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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
2001 R34 GTR VSpec II Bayside Blue right front a

2001 R34 GTR VSpec II Bayside Blue – Auction 2 Feb 2018

This 2001 R34 GTR VSpec II (#756/1855) in Bayside Blue is up for auction on 2 February 2018 and should be buyable for somewhere in the $120,000 to $128,000 complied range (for Australia) including LCT. Unfortunately it is not suitable for export to New Zealand due to the odometer replacement but could be shipped to Australia, Canada, UK etc. This is one of the most popular spec / colour combinatio...

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February 1, 2018 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
Toyota Alphard Hybrid Price Reduction

Up to $10,000 OFF Toyota Alphard and Vellfire Hybrid Prices this Year

Good news for those wanting to direct import one of Toyota’s luxury Alphard or Vellfire hybrid people movers this year ! The removal of import duty from Jan 2018 together with a strong exchange rate has reduced the price of these amazing vehicles by about $3K on a $50,000 complied vehicle and over $10K on a $100,000 complied vehicle compared to 2017. Being classified as a fuel efficient ve...

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January 17, 2018 / General News, People Movers
2000 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6 TME front right

2000 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6.5 Tommi Mäkinen Edition

This highly collectible 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6 TME (Tommi Mäkinen Edition) in red with 88,353 km sold for 3,795,000 Yen FOB, approx. $53,500 complied, plus tyres and on road costs in Australia (calculated at 87 Yen to the dollar). This is despite some faults including faded paintwork. View 30+ auction inspection pics and more details for this 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6.5 Tommi Mäkinen...

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January 12, 2018 / Classic cars, General News
Aircon degas exemption

Aircon Gas Import Laws Relaxed

Importers of low numbers of used vehicles into Australia will now be able to import approx. 35 vehicles per year (up to 25kg of gas) without degassing or obtaining a license, thanks to recent amendments to the Degassing Laws. The rule was originally limited to no more than 5 units (in a single consignment) in a 2 year period per importer. This rule has been updated for certain aircon gas types: ...

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January 10, 2018 / General News, Import Regulations
5% import duty removed

0% Duty on (Most) Imported Vehicles from 1 Jan 2018

From 1 January 2018 the 5% import duty will no longer apply to vehicles originating from Japan and the USA. A simple Certificate of Origin form must be submitted to Australian Customs at the time of completing the import entry. Removal of the 5% import duty represents a significant saving on the import of vehicles, particularly expensive ones such as GT-R’s for which the total price could en...

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December 20, 2017 / General News, Import Regulations

2019 Vehicle Import Regulation Changes – Draft Legislation Announced

Import Regulation Changes will be delayed at least a further 6 months to around mid-2019 according to today’s Media Release from Minister Paul Fletcher: Stakeholder consultation period ending 28 Feb 2018 New legislation then to be passed through both houses of Parliament Reforms to commence 12 months AFTER the passage of legislation as the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) The change...

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December 13, 2017 / General News, Import Regulations
1995 Nissan Skyline R33 GTR VSpec right front

1995 R33 GTR VSpec price example

This one-owner 1995 R33 GTR VSpec with 34,048 km sold at auction today for $54,700 complied in Aust. View 50+ pics and more details for this 1995 Nissan Skyline R33 GTR VSpec. This 1995 R33 GTR VSpec was eligible for import under the SEVS import regulations for Australia. Not in Australia ?  No problem, we can source this or another GTR (or any enthusiast vehicle that is eligible for impor...

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December 9, 2017 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
1990 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R right front

Where are prices heading for the R32 GTR ?

This low km 1990 R32 GTR sold for close to $60K AUD on road 2 days ago. We’ve seen a $10,000 to $15,000 price increase in 2017 for all R32 GTRs with no sign of demand slowing yet. View more pics and details for this 1990 Nissan Skyline R32 GTR. Graded 4 B, it had a few minor faults but overall was in quite good condition for age. This 1990 R32 GTR was eligible for import under the SEVS ...

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December 2, 2017 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R VSpec right front 2

1999 R34 GTR VSpec Black

This 1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R VSpec with just 48,185 km was inspected for a client at auction in Japan on 30 November 2017. View more pics and details for this 1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R VSpec in black. Graded 4 B, it was a non-smoker’s car with maintenance records, spare key, books etc. Aftermarket parts included: NISMO front bumper and sideskirts NISMO Z-tune front fenders R-tune carb...

