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Who has purchased Unimog(s) from Expedition Imports or Atkinson Vos?

I'm looking for feedback from members who have purchased Unimogs from Expedition Imports or Atkinson Vos, to help me to make my purchasing decision.

When I retire this fall, my wife and I plan to buy a Unimog, build an overland-type camper box, and do full-time RV living in the slow lane for about five years.

Thanks in advance.
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Either is highly reputable. Do not hesitate buying from them. Others are also equally good, but these two are great. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy, sight unseen, anything from Expedition Imports.


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Either is highly reputable. Do not hesitate buying from them. Others are also equally good, but these two are great. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy, sight unseen, anything from Expedition Imports.
Who else do you think I should be looking at?

Have you purchased a Unimog from Expedition Imports or Atkinson Vos?
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Most on this list know of one or both those vendors and will only have good things to say!!! Do you know what size of vehicle your looking for as some mogs are better suited to camperization than others.. Give us some information on what your end goal is???
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Most on this list know of one or both those vendors and will only have good things to say!!!
I appreciate that many members know of them and will say good things about them.

But what I'm really looking for, is actual feedback from any members that have purchased vehicles from them.
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I have been buying and selling to Scott at IE for years, you will not find a more honest seller. I have also dealt with Simon at AV and have had good luck with them as well. Since you are here in the states, Scott would be a better bet. It just works easier being here in the same country makes life much easier when buying a Unimog. But don't limit yourself to only those two sellers, as there are many private sellers out there with great trucks for sale as well. You just need to figure out what you model fits best for your needs, and how much work are you willing to do yourself. If money is no object than buy one already done, just make sure you take the wife along to look at it before you buy!
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Scott at EI is one of the grand old men for unimogs in the US specifically but not limited to the 404.

AV is a massive resource for Ag and other working trucks and carries an amazing reputation in both information and supplying the odd bits and bobs.

Andy at VK Cars has had a hand in brining many high quality trucks into North America and is generally regarded as a top notch dude.

Merex in Germany is able to supply nearly gaggenau/wurth level service and support and is known to not sell crap, ever.

Hellgeth is the Vulcan’s forge for trucks that go fast, faster, fastest! Expensive but speed is a function of money and you are hard pressed to do better in terms of ROI.

Schussler offerers a wide range typically and offers renewal services if you want a turn key showroom truck.

The real questions here is not who but what; what do you want to use as the base truck and what do you want it to do? What are the limitations and restrictions you can accept? Unimog are amazing at what they are amazing at and a real donkey show at what they aren’t. The trick is recognizing the differences and harmonizing your want & need list to target trucks.

An good example is the fact that despite coming from the fatherland they are not designed for or intended for prolonged high speed highway travel. Despite having eight speeds in three ranges plus a gear splitter that effectively doubles this, you don’t go any faster as all these gears are to make it go slower! They are heavy and thirsty and expensive and a mystery to a significantly large fraction of mechanics in the US; they are not like other trucks. They are not a 4wd Winnebago.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. They are an amazing all conditions hauler and within reason if you can’t get there in a unimog you have no business being there. Sand, snow , mud, rocks, swamp: unimog can do it. Need to build a camper that’s a scale model of your house? Unimog can haul it. Need that camper to cross the Altar? Done.

It’s mostly a matter of matching the reality of the truck to expectation of the user. Race trucks can fly and do 80mph but they make very poor long term middle of nowhere working machines. Ag trucks can just about stop the rotation of the earth with traction and working rigs can carry so many implements you have no idea where the people fit but they top out at 45 and need WOT going down hill.

What do you want unimog to do for you and we can help you find and configure a solution.

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I have been buying and selling to Scott at IE for years, you will not find a more honest seller. I have also dealt with Simon at AV and have had good luck with them as well. Since you are here in the states, Scott would be a better bet. It just works easier being here in the same country makes life much easier when buying a Unimog. But don't limit yourself to only those two sellers, as there are many private sellers out there with great trucks for sale as well. You just need to figure out what you model fits best for your needs, and how much work are you willing to do yourself. If money is no object than buy one already done, just make sure you take the wife along to look at it before you buy!
Thanks, Von.

