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Living Under a Rock

In case you have been living under a rock…

We are in the middle of a massive market shift right now, the car import market and prices are changing faster than at any time in the last 20 years and things will never be the same. Demand for vehicles is like nothing we have ever seen before, and we are absolutely flat out sourcing cars and answering enquiries. There are a range of reasons for all this but one main factor is the global Covid-1...

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September 21, 2020 / 25 Year Rule, Classic cars, General News, GTR
Import 2020 Nissan Leaf 62kWh now possible

Import 2020 Nissan Leaf 62kWh now possible

The 62kWh Nissan Leaf full model range has just been approved for direct import to Australia right up to new 2020 models. At the time of this post, prices for 0 to 15,000 km 62kWh Leafs in new to near new condition ranged from about $42,000 to $51,000 complied, plus on road costs. Obviously this compares very well with the Nissan Australia new price for the lower power / range 40kWh model, which r...

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August 21, 2020 / General News, Hybrid electric, Import Regulations
New SEVS Approved Vehicle List

New SEVS Approved Vehicle List

The latest list of vehicle models approved for import to Australia under transitional SEVS arrangements is shown below. You can also check the Aust Govt. website directly for the latest updates. These are models NEVER BEFORE eligible for import to Australia and include hybrid / electric vehicles as well as significantly different versions of locally sold models. NOTE:  Inclusion in this list is...

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August 21, 2020 / Uncategorized
Japan car parts

Japan Car Parts

Looking for a reliable supplier for imported Japan car parts ? We receive enquiries every day from people wanting parts for their imported car. Unfortunately as we specialise in sourcing vehicles to order, we don’t deal with individual car parts from Japan ! What you need is a Japan car parts expert, and for that we highly recommend Jesse Streeter from Streeter Corporation – Jesse has...

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August 19, 2020 / General News

Suzuki Cappuccino Reheated ?

The Suzuki Cappuccino was a 660cc “kei car” produced in Japan from 1991 to 1997, which means it is now eligible for import to Australia (and the USA) under the 25 Year Rule. The Cappuccino is now being rediscovered as a result, and prices are rising quickly along with all other nostalgic vehicles of this era. Just over 28,000 Cappuccino’s were made, mostly for the domestic Japane...

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August 10, 2020 / 25 Year Rule, General News
2002 Toyota Aristo TT V300 Vertex Edition

Low km TWIN TURBO Aristo TT V300 Vertex Edition – AVAILABLE NOW but be QUICK

26 August 2020 UPDATE – Please note this vehicle has now been sold and is no longer available. This May 2002 Toyota Aristo TT V300 Vertex Edition with 3L twin turbo has just arrived in stock with one of our agents in Japan.  The Aristo JZS161 model has the same 1JZGTE twin turbo used in the Supra RZ TT so is a real sleeper, and with Supra prices now stratospheric is about the cheapest rem...

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July 26, 2020 / General News
1998 Subaru WRX 22B STi 08

$300K+ 1998 Subaru WRX 22B STi 200 / 400

Classified by many as the “Ultimate Subaru”, just 400 of the 2.2L 22B STi were produced for the domestic Japanese market and a 25 additional (un-numbered) cars for the export market. This rare and sought after 22B STi (#200 of 400) was auctioned on 23 July 2020 at USS Tokyo – the largest vehicle auction in the world – ensuring maximum exposure to collector eyes… and ...

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July 22, 2020 / Classic cars, General News
Closed earth

What Pandemic ?

Regardless of everything else that’s going on in the world, 2020 is proving to be the Year of the Collector Car. It is, in fact, the busiest time we have known for importing vehicles of all types in over 15 years. While the shock and uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic caused a noticeable reduction in Japan car auction prices between February and April 2020, a surge in demand that started i...

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July 14, 2020 / Classic cars, General News
LCT Thresholds 2020

Luxury Car Tax Thresholds Raised for 2020-21

The Luxury Car Tax (LCT) threshold for imported cars has been raised for the 2020 / 21 financial year. For fuel-efficient vehicles it has been lifted from $75,526 to $77,565. For all other vehicles it has been lifted from $67,525 to $68,740. View the Australian Luxury Car Tax and Thresholds. ...

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July 6, 2020 / General News
1993 Toyota Supra aerotop 09

ROUGH 1993 Supra SZ aerotop sells for over $40K

Supra prices are out to lunch ! After rapidly increasing in price for the last 5 years, as of 2020 Supras are virtually impossible to buy without a serious collector car budget. If you wanted to import one for a daily driver, forget it, as even poor condition examples are selling for megabucks. Models like aerotops, SZ 6 speeds, and RZ TT 6 speeds are leading the way and have in some cases more th...

