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Conversion form left-hand drive to right for Ireland

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I have the following issue and hope I can find some advise here: I will relocate from Continental Europe to Dublin and was wondering if you know details about a conversion to right-hand drive. I would like to take my CX3 to Ireland and just can't "divorce" after just 3 months of beautiful relationship

I thought of course about selling it here and just replacing it with a new one, but in Ireland they don't have the 150 HP version and the top trim with 120 HP petrol engine is 7K EUR above my purchase price

Do you know if this could be done at a Mazda dealer and about some estimated costs?
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I can't imagine that being done nor would I want to hack up my car to make it happen. If possible, that is a highly invasive procedure and resale would certainly fly out the window after spending a ton of money.

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I agree. I enjoy pulling cars to bits but the scale and the cost of that job can't be justified.

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A good mate of mine specialises in grey imports from Japan into Australia. Recently our Federal Government was considering relaxing the rules on these and my mate was investigating various options for importing mainstream units from Europe and elsewhere. He did some sums and to cut a long story short to convert a car from left to right hand drive costs around 80 to 90% of the new price to perform - minimum.

Even though many left hand drive versions of regular cars are sold as right hand drive in other countries (like our CX-3s for example) it is as Anchorman points out, the sheer scale of the undertaking. Sourcing the replacement dashboard, complete wiring loom, steering rack, steering column, and various other interior bits and pieces costs a fortune even though they are regular parts from the manufacturer. This is not to mention exterior bits such as wipers and lights. Plus the certification costs from the local DMV, plus the import charges for all of the one off bits that someone such as a dealer would need to import. Good initial thought but unfortunately just too complex and costly.

Best option would be to sell your CX-3 in Europe and buy a replacement vehicle in Ireland.

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Think snickers after all that GOOD ADVICE you better gear up for the "divorce" and find a new love. I can appreciate you're "smitten" with your present love but, it's time to let her go as she will become to "high maintenance" to keep.
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Hi guys,

many thanks for your input. I see the answers show that I have just the divorce choice left, so I'll get used to the idea and make my last days with her even more enjoyable
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Hi guys,
I have main issue for left hand driving main issue is over taking......


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