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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

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 last 3 months of Subaru Forester auction sales in Japan Sign up for daily...

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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
2002 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSPEC2 12

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
Toyota Estima hybrid import modellista

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
Mazda 3 hybrid Axela hybrid blue

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
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
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