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Last nail for old SEVS

Last Nail for Old SEVS…

Well, the last week has been an interesting one for vehicle imports to Aust… Thanks to an unexpected announcement from the Govt. Dept. involved, virtually all compliance workshops found themselves way over quota this week on most popular import models in the MA category (this covers all the regular passenger sedans, coupes and some people movers like the Alphard / Vellfire, Elgrand and petr...

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October 18, 2021 / Australian Compliance, General News
Last chance for old SEVS models

Last Orders for OLD SEVS Models

Changes to the import regulations for Australia have been dragging on for so long (over 6 years) that some people may not realise that many popular older models will soon become impossible to import. A whole range of models will be blocked from 1 April 2022, including petrol / diesel people movers like the Nissan Elgrand, Toyota Estima, Mitsubishi Delica, Toyota Alphard and Toyota Vellfire. Petrol...

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September 1, 2021 / General News, Import Regulations, People Movers
Nissan Ariya EV

2021 Nissan Ariya EV 66kWh & 91kWh

Nissan Japan is now taking pre-orders for the new 66kWh and 91kWh Nissan Ariya electric vehicle. The Nissan Ariya is a sedan / SUV crossover style vehicle with better range and performance than the current  62kWh Nissan Leaf. Both the standard 61kWh battery model (B6) and the 91kWh extended range and performance model (B9 – 290kW / 600Nm) are available in 2WD and 4WD with 4WD models featur...

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June 16, 2021 / Australian Compliance, General News, Hybrid electric, Import Regulations
Car Import times changing

The Times They are A Changin’

Whew, we’ve hardly had a chance to catch our breath the last 12 months. We have been so busy sourcing cars it has simply left no time for Blogging or FB. Time then perhaps for a quick catch up in between the avalanche of auction inspections, bidding, emails, phone calls and SMS ! Here are our quick thoughts on the last year and what we expect in the next year… The global pandemic triggered...

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June 2, 2021 / 25 Year Rule, Australian Compliance, Classic cars, General News, Hybrid electric, Import Regulations
Last Chance SEVS

Last Chance for Old SEVS models

The old SEVS WILL END in the next 12 months. This has been coming for awhile, so what does it actually mean ? Let’s start with what we know. Many popular import models from the last 20 years will no longer be possible to import. The last import approvals will be issued for old SEVS models on 31 March 2022 and the compliance plate must be fitted to the car by 30 June 2022. Petrol and diesel ONLY ...

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May 25, 2021 / Australian Compliance, General News, Hybrid electric, Import Regulations
Christmas

2020 Summary & Merry Christmas !

WHEW !! 2020 was obviously a HUGE year in general and very busy for imports, so we are taking some extended time off over Christmas and New Year to catch our breath ! Our office is now closed for the year and we will be back to normal hours on Monday 11th January 2021. This year has been a real turning point in worldwide prices for many items including cars – you’ll find more detail a...

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December 19, 2020 / Classic cars, General News
USS Auction Member Restricted

USS Auctions STOP auction images

The company that controls the USS auctions in Japan (roughly 60% of the total auction vehicles in Japan by volume) has stopped the automated access to auction vehicle images and reports, starting 24 Nov 2020. This not only affects our Auctions page but thousands of other websites in the world that display this data with automated systems. USS has now restricted access to these images to paying mem...

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November 24, 2020 / General News, Japan auction online, Japan car auctions, japan used car auction, search Japan car auction
Living Under a Rock

In case you have been living under a rock…

We are in the middle of a massive market shift right now, the car import market and prices are changing faster than at any time in the last 20 years and things will never be the same. Demand for vehicles is like nothing we have ever seen before, and we are absolutely flat out sourcing cars and answering enquiries. There are a range of reasons for all this but one main factor is the global Covid-1...

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September 21, 2020 / 25 Year Rule, Classic cars, General News, GTR
Latest SEVS update

8 New Models Eligible for Import to Australia

The latest list of approved models under transitional SEVS arrangements is now available. View the latest approved models list here The latest 8 models added to the list are included below. More models will be added and the list updated as time goes on – there are HUNDREDS more models still to come including many hybrid / electric options, kei cars, and rare vehicles. Approved 09 / 1998 &#...

