One of my friends, customer, fellow MG Cub member decided to ship his MGA to England.
He and his wife flew to England, picked up the car and drove to Scotland and took part in an MG club tour in Scotland.
After the tour they drove back to England, through the tunnel to France and on down through France.
They then shipped the car back to Ca.
When they went to get it near San Diego the customs people messed with them for a couple of days.
Finally when they went to see the car they found both doors had been pried open.
The MGA roadster has no outside door handles, you must slide the side curtain forward and reach in and pull the horizontal pull cable.
The car has a hard top on it.
To open the trunk there is a hood release behind the driver's seat like a hood release. Well, you guessed it, they pried the trunk open.
So far they are offering $4,200 for damages that customs dummies did to the car.
Wouldn't you think they could have figured out how to open the doors after getting the first one open?
With no trunk handle or lock you gotta suspect there is an inside release some place.
These people are professional customs car inspectors. Typical government workers, the kind that could easily win a presidential election.
If I ship my '26 touring into that port do you suppose they would pry all four doors open from the outside?
Better yet, think they would cut the driver's door open on '18 Touring?
Next time the customs people are x-raying something,they should x-ray the clowns head,who damaged the MGA.To see what is holding his ears apart.
I don't know the particulars of the MG owner's situation, but one possible lesson is to have the owner's name and contact information in or on the car, so that a reasonable customs agent (there must be some, right?) could contact the owner about how to gain access to the car without damaging it.
Might also help in the subsequent litigation if the owner could show the judge or arbitrator that a reasonable effort was made to make the owner available before drastic action had to be taken.
Agree Mark, but when the car came in the owner was at home already for about a month in Walnut Creek, CA. and they had his name, address and phone numbers.
They seem to think that since they were at the docks two days being delayed getting the car because they were told it had to clear customs the car was damaged while they were right there trying to get it released.
Besides that they stole expensive sunglasses but left the cases and they stole tools, etc. too that were in the car when it left France.