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Author Topic: Keeping down the cost of parts  (Read 707 times)
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« on: 20 November, 2015, 01:48:25 PM »

Having been into Italian bikes for quite some time I've become used to sourcing parts abroad, especially in Italy. A while ago after seeing a report on Martin's Money Supermarket I took out a pre-paid Euro card from FairFX . Essentially this card allows you to load it up with Euros when the exchange rate is favourable . If you're in the middle of a lengthy restoration project where you know you'll be sourcing a lot of parts over a period of time one of these cards can really take the sting out compared to sourcing parts in the UK. With the current exchange rate of 1.40 on the Euro some of the Italian sourced parts are working out up to 50% cheaper.

Under normal circumstances I would always try and support a local or a UK-based business but during the past year every time I pick up the phone to buy some Lancia parts in the UK I've felt like I'm having my pants taken down.
The card is a Mastercard and can be used just like a debit card and also has the facility do do foreign payment transfers free of charge.


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« Reply #1 on: 20 November, 2015, 02:06:44 PM »

Good tip Rob, will bear that in mind plus handy to use it whilst actually abroad!


Frank Gallagher
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