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Importing to New Zealand
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Import to New Zealand

Japan Auto Direct provide the most informed and reliable importing service for dealer imports Australia wide. With our knowledge of the import process and access to over 50,000 cars at auction each week, we will be able to source you the best car for your yard in Australia.

Importing Japanese Used Cars to New Zealand from Japan

The process is simple and is typically involves the following steps.


1.Once you are ready to go ahead we will require a 200,000 Japanese Yen deposit. We will then get all the necessary details concerning the vehicles you are looking for e.g Colour, Kilometers and options aswell as your budget and begin searching for cars that fit your description.


2. When appropriate vehicles are found we will send you photos and a full description. If the vehicle is at auction we will also give you a translation of the auction sheet as well as the start price and expected sale price. We will then provide you with a first hand description of the vehicle from Auction. With this information you can decide if you'd like to bid and up to how much. Please note that we will never bid on a car for you without your full approval and designated budget. Ultimately the decision is yours and we will do our best to find you a car that closely matches your ideal vehicle.


3. Once the vehicle is purchased an invoice will be sent to you within 24 hours and a full set of photos once the car hits our holding yard; usually 3-4 days after. You will then pay the FOB price (ex Japan) directly into our Japanese company bank account within 1 working day. All paperwork necessary for export will be arranged and the car will be transported to the wharf for shipping to the nearest port to where you are in Australia. Cars are put on the first available ship, usually a week to 10 days after purchase.

The ENTIRE process TAKES 4-5 WEEKS from date of purchase.
SEVS (Specialist & Enthusiast Vehicles Scheme) vehicles are the most commonly imported vehicles into Australia. These vehicles need to be complied by a RAW (Registered Automotive Workshop). A RAW is issued a government license that allows them to comply certain vehicles. Compliance refers to the modification of an imported vehicle to ensure it conforms to applicable Australian regulations, and Australian Design Rules. Compliance is compulsory for any vehicle that is imported to be road registered. Costs vary depending on:

  • Modifications required
  • Compliance availability
  • Location of compliance workshop
  • Condition of the vehicle
  • Market demand

RAWS compliance is generally between $2500 and $5500 depending on the vehicle.
Vehicles manufactured prior to 1 Jan 1989 are also eligible to be imported into Australia.

For further information on the rules and regulations to import a vehicle into Australia please click the link below.


Popular Japanese vehicles being exported to Australia include:

  • Nissan Skyline GTR & GTS-T
  • Toyota Supra RZ turbo & SZ non-turbo
  • Toyota Soarer
  • Nissan Pulsar
  • Mitsubishi Delica Spacegear
  • Nissan 180SX
  • Toyota Celica convertible
  • Nissan Silvia
  • Mazda RX7 Series 7
  • Mitsubishi GTO 96-98 model
  • Nissan Fairlady 300ZX
  • Mitsubishi RVR
  • Toyota Hiace
  • 15 Year old 4WDs & Prestige vehicles

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Used Japanese Mitsubishi Delica Spacegear Used Japanese Nissan 180SX
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Used Japanese Nissan Fairlady 300ZX Used Japanese Mitsubishi RVR Super Sports
Used Japanese Totoya Celica Used Japanese Toyota Hiace