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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
Rover import approval application

New ROVER system for import approval applications

After an extended transition phase, the new Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) finally replaced the old Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA) on 1 July 2021. Import approvals will no longer be issued for vehicle models under the old regulations after 31 March 2022 and those vehicles must have a compliance plate fitted by 30 June 2022. More info: Last Chance for Old SEVS models An online sys...

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July 12, 2021 / 25 Year Rule, Australian Compliance, Import Regulations
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
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
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
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
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
R35 GTR Import

NOW TAKING ORDERS – R35 GTR Import

2021 UPDATE – Sorry, we are no longer taking orders for the R35 GTR as the prices are now too high in Japan for viable import. With full compliance estimated to be just 3 to 4 weeks away for R35 GTR import to Australia under the new SEVS, we are now taking orders ! R35 GTR import has been one of the most common requests we have received since this model was released 13 years ago. Those follo...

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May 23, 2020 / Australian Compliance, GTR, Import Regulations
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
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
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
1992 Lancia Delta Integrale Collezione front right

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
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

2021 UPDATE – From 1 July 2021 import approvals under the 25 Year Rule are handled by the new ROVER system. In December 2019 the Aust Govt. provided a 25 Year Rule Vehicle Import – Guidance (PDF) setting out how the new 25 Year Rule would operate under interim arrangements, the type of vehicles that can be imported under this option, and how to apply for an Import Approval. The new ...

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December 4, 2019 / Australian Compliance, General News, Import Regulations
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
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
Import Honda NSX under 25 Year Rule

Import Honda NSX under 25 Year Rule

2021 UPDATE – Sorry, we are no longer taking orders for the NSX as the prices are now too high in Japan for viable import. Want to import Honda NSX to Australia under the 25 Year Rule and not sure where to start ? YES – The new 25 Year Rule has been confirmed and will allow the import of vehicles – including the NSX – that are over 25 years old, from 10 December 2019. Thi...

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March 6, 2019 / Classic cars, General News, Import Regulations
Good News new import regulation

Import Regulations 2019 RELEASED

So, the new import regulations 2019 were finally released with some major improvements bound to put a grin on enthusiasts’ faces. YES – We have secure indoor storage available now for anyone wanting to get a jump on the market prior to 10 December 2019, which is only 10 months away and will be on us before we know it. Bear in mind that some classics may take months to source so it̵...

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February 27, 2019 / Australian Compliance, Classic cars, General News, Import Regulations
Honda Civic Type R FD2 3

Import Honda Civic Type R FD2 under New SEVS

Lots of interest lately in the 2007 – 2010 Honda Civic Type R FD2 and whether this model will be eligible for import to Australia under the new SEVS from December 2019. LATEST UPDATE 3 April 2020 – Civic Type R FD2 now approved for import View inspection pics for another auction example The Honda Civic Type R FD2 was a relatively rare model with approx. 13,000 units made during the a...

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February 21, 2019 / Classic cars, General News, Import Regulations
Pea Car

New Hybrid & Electric Import Options

Thanks to some pre-emptive changes ahead of the new SEVS regulations which will apply from 10 December this year, we can now import a growing range of secondhand and new hybrid and electric vehicles. Australia is lagging well behind most other high carbon footprint countries on reforming the transport sector to combat climate change, so the new regulations are a very welcome step in the right dire...

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February 15, 2019 / General News, Import Regulations
New Import Regulations waiting

New Import Regulations UPDATE

This seems to be dragging on doesn’t it ? Here’s the latest on the new import regulations which are set to apply from 10 December 2019. 10 days ago we requested an update from the Govt. – today we received the reply which you can read in full below. But first, bear in mind that the Road Vehicle Standards Bill 2018 that was passed into law last year deals only with top level ma...

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January 24, 2019 / General News, Import Regulations
Royal Assent

New Import Regulations START – 10 Dec 2019

OK, the date is set. The Road Vehicle Standards Bill 2018 received Royal Assent on 10 Dec 2018. There is now a 12 month transition period to allow businesses to adjust and new management structures to be put in place. This Bill forms the skeleton of the new laws. The important detail on actual operation will be in the Regulations which have not yet been released. We will update again once this hap...

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December 11, 2018 / Australian Compliance, General News, Import Regulations
New Vehicle Import Regulations Passed

New Import Regulations PASSED

The new vehicle import regulations we have all been waiting for were finally passed by the Aust. Govt. yesterday… after 5 long years. At last, Australian consumers will have a greater choice of vehicles at lower prices including low emissions options What happens next ? There is a 12 month period before the new regulations will apply. The old scheme will be phased out over the next 2 years. ...

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November 28, 2018 / General News, Import Regulations
Import reg changes

Import Regulation Changes – No News is Good News ?

We are asked on a daily basis when the vehicle import regulation changes will kick in. New legislation has been proposed now for about 4 years ! Everyone is waiting for a refresh of the existing import regulations for Australia which are becoming somewhat stale and uninspiring – considering the reduced availability and rapidly rising costs of most of the desirable models out of Japan that ...

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June 18, 2018 / General News, Import Regulations
Road Vehicle Standards Bill 2018

Submissions on the Road Vehicle Standards Bill 2018

Only 23 submissions were made to the Committee reviewing the draft legislation for vehicle import regulation changes; 20 from affected businesses and industry bodies including 1 submission from the Govt. itself. Leaving just 3 submissions from individuals. With this level of apathy from Aust consumers it’s no wonder that Govt. and big business have gotten away with unfairly restricting our i...

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April 19, 2018 / General News, Import Regulations
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