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Hello Iron Chef,

Thank you for providing advice on cars. This is really useful to gauge if a car is worth bringing or not.

- year of manufacture: 2014

- make, model & variant: VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT EXECUTIVE STYLE TDI BMT 140

- body type (coupe, convertible, etc): 4 Door Saloon (Sedan)

- engine size & fuel type: 2.0/Diesel

- transmission: Manual

- drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): Front WD

- mileage: 36,000 miles

- any special features, options or modification: Tinted Windows, Cruise Control, Rear park assist (not video), leather upholstery, DAB radio, Driver seat lumbar support.

- does it have aircon: Yes

- realistic current UK market value: £10,745 (Market price est. from Gocompare.com)

- Australian RedBook value [USED]: AUS$45,000 - $46,000 (not sure, I could not find a Manual transmission from after 2000)

- Australian market value: AUS$40,000 (not sure, I could not find a Manual transmission from after 2000)

- which Australian state/city: Victoria/Melbourne

 

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22 hours ago, swc132994 said:

Hello Iron Chef,

Thank you for providing advice on cars. This is really useful to gauge if a car is worth bringing or not.

- year of manufacture: 2014

- make, model & variant: VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT EXECUTIVE STYLE TDI BMT 140

- body type (coupe, convertible, etc): 4 Door Saloon (Sedan)

- engine size & fuel type: 2.0/Diesel

- transmission: Manual

- drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): Front WD

- mileage: 36,000 miles

- any special features, options or modification: Tinted Windows, Cruise Control, Rear park assist (not video), leather upholstery, DAB radio, Driver seat lumbar support.

- does it have aircon: Yes

- realistic current UK market value: £10,745 (Market price est. from Gocompare.com)

- Australian RedBook value [USED]: AUS$45,000 - $46,000 (not sure, I could not find a Manual transmission from after 2000)

- Australian market value: AUS$40,000 (not sure, I could not find a Manual transmission from after 2000)

- which Australian state/city: Victoria/Melbourne

 

Welcome! If you love your manual, bringing it over will be your only option (we never sold the manual diesel here in Australia). At the prices you've listed there it's worth bringing over.


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Thanks for coming back to me. I drive a Manual in the UK as that is what is more popular but I am fine either Manual or Automatic. How difficult do you reckon Manual transmission cars are to sell in Oz?

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Hi Iron Chef,

I hope you are well and hope you are able to give us your opinion whether it is worth shipping our car. Thanks in advance.

year of manufacture 2012

- make, model & variant Audi A4 Avant, SE

- body type (coupe, convertible, etc) Wagon

- engine size & fuel type 2000 cc Diesel

- transmission Automatic

- drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc) Front Wheel Drive

- mileage 55000 miles 

- any special features, options or modification Front & Rear Parking sensors, Cruise Control, Automatic headlights, Isofix, Climate Control, Bluetooth Telephone functionality, New timing belt, Built in SatNav, 

- does it have aircon Yes

- realistic current UK market value £8,500k

- Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range)           $16,800 - $18,600

- Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle) $25,000-30,000

- which Australian state/city Sydney

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G'd day Iron Chef. You may be seeing me in a suburb near you soon[emoji23]

Please can you give us your advice on the following car:
- year of manufacture: 2010
- make, model & variant: Jaguar XF Luxury
- body type (coupe, convertible, etc): Sedan
- engine size & fuel type: 3.0/Diesel
- transmission: Auto
- drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): Rear Wheeler
- mileage: 84,000 miles
- any special features, options or modification: N/A
- does it have aircon: Yes
- realistic current UK market value: £8,500-9,000
- Australian RedBook value [uSED]: AUS$20,400 - $23,000
- Australian market value: AUS$24,000
- which Australian state/city: SA/Adelaide
Cheers
Apollo

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Hi Chef,

Thoughts on my rather unusual set of wheels?