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December 1, 2017 / General News, GTR
2014 Toyota Hiace GL 4WD TRH219 left front auction

Toyota Hiace 10 seater

Looking for a late model Toyota Hiace 10 seater ? Lots are available every week. Allow approx. $39K to $50K complied for near new 2014 to 2017 models at the time of this post, depending on kms. View more pics and details for this 2014 Toyota Hiace 10 seater inspected for a client at auction in Japan in November 2017. To see what’s available at auction in Japan and research past prices yo...

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November 27, 2017 / General News
1999 R34 GTR VSpec Bayside Blue

1999 R34 GTR VSpec Bayside Blue

Allow $90K+ on road for a 1999 R34 GTR VSpec Bayside Blue of this quality at current exchange rates. Prices / demand for GTR’s are still increasing weekly. View more pics and details for this 1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R VSpec in Bayside Blue with 115,321 km which was inspected for a client in November 2017. Graded 4 B, it had been auctioned previously in 2010 with 88,200 km – so only 2...

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November 27, 2017 / General News, GTR
2002 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSpec 2 NUR right front

2002 R34 GTR VSpec 2 NUR – AVAILABLE

This R34 GTR VSpec 2 NUR with 111,000 km and in rare millennium jade (JW0) is currently available through a Japanese dealer. Only 156 VSpec II NUR’s were produced in this colour. One of our agents can undertake an inspection with additional pictures if required. The price in Australia would equate to approx. $186,000 complied (calculated at 85.5 Yen to the dollar including an estimate f...

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November 18, 2017 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
Red 6.5 TME

Red 6.5 TME – the EVO everyone now wants…

We hardly ever see a Red 6.5 TME for sale as most appear to be hiding in collector’s garages. This makes it hard to estimate the price if one were to come up but for a quality example our best guess would be somewhere in the $50K AUD range. Other colours are available for lower prices (usually about half) but as with all special cars, price ultimately depends on condition and kms, oh, and of...

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November 4, 2017 / Classic cars, General News
1988 BMW E30 M3 right front

Classic 1988 BMW E30 M3 coupe

This classic 1988 BMW E30 M3 coupe in the popular Diamond Schwarz metallic black was sold at auction in Tokyo, Japan on 5 October 2017 for approx. $74,400 landed in Australia at the time. View full inspection pictures The auction had listed it as an April 1989 model based on the first registration date in Japan, but the actual build date from the VIN was 14 December 1988. Graded 4 C with 124...

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October 27, 2017 / Classic cars, General News
1993 Nissan Skyline R32 GTR VSpec left front

One Owner 1993 R32 GT-R VSpec

This one-owner 1993 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R VSpec with 138,425 km sold on 26 October 2017 for approx. $45,800 complied in Australia. Graded 4 B, it was in very well kept condition for age and kms as can be seen from the interior, engine and underbody pictures. No rust and a very clean car. Clearly the single owner took great care of it. View full inspection pictures Factory BBS 17 inch alloy...

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October 26, 2017 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
1994 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R Tommy Kaira Special Edition right front

UNICORN Tommy Kaira R32 GT-R

This one-owner 1994 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R Tommy Kaira Special Edition with only 12,767 km and Tommy Kaira R32 GT-R treatment was purchased for a client in September 2017. Graded 4.5 B, it was in incredible near new condition with full service records from new – the pictures speak for themselves. View full inspection pictures It is extremely RARE now to find R32 GTR’s of this quali...

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October 25, 2017 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
1967 Ford Mustang ELEANOR show

1967 Ford Mustang ELEANOR 500 HP ~ For Sale

This classic 1967 Ford Mustang ELEANOR 500 HP made famous in the film “Gone in 60 Seconds” has just come up for sale. 3 Nov 2017 Update – Thank you for all the enquiries, this vehicle has now been SOLD. Eleanor World Registry #363 – genuine factory Fastback BIG BLOCK GT “S” Code with Marti Report. Full rotisserie restoration. Then restored with every single pi...

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October 13, 2017 / Classic cars, General News
Import R35 GTR

Import early build R35 GTR from 2019

R35 GTR – we are receiving a lot of enquiries regarding if / when this model can be imported to Australia as a normal road use vehicle, so here’s an update. Quick Answers – 2007 – Feb 2009 R35 GTR models should be OK to import to Aust. from 10 December 2019 onwards under the new SEVS. Read more… Indicative price range is from $55K to $75K complied for most of the avai...