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September 11, 2020 / Australian Compliance, General News
Import 2020 Nissan Leaf 62kWh now possible

Import 2020 Nissan Leaf 62kWh now possible

The 62kWh Nissan Leaf full model range has just been approved for direct import to Australia right up to new 2020 models. At the time of this post, prices for 0 to 15,000 km 62kWh Leafs in new to near new condition ranged from about $42,000 to $51,000 complied, plus on road costs. Obviously this compares very well with the Nissan Australia new price for the lower power / range 40kWh model, which r...

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August 21, 2020 / General News, Hybrid electric, Import Regulations
New SEVS Approved Vehicle List

New SEVS Approved Vehicle List

The latest list of vehicle models approved for import to Australia under transitional SEVS arrangements is shown below. You can also check the Aust Govt. website directly for the latest updates. 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...

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August 21, 2020 / 25 Year Rule, Australian Compliance, General News
Japan car parts

Japan Car Parts

Looking for a reliable supplier for imported Japan car parts ? We receive enquiries every day from people wanting parts for their imported car. Unfortunately as we specialise in sourcing vehicles to order, we don’t deal with individual car parts from Japan ! What you need is a Japan car parts expert, and for that we highly recommend Jesse Streeter from Streeter Corporation – Jesse has...

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August 19, 2020 / General News

Suzuki Cappuccino Reheated ?

The Suzuki Cappuccino was a 660cc “kei car” produced in Japan from 1991 to 1997, which means it is now eligible for import to Australia (and the USA) under the 25 Year Rule. The Cappuccino is now being rediscovered as a result, and prices are rising quickly along with all other nostalgic vehicles of this era. Just over 28,000 Cappuccino’s were made, mostly for the domestic Japane...

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August 10, 2020 / 25 Year Rule, General News
2002 Toyota Aristo TT V300 Vertex Edition

Low km TWIN TURBO Aristo TT V300 Vertex Edition – AVAILABLE NOW but be QUICK

26 August 2020 UPDATE – Please note this vehicle has now been sold and is no longer available. This May 2002 Toyota Aristo TT V300 Vertex Edition with 3L twin turbo has just arrived in stock with one of our agents in Japan.  The Aristo JZS161 model has the same 1JZGTE twin turbo used in the Supra RZ TT so is a real sleeper, and with Supra prices now stratospheric is about the cheapest rem...

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July 26, 2020 / General News
1998 Subaru WRX 22B STi 08

$300K+ 1998 Subaru WRX 22B STi 200 / 400

Classified by many as the “Ultimate Subaru”, just 400 of the 2.2L 22B STi were produced for the domestic Japanese market and a 25 additional (un-numbered) cars for the export market. This rare and sought after 22B STi (#200 of 400) was auctioned on 23 July 2020 at USS Tokyo – the largest vehicle auction in the world – ensuring maximum exposure to collector eyes… and ...

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July 22, 2020 / Classic cars, General News
Closed earth

What Pandemic ?

Regardless of everything else that’s going on in the world, 2020 is proving to be the Year of the Collector Car. It is, in fact, the busiest time we have known for importing vehicles of all types in over 15 years. While the shock and uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic caused a noticeable reduction in Japan car auction prices between February and April 2020, a surge in demand that started i...

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July 14, 2020 / Classic cars, General News
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
1993 Toyota Supra aerotop 09

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
Please Sir

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
1997 Toyota Supra aerotop 01

Rare 1997 Supra Aerotop sells for $50K

8 July 2020 – in a further update to our original post from 26 June 2020, this Supra is now listed by a Japanese car dealer for 3.79 million Yen (including 10% GST): 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 wit...

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June 26, 2020 / Classic cars, General News
2005 Subaru Forester STi 30

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
Covid 19 ex rate recovery graph

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
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