On 2/1/2012 at 04:06, Iron Chef said:

What I need from you:

- year of manufacture: 2012

- make, model & variant: Peugeot Ion (same as Mitsubishi I-miev)

- body type (coupe, convertible, etc): City hatch

- engine size & fuel type: Electric

- transmission: Auto

- drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): RWD

- mileage: 74000km / 45000mi

- any special features, options or modification

- does it have aircon: Yes

- realistic current UK market value: £4.5k

- Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range): $12000-$14000

- Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle): $19000

- which Australian state/city: NSW 

 

 

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On 10/25/2017 at 05:01, swc132994 said:

Thanks for coming back to me. I drive a Manual in the UK as that is what is more popular but I am fine either Manual or Automatic. How difficult do you reckon Manual transmission cars are to sell in Oz?

There is a small but very keen group of manual devotees in Australia. A friend of mine recently just managed to find a personal import Land Rover Discovery, ex-personal import from the UK, so he is exceptionally happy about it! There are enough VW fans here that the rarity factor would most likely help your cause.

On 10/30/2017 at 09:44, AnnieMix said:

Hi Iron Chef,

I hope you are well and hope you are able to give us your opinion whether it is worth shipping our car. Thanks in advance.

year of manufacture 2012

- make, model & variant Audi A4 Avant, SE

- body type (coupe, convertible, etc) Wagon

- engine size & fuel type 2000 cc Diesel

- transmission Automatic

- drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc) Front Wheel Drive

- mileage 55000 miles 

- any special features, options or modification Front & Rear Parking sensors, Cruise Control, Automatic headlights, Isofix, Climate Control, Bluetooth Telephone functionality, New timing belt, Built in SatNav, 

- does it have aircon Yes

- realistic current UK market value £8,500k

- Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range)           $16,800 - $18,600

- Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle) $25,000-30,000

- which Australian state/city Sydney

If you've owned it since new and know its history, then it's worth considering. The mileage is still relatively low, so it should be ok for another few years, if you plan to keep it.

 

On 11/12/2017 at 07:52, Apollo said:

G'd day Iron Chef. You may be seeing me in a suburb near you soonemoji23.png

Please can you give us your advice on the following car:
- year of manufacture: 2010
- make, model & variant: Jaguar XF Luxury
- body type (coupe, convertible, etc): Sedan
- engine size & fuel type: 3.0/Diesel
- transmission: Auto
- drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): Rear Wheeler
- mileage: 84,000 miles
- any special features, options or modification: N/A
- does it have aircon: Yes
- realistic current UK market value: £8,500-9,000
- Australian RedBook value [uSED]: AUS$20,400 - $23,000
- Australian market value: AUS$24,000
- which Australian state/city: SA/Adelaide
Cheers
Apollo
 

Jaguars and other British built cars seem to suffer woeful depreciation over there. I reckon it's worth doing. Pity you didn't buy a Sportbrake, we never got them here. Enjoy Australia's nicest city!

 

On 11/13/2017 at 06:07, HibiscusDreams said:

Hi Chef,

Thoughts on my rather unusual set of wheels?

 

Ok this is a tricky one. Mechanically, you wouldn't have any issues getting it serviced at your local Mitsubishi dealer. Based on the numbers you've mentioned, it's worth doing, but only bring it if you love it and want to keep it for a fair while.


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19 hours ago, Iron Chef said:

Ok this is a tricky one. Mechanically, you wouldn't have any issues getting it serviced at your local Mitsubishi dealer. Based on the numbers you've mentioned, it's worth doing, but only bring it if you love it and want to keep it for a fair while.

Hi Chef,

Thanks for the heads up :)

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Hi Iron Chef,

 

Here's one for you...please.

- year of manufacture: 2008

- make, model & variant: Vauxhall Corsa SXi

- body type (coupe, convertible, etc): 5-door hatchback

- engine size & fuel type: 1200 Petrol

- transmission: Manual

- drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): Front wheel

- mileage: 58000miles

- any special features, options or modification: factory mags

- does it have aircon: yes

- realistic current UK market value: £2500

- Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range): 

$5,900 - $7,300

 (this is for 2012 corsa)

- Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle): $7900 (this is for 2013 vehicle corsa)

- which Australian state/city: Adelaide, SA

 

Thanks,

C

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On 11/22/2017 at 05:02, Charlieesta said:

Hi Iron Chef,

 

Here's one for you...please.

