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Japan Import Car Factory Recall Check

Japan Import Car Factory Recall – how to check if your imported Japanese car has any outstanding factory recalls. You can use the Japanese manufacturer recall pages below to check whether your Japan import car is affected by any factory recall including the very serious Takata airbag recall. If you own a Japanese car that was imported secondhand, the factory recall check pages for your count...

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November 17, 2018 / General News
Toyota Harrier Hybrid front rear

Toyota Harrier Hybrid available for import

Compliance is now available for the Toyota Harrier hybrid (AVU65W) from January 2013 right up to current models. The Toyota Harrier is a mid-sized SUV crossover with the 2AR-FXE 2.5L hybrid power plant producing 267kW. 2013 to current Toyota Harrier Hybrid (AVU65W) – More Import Information Secondhand import is possible for any Harrier hybrid built from January 2013 onward.  With 250+ Toyo...

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October 29, 2018 / Australian Compliance, General News
Import Nissan Leaf

Import Nissan Leaf from 2019

We can now import Nissan Leaf 5-door hatches, with compliance available in several States. Secondhand import is possible for the 2nd generation models (June 2013 to Sept 2017), with 3rd generation models available (from Sept 2017 up to whatever date Nissan Australia starts selling them) under revised import regulations from about 2020. The all-electric Nissan Leaf is powered by a lithium ion ba...

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October 10, 2018 / General News
1994 Nissan Pulsar GTiR right front auction

Pulsar GTiR prices rising

The Nissan Pulsar GTiR 4WD 2L turbo is a model that has been overshadowed until recently by it’s bigger brother the GT-R. However this is changing now they are eligible for import to the USA based on age (25 Year Rule for right hand drive vehicles) together with increasing worldwide demand for JDM classics. This 1994 Nissan Pulsar GTiR was one of the best examples we’ve seen in the las...

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September 26, 2018 / Classic cars, General News
1985 Toyota Corolla Levin GT APEX right front

The AE86 you REALLY get for $22K – up close

Looks good on the surface, but take a closer look at the condition a $22K landed AE86 will REALLY be in, this one was auctioned this morning. This classic 1985 Toyota Corolla Levin GT APEX 3 door coupe with 217,366 km was inspected for a client at USS Nagoya auction on 24 August 2018. View full inspection pictures for this 1985 Toyota Corolla Levin GT APEX This AE86 was a colour change from red...

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September 8, 2018 / Classic cars, General News
BMSB Catch Ad

STINK BUG Season Returns

Based on the scare in Feb 2018 with Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) found in some shipments of used vehicles from Japan, there will be additional quarantine measures put in place for vehicle shipments from the 1 September 2018 to 30 of April 2019. Australian bio-security will also have heightened surveillance for Roll on Roll off vessels bound for Australia. This means all vessels departing J...

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August 22, 2018 / General News
2002 R34 GTR MSpec Silica Breath 1

2002 R34 GTR MSpec Silica Breath under 6,000 km

This 2002 R34 GTR MSpec Silica Breath (EY0) with just 5,570 km has been offered to us by Craft Sports in Japan – a dedicated GTR specialist dealer and official partner of Nissan NISMO. Rare to find in Silica Breath – only 122 MSpecs were made in this colour (and 9 MSpec NUR’s). Craft Sports tell us this is a “fabulous example sourced directly from the Japanese owner”...

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August 14, 2018 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
1999 R34 GTR VSpec Midnight Purple II LV4 left front

New Price Record – R34 GTR VSpec MP2

This extremely clean 1999 R34 GTR VSpec MP2 with just 47,772 km sold yesterday for what would be close to $160,000 on road in Aust.- that’s about $50K more than a comparable VSpec in white or black at the moment. It’s also more than some low km blue VSpec 2’s in recent months, and more even than VSpec 2 NUR’s were selling for last year. With worldwide demand rapidly incr...

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August 3, 2018 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
2001 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-T right front

2001 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-T SOLD ~ $47K on road

This 2001 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-T turbo with 5 speed manual transmission and only 62,240 km was auctioned in Japan in July 2018. VIN: ER34-202106. TV2 Bayside blue. Auction grade 4.5 B. Factory Xenon headlights and sunroof. This low km 2001 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-T turbo sold for 2.83 million Yen FOB, approx. $43,400 complied, plus tyres and on road costs (at 82 Yen to the dollar). These are now...

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July 27, 2018 / Classic cars, General News
1992 Nissan Skyline R32 GTR right front

1992 R32 GTR – 50% Price Increase in 2 Years

This 1992 Nissan Skyline R32 GTR with only 14,865 km was inspected for a client in July 2018. VIN: BNR32-219615. Auction grade 4.5 B. Non smoking car in very nice condition other than the door trim coming loose. This very low km 1992 Nissan Skyline R32 GTR sold for 5.35 million Yen FOB, approx. $77,400 complied, plus tyres and on road costs (at 82 Yen to the dollar). Interestingly – the s...