The overland Unimog was my wife's idea.

I e-mailed Scott today. His web site only lists two square-cabs that aren't Dokas, and both of them are short-wheelbase vehicles with 6-lug axles.

I'm also trading e-mails with one of Simon's employees on a couple of vehicles that might work for me. I don't mind flying over there to inspect them, and I've got a customs broker lined up to handle things on this end.
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Puzzling question to tell the truth.

I lived and worked in the UK for several years back before the beginning of time and I am perfectly comfortable with doing business there. But when I needed a front axle for my ancient 406 which I could not find in america, I eventually bought the part from AV and was astounded at how difficult it was to get answers to simple questions about the part they were offering. The process literally took months.

If I had a choice between purchasing a vehicle in the US that would be accessible for inspection, detection and rejection versus a purchase from the UK that would require a long distance dialogue or trip to the UK, I would have to go through the closer process and determine I could not find the mog of my dreams before I would ever consider an overseas purchase as a viable alternative.

When you have to tell the UK dealer that their quote includes VAT ("Value Added Tax": is it still 20%?) not required for an export sale, you realize that you may speak the same language, but you are working off a different business model, and you have to pay close attention to the details.

The replacement axle was fine, by the way, and the details were all as finally understood, but there was alot of uncertainty until the part finally arrived.

So I have bought parts, not a vehicle, from both Expedition Imports and from Atkinson Vos, as well as from several other excellent parts sources in the US: my recommendation is to start as close to your geographical location as you can, and only extend your radius when you decide you cannot find what you need here.

Of course, if you are looking for a right hand drive Unimog, better to start in the UK or South Africa or Japan or Australia because the selection will be better.

But if your question is North American source versus UK source, the answer is pretty clear.

I have no experience purchasing a vehicle from either of your chosen suppliers, so I am probably not helping you with the specific input that you are requesting. Pretty unlikely that you will find a response from someone who has bought a unimog from both prospective vendors and can offer a candid recommendation.

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Puzzling question to tell the truth.

I lived and worked in the UK for several years back before the beginning of time and I am perfectly comfortable with doing business there.
I have spent some time in Europe also.

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But when I needed a front axle for my ancient 406 which I could not find in [A]merica, I eventually bought the part from AV and was astounded at how difficult it was to get answers to simple questions about the part they were offering. The process literally took months.

If I had a choice between purchasing a vehicle in the US that would be accessible for inspection, detection and rejection versus a purchase from the UK that would require a long distance dialogue or trip to the UK, I would have to go through the closer process and determine I could not find the mog of my dreams before I would ever consider an overseas purchase as a viable alternative.

When you have to tell the UK dealer that their quote includes VAT ("Value Added Tax": is it still 20%?) not required for an export sale, you realize that you may speak the same language, but you are working off a different business model, and you have to pay close attention to the details.

So I have bought parts, not a vehicle, from both Expedition Imports and from Atkinson Vos, as well as from several other excellent parts sources in the US: my recommendation is to start as close to your geographical location as you can, and only extend your radius when you decide you cannot find what you need here.

Of course, if you are looking for a right hand drive Unimog, better to start in the UK or South Africa or Japan or Australia because the selection will be better.

But if your question is North American source versus UK source, the answer is pretty clear.

I have no experience purchasing a vehicle from either of your chosen suppliers, so I am probably not helping you with the specific input that you are requesting. Pretty unlikely that you will find a response from someone who has bought a unimog from both prospective vendors and can offer a candid recommendation.

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Thanks. Your input is not without value.

EI would probably be my first choice, due to geography. I've been looking at a lot of other sellers across the U.S., but I'm not finding what I'm looking for ( BTW, the thread for "What kind of Unimog am I looking for?" discussion is located here: https://www.benzworld.org/forums/uni...do-i-want.html ). So I started looking elsewhere, to include AV.
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