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Make Car Importing From Japan Easy For You

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Make Car Importing from Japan Easy

Are you looking at importing cars to Australia from Japan? There are a variety of reasons jap imports are popular and why car importing from Japan may makes sense for you: 

  • Access to JDM cars for sale, not released as a new car in Australia
  • Low kilometers options
  • Low shipping costs
  • Attractive overall cost

This all translates to finding a jap import that not only meets your budget, but also stands out from the normal range of cars available in the Australian market today.

Getting started with how to import car to Australia from Japan

Are you looking to buy a jap import from auction, privately or through a buyer's agent? Before you send any money overseas and attempt to import car to Australia from Japan we recommend:

  • Ensure the exact JDM cars for sale are listed on the SEVS register . You must match the full brand, model, variant and year range. 
  • Understand all your costs before you buy, including compliance costs.
  • Review photos thoroughly - Japanese can be heavy smokers and it is common for them to smoke in cars which often stains the ash tray and fabric ceiling linings
  • Check for significant rusting of the chassis - Japanese cars are exposed to wild winters full of snow, and roads are typically salted to reduce ice build up. This combination of salt and water can splash up underneath the car and create corrosion.
  • Avoid JDM imports from radiation hot zones, these vehicles cant be exported easily.

Did you know that vehicles under 3.5t gross vehicle weight and over 25 years old can be imported as a classic car? Please check with your states transport department for licensing requirements.

Japan Carsales is a thing right?

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Unfortunately Japan Carsales doesn't exist, so the hunt for your Jap Import will be longer. Be mindful to avoid too good to be true deals. Avoid freight inclusive deals and cars with extremely low kilometers, we find these are generally a give away for wound back odometers. Do your research into the agent your buying through.

What we can do for you

Shipping inclusive offers are common to get your car from Japan. These shipping offers are generally based on the cheapest shipping service available and shipping delays are now common. In addition terms and conditions of these offers excludes port storage in Japan whilst your jap import is awaiting a vessel. Instead we provide our clients with all the available shipping options to get your car from Japan. We let you make the decision on what service suits the timing to import car to Australia from Japan.

  • Arrange collection of vehicle from seller or auction house
  • Cleaning in compliance with Australian Quarantine guidelines
  • Deregister the car in Japan
  • Arrange vehicle import approval prior to shipping
  • Export Customs Clearance
  • Import car to Australia from Japan by Container or RoRo vessel to Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Port Kembla, Sydney, or Brisbane
  • Import Customs and Quarantine Clearance
  • Pay import taxes and Quarantine Fees for car importing from japan
  • Transport to a local partnered workshop in your state for vehicle compliance
  • Carry out vehicle compliance and notify you of any required repairs
  • Provide you with a compliance certificate, vehicle import approval and add a compliance sticker to your imported car
  • Transport the car to your door

All of these services can be arranged by us for your jap import. We take the stress and risk out of car importing from japan and deliver your jap import to your door. Get in touch with Custom Brokers for an obligation free quote on moving your car from Japan.

Your Questions Answered: Frequently-asked questions on car importing from Japan to Australia

You may still have some questions about importing a car from Japan. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about car imports from Japan to Australia.

The cost can vary depending on a number of factors, including the type of vehicle, its value, shipping costs, and any applicable taxes and duties. Custom Brokers offer competitive rates for our services without compromising on service quality. For a specific quote, request a free quote here.

The process after vehicle purchase starts with obtaining a Vehicle Import Approval (VIA) from the Department of Infrastructure and Transport. This must be done before the vehicle is shipped to avoid fines and extra charges on arrival. Other services required include: washing, transport, deregistration, customs clearance and vehicle compliance.

The duration of the process can depend on several factors. We recommend allowing at least 15 weeks from purchase to handover for newly purchased vehicles.

The cost for processing a VIA application varies depending on the import pathway being used. There are many factors involved, with the government fees ranging between $35 and $100.

Yes we can manage the process of obtaining a VIA from the Department of Infrastructure and Transport on behalf of our clients. Our fee for VIA lodgement starts from $195.

If you’re ready to start your car importing journey, Custom Brokers is here to help. Contact us today for more information on how we can assist you in importing your dream car from Japan. Our team of experienced professionals is ready to guide you through every step of the process, from initial research to final delivery. Let’s bring your dream car home together!

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