What are “Grey Import” Vehicles and where do they come from?
Vehicles that come into the country through unauthorised Land Rover retailers are called “grey imports”. Grey imports can be sourced from any country, either privately or via an independent commercial company. Most grey imports are used vehicles which come into Sri Lanka from a variety of sources; historically the majority have come from Japan. However, grey imports are also arriving from the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore. Grey imports may not have the same Land Rover warranty protection or after sales support as vehicles purchased from any authorised Land Rover retailer.
Who can bring cars into the country and what experience is needed?
There are no regulations that govern who can import vehicles into Sri Lanka and there are no requirements for importers to verify the authenticity of vehicles that they import. However, Access Motors Private Limited is the only authorised importer of Land Rover vehicles into Sri Lanka.
Are Grey imports the same as the vehicles imported by Access Motors Private Limited?
Grey imports may not be configured for Sri Lankan conditions and may not provide the same level of comfort as to the authenticity of the relevant vehicle. In addition, vehicles imported by an unauthorised Land Rover importer may not have the same level of warranty protection or after sales support.
Has a grey import been registered and used prior to import to Sri Lanka?
It is difficult to check the provenance and history of grey imports. There is a risk that a vehicle may be sold as “new”, even if it has been registered and used in its market of origin prior to import. There have also been incidents where vehicles have been crashed, damaged or stolen, and then subsequently imported into Sri Lanka and sold as “new” vehicles. Here is some advice from the CMTA
What are the warranty implications of importing a Land Rover vehicle into Sri Lanka?
On 1 June 2018, Land Rover introduced a regional warranty scheme for new Land Rover vehicles (the “Regional Warranty”). Asia Pacific is the warranty region. The Regional Warranty replaces Land Rover’s current global warranty scheme. Under the Regional Warranty scheme, if a Land Rover customer permanently exports their vehicle from one warranty region to another warranty region, they will not be able to validate the warranty acquired with the purchase of the relevant vehicle. However, a customer may have an option to purchase a Regional Warranty for that vehicle in the new region. Details regarding Land Rover’s warranty coverage are available here or speak to your authorised Land Rover Retailer.
Can I reinstate the warranty on an imported vehicle originally sold/registered in another region?
Under the Regional Warranty scheme, if a customer imports their Land Rover vehicle into a new region, then they may be able to purchase a new Regional Warranty for that vehicle in that new region. Activating the Regional Warranty will be subject to Land Rover’s origin and technical inspection reviews on the vehicle. For further details about activating the Regional Warranty, see the terms available with your Authorised Retailer.
How can I check the status of my warranty?
Clarification of any warranty on imported vehicles can be obtained from the authorised Land Rover retailer network. A list of authorised Land Rover retailers is available here
What is the charge for reactivating a new warranty for a new region?
Jaguar Land Rover Limited will charge $8,000 USD to reactivate the Regional Warranty.
What are the service implications for imported vehicles?
All imported Land Rover vehicles require standard servicing and maintenance items as per the service handbook. The cost of servicing and maintaining grey imports is handled by the owner directly. All new Land Rover vehicles purchased from an authorised Land Rover retailer in Sri Lanka have a 3 year/ 100,000km warranty and a full 5-year Land Rover service plan which covers service, maintenance and repairs at no cost to the original retail customer. A full description of the service plan can be found here or at your authorised Land Rover retailer.
What are the roadside assistance implications?
For grey import vehicles, any roadside assistance programs will need to be purchased separately from a third-party supplier and paid for by the owner. All new Land Rover vehicles purchased from an authorised Land Rover retailer in Sri Lankan are covered by Land Rover’s Roadside Assistance support program – full details of this support are available here
What about recall and service campaigns?
Grey import vehicles may be included in any manufacturer safety recall, but this is only possible if the vehicle is known to exist in the local market. All new Land Rover vehicles purchased from an authorised Land Rover retailer in Sri Lanka will automatically be covered under any manufacturer safety recall or service campaign.
Can the mileage/KM reading of grey import vehicles be relied upon?
There is a risk that grey import vehicles may not have accurate odometers.
As a customer am I protected under the Consumer Affairs Authority Act?
Consumers may be able to rely on the Consumer Guarantees Act if they have acquired a grey import from a person supplying in trade. In addition to protection under the Consumer Guarantees Act, all new Land Rover vehicles purchased from an authorised Land Rover retailer in Sri Lanka have warranty protection, roadside assistance, 5-year service and maintenance plans and support from the Land Rover retailer network.
Will grey import vehicles hold their value in the market place?
Due to risks regarding provenance and authenticity and limited warranty protection and after sales support, there is a risk that grey imports may have a lower market value than a new Land Rover vehicle purchased from an authorised Land Rover retailer in Sri Lanka.
What are the benefits of buying a new vehicle in Sri Lanka?
All new Land Rover vehicles purchased from an authorised Land Rover retailer in Sri Lanka provide the following benefits as standard:
3-Year / 100,000km warranty
3 Years Roadside Assistance
5-Year Service Plan
Guaranteed vehicle origin with full provenance on the relevant vehicle
Use of Land Rover certified and factory trained technicians, who only use genuine factory parts with a 1-year warranty (unless covered by the original warranty)
Exclusive access to diagnostic and Land Rover factory expertise
Configuration for SL driving conditions with correct fuel and emissions ratings