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Good Time to Import an R34 GTR

For those wanting an R34 GTR please note that there have been some bargains at auction in Japan in the last week compared to 2016 pricing. An improved ex rate of 87 Yen to the Aust. dollar is also helping. We have seen sudden price changes like this happen a number of times over the years and it has always been very short lived, usually only for a week or two. Generally it is related to world even...

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January 20, 2017 / General News, GTR
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RARE Nissan Skyline R33 GTR NISMO 400R for Auction

This Nissan Skyline R33 GTR NISMO 400R with 2.8L engine and only 13,000 km is up for auction at USS Nagoya auction on 9 Dec 2016. According to Wikipedia, the special edition R33 Skyline GTR NISMO 400R was released on November 3, 1997, with R standing for Racing. Note that the auction has recorded this vehicle as a 1996, so clarification with Nissan Japan on the chassis code would be required. The...

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December 8, 2016 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
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Supra Prices GO NUTS

Supra prices are rising virtually every week now as they have become almost impossible to find with low kms and in clean original condition. This 1994 Supra RZ 6 speed with 49,653 kms was inspected today for a client and sold for $44,500 complied. Read more about Supra price rises View past and future Supras at auction in Japan...

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November 24, 2016 / Classic cars, General News
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Garage Defend R33 GTR 2.8L Demo Car

This 1996 R33 GTR with 2.8L engine and T04Z big single turbine has 14,000 km and is currently available through specialist GTR dealer “Garage Defend” in Japan. Modifications list includes: 2.8-litre bore up TO4Z big single turbine Getrag 6 speed transmission HKS V Pro computer Titanium muffler TEIN Harmonic drive Nismo LM4 aluminum foil Carbon rear diffuser + side ge...

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November 9, 2016 / General News, GTR
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NEW Alphard & Vellfire 30 Series Hybrids ~ Order Now

For all those who’ve been waiting to import this model to Australia, compliance is now available for the 2015 to current Toyota Alphard and Vellfire 30 Series Hybrid. This is the current model now on sale in Japan. NOTE:  Limited numbers will be available for import due to SEVS compliance quotas. So it is advisable to act quickly to confirm your order. View specifications, pictures and vi...

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November 5, 2016 / Australian Compliance, General News, People Movers
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Ever seen an AE86 this clean ?

This classic 1987 Toyota Sprinter GT APEX AE86 3 door coupe was the cleanest AE86 we have yet seen, and is the type of collector car we specialise in. View full details, pictures and sold price for this AE86 This model became famous in Japan and then the rest of the world thanks to being featured in the Initial D series of Japanese manga and anime, then in Gran Turismo and other car racing video...

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October 29, 2016 / Classic cars, General News

2000 R34 GTR Midnight Purple 3 ~ Available @ Garage Defend

This 2000 R34 GTR in rare Midnight Purple 3 has 92,000 km and is currently available through specialist GTR dealer “Garage Defend” in Japan. We believe this to be one of only 189 R34 GTR’s made in Midnight Purple 3, all in January 2000. Based on the asking price in Yen, the final price in Australia would equate to approx. $106,000 complied (plus tyres and on road costs and incl...

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October 26, 2016 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
AIMVIA 7 News SEVS 2018

7 News – 2nd Hand Imported Car Savings May End Under SEVS 2018

AIMVIA President, Jack Sandher, recently appeared on 7 News Sydney. AIMVIA is now regularly engaging with mainstream media, who are again taking an interest in the proposed changes to importing legislation and how it will affect both enthusiasts and everyday working families. Thanks to 7 News for helping AIMVIA get its message out to the wider public, and to Jack for braving the cameras for an int...

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October 25, 2016 / General News, Import Regulations
SEVS 2018

Less 2nd Hand Import Choice under SEVS 2018

Under a revised and in many ways more restrictive Import Scheme for Aust in 2018, many enthusiast vehicle models will remain blocked from import if they were originally sold here new and other options will be quietly removed... It appears likely that people movers such as the Toyota Estima, Nissan Elgrand and Mitsubishi Delica (that currently form the bulk of 2nd hand imports to Australia and k...

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October 20, 2016 / Classic cars, General News, Import Regulations, People Movers
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2016 ~ End of an Era for Classic Japanese cars

There is no denying the rapid price rises for many classic Japanese cars that Australia has loved to import over the last 20 years. The reason for this is simple – Supply and demand. It’s not only classic Japanese cars that are affected, but all classic cars worldwide including Porsche, BMW and Mercedes have experienced a huge surge in demand, and therefore price, in recent years. The...