- year of manufacture: 2008

- make, model & variant: Vauxhall Corsa SXi

- body type (coupe, convertible, etc): 5-door hatchback

- engine size & fuel type: 1200 Petrol

- transmission: Manual

- drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): Front wheel

- mileage: 58000miles

- any special features, options or modification: factory mags

- does it have aircon: yes

- realistic current UK market value: £2500

- Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range): 

$5,900 - $7,300

 (this is for 2012 corsa)

- Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle): $7900 (this is for 2013 vehicle corsa)

- which Australian state/city: Adelaide, SA

 

Thanks,

C

Another person coming to the best city in Australia!

Leave the Corsa behind :)


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On 17/11/2017 at 04:11, Iron Chef said:

 

 

Thank you Iron Chef for your reply. Really appreciated :) 

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Hi Iron Chef,

Thank you for all the help you are providing on this forum. I was wondering if you could help on my car:

Year of manufacture: 2017

- make, model & variant: Nissan Xtrail 1.6DiG-T Tekna

- body type (coupe, convertible, etc): SUV

- engine size & fuel type: Petrol 1.6L Turbo

- transmission: Manual

- drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): FWD

- mileage: 6000 Miles

- any special features, options or modification: The Tekna trim is the top of the range for Xtrail it has: Leather Seats, Sunroof, Parking Sensors all around with cameras, automatic breaking, and loads of driver features, Automatic Parking, heated front seats, alloy wheels, Metallic paint and Built in touch screen which controls everything from Bluetooth, Radio, Satnav etc

- does it have aircon: Yes

- realistic current UK market value: £17000

- Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range)  : AUD21500 - AUD23800

- Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle): The 2litre manual Xtrail are going for around AUD29k, but none of them will have the extra trim as they don't come with the leather seats etc.

- which Australian state/city: Perth, WA

 

Thank you for your help.

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2 hours ago, lothar said:

Hi Iron Chef,

Thank you for all the help you are providing on this forum. I was wondering if you could help on my car:

Year of manufacture: 2017

- make, model & variant: Nissan Xtrail 1.6DiG-T Tekna

- body type (coupe, convertible, etc): SUV

- engine size & fuel type: Petrol 1.6L Turbo

- transmission: Manual

- drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): FWD

- mileage: 6000 Miles

- any special features, options or modification: The Tekna trim is the top of the range for Xtrail it has: Leather Seats, Sunroof, Parking Sensors all around with cameras, automatic breaking, and loads of driver features, Automatic Parking, heated front seats, alloy wheels, Metallic paint and Built in touch screen which controls everything from Bluetooth, Radio, Satnav etc

- does it have aircon: Yes

- realistic current UK market value: £17000

- Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range)  : AUD21500 - AUD23800

- Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle): The 2litre manual Xtrail are going for around AUD29k, but none of them will have the extra trim as they don't come with the leather seats etc.

- which Australian state/city: Perth, WA

 

Thank you for your help.

I have a rather unique insight into these because my sister just bought a manual one for $23K, virtually new. We never got the DiG-T motors in the X-Trail here (smallest is a 2 litre), so if you can get GBP17K for it over there, selling it would be the smarter option.


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8 hours ago, Iron Chef said:

I have a rather unique insight into these because my sister just bought a manual one for $23K, virtually new. We never got the DiG-T motors in the X-Trail here (smallest is a 2 litre), so if you can get GBP17K for it over there, selling it would be the smarter option.

Amazing thank you so much.

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Hi Iron Chef, 

Wondering what the best bargains you have spotted in all of your reviews

Just starting to run the numbers on a potential move to Brisbane (prob over a year from now) we are currently leasing but considering buying and bringing a car given the apparently steep cost of 2nd hand cars in Aus.

We are a family of 4 so will need a good sized car (or two) when we get here. Have you come across anything suitable in that category that is a no brainer for resale in Aus?... Im guessing premium brands that depreciate fast in UK? Maybe big gas guzzlers that are taxed heavily in UK but not Aus?