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July 26, 2018 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
2016 Toyota Alphard Hybrid Executive Lounge right front

$9K OFF just for being DIRTY ?! – 2016 Alphard HYBRID Executive Lounge

Well, there was a little more to it than that (but not much). View full pictures for this 2016 Alphard Hybrid Executive Lounge We inspected this 2016 Toyota Alphard HYBRID Executive Lounge 4WD 2.5L people mover with 26,777 kms and JBL sound system at auction in Japan, in July 2018. Luxury features included radar cruise control with collision prevention, full cameras, dual powerslide doors, power t...

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July 11, 2018 / General News, People Movers
2008 R35 GTR

2008 R35 GTR with HKS GT600 Racing Package

For those wondering what a MODIFIED R35 GTR will cost (under new 2019 import regulations that will likely allow import of the 2007 to 2009 R35 GTR), take a look at this 2008 R35 GTR which sold on 27 April 2018 at USS Nagoya auction in Japan. Among other expensive brand name aftermarket parts including vented bonnet, this 2008 R35 GTR was fitted with the HKS GT600 Racing Package. Cost of this pack...

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July 11, 2018 / General News, GTR
1993 Mazda FD3S RX-7 auction

Early FD3S RX-7 Prices Skyrocketing

The USA market has been hot for any early 90’s Japanese vehicles since their 25 Year Rule first started allowing the unrestricted import of RHD vehicles several years ago. This has combined with worldwide demand that is recognising the historic value of these models, and appeal that has never waned for driver’s across 3 generations now. As a result we are seeing some amazing prices pai...

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July 5, 2018 / Classic cars, General News
Luxury Car Tax threshold increase

Luxury Car Tax Limits Raised

The Luxury Car Tax (LCT) threshold on imported cars has been raised on regular cars for the 2018 / 19 financial year – but oddly NOT for fuel-efficient vehicles. In fact, the LCT threshold for fuel-efficient vehicles has only been lifted $526 between 2010 to 2018 as can be seen in the following table. The threshold for all other vehicles has been lifted by $9,151 over the same period, with t...

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June 29, 2018 / General News
2001 R34 GTR VSpec 2 bayside blue

2001 R34 GTR VSpec 2 with 19,113 km

The VSpec 2 is leading the way on R34 GTR prices, particularly the rarer NUR models. This 2001 R34 GTR VSpec 2 (#929 / 1855) in Bayside Blue had only 19,113 km. It sold at USS Tokyo auction on 28 June 2018 for close to 8.8 million Yen FOB or approx. $142,000 complied in Australia, plus tyres and ORC’s (@81 Yen to the dollar and allowing for LCT). Oddly it was graded down to 4 C despite the...

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June 28, 2018 / Classic cars, General News
2001 Mazda RX-7 Type RS front

LOW KM 2001 Mazda RX-7 Type RS

Here’s one for the Mazda Collectors out there. Pristine 2001 Mazda RX-7 Type RS with just 5,793 km. Grade 4.5 A. VIN: FD3S-601512. Enthusiasts love low km, as can be seen by the sale price on this vehicle on 28 June 2018 at USS Tokyo auction in Japan. It sold for around the 5 million Yen FOB mark, which would be approx. $73,000 complied, plus tyres and ORC’s (@81 Yen to the dollar). R...

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June 28, 2018 / Classic cars, General News
MR-2 Import Prices SW20

Where are MR-2 Import Prices Heading ?

MR-2 import prices are heading rapidly upwards (like all other classic Japanese turbo cars up to the early 2000’s). This is one of the models we receive enquiries for every week so demand is strong. They will become eligible for import to Australia by mid to late 2019 under import regulation changes currently in progress. You need only look at recent auction prices of low km AW11 models to s...

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June 28, 2018 / Classic cars, General News
2000 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSpec Bayside Blue right front

2000 R34 GTR VSpec in blue

What does a low km 2000 R34 GTR VSpec in bayside blue cost ? Basically, more every time one comes up for auction. View the full auction inspection pics and details for this 50,587 km 2000 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSpec in blue which sold today for 7.65 million Yen FOB or approx. $121,800 complied. Very few quality GTR’s are left in Japan now. Despite what’s still on offer for auction e...

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June 21, 2018 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
Import reg changes

Import Regulation Changes – No News is Good News ?

We are asked on a daily basis when the vehicle import regulation changes will kick in. New legislation has been proposed now for about 4 years ! Everyone is waiting for a refresh of the existing import regulations for Australia which are becoming somewhat stale and uninspiring – considering the reduced availability and rapidly rising costs of most of the desirable models out of Japan that ...

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June 18, 2018 / General News, Import Regulations
EVO 5 yellow

EVO 5 Prices

Like all other classic Japanese models, the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 5 has jumped in price in recent years as collectors target the best, low km examples and supply has dwindled in Japan. You can use the Auctions page of our website to research the price and availability of any model. This provides a sense of how few good cars are actually left when you look closely at the condition of what’s o...

