money so I thought it might be nice to treat myself to something shiny for my engine bay. From the UK shops the bits I’m after retail at about £90 each. Since I need a about 4 bits I decide to hunt for some bargains.
Tmtuning.com is, at first glance, an American VW/Audi specialist. Their prices seem reasonable and they offer much cheaper but equally good quality parts. I think I can take advantage of the exchange rate to bag a bargain…then I discover Tmtuning.com is actually a German company. Sneaky. But good, perhaps I can still pay in dollars and make a saving. Not quite.
Tmtuning charge me European VAT @ 20% and shipping charges, then it my goods take about 4 weeks to arrive. But they don’t just drop through my door, oh no, first I’ve got to pay a £14.49 customs charge. WTF? I already paid VAT, now I am paying it again?
Moral of the story? Sometimes it’s better to pay more in the first place.