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On 1/15/2018 at 08:54, AliG said:

Hi Iron Chef, 

Wondering what the best bargains you have spotted in all of your reviews

Just starting to run the numbers on a potential move to Brisbane (prob over a year from now) we are currently leasing but considering buying and bringing a car given the apparently steep cost of 2nd hand cars in Aus.

We are a family of 4 so will need a good sized car (or two) when we get here. Have you come across anything suitable in that category that is a no brainer for resale in Aus?... Im guessing premium brands that depreciate fast in UK? Maybe big gas guzzlers that are taxed heavily in UK but not Aus?

There's no real magic formula, but if you stick to an age of around 3-4 years old, the cars have generally taken a big hit in the UK, and are still in the sweet spot by the time they get to Australia. Best bet is to find some options you like an cross check them against Redbook Values in Australia - obviously the higher it is here, the better. UK-built cars seem to take a fair hit over your way, so stuff like Bentley/Jaguar/Aston Martin/Range Rover is worth considering, Porsche, AMG Mercedes, BMW M, Audi S/RS, even Maserati is worth a look.


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Hello please can you advise whether to take our car to Brisbane!

 

Many Thanks

 

Year of manufacture: 2016

- make, model & variant: Merceded Benz GLC 220d Sport Premium 4MATIC 5dr

- body type (coupe, convertible, etc): SUV

- engine size & fuel type: Diesel 2.2

- transmission: Automatic

- drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): 4WD

- mileage: 20000Miles

- any special features, options or modification: Paint - Metallic, Garmin MAP PILOT Navigation System w. Live Traffic Information, DAB Digital Radio Tuner, ECO Start/Stop Function, Front Seats - Heated, Reversing Camera, SPEEDTRONIC Cruise Control w. Variable Speed Limiter, THERMOTRONIC Automatic Climate Control, 18in Alloy Wheels (4) 5 - Spoke Design Painted in Vanadium Silver (235/60), Alarm System with Interior Protection, Audio 20 CD Including Touchpad with Media Interface, Bluetooth Interface with Hands-Free Function, Audio Streaming for Music Transmiss., Electric Windows (4) - One - Touch Opening and Closing incl. Obstruction Sensors, Front Seats - Electrical Height/Back and Cushion Adjustment, KEYLESS-GO Starting Function, Privacy Glass - Dark Glass from B-Pillar Backwards and Tinted Glass All Round, Rain - Sensing Windscreen Wipers, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

- does it have aircon: Yes

- realistic current UK market value: £32000

- Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range)  : AUD49,400-53,600

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Hi iron lady

its a 67 so 2017 plate Nissan quashqai

1.2petrol with air con worth around £19k 

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This is great!  If you give a good answer here I will have a very happy wife.  I am also open to upgrading to a 2015 late model LR4 if that works.

year of manufacture: 2009
make, model & variant: Land Rover Discover 4 HSE (TDV6|)
body type (coupe, convertible, etc): SUV (7 seats)
engine size & fuel type: 3.0/Diesel
transmission: Auto
Drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): 4WD
mileage: 73,000 miles
any special features, options or modification: Tinted Windows, Cruise Control, Front park assist, Rear park assist (with video), leather upholstery, DAB radio, Driver seat lumbar support, electric adjustable seats with memory, USB stereo input, heathed seats (front & rear) heated windscreen (front and rear), rear DVD entertainement (aftermarket)
does it have aircon: Yes - 2 zone climate control
realistic current UK market value: £18,000
Australian RedBook value [USED]: AUS$4
Australian market value: AUS$45,000
which Australian state/city: WA / Perth

Thanks!

Edited by Jon the Hat

PR (100) Planning to move to Perth September 2021

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On 2/14/2018 at 22:43, xkayxwx said:

Hello please can you advise whether to take our car to Brisbane!