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June 13, 2018 / Classic cars, General News
Shipping costs rise

Shipping Costs Rise Due to Fuel Prices

Shipping lines have implemented an “emergency bunker surcharge” this month in response to a rapid surge in fuel prices. According to a local customer advisory issued by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) last week, fuel prices have risen by over 30% this year and almost 70% since last June, with the cost in Europe exceeding US$442 per metric tonne. “With crude oil today hoverin...

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June 8, 2018 / General News
Golden Week 2018

Japan Golden Week Holiday & Japanese Car Auction Schedule 2018

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 the dates are Sat April 28 to Fri May 4 2018. Most vehicle auctions will be closed during this period. Our automated auction alerts system will continue to run and send emails for any vehicles at auctions that are still operating (only a few small auctions), ho...

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April 30, 2018 / General News
Road Vehicle Standards Bill 2018

Submissions on the Road Vehicle Standards Bill 2018

Only 23 submissions were made to the Committee reviewing the draft legislation for vehicle import regulation changes; 20 from affected businesses and industry bodies including 1 submission from the Govt. itself. Leaving just 3 submissions from individuals. With this level of apathy from Aust consumers it’s no wonder that Govt. and big business have gotten away with unfairly restricting our i...

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April 19, 2018 / General News, Import Regulations
Vehicle Import Regulation Changes Committee Review

Vehicle Import Regulation Changes – Committee Review

The Road Vehicle Standards Bill 2018 and related bills have been referred by the Australian Senate to a Committee for enquiry and report back to the Govt. by 7 May 2018. The following is reproduced from an email received on 3 April 2018. Closing date for submissions if you wish to have your say, is 17 April 2018. Inquiry into the Road Vehicle Standards Bill 2018 and related bills On 28 March 201...

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April 13, 2018 / General News, Import Regulations
1976 Mazda RX 3 Savanna left front

1976 Mazda RX 3 Savanna Available Now

This 1976 Mazda RX 3 Savanna S124AB showing 64,587 km is currently available through a specialist classic car dealer in Japan called Classic House Vintage. The rotary-powered Mazda RX 3 has skyrocketed in value in recent years and is now highly sought after by collectors worldwide. This one lists “price on application” – we contacted the dealer and the asking price works out to...

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March 1, 2018 / Classic cars, General News
1996 NISSAN SKYLINE R33 GTR VSPEC 1

1996 R33 GTR VSpec Purple – Current Market Price

While being the least popular of the Skyline GTR series, the R33 GTR is still rising in value almost as quickly as the R32 and R34. Clean and original R33 GTR examples with decent kms are becoming increasingly difficult to find out of Japan. Collectors sourcing these commonly ask for one or more of three main criteria: 1997 / 1998 model VSpec Purple On top of this of course, virtually ever...

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February 17, 2018 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
Stink bugs

STINK BUGS Turn Around Car Carrying Ships Bound for New Zealand

A major crisis of the brown stink-buggy kind sees several vessels turned back to sea in a holding pattern after Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) were discovered lurking on board and in vehicles on those shipments. The BMSB is a pest that could destroy New Zealand’s fruit and vegetable industries, including the lucrative kiwi fruit industry. It also infests homes, ruins gardens (and of course s...

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February 17, 2018 / General News
Japan Car Storage for 25 Year Old Import Rule

Japan Car Storage for 25 Year Old Import Rule

Convenient, safe and cost-effective Japan car storage is now available for those who wish to buy ahead of import eligibility. This is particularly suited to collector vehicles where the total storage cost is likely to be considerably less than the market price rise during the same period. Japan car storage also allows more time to source hard-to-find vehicles, then have them ready for immediate ex...

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February 10, 2018 / Car Storage, Classic cars, General News
Reform of the MVSA

Govt. Announces Costs of New Vehicle Import Laws

The new (Draft) vehicle import legislation was introduced to Parliament yesterday. The Govt. has also released a 32 page draft Cost Recovery Plan setting out proposed costs for the new SEVS. On first glance, some costs seem unreasonably high – particularly application fees of between $700 to $3,500 to evaluate a model for addition to the new SEVS list. Submissions from stakeholders are due ...

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February 8, 2018 / Australian Compliance, General News, Import Regulations
1993 Toyota Supra GZ AEROTOP Twin Turbo right front

1993 Toyota Supra GZ AEROTOP Twin Turbo ~ AVAILABLE NOW

This RARE 1993 Toyota Supra GZ AEROTOP Twin Turbo (we believe 1 of only 352 produced) is currently available through one of our agents in Japan for approx. $54,500 complied, plus tyres and on road costs (for Australia @ 87.5 Yen to the dollar). Auction grade 4.5 B B and having traveled only 47,052 km (< 2,000 km / year), it is in excellent condition for its age other than some minor faults des...

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February 1, 2018 / Classic cars, General News
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