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What should you watch out for when converting to right-hand drive / left-hand drive?

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Anyone who, for whatever reason, owns a right-hand drive in this country may sooner or later consider converting the vehicle to a left-hand drive. Such a conversion could make sense, especially with a rare classic or a very cheaply imported vehicle. Before undertaking such a complex conversion, however, a few important and fundamental things should be observed.

Check whether a conversion is possible

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The automobile manufacturers actually all have right-hand and left-hand drive vehicles in their range. No wonder, because many vehicles from German automobile manufacturers, such as BMW, enjoy great popularity and demand, especially in England and Japan. On the other hand, car models from Toyota and Lexus are also very popular and in demand in Germany. But there are also one or two exceptions in the vehicle trade. This comes into effect especially for older vehicles from Great Britain. Because, for example, the well-known Nissan Skyline is only available in one version. So you can't say in general that there is a right-hand and left-hand drive version of every type. If you want to buy a right-hand drive, you should check carefully in advance whether a conversion to a left-hand drive is even possible. If this is not the case, a custom-made product would probably be the last resort. However, this is also associated with very high costs.

Is it worth the financial effort?

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First and foremost, of course, it depends on your own wallet, the vehicle and the technical know-how. It is important to know that all the necessary spare parts must be imported. In addition, of course, there are high costs for the conversion, i.e. the work itself. As a layperson, such conversion work on a vehicle cannot actually be carried out. The help of a professional workshop is therefore necessary.

These parts are usually needed:

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  1. dashboard
  2. gear
  3. pedals
  4. handlebars
  5. side panels
  6. Front
  7. Hoses and cables

If it is an automatic transmission, it can usually still be used in the event of a conversion and does not have to be replaced. In theory, manual gearshift can also be left as it is. It should then only be considered that the gears must be engaged in mirror image. So there are a lot of things to consider. Before thinking about the conversion, it should be checked whether all the necessary replacement conversion parts for the respective vehicle are available. A visit to a specialist workshop or the popular online exchanges is definitely recommended.

What are the costs for the conversion?

This question is generally not easy to answer. The cost of converting from a right-hand drive to a left-hand drive vehicle or vice versa depends on many different factors. Conversion is usually not a problem for older vehicles. Here, however, vehicle owners have to reckon with costs of up to 6.000 euros. If it is a newer vehicle, the conversion is sometimes much more difficult. One of the main reasons is that current vehicles tend to have a lack of space in the engine compartment. Moving the handlebar is usually the biggest problem here. In addition, components such as various sensors, control units and fan motors must of course be relocated. When converting from a right-hand drive to a left-hand drive or vice versa, an extremely large number of parts usually have to be replaced and sometimes new positions have to be sought. The exact prices are difficult to determine. In addition, the testing organization must give its consent after the conversion. So behind such a conversion there are sometimes high costs and an enormous amount of work and time.

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  1. "In theory, manual gearshift can also be left as it is. It should then only be considered that the gears must be engaged in mirror image. "

    Either I didn't understand what the author meant, or the author has gained their knowledge of mechanics from a box of cereals. I drove cars in both Canada and Australia, and as far as I can tell, the first gear is always on the top left, no matter what side the steering wheel is.

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