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Learn About Left Hand Drive Car Conversions

Aug 18, 2008
For the people around the globe who live in right hand drive (rhd) areas, finding a left hand drive (lhd) car can be very difficult if not impossible. Some dealers specialize in importing left hand drive cars to sell to consumers but this is quite rare. For the most part a left hand drive car is just an oddity to people who don't drive them.

In fact, many people only see left hand drive cars in movies that are based in the parts of the world where they are driven. Some car manufactures don't even make left hand drive cars or if they do, the quantity is very limited or only sold in certain areas. However, companies such as Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Lexus and Audi usually produce both left and right hand drive cars for most of their makes and models.

Once you have found a left hand car dealer you will need to do some extensive research into the cars history to ensure quality. Was the car manufactured to be a left hand drive car, or was it converted into one? If it was converted it's best to question your dealer about the process and inquire about future repairs. Changing a right hand drive car over to the left side doesn't necessarily mean that the car is somehow defective. Since the car has undergone a major change, it could have a negative impact on the car if it wasn't done properly.

Just as with any car repair, improper work will only lead to spending more on repairs down the line. Even a brand new car that has been converted may show problems. Technically, the car isn't even considered brand new any longer once the conversion has taken place. Some cars simply can't be converted and forcing a conversion is very unethical but this does take place to some degree.

The most important thing is to have the car tested out by a third party mechanic using the standard diagnostic test that normal cars go through. Failing to do so could lead you to purchase a car that is unsafe for the road. The 1993 Jeep Cherokee Utility left hand drives were recalled due to defects and safety concerns and so have many other models.

Other things you need to be aware of when selecting a left hand drive car is the cost of maintaining your car. If your car is an import or contains parts imported, you should be prepared to spend more money on the cars maintenance then you would on regular cars. Just as with anything imported for another area you should be prepared for limited availability, higher cost and possibly extended periods of time for the parts to arrive.

Individuals should select left hand drive cars by first reviewing the car dealer's website and then researching the cars history, while reading the car owner's manual. Car manuals give full detailed information and specifications about the car and they normally state clearly if the car was made to be converted.

Whether you plan on importing a left hand drive car or getting a right hand drive car converted, your main concern should be safety. Aside from safety issues you will also have to contend with inflated cost and part availability. The best advice I could give to anyone on this subject would be to thoroughly research everything about the car and the dealer you plan to purchase it from.
About the Author
Oakleaf a European import car dealer supplies a full range of left hand drive cars also know as Lhd cars.
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