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June 30, 2020 / Classic cars, General News
Please Sir

4 Latest Models Added to SEVS List

The latest list of approved models under transitional SEVS arrangements is now available. These are models NEVER BEFORE eligible for import to Australia and include hybrid / electric vehicles as well as significantly different versions of locally sold models. NOTE:  Inclusion in this list is just the first step to importing one of these vehicles – a compliance package must then be approved...

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June 27, 2020 / General News, Import Regulations
1997 Toyota Supra aerotop 01

Rare 1997 Supra Aerotop sells for $50K

8 July 2020 – in a further update to our original post from 26 June 2020, this Supra is now listed by a Japanese car dealer for 3.79 million Yen (including 10% GST): Looking for a genuine collector car ? Well, make sure to do your homework first so you know what you’re buying. Collector car prices are going stratospheric in 2020 – don’t get caught out paying top dollar wit...

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June 26, 2020 / Classic cars, General News
2005 Subaru Forester STi 30

Import Forester STi – better be quick

Better get in QUICK if you want to import Forester STi 2.5L turbo 4WD like this example. Australians have been wanting to import the Forester STi for many years and this pent up demand has now been unleashed on the auctions in Japan. Demand is high and numbers at auction are limited. So you know what that means. At the time of this post a good Subaru Forester STi would cost between $20,000 to $30,...

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June 20, 2020 / Classic cars, General News
40kWh Leaf Import 50% off

Nissan 40kWh Leaf Import from $25K

40kWh Leaf import to Australia has become substantially cheaper since the start of 2020. You can DIRECT IMPORT your own 40kW Leaf up to April 2019 build dates, which is when Nissan started selling them new in Australia. In some cases a near new 2018 40kWh Leaf import will end up at HALF the new price of a 2020 Leaf from Nissan Australia. Yes, HALF !! Why ? There are several reasons. The Covid-19 ...

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June 10, 2020 / Hybrid electric
Interim SEVS Update

6 More Models Added to SEVS List

The latest list of approved models under transitional SEVS arrangements is now available. These are models NEVER BEFORE eligible for import to Australia and include hybrid / electric vehicles as well as significantly different versions of locally sold models. NOTE:  Inclusion in this list is just the first step to importing one of these vehicles – a compliance package must then be approved...

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June 6, 2020 / Australian Compliance, General News, Import Regulations
Covid 19 ex rate recovery graph

AUD to JPY Ex Rate Recovers to pre-Pandemic Levels

Between June 2019 to February 2020 the Aussie dollar ranged in value between 70 to 75 Yen. As fears of the Covid-19 pandemic reverberated around the world there was a rapid decline in the exchange rate, with the AUD plummeting from 74 to 63 JPY (almost 15%) between 24 February and 19 March 2020. However, thanks to quick action by the Australian Govt. to control the spread of the virus and many bus...

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June 1, 2020 / General News
Leaf 62kWh Import Cheaper

Leaf 62kWh Import Cheaper than Aussie 40kWh !

Leaf 62kWh import for an as new 2019 model e+X or e+G now costs substantially less than the Nissan Australia new price for the lower power / range 40kWh model. So how much cheaper is it to import a 62kWh Leaf from Japan compared to the Australian new price for a 40kWh model, and what’s the difference ? Let’s compare the prices and options. Below is the Nissan Leaf 40kWh ‘driveaw...

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May 30, 2020 / General News, Hybrid electric
Subaru Forester STi import

NOW TAKING ORDERS – Subaru Forester STi import

With full compliance estimated to be just 3 to 4 weeks away for Subaru Forester STi import to Australia, we are now taking orders ! Forester STi import has been one of the most common requests we have received for any model over the years and now it is finally possible. The Forester was only sold in STi specification for the Japanese domestic market. It was produced in relatively limited numbers...

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May 25, 2020 / Australian Compliance, Classic cars, General News, Import Regulations
R35 GTR Import

NOW TAKING ORDERS – R35 GTR Import

With full compliance estimated to be just 3 to 4 weeks away for R35 GTR import to Australia under the new SEVS, we are now taking orders ! R35 GTR import has been one of the most common requests we have received since this model was released 13 years ago. Those following changes to the import regulations over the last 5 years would know that R35 GTR import to Australia only became possible with th...

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May 23, 2020 / Australian Compliance, GTR, Import Regulations
Golden Week 2020

Japan Golden Week Holiday & Japanese Car Auction Schedule 2020

Golden Week is a group of annual Japanese public holidays starting at the end of April and running into the first week of May. This year Saturday 25th April will be the last auction day with auctions recommencing on Thursday 7th May 2020. Most Japanese export agents will be fully closed during this period, and our office will also be closed for a break. Our automated auction alerts system will ...