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September 27, 2017 / General News, GTR, Import Regulations

Takata Airbag Recall affects Australian consumers

Takata Airbag Recall for Japanese Imports – what you need to know. Japan manufacturer factory recall page – check whether your Japanese import is affected by the Takata airbag recall Sadly the airbag – the very thing designed to SAVE lives – has now been responsible for a number of deaths and serious injuries. In one of the largest car recalls in history, over 100 million c...

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September 14, 2017 / General News
Japanese Car Auction Search

All New Japanese Car Auction Search

We’ve turbocharged our Japanese Car Auction Search to improve your experience ! All-new display 3 x Faster Improved navigation for phone & tablet It is now easier than ever to view upcoming vehicles across all the Japanese auctions, and to browse 3 months of Past auction results. NEW Auction Location option added – this will help you to research sale prices (by filtering...

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September 11, 2017 / General News, Japan auction online, Japan car auctions, japan used car auction, Japanese car auction online, search Japan car auction
USS Auction Map Japan Auction Sale Price

How to Check Japan Auction Sale Price

We are constantly asked two questions – what WILL and what DID a car sell for ? Obviously we can’t predict the Japan auction sale price for cars that have not yet sold. The best we can do is to guide you on general market price range for common models based on your requirements (year, model, condition, kms etc.). We have also designed our Auctions page to provide access to the last 3 m...

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September 1, 2017 / General News, Japan auction online, Japan car auctions, japan used car auction, Japanese car auction online, search Japan car auction
2019 Import Regulation Changes Backflip 2

2019 Import Regulation Changes Media Release

According to today’s Media Release from Minister Paul Fletcher, the 2019 Import Regulation Changes WILL NOT allow the parallel import of new cars. The Media Release cites “cost and complexity” outweighing “minimal consumer benefit” for this complete backflip on what was proudly announced by the Minister only 18 months ago (and still claimed to be going ahead in comm...

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August 16, 2017 / General News, Import Regulations, People Movers
2002 R34 GTR VSpec 2 NUR with Z-Tune bodykit front

2002 R34 GTR VSpec 2 NUR with Z Tune bodykit

This One Owner 2002 R34 GTR VSpec 2 NUR with NISMO Z Tune bodykit and just 58,863 km has been carefully maintained and customised from new. Other than the N1 and the Z Tune itself which would now be approaching $500,000 in value, the VSpec 2 NUR is the most desirable and collectible of all R34 GTR models with only 718 units produced. According to the dealer, it has been driven with great care on...

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August 10, 2017 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
Japanese Vehicle Specifications R34 Skyline new

Japanese Vehicle Specifications Catalogue

Our NEW Japanese Vehicle Specifications Catalogue has full specifications for vehicles sold in the Japanese domestic car market, all in one place ! This makes it simple to research models that best suit your needs. Knowing the new price of different specification levels also helps to understand secondhand pricing. Available Japanese car data includes: production date range, car make, model, ...

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August 9, 2017 / General News
Obon 2017 auction dates candles on water

Obon Japan Auction Dates Aug 2017

Obon is a Japanese Buddhist holiday that honors the return of the spirits of ancestors. During this time many Japanese people return to their hometowns to visit the graves of their departed relatives. It’s not just a somber time as spirits are welcomed with celebration and dance. Most Japanese businesses close for up to a week including the Japanese car auctions. The Japanese car auction sc...

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August 3, 2017 / General News, Japan car auctions, japan used car auction
2000 R34 GTR in Bayside Blue at Global Auto Osaka front

2000 R34 GTR in Bayside Blue at Global Auto Osaka

This 2000 R34 GTR in very desirable Bayside Blue has 71,484 km with 450ps “gentle tune” and is currently available through specialist GTR dealer Global Auto in Osaka, Japan. One of our agents can organise an inspection with 200+ additional pictures and also undertake a road test if required. Based on the asking price in Yen, the final price in Australia would equate to approx. $79,600...

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August 1, 2017 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
Import reg changes dont hold breath

Vehicle Import Regulation Reform – What is Happening ?

Latest Update December 2017 ~ 2019 Vehicle Import Regulation Changes – Draft Legislation Announced When first announced in Feb 2016 the proposed import regulation reforms sounded very positive — not only for motoring enthusiasts but for all Australians. AND a long time coming. The Need for Import Regulation Reforms The current import regulations are restrictive to trade and lead to much hi...

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July 29, 2017 / Australian Compliance, General News, Import Regulations
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