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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
garrett-e-turbo

Turbos are going ELECTRIC and becoming part of hybrid powertrains

We’re in a very interesting time in automotive history with the most rapid technological advances occurring since the original invention of the motor car. A wide range of different hybrid and electric solutions are being trialed in real world markets, but there is still a long way to go particularly when it comes to battery technology. Development of the Garrett e-turbo for hybrid vehicles i...

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November 11, 2019 / General News, Hybrid electric
Ship pollution

Shipping Cost Increase from 1 Jan 2020

Changes to marine fuel regulations will increase the cost of all shipping – including shipping vehicles from Japan to Australia – from the 1st January 2020. This is expected to increase the shipping cost by about $150 AUD per vehicle. Below details are provided courtesy of Dolphin Shipping and the International Marine Organisation (IMO). The IMO is implementing a new regulation (IMO20...

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November 11, 2019 / General News
Left Hand Drive Car Registration in Australia

Left Hand Drive Car Registration in Australia & the 25 Year Rule

With the new 25 Year Rule for car imports to Australia comes the next issue – what about left hand drive car registration in Australia ? Well, this is handled differently by each Australian State and Territory So… the age at which a left hand drive vehicle can be legally registered in Australia varies from 0 to 30 years depending on where you live, and the registration conditions also...

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October 31, 2019 / Classic cars, General News
Important Info 25 Year Rule

Now Sourcing 25 Year Old Cars

Some important points to bear in mind when selecting vehicles to import under the new 25 Year Rule for car imports to Australia which STARTS on 10 Dec 2019: – Prices are rising fast on all classic vehicles The USA has their own 25 Year Rule which allows the import of RHD vehicles. Unlike Australia, American buyers have no reference point for pricing of Japanese imports so are prepared to sp...

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October 16, 2019 / Classic cars, General News, Import Regulations
25 Year Rule starts

25 Year Rule CONFIRMED !

Just confirmed – the new 25 Year Rule for car imports to Australia WILL START on 10 December 2019. Quick summary from today’s official update received today from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development: – The 25 Year Rule will start on 10 December 2019 (applications for import approval won’t be accepted before this date) – Vehicle...

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October 3, 2019 / General News, Import Regulations
Import car insurance

Import Car Insurance

Looking for import car insurance ? Companies that handle import car insurance can be a little hard to find, particularly if the model is unusual. There are a number of choices for import car insurance depending on your location in Australia, including NRMA (NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS), SGIC (SA), SGIO (WA) and Shannons (Australia-wide). View current list of companies for import car insurance...

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October 1, 2019 / General News, Insurance
Leaf Gen 2 Import 40kW

Nissan Leaf Gen 2 Import NOW

Nissan Leaf Gen 2 40kW 2017 to 2019 model (AZE1) compliance is now available in QLD, NSW and VIC. Be one of the first to import the Nissan Leaf Gen 2 40kW, with greater range and improved technology and safety features over the previous model. Eligible import date range is 2 Oct 2017 to 25 April 2019 (Nissan Australia is approved to sell the Leaf for models built AFTER 25 April 2019). Secondhand ...

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September 19, 2019 / Australian Compliance, General News, Hybrid electric
Update

UPDATE – New Vehicle Import Regulations Delayed up to 18 months

The Road Vehicle Standards Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 was passed today and gives the Govt. a new flexible deadline to implement the vehicle import regulation changes of up to 1 July 2021 (rather than 10 December 2019 as originally legislated). Behind the scenes the Govt. is indicating to industry stakeholders that it will implement parts of the changes early, such as allowing additional model...

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September 10, 2019 / General News, Import Regulations
2001 Mazda RX-7 RZ 10

2001 Mazda RX-7 RZ #273 / 325

This rare 2001 Mazda RX-7 RZ was sold on 8 August 2019 at USS Tokyo auction for approx. 5,000,000 Yen FOB ($85,000 AUD complied @ 72 Yen to the dollar), plus tyres and on road costs. Type RZ build #273 / 325. VIN: FD3S-601459. 280HP; 5 speed manual; 2 Seats; Seat style: STC; Interior: FF2; 17 inch wheels; Bilstein dampers; Normal suspension. 66,230 km with service records. Grade 4.5 B. ...