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April 22, 2020 / General News, Japan car auctions

Pandemic Pricing – To Buy or Not to Buy…

We keep being asked about what’s going on at the Japan car auctions, are prices cheaper ? Is it a good time to buy ? YES, overall it is a GREAT time to buy if you have cash available. It is after all, about as strong as a buyer’s market gets, and we’ve not seen a situation like this since the GFC 11 years ago – way before Japanese cars jumped in value. So if you thought pri...

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April 17, 2020 / Classic cars, General News, Japan car auctions
2007 Civic Mugen RR import

2007 Honda Civic Mugen RR $220K

This rare 2007 Honda Civic Mugen RR with 18,270 km was auctioned in Tokyo on 9 April 2020. 1 of only 300 Mugen RR’s made for the Japanese market, all exclusively in Milano Red. Auction grade 4.5 B. VIN: FD2-1203437. This rare 2007 Honda Civic Mugen RR sold for over 11,000,000 Yen FOB, or about $220,000 landed and complied in Australia, plus on road costs (@ 67.5 Yen to the dollar). Try o...

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April 9, 2020 / Classic cars, General News
Import Civic Type R FD2 to Australia

Import Civic Type R FD2 to Australia

Import Honda Civic Type R FD2 to Australia – just added to the list of approved models under transitional SEVS arrangements on 2 April 2020. The ruling covers the October 2006 to December 2011 Honda Civic Type R FD2 4 door sedan. Browse the last 3 months of Honda Civic Type R FD2 auction sales in Japan Free trial our auction alerts system for the Honda Civic Type R FD2 View example Honda C...

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April 3, 2020 / Australian Compliance, Classic cars, General News, Import Regulations
Import Subaru Forester now

Import Subaru Forester STi, Cross Sports & XT turbos to Aust

Latest Update – NOW TAKING ORDERS – Subaru Forester STi import Subaru Forester turbo models were added to the list of approved models under transitional SEVS arrangements on 2 April 2020. The ruling covers the October 2002 to December 2007 range of Subaru Forester SG9 STi 2.5L turbo as well as the 2.0L turbo Cross Sports and XT models with automatic and manual transmission. Browse the l...

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April 3, 2020 / Australian Compliance, General News
Changes ahead

11 More Models Added to NEW SEVS List

The latest list of approved models under transitional SEVS arrangements is now available. These are models NEVER BEFORE eligible for import to Australia and include hybrid / electric vehicles as well as significantly different versions of locally sold models. NOTE:  Inclusion in this list is just the first step to importing one of these vehicles – a compliance package must then be approved...

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March 27, 2020 / Australian Compliance, General News, Hybrid electric, Import Regulations
Coronavirus covid19

Coronavirus impact on car importing

Understandably we have been receiving a large number of enquiries about this topic in recent weeks. Here are some answers to typical concerns. Should I still import a car ? Well, that depends on your personal circumstances and whether anything has changed for you: – do you still want a car ? – do you have cash ? Providing you have secure employment which will remain unaffected by the c...

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March 14, 2020 / General News
1993 Toyota Supra widebody 02

Want a Supra widebody under the 25 Year Rule ?

If you’re thinking of importing a Supra under the 25 Year Rule (March 1995 and older are OK at the time of this post), just note that a Supra widebody like this modified example today may not be eligible for import – based on major body modifications. Read more about allowed modifications under the 25 Year Rule here This 1993 Toyota Supra with 120,021 km, Supra widebody kit and other m...

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March 7, 2020 / 25 Year Rule, Australian Compliance, Classic cars, General News
R34 GTR with NISMO S1 engine 08

R34 GTR with NISMO S1 engine by Omori Factory

This 1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR in TV2 Bayside Blue with 163,575 km and NISMO S1 engine fitted by Omori Factory (serial number #122) was auctioned at USS Tokyo in Japan on 27 February 2020. It sold for 6,860,000 JPY, which at the time would have been equivalent to approx. $130,000 AUD complied (including LCT and calculated @72.5 Yen to the dollar), plus on road costs. Grade 3.5 B. BNR34-001428...

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February 27, 2020 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
Corona virus

Corona Virus Fears affect Japan auction sales

It is a good time to buy a collector car if you are fortunate to have cash on hand. Consumer confidence has taken a big hit in recent weeks as panic selling grips stock markets thanks to global concerns over the spread of the corona virus and the resulting financial impact on businesses affected by measures implemented in China and other countries to minimise its spread. The Japanese auctions are ...

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February 26, 2020 / Classic cars, General News
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