 

Many Thanks

 

Year of manufacture: 2016

- make, model & variant: Merceded Benz GLC 220d Sport Premium 4MATIC 5dr

- body type (coupe, convertible, etc): SUV

- engine size & fuel type: Diesel 2.2

- transmission: Automatic

- drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): 4WD

- mileage: 20000Miles

- any special features, options or modification: Paint - Metallic, Garmin MAP PILOT Navigation System w. Live Traffic Information, DAB Digital Radio Tuner, ECO Start/Stop Function, Front Seats - Heated, Reversing Camera, SPEEDTRONIC Cruise Control w. Variable Speed Limiter, THERMOTRONIC Automatic Climate Control, 18in Alloy Wheels (4) 5 - Spoke Design Painted in Vanadium Silver (235/60), Alarm System with Interior Protection, Audio 20 CD Including Touchpad with Media Interface, Bluetooth Interface with Hands-Free Function, Audio Streaming for Music Transmiss., Electric Windows (4) - One - Touch Opening and Closing incl. Obstruction Sensors, Front Seats - Electrical Height/Back and Cushion Adjustment, KEYLESS-GO Starting Function, Privacy Glass - Dark Glass from B-Pillar Backwards and Tinted Glass All Round, Rain - Sensing Windscreen Wipers, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

- does it have aircon: Yes

- realistic current UK market value: £32000

- Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range)  : AUD49,400-53,600

If you're planning on keeping it for a bit, it's worth considering, but if you can still get GBP32K for it there, I'd probably advise selling it there.


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On 2/17/2018 at 03:15, Don78 said:

Hi iron lady

its a 67 so 2017 plate Nissan quashqai

1.2petrol with air con worth around £19k 

Hi Don, sell it there, you'd have a hard time getting anyone to buy a 1.2 litre engine here (we never got a motor that small).


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2 hours ago, Jon the Hat said:

This is great!  If you give a good answer here I will have a very happy wife.  I am also open to upgrading to a 2015 late model LR4 if that works.

year of manufacture: 2009
make, model & variant: Land Rover Discover 4 HSE (TDV6|)
body type (coupe, convertible, etc): SUV (7 seats)
engine size & fuel type: 3.0/Diesel
transmission: Auto
Drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc): 4WD
mileage: 73,000 miles
any special features, options or modification: Tinted Windows, Cruise Control, Front park assist, Rear park assist (with video), leather upholstery, DAB radio, Driver seat lumbar support, electric adjustable seats with memory, USB stereo input, heathed seats (front & rear) heated windscreen (front and rear), rear DVD entertainement (aftermarket)
does it have aircon: Yes - 2 zone climate control
realistic current UK market value: £18,000
Australian RedBook value [USED]: AUS$4
Australian market value: AUS$45,000
which Australian state/city: WA / Perth

Thanks!

Hi Jon, at those figures it makes sense to bring it over. With your 2015 LR4, you would probably need to get it cheap and own it for another year or two before it made good sense to bring it. Depends on your purchase price really. Have a look at other options in that price bracket and see how the resales compare in Australia. You may find something like a Porsche Macan is a better option, resale value-wise.


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On 01/02/2012 at 04:06, Iron Chef said:

Hi Iron chef,

would love you opinion on this:

 

- year of manufacture  2007

- make, model & variant   Nissan 350Z GT

- body type (coupe, convertible, etc) Coupe

- engine size & fuel type.  3.5L Petrol

- transmission.  Manual

- drive type (4WD, front wheel drive, etc).  Rear Wheel Drive

- mileage.  39,000 Miles (62,000 Km)

- any special features, options or modification black heated leather seats,sat nav,Bose sound system,which has currently has an alpine double din car play screen in it,with upgraded hertz speakers,brembo brakes,immaculate condition,the car had undergone custom work with you brand new wheels/tyres 19x11/9.5 setup/bc racing true coilover setup,full cobra exhaust with decat with takedo twin induction kit,and has been fully set up with an Uprev map and tuning courtesy of Abbey Motosport in Surrey,which made a astonishing 333bhp,car comes with 5 maps as well at your fingertips

- does it have aircon Yes

- realistic current UK market value £10,000

- Australian RedBook value (www.redbook.com.au - click through to the page with 'Private Price Guide', 'Trade In Price Guide' and 'Price When New' listed, then tell us the 'Private Price Guide' range). Can not get to work

- Australian market value (http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/search.aspx - search for the closest matching vehicle). $24,000

- which Australian state/city  Adelaide 

 

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