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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
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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
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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
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Rare 1997 Supra Aerotop sells for $50K

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 without knowing the full story. If you pay BIG MONEY for the genuine thing, that’s exactly what it should be. Take this rare 1997 Supra aerotop SZ in blue which sold toda...

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June 26, 2020 / Classic cars, General News
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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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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Import Honda Civic Type R EK9 to Australia

If you have always wanted to import a 1997 to 2000 classic Honda Civic Type R EK9 to Australia then you’re in luck ! It is now technically possible to import the Honda Civic Type R EK9 as this model was approved by the Govt. on 10 Feb 2020 under new import regulations. Yes, the Honda Civic Type R FD2 will also be eligible for import soon (application pending approval) and the Honda Acco...

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February 17, 2020 / Australian Compliance, Classic cars, General News
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2002 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSPEC2 $400K

This 2002 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSPEC2 in Bayside Blue with 5,721 original km was auctioned at USS Tokyo on 13 February 2020 and sold for a phenomenal price… 20,395,000 JPY. Factoring in all costs, that would be equivalent to an eye-watering $394,000 AUD complied (including LCT and calculated @74 Yen to the dollar), plus on road costs. Grade 5 A. BNR34-402867. VSPEC2 #1541/1855. Low km c...

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February 13, 2020 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
SEVS Update

First new SEVS imports finally approved !

More models added 26 March 2020 – latest update here Things are finally moving ! – A new list has just been published showing the first vehicle models to be approved by the Australian Govt. under transitional SEVS arrangements. These are models NEVER BEFORE eligible for import to Australia and include hybrid / electric vehicles as well as significantly different versions of locally sol...

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February 11, 2020 / General News, Import Regulations
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1992 Lancia Delta Integrale Collezione

Looking for a classic car under the new 25 Year Rule, perhaps something like this 1992 Lancia Delta Integrale Collezione 4WD auctioned in Tokyo on 21 November 2019 ? Good News ! We can source it for you from Japan. Vehicles are inspected in person just for you on auction day – we check running condition as well as inside, outside and underneath – with more pictures provided and detai...

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January 31, 2020 / Classic cars, General News, Import Regulations
Mazda Autozam Carol

Honey, someone shrunk the Bentley !

Looking for a quirky 600cc kei car like this cute 1997 Mazda Autozam Carol that looks like a Bentley compact ? Good News ! Any kei car is now possible to import to Australia – right up to new models currently on sale in Japan – under the new import regulations. The only conditions are that the same model was not sold new in Australia and the Micro-car (kei-class car) criteria are met...

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January 31, 2020 / Australian Compliance, Classic cars, General News, Import Regulations
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Toyota Estima Hybrid Import to Australia NOW

Toyota Estima Hybrid Import to Australia is now possible with SEVS compliance available in several States for the full build range of Estima 2.4L hybrid. The hybrid Estima is easily identified in searches by using the chassis code AHR20 / AHR20W and is also known as the Toyota Tarago in Australia, and the Toyota Previa in other markets. 7 and 8 seat versions are available and popular factory optio...

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January 24, 2020 / Australian Compliance, General News, Hybrid electric
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Mazda 3 Hybrid 2.0L (Axela Hybrid) Aust import in 2020

The 2013 to current Mazda 3 Hybrid 2.0L – known as the Mazda Axela hybrid in Japan – will be eligible for import in 2020. Compliance is currently in progress, so we expect import to be possible in coming months. Prices will start from $16,000 complied in Australia (plus on road costs), based on current market pricing in Japan, and will become even better value as time goes on. The Maz...

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January 24, 2020 / Australian Compliance, General News, Hybrid electric
SEVS transition guidelines

SEVS Transition Guidelines provided for 2019 to 2021

Guidelines are now available setting out how SEVS will work (for the import of vehicles NEWER than 25 years) while we transition from the old (MVSA) to the new (RVS) vehicle import regulations. Transition period 10 Dec 2019 –> 1 July 2021. If you fancy a spot of light reading you can download the SEVS Interim Arrangements Guide here Main points: – creation of separate online registe...

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December 7, 2019 / Australian Compliance, General News, Import Regulations
25 Year Rule guidelines

Import Approval – How to Apply for 25 Year Old Vehicles

The Aust Govt. has provided this 25 Year Rule Vehicle Import – Guidance (PDF) setting out how the new 25 Year Rule will operate under interim arrangements from 10 December 2019, the type of vehicles that can be imported, and how to apply for an Import Approval. For convenience we have summarised the main points below. – 1988 and older rule This existing rule will continue to apply (u...

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December 4, 2019 / Australian Compliance, General News, Import Regulations
Nissan Leaf e PLUS AUTECH

62kW Leaf e+ AUTECH

The 2019+ 62kW Leaf will be eligible for import to Australia from 10 December 2019 under new import regulations. This 62kW Leaf e+ AUTECH in AUTECH blue was auctioned in Japan on 23 November 2019, for the equivalent of approx. $60,800 complied plus on road costs. 3,191km . Grade 5 A (as new). Factory AUTECH version. View more pics for this Nissan Leaf 62kW e+ AUTECH ...

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November 23, 2019 / General News, Hybrid electric
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RED 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6 TME

This rare 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6.5 TME in red was inspected for a client in November 2019. 69,047 km with service records. Grade 4.5 B. Original factory sticker package. View full inspection pics for this 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6.5 TME in red At the time of this post, EVO 6 TME prices were generally on the rise with clean and original examples selling for between $35,000 to $60,000 c...

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November 21, 2019 / Classic cars, General News
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