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UK Smartop - best place to get it from?

Hi all,
Those of you in the UK that have recently bought Smartops, where did you get them from? I've found a few places to get them from, just wondered where everyone had gotten theirs?

Is it worth ordering direct from Mods4cars in the US?

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Bought mine from PPCGB. With the dollar rate and shipping it's probably not a good idea to buy from the parent company in the US.
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Hi all,
Those of you in the UK that have recently bought Smartops, where did you get them from? I've found a few places to get them from, just wondered where everyone had gotten theirs?

Is it worth ordering direct from Mods4cars in the US?

Thanks,

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Derek. I purchased mine from PPCGB and their web address is www.ppcgb.com. I looked at the price for your car and it is £240.54 inc.VAT with free delivery. Please check this yourself but I believe the SMARTTOP model for your car is the STLFMZ1. On the point regarding the US, I have ordered an unrelated item for my car from the US and at the moment I believe it is being held up in Customs to apply VAT charges of 20% on top of what I have already paid plus an admin charge of £8. I knew this would probably happen but I can only get the item from the States. You can purchase the item you want from the UK and there is also the poor exchange rate that we are getting which makes a US purchase more expensive. Hope this helps regards Martin


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Those of you in the UK that have recently bought Smartops, where did you get them from? I've found a few places to get them from, just wondered where everyone had gotten theirs?

Is it worth ordering direct from Mods4cars in the US?

Thanks,

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check Dave's dbgrn's signature block for address

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PPCGB is usually the best place to get them in the UK (unless you're lucky and can find a used one on eBay - but I don't see one there at the moment). As Jeff says, check out the link in my signature for info, including a way you might be able to get 5% discount from PPCGB. Obviously, the 'tips' I include in that post relate to the R171, not the R170... another R170 owner tells me that installing this on the R170 is very easy, as it's all done (apparently) under the bonnet!

Martin (mersea111) is right with the product code you're looking for (assuming it's the R170 in your profile that you're buying it for): STLFMZ1

+1 for buying this in the UK and not from the USA, for all the reasons that Martin's mentioned too.
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I went to mods4cars and that pointed me to ppcgb.com.
I selected the nearest dealer to me which was

Prestige Performance Centre
Unit 6 Canons Road
Old Wolverton Village
Milton Keynes MK12 5TL
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I dropped the car off, walked about for an hour and it was all done. Fitting was £70 but I can't remember the cost of the unit itself.
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I used the mods4cars UK link, which goes to ppcgb.

Then I found that Deutch Tech in Milton Keynes fitted (recommended by ppcgb)
and did it all through them.

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Derek. I purchased mine from PPCGB and their web address is www.ppcgb.com. I looked at the price for your car and it is £240.54 inc.VAT with free delivery. Please check this yourself but I believe the SMARTTOP model for your car is the STLFMZ1. On the point regarding the US, I have ordered an unrelated item for my car from the US and at the moment I believe it is being held up in Customs to apply VAT charges of 20% on top of what I have already paid plus an admin charge of £8. I knew this would probably happen but I can only get the item from the States. You can purchase the item you want from the UK and there is also the poor exchange rate that we are getting which makes a US purchase more expensive. Hope this helps regards Martin

Hi Martin, you can't do that, tell us you have bought an item for your car from the States and then not tell us what it is! I won't be able to sleep at night now for wondering.
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Hi Martin, you can't do that, tell us you have bought an item for your car from the States and then not tell us what it is! I won't be able to sleep at night now for wondering.
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Thanks all, have ordered direct from PPCGB.

I was going to wait a month or two before starting to spend money on it, but having to stop to put the roof up/down is a little annoying
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Thanks all, have ordered direct from PPCGB.

I was going to wait a month or two before starting to spend money on it, but having to stop to put the roof up/down is a little annoying
Give me a shout if you want moral support when you install it... I've never installed one on an R170, but I'm intrigued to know how it's done (and I've been told it's easier than on the R171).

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