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October 18, 2016 / Classic cars, General News
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$343K ~ 2002 R34 GTR VSpec2 NUR Millenium Jade, 9,600 km

This Limited Edition 2002 R34 GTR VSpec2 NUR in Millenium Jade has only 9,600 km and is currently available through a specialist GTR dealer in Japan. Let this two-owner, near new condition rare model dispel any doubts as to where GTR prices are heading. Based on the asking price in Yen, the final price in Australia would equate to approx. $343,000 complied (plus tyres and on road costs). This in...

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October 8, 2016 / Classic cars, General News, GTR

FULL Japan Car History and Japanese Odometer Check Service

Want a comprehensive Japanese odometer check for your imported Japanese car or one you plan to buy ? Or to find out what your car sold for in Japan ? A service called Japan Car History Check provides Japanese auction records for most Japanese imports going as far back as 2007, including auction sold price in many cases. They can also access full Japan registration history from new and a re...

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October 5, 2016 / General News, Import Regulations
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Cute Mitsubishi i 660cc turbo Kei Car Import

This cute little turbo is available from Japan and is a kei car import option not many people are aware of. As fuel prices rise this could be a good choice for a second car to run the kids around or for city driving. Being very easy to park and cheap to run, the Mitsubishi i is one kei car import that could save thousands on annual fuel bills while taking up virtually no space in the garage ! Th...

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October 3, 2016 / Australian Compliance, General News
AE86 Toyota Sprinter GT APEX

$40K for an AE86 Toyota Sprinter GT APEX ?!

This classic 1986 AE86 Toyota Sprinter GT APEX 3 door coupe was inspected for a client at USS Tokyo auction this morning. It is the type of collector car we specialise in. View full auction inspection pictures for this AE86 Toyota Sprinter GT APEX This model became famous in Japan and then the rest of the world thanks to being featured in the Initial D series of Japanese manga and anime, th...

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September 22, 2016 / Classic cars
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NEW HYBRID Toyota Alphard & Vellfire 30 Series ~ AVAILABLE for import in 2017

The HYBRID Toyota Alphard and Vellfire 30 series has just been added to the SEVS eligible list. This allows 2015+ right up to new models to be imported to Australia. We will soon be able to assist you to order a NEW Hybrid Toyota Alphard and Vellfire Hybrid 30 Series to your exact specifications directly from Toyota, and organise import to Australia. Model information — Toyota Alphard &a...

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September 20, 2016 / Australian Compliance, General News, People Movers
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7,493 km ~ 2001 Skyline R34 GTR, Collector Car

~ UPDATE 6 Oct 2016 — please note this vehicle has been SOLD ~ This December 2001 Skyline R34 GTR with very low kms is available through one of our Japanese agents. View 100+ inspection pictures for this 2001 Skyline R34 GTR Comes with service records and registration paper confirming the 7,493 kms. Note that further investigation regarding the VSpec 2 badging based on the chassis code i...

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September 15, 2016 / General News, GTR
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1999 R34 GTR with Modified NUR engine AVAILABLE

We have access to the following modified 1999 Skyline R34 GT-R through one of our Japanese agents. Price is expected to be approx. $76,000 landed. On top of this allow approx. $2,000 for compliance, tyres and on road costs in your State. Allow also for additional costs to remove some of the modified parts for compliance and first registration — cost and difficulty will vary depending on the...

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September 14, 2016 / General News, GTR
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$500,000 2016 Nissan R35 GT-R NISMO N-Attack Package

What does a NEW 2016 Nissan R35 GT-R NISMO N-Attack Package sell for when it comes up at auction ? Well here’s one that came up at USS Tokyo auction on 9 June 2016. Graded S (new) with only 89 factory kms. Start price was 24.5 million Yen and it ended up passing in (unsold) at 26.71 million Yen. That’s over $335,000 AUD raw auction price alone (based on the ex rate at the time), and...

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August 31, 2016 / General News, GTR
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Datsun Bluebird ~ Another Japanese classic car to watch closely

The Nissan / Datsun Bluebird is another Japanese classic car model receiving more attention lately which is pushing up prices.  The SSS models are the most sought after with some prices now in the $30,000 to $40,000 range. View some recent Datsun Bluebird examples with landed prices. Whether you’re looking for a Bluebird or another Japanese classic car, we can source it for you from Japan....

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August 18, 2016 / Classic cars, General News
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R34 GTR Import Price Update

Currently we are being overwhelmed by enquiries for this model due to the recent surge in prices. Here is a quick R34 GTR Import Price update with answers to the typical questions we are being asked daily. How much do R34 GTR’s cost to import now ? Prices range from about $50,000 to $200,000 with most of the best examples suitable for Australia starting from about $70,000. Prices are rising ...

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August 11, 2016 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
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Toyota Alphard Hybrid & Vellfire Hybrid ~ NOW AVAILABLE for import

Compliance has just become available for the Toyota Alphard Hybrid and Vellfire Hybrid 20 series, with 2011 to 2014 models eligible for import right now. This high end MPV is larger and a class above the Toyota Estima / Tarago, and is a direct rival to the Nissan Elgrand in terms of quality and features. The 20 series Alphard and the sportier, more aggressively styled Vellfire have a 2.4L petro...

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August 8, 2016 / Australian Compliance, General News, People Movers
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1 of 200 ~ 1988 SKYLINE HR31 AUTECH Coupe

This rare 1988 SKYLINE HR31 AUTECH Coupe was auctioned in Japan yesterday and sold for approx. $16,700 landed in Australia. One of only 200 built by Nissan, it is bound to appreciate in value in coming years. Click the above link for more pictures and auction sheet. This clean 1987 Skyline GTS-X coupe with GTS-R look and only 94,000 kms had future collector car written all over it. It was also ...

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August 5, 2016 / Classic cars, General News
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VEILSIDE Honda NSX ~ Bring on the 25 Year Rule !

This stunning 1990 Honda NSX NA1 coupe with VEILSIDE bodykit and deep dish chrome alloy wheels was sold at HAA Kobe on 30 July 2016 and is the sort of vehicle that would become eligible for import in 2018 if the Aust Govt. implements a new 25 Year Import Rule as planned. This NSX sold at auction for the equivalent of about $57,500 landed in Australia. View more pictures and auction sheet for ...

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August 1, 2016 / Australian Compliance, Classic cars, General News
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New Supra rumours continue to excite interest

The media is talking up the likelihood of a new Supra with suggestions it may receive an all-new Lexus twin turbo V6 with 294kW / 407Nm possibly coupled to a hybrid AWD system. That would generate some very serious performance stats. Of course, no one knows what a new Supra would look like yet since it would still be in the design phase, but if it does go ahead and looks anything as good as the To...

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August 1, 2016 / General News
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1990 R32 Nissan Skyline GTR NISMO ~ 1 of 500

Due to the recent rise in Skyline GT-R prices and the demand for collector cars generally, we have started to focus more on selected dealers that specialise in GT-R’s and classic cars, like this 1990 Nissan Skyline GTR NISMO Edition with only 27,000 kms which was recently available at the Best-R specialist GT-R dealership in Japan. Only 500 of these were made for sale to the general public...

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July 29, 2016 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
2002 NISSAN SKYLINE GTR VSpec2 NUR with sold price

2002 R34 GTR VSpec2 NUR SOLD for $200K

This Limited Edition 2002 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSpec2 NUR COLLECTOR CAR with only 21,607 kms was inspected for a client today and sold for the equivalent of about $200,000 complied in Australia (plus tyres and on road costs). View auction inspection pictures and auction sheet for this 2002 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSpec2 NUR here. Read R34 GTR Import Prices ~ Where are they heading ? for mor...

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July 28, 2016 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
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EVO 8 MR ~ Next COLLECTIBLE EVO

With more and more interest turning towards collector cars, many are now asking the obvious question – what should they buy now BEFORE it jumps in value ? When it comes to the 2004 EVO 8 MR, it’s fairly obvious this will be one model to watch closely. EVO 8 MR prices have already been rising for the last couple of years on low km (< 70,000 km) examples and all EVO models have reta...

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July 27, 2016 / Classic cars, General News
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2002 R34 GTR VSpec2 NUR SOLD for $164K

This Limited Edition 2002 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSpec2 NUR COLLECTOR CAR with only 41,000 kms sold at auction in Japan last Friday for the equivalent of about $164,000 complied in Australia (plus tyres and on road costs). View more pictures and auction sheet for this 2002 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSpec2 NUR here. Read R34 GTR Import Prices ~ Where are they heading ? for more information on wh...

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July 26, 2016 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
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