With proposed changes to the Australian Vehicle Import Regulations looming in 2018, it’s worth a reminder that people movers such as the Nissan Elgrand, Toyota Estima and Mitsubishi Delica will most likely be blocked from import as a secondhand vehicle (unless they are a hybrid).
There may only be 6 months left to import one of these if the changes go ahead as the Govt. has previously indicated.
Standard secondhand people movers – which over recent years have become the most commonly imported vehicle models to Australia – simply don’t fit within the new eligibility criteria for SEVS 2018 put forward in October 2016.
There have been no further official announcements on what is happening for the last 9 months, leaving the vehicle import industry in a state of limbo and understandably reticent to invest any more money into the existing scheme or add new models.
With the timeframe drawing near, we expect an announcement soon as to what exactly will happen and whether transitional arrangements will apply.
Once it becomes official that standard people movers will be excluded, there will most likely be a desperate rush to buy while it’s still possible to import them.
This will drastically affect price and availability in the short term as there simply aren’t enough suitable vehicles available to meet a sudden spike in demand.
So if you are considering importing one of these vehicles, we would suggest you do so as soon as possible for the best choice and price.
We can source any eligible vehicle directly from Japan at cost direct prices.
Simply contact us if you need assistance with any examples you find or to ask current price ranges for models you’re interested in.
We specialise in sourcing the best Japanese cars and we take time to inspect them properly. If you want a genuine km, clean and original vehicle, we can find it for you, including at dealers across Japan.
You need to be ready and waiting for the right car though, some are not easy to find.
When it does come up, you need an agent that puts in the extra effort to thoroughly inspect it for all the usual faults and issues and provides a full set of pictures on auction day so you can decide what it’s worth.
Rule #1: Don’t EVER buy a car unless you’ve had someone you trust check it first.
Our Past Client Inspections page is filled with examples of vehicles we have inspected for clients including classic cars in Japan. You can browse actual pictures and see the service we provide.