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August 8, 2019 / Classic cars, General News
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Japan Auction Dates Obon 2019

The Japanese annual “Obon” holiday is coming up again at the end of this week. Most Japanese businesses close for up to a week and this includes the Japanese car auctions. The Japanese car auctions will be closed for Obon 2019 from Saturday 10 August to Sunday 18 August. Obon is a Japanese Buddhist holiday that honors the return of the spirits of ancestors. During this time many Japan...

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August 5, 2019 / General News
Sydney Electric Vehicle Expo 2019

Sydney Electric Vehicle Expo 2019

The Sydney Electric Vehicle Expo 2019 is coming ! FREE entry. Sat 26 / Sun 27 Oct 2019. Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney Showground. Website: http://www.theevexpo.com/ Browse Electric Vehicle import options for Australia here The easiest way to monitor auction vehicles in Japan – Set up FREE auction alerts to receive daily email updates....

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July 2, 2019 / General News, Hybrid electric
PlugShare Find Australian EV Charging Stations

PlugShare – Find EV Charging Stations in Australia

Running low on battery bars in Australia and looking for your nearest EV charging stations ? Better download the PlugShare app ! The electric car revolution is quietly happening here in Australia with thousands of EV charging stations already available around the country and new ones added in different locations every week. PlugShare lets you find free and paid charging stations with the most comp...

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July 2, 2019 / General News, Hybrid electric
Cube ute 2

Super Cute Cube Ute

This quirky 2004 Nissan Cube Ute was sold on 6 June 2019 at USS Tokyo auction for 650,000 Yen ($8,700 AUD @ 75 Yen to the dollar). Just one example of the unusual cars we see auctioned in Japan on a weekly basis. Even had Alpine speakers for the rear deck ! ...

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June 21, 2019 / General News, Uncategorized
Japan car owner history examples

Japan Car Owner History

Full Japan car owner history is now available through Japan Car History Check (JCHC). JCHC provides a range of great services to protect buyers of Japanese car imports worldwide. In addition to Japanese car auction and registration records, JCHC can supply comprehensive Japan car owner history – this is a full list of registration events from new right up to export. Japan Car Owner History O...

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June 15, 2019 / General News
1996 R33 GTR VSPEC N1 1

1996 R33 GTR VSPEC N1

This RARE 1996 R33 GTR VSpec N1 (V-Spec Series 2 N1 #20/21) – sold today at USS Tokyo auction for 4,005,000 JPY (approx. $66,000 landed in Australia @ 75 Yen to the dollar). Graded 3 most likely due to general corrosion in various places and the rust holes in the right side step and right rear wheel arch… VIN: BCNR33-024522. ...

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June 6, 2019 / Classic cars, General News, GTR
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TINY Japan car park space

Think YOUR carpark space is tight ? We came across this one while in Japan last week. Parking space costs more than the van ! 😀 The easiest way to monitor auction vehicles in Japan – Set up FREE auction alerts to receive daily email updates....

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May 16, 2019 / General News

Import Nissan Leaf Gen 2 to Australia

September 2019 update – Nissan Leaf Gen 2 compliance now available Be the first to import Nissan Leaf Gen 2 to Australia – the 40kW 2017 to 2019 model (AZE1) was added to the SEVS eligible import list on 9 May 2019. Eligible import date range is 2 Oct 2017 to 25 April 2019 (Nissan Australia is approved to sell them new after 25 April 2019). Secondhand and new Gen 2 Leaf’s are av...

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April 24, 2019 / Australian Compliance, General News, Hybrid electric
Nissan Note ePower Nismo (E12) 1

Nissan Note ePOWER import now for Aust

The January 2016 to current model Nissan Note ePower hybrid electric (HE12) is now available for import to Australia. A range of factory options are available including the sporty NISMO version featured above. The ePower petrol-electric hybrid technology is Nissan’s transition stage towards fully electric vehicles (EV’s). View more specifications and pictures for the Nissan Note ePower...

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March 26, 2019 / General News, Hybrid electric
Nissan Fuga HYBRID front

Nissan Fuga HYBRID now eligible for import

The 2010 to current model Nissan Fuga HYBRID 3.5L (HY51) / Infiniti M35h is now eligible for import to Australia. Skyline sedan’s big brother. Featured here with Aimgain VIP GT bodykit. Power rated at 268 kW at 1840kg = 145.65 kW per tonne. 0 – 100 in approx. 5.2 sec. Fuel economy ~ 5L / 100 km. Prices from about $20K to $50K complied depending on year, spec and km – please cont...

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March 21, 2019 / Australian Compliance, General News
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