Used Chevy Tahoe Nets Incredible Resale Price in France
Driving a big SUV like a Chevy Tahoe in Europe isn’t really practical, but it can certainly be profitable.
If you’ve ever spent time traversing European roads, you already know that it’s an entirely different experience than driving in American. For one, cars are, well, tiny. For the most part, anyway. Sky high gas prices, coupled with tiny city streets essentially require you to forgo big trucks like the Chevy Tahoe for econobox hatchbacks. Which is why most manufacturers don’t even bother trying to sell them overseas.
That doesn’t mean that people in Europe don’t dream of owning and driving full-size trucks and SUVs, however. But importing one isn’t exactly easy, thanks to stiff laws and pricey tariffs and taxes. So as you might imagine, there’s a few bucks to be made if you are willing and able to navigate through that sea of red tape.
And that’s exactly what renowned car flipper and reseller “Boz” is famous for. Boz has turned countless exotic and high end cars for profit, but none can match the cash he took in from a beat up 2008 Chevy Tahoe. As he explains in this video from VINwiki, sometimes it’s the vehicles that are the most difficult to obtain that people covet the most.
Boz purchased his Tahoe back in 2010 while living in Miami. With the country recovering from a massive recession, he was able to pick up the 5,000 mile gas guzzler for a mere $22,000. When Boz moved to St. Martin a couple of years later, he shipped the Tahoe with him. But the Caribbean Island’s tiny roads and hefty traffic took a toll on the big black ‘ute, trashing the bodywork.
Regardless, Boz took the Chevy Tahoe with him to France. Even though importing it was what he called a “complicated process” that “isn’t really legal.” Requirements for things like seatbelts, lighting, and glass are completely different and must be changed. According to Boz, the frustrating process of registering a vehicle can take up to a year.
But as we all know, if “you know the right people,” things can happen much quicker. So two days later, Boz was driving on the roads (and sidewalks) of France. Much to the ire of French citizens, who weren’t used to seeing something so large and intimidating on public roads. But the cost and impracticality of actually driving the Tahoe in France eventually led Boz to sell the big ‘ute.
After listing the Chevy for sale, it took a full five days for Boz to find a willing buyer. Willing to pay a whopping $60,000 for the well-used ‘ute, that is. For a vehicle that might have brought $5,000 here in the states. Coincidentally, Boz’s $38,000 profit on the Chevy Tahoe went down as his largest ever. And it’s got us scoping out used Tahoes for sale locally. Now we just need a “friend” a France…