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How to Read an Auction Report. You need those basics.

99.9% of all Japanese imports are sold through the auction houses, where each vehicle is issued an auction report with the grade. It’s a one-page card that lists make, model, VIN number, mileage, features and problems + other bits and pieces. Auction report comes in Japanese, however even if you d [...]

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How Much Does a Nissan Elgrand E52 Cost?

Nissan Elgrand E52s are allowed into Australia only up to May 2012. Despite the fact that they’ve been in production from August 2010, the prices can vary dramatically. Let’s have a look at a few 2010-2012 E52 examples from Sydney dealerships in March 2020: 1. The basic Highway Star 8 seats wit [...]

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My 7 "Aha" moments from the Country of Warm Toilet Seats!

I’m back to work ... Trying to find my feet again and I can’t seem to find them: our trip to Japan was too good. While waiting for my new stock (coming later this week), I thought I’d share with you my best “Aha” moments from Japan. So, here we go: 1. Want to get great + affordable sushi in Tok [...]

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Don’t be like Susan! (A Japanese import horror story from 2012)

Last week I had an unexpected call from my customer Susan. Susan bought her car from us in 2012 and I probably wouldn’t remember her by now, but she didn’t transfer into her name for a frightfully large period of time and I kept getting fines from the Victorian countryside, so the name stuck ԅ [...]

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To Trade or Not To Trade?

I’ve been selling cars for 12 years. Kinda crazy, right? Don’t know the exact number, but I’ve sold over 1000 JDM cars since 2007 (and I was testing waters as a backyard dealer for a few years before that). My number of trade-ins is a LOT smaller, less than 20 cars in 12 years. I never liked the [...]

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Nissan X-Trail vs. Toyota Estima

Have you ever been in a situation where you invite someone (your good customer) for a coffee, arrive 10 minutes early (to make sure you’ll order/pay) and realize you’re too late? There they are, sitting nicely and sipping their coffee, waiting for you? That was my situation. I recently had a cat [...]

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Do you really need AWD option if you never ever go to the snow?

I made a post this week on AWD on Demand option and we got two opposing camps on my Facebook and IG: “Definitely AWD” and “Why Bother, I Pressed AWD Button Once”? I’ll just sum up all I know on the topic and let you decide if you need one.    What is AWD on Demand? AWD on demand gives yo [...]

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Why Importing by Custom Order is the Best Option for You

If you’re like me, then, my friend, you’re into affordable family cars that you can ENJOY not ENDURE (this is where all Japanese imports come in handy) and, most likely, you want something specific. It could be an Elgrand E51 2010 … this model performs best, its seats are even comfier than early ser [...]

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GADGETY ESTIMA Vