Van-Again Problems

Has anyone here dealt with Van-Again?

Having trouble with their checkout thing as they only list US states that cannot be removed.

No wonder the seppos are going broke when they make it so hard to sell to other countries.

Phill
Phill,

Lots of US vehicle parts sellers will not ship outside the continental USA. It is a pain in ass. You might have to have it shipped to someone in the USA then forwarded on. Your friend Richard was a great help to me for this as was Ben T as the parts for my engine are getting very hard to get - especially in Australia.

There must be some Government regulation that companies must abide by and not ship outside the US unless they are granted an exemption??

Best of luck with it.

Cheers,

Skot



On 22/07/2011 9:53 AM, hdvwoc wrote:
 

Has anyone here dealt with Van-Again?

Having trouble with their checkout thing as they only list US states that cannot be removed.Sad

No wonder the seppos are going broke when they make it so hard to sell to other countries.

Phill


> Scott Pitcher <spbconsulting@bigpond.com> wrote:
>
> Phill,
>
> Lots of US vehicle parts sellers will not ship outside the continental USA.


Maybe they don't know that there is a world outside the continental USA!

"Yes we ship overseas. Canada, Hawaii........."
Hi Phil,
what's a 'seppo'  ?
 
sorry you're having trouble getting your order to go through.
I wish there were no borders myself.
 
----- Original Message -----
From: hdvwoc
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2011 4:53 PM
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Van-Again Problems

 

Has anyone here dealt with Van-Again?

Having trouble with their checkout thing as they only list US states that cannot be removed.Sad

No wonder the seppos are going broke when they make it so hard to sell to other countries.

Phill

there are no US laws that say you can't ship to foreign countries that I know of ..
unless it's things like military weapons..
or to certain banned countries.
 
Australia would not be one of course.
but yes..it's a bother shipping internationally. 
 
I would expect the West Coast of the US to be your best bet.
Have you tried Van Cafe ?
for T3 van parts that I do no get from my regular parts supplier, they're my guys.
 
and I wouldn't be surprised if they could get you stuff that van-again sells that they don't.
 
Scott
 
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2011 5:25 PM
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Van-Again Problems

 

Phill,

Lots of US vehicle parts sellers will not ship outside the continental USA. It is a pain in ass. You might have to have it shipped to someone in the USA then forwarded on. Your friend Richard was a great help to me for this as was Ben T as the parts for my engine are getting very hard to get - especially in Australia.

There must be some Government regulation that companies must abide by and not ship outside the US unless they are granted an exemption??

Best of luck with it.

Cheers,

Skot



On 22/07/2011 9:53 AM, hdvwoc wrote:

 

Has anyone here dealt with Van-Again?

Having trouble with their checkout thing as they only list US states that cannot be removed.Sad

No wonder the seppos are going broke when they make it so hard to sell to other countries.

Phill


> Scott Daniel - Turbovans <ScottDaniel@turbovans.com> wrote:
>
> Hi Phil,
> what's a 'seppo' ?

Rhyming slang for American.


>
> sorry you're having trouble getting your order to go through.
> I wish there were no borders myself.
>

US companies appear to be the hardest to deal with.
Must be a language thing.
Luckily we don't have the same problems with Germany, England etc.
interesting .
there is a huge business opportunity here for someone.
 
it would be fun to set up a business that specializes in non-USA T3 Van parts sales. ..
like 'international only' ..
you guys would appreciate that I bet.
 
actually,
I have a contact in Canada in the parts business.
I will speak with him.
what specific type parts are you having trouble getting ?
 
Scott
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2011 5:34 PM
Subject: Re: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Van-Again Problems

 



> Scott Pitcher <spbconsulting@bigpond.com> wrote:
>
> Phill,
>
> Lots of US vehicle parts sellers will not ship outside the continental USA.

Maybe they don't know that there is a world outside the continental USA!

"Yes we ship overseas. Canada, Hawaii........."

> Scott Daniel - Turbovans <ScottDaniel@turbovans.com> wrote:
>
there are no US laws that say you can't ship to foreign countries that I know of ..
unless it's things like military weapons..
or to certain banned countries.

(I think that Skot meant that as a joke)

but yes..it's a bother shipping internationally.

You put it in a box, take it to the post office. What's the difference?


Have you tried Van Cafe ?

They don't have what I am after this time.

Thermostat for 86-92 2.1l Vanagons. Opens at 80 degrees making the van run cooler (stock is 87 degree) - $29.00 $29.00

One Pair of Clear Plastic Square Headlight Stone Guards - $99.00 $99.00

Bilstein High Performance Front Shock for All 2wd Vanagons - $89.00 $178.00
We've already got Mike Plompen in Belgium (Busman) and a couple of others.



> Scott Daniel - Turbovans <ScottDaniel@turbovans.com> wrote:
>
> interesting .
> there is a huge business opportunity here for someone.
>
> it would be fun to set up a business that specializes in non-USA T3 Van
> parts sales. ..
> like 'international only' ..
> you guys would appreciate that I bet.
>
> actually,
> I have a contact in Canada in the parts business.
> I will speak with him.
> what specific type parts are you having trouble getting ?
>
> Scott
> www.turbovans.com
> ----- Original Message -----

I just posted a wrong name.   I was referring to Aidan Talbot.   Here’s his website:

http://www.aidantalbot.com/live/parts/

Les

 


From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of plander@optusnet.com.au
Sent: 22 July 2011 10:52
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: Re: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Van-Again Problems

 

 

We've already got Mike Plompen in Belgium (Busman) and a couple of others.

> Scott Daniel - Turbovans <ScottDaniel@turbovans.com>
wrote:
>
> interesting .
> there is a huge business opportunity here for someone.
>
> it would be fun to set up a business that specializes in non-USA T3 Van
> parts sales. ..
> like 'international only' ..
> you guys would appreciate that I bet.
>
> actually,
> I have a contact in Canada
in the parts business.
> I will speak with him.
> what specific type parts are you having trouble getting ?
>
> Scott
> www.turbovans.com
> ----- Original Message -----

Phil
below is a link that you could browse. There are plenty of agents that can act on your behalf. If the US is one of the main suppliers for parts then maybe the group as a whole could set up an account. The link below is not the only one, just an example.
Cheers Michael

On 22 July 2011 10:52, <plander@optusnet.com.au> wrote:

We've already got Mike Plompen in Belgium (Busman) and a couple of others.



> Scott Daniel - Turbovans <ScottDaniel@turbovans.com> wrote:
>
> interesting .
> there is a huge business opportunity here for someone.
>
> it would be fun to set up a business that specializes in non-USA T3 Van
> parts sales. ..
> like 'international only' ..
> you guys would appreciate that I bet.
>
> actually,
> I have a contact in Canada in the parts business.
> I will speak with him.
> what specific type parts are you having trouble getting ?
>
> Scott
> www.turbovans.com
> ----- Original Message -----




--
Regards

Michael



Thank's for that Michael, but I have plenty of friends in the US that could do that for me. I just don't want to create extra work or double the postage. There is no reason that VA cant ship as Bus Depot and Go Westy can do it.

Phill



> Michael Rayner <mallaner@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Phil
> below is a link that you could browse. There are plenty of agents that
> can
> act on your behalf. If the US is one of the main suppliers for parts
> then
> maybe the group as a whole could set up an account. The link below is
> not
> the only one, just an example.
> www.buy4me.com.au
> Cheers Michael
>
> On 22 July 2011 10:52, <plander@optusnet.com.au> wrote:
>
> > **
> >
> >
> > We've already got Mike Plompen in Belgium (Busman) and a couple of
> others.
> >
> >
> > > Scott Daniel - Turbovans <ScottDaniel@turbovans.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > interesting .
> > > there is a huge business opportunity here for someone.
> > >
> > > it would be fun to set up a business that specializes in non-USA T3
> Van
> > > parts sales. ..
> > > like 'international only' ..
> > > you guys would appreciate that I bet.
> > >
> > > actually,
> > > I have a contact in Canada in the parts business.
> > > I will speak with him.
> > > what specific type parts are you having trouble getting ?
> > >
> > > Scott
> > > www.turbovans.com
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>
> --
> Regards
>
> Michael
Hi..that is odd about the t-stat.
I do notice that van cafe does not list 83 waterboxer vanagons .
or diesel ones..
but the 80 C t-stat for a 2.1 waterboxer..
that is easier to get, or have in stock, than an oil filter practically.,
 
virtually every parts vendor should offer the two temps..
80C and 87 C.
most sure do. I keep both in stock.
I lean toward the 87 for winter, the 80 for summer.
each is better in their season.
 
HD front Bilsteiins should not be a problem. Very common.
I recently got a set of Koni's from Van Cafe for a 2WD vanagon.
I would imagine they sell the bilstein.
they might have been out of stock.
 
the plastic covers ....you find those where you find them, not something I'm normally interested in myself.
 
sure ...put it in a box and take it to the post office.
well...
personally .......when I sell used parts ..I find I spend a lot of time sorting through the 6 examples of that part I may have, take pictures of the one I'm going to sell....sell the part via email..
so up to an hour in the 'physical world' checking the parts.
and I have spent a hour checking out a part to sell if for say $ 25 ...
( which isn't very efficient for sure )
then the email work...I like that part.
get them to send the $ to paypal..
then pack up the part ...
and I don't like to take a much too large box and fill it with air bags and a small part..so I pick the box size carefully ..
then ....drive it, burning fuel, to the post office.
then stand in line.
then ( naturally I fill out this form waiting in line ) fill out an extra form for international shipping ..
finally get to the window ..
go through that ...pay extra for some insurance so there is a tracking # ..
frankly ..
as a mainly one man operation ( so I total control of quality ) ..
it's not efficient for me to sell parts.   Sure ...
something I've had for years and it's $ 100 .....
that's nice to turn something that's been sitting into cash. And if things are slow ..that's very nice.
 
but go to the post office..
I try to avoid that very much.
I am making as many deliveries to me by UPS as I can ..those come right to my door whether I'm here or not.
 
I also notice..
when I buy used parts from some list member..
all I do is manipulate the keyboard keys, and the part shows up at the door a few days later.
that is NICE !
so ...just taking a box to the post office is a pain ..
and actually ..it is only one more step for international ..it just seems like more work.
 
and ..since I'm trying to keep the cost down for the customer ...it might feel bad a little to tell them what shipping to OZ costs. But that's not my problem anyway really.
 
another well know T3 parts vendor is Bus Depot.
they tend to sell less expensive parts ..
and personally, I am after highest quality always ....'low price' ...even scares me.
Not interested in cheap parts..
but they might be a source for you.
 
and that t-stat ..
that should be as easy to get as an oil filter.
It fits so many many models of VW's it's hard for me to imagine that you can't get one there easily ..
but I know Syncro's are pretty rare there,
and 2.1 waterboxer vans were never imported, right ?
 
it's an extremely common part.
how's about I set up an order for say 20 of them ..
and you guys will have 80 degree C t-stats for a good while....hmmm ?
 
I am moving toward buying parts in larger lots myself..
ones that you know you will always need.
and the more you buy, the lower the unit cost.
and you don't have to worry about if you have one in stock or not.
 
Bilstien HD front 2WD shocks ..
same thing ..very common.
there's not a lot of 'price give' in those ..
it's about what I would  pay..what you show for a price..
and I am getting a shop discount too from a large wholesaler.
 
some parts have more  price give in them than others.
I've paid that for front bilsteins many times.
I would imagine a parts vendor pays perhaps 18 under that, for each one, their cost.
 
but keep it efficient..
keep orders big enough to make it worthwhile..
and either I will ship some stuff ..
or I will get people who do that to do it.
 The Canadian dollar is stronger than ours last I heard..
perhaps there are some fair prices that way.
I'll check with my Canadian contact.
I might be able to set up a win-win all around.
 
I know what ...the large flat rate box ..
US Post office..
they go internationally ..with a reasonable weight limit.
As long as you don't exceed the weight limit ...you can stuff all that will fit in, for one price I believe, internationally.
I try not to go to the post office, but I'll check on that.
shocks won't fit in a large box,
but a lot of thermostats and things like that will.
 
how is seppo rhyming slang with 'american'. ?
 
also ..I have a parts store I work with here in Oregon ..
he might be interested in shipping to you guys. 
I would say that larger orders will always be more attractive to vendors of course.
then you guy divvy it up among yourselves..
keep up your contacts and beer drinking that way ...schlepping parts around to each other.
 
Scott
 
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2011 5:48 PM
Subject: Re: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Van-Again Problems

 



> Scott Daniel - Turbovans <ScottDaniel@turbovans.com> wrote:
>
there are no US laws that say you can't ship to foreign countries that I know of ..
unless it's things like military weapons..
or to certain banned countries.

(I think that Skot meant that as a joke)

but yes..it's a bother shipping internationally.

You put it in a box, take it to the post office. What's the difference?

Have you tried Van Cafe ?

They don't have what I am after this time.

Thermostat for 86-92 2.1l Vanagons. Opens at 80 degrees making the van run cooler (stock is 87 degree) - $29.00 $29.00

One Pair of Clear Plastic Square Headlight Stone Guards - $99.00 $99.00

Bilstein High Performance Front Shock for All 2wd Vanagons - $89.00 $178.00

that's a long way ..
does it come via India and that side..
or does it come across north america ?
 
long way to ship stuff, either way.
 
not sure if that means you are declining my offer to see what I can do to help you guys with my canadian contact.
Sort of sounds like  it.
 
 
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2011 5:52 PM
Subject: Re: Re: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Van-Again Problems

 

We've already got Mike Plompen in Belgium (Busman) and a couple of others.

> Scott Daniel - Turbovans <ScottDaniel@turbovans.com> wrote:
>
> interesting .
> there is a huge business opportunity here for someone.
>
> it would be fun to set up a business that specializes in non-USA T3 Van
> parts sales. ..
> like 'international only' ..
> you guys would appreciate that I bet.
>
> actually,
> I have a contact in Canada in the parts business.
> I will speak with him.
> what specific type parts are you having trouble getting ?
>
> Scott
> www.turbovans.com
> ----- Original Message -----

Hi Phill

I have used www.comgateway.com as a US shipping agent. You purchase through them, having a US address, and they ship items to you. Excellent service.

Yurik

 

From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of hdvwoc
Sent: Friday, 22 July 2011 7:54 AM
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Van-Again Problems

 

 

Has anyone here dealt with Van-Again?

Having trouble with their checkout thing as they only list US states that cannot be removed.Sad

No wonder the seppos are going broke when they make it so hard to sell to other countries.

Phill

Phill,

Ken Wilford owns Van-Again. It's a one-man operation as far as I know. He is a longtime contributor on the Vanagon List. Here's his direct email contact info. 



Regards,

BenT
sent from my electronic leash

On Jul 21, 2011, at 4:53 PM, "hdvwoc" <plander@optusnet.com.au> wrote:

Has anyone here dealt with Van-Again?

Having trouble with their checkout thing as they only list US states that cannot be removed.

No wonder the seppos are going broke when they make it so hard to sell to other countries.

Phill
I had no idea there was anything outside of California. I was under the impression you would drive off the edge at the border of Interstate-80 as you cross over to Nevada. Imagine my surprise when I discovered Las Vegas was only 569 miles away and not under California. As for OZ, from what I hear it's just make believe. Hollywood invention. Mel Gibson is really my local butcher in San Francisco. ;-)


BenT

sent from the one & only world. Mine.

On Jul 21, 2011, at 5:34 PM, plander@optusnet.com.au wrote:
>
>
>> Scott Pitcher <spbconsulting@bigpond.com> wrote:
>>
>> Phill,
>>
>> Lots of US vehicle parts sellers will not ship outside the continental USA.
>
>
> Maybe they don't know that there is a world outside the continental USA!
>
> "Yes we ship overseas. Canada, Hawaii........."
>
>
> ------------------------------------
>
>
Ok.........'I'm sorry' ...not !
 
I wrote my Canadian contact about parts for you guys ..
if you behave ..I may tell you what I can do for you !
 
Scott
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2011 5:52 PM
Subject: Re: Re: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Van-Again Problems

 

We've already got Mike Plompen in Belgium (Busman) and a couple of others.

> Scott Daniel - Turbovans <ScottDaniel@turbovans.com> wrote:
>
> interesting .
> there is a huge business opportunity here for someone.
>
> it would be fun to set up a business that specializes in non-USA T3 Van
> parts sales. ..
> like 'international only' ..
> you guys would appreciate that I bet.
>
> actually,
> I have a contact in Canada in the parts business.
> I will speak with him.
> what specific type parts are you having trouble getting ?
>
> Scott
> www.turbovans.com
> ----- Original Message -----

Oh Phill can always email me for some parts. I can often them or less locally an avoid the double shipping. It's used parts that can be a PITA.


:-)


BenT

sent from my electronic leash

On Jul 21, 2011, at 6:43 PM, "Yurik Orlowsky" <yuriko@iinet.net.au> wrote:

Hi Phill

I have used www.comgateway.com as a US shipping agent. You purchase through them, having a US address, and they ship items to you. Excellent service.

Yurik

 

From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of hdvwoc
Sent: Friday, 22 July 2011 7:54 AM
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Van-Again Problems

 

 

Has anyone here dealt with Van-Again?

Having trouble with their checkout thing as they only list US states that cannot be removed.Sad

No wonder the seppos are going broke when they make it so hard to sell to other countries.

Phill

Bit rude but “seppo” is a shortened version of a 1950’s expression for an American, “septic tank” = “yank”. As Phill said, rhyming slang but this is where it comes from.

Obscure bit of info I know.

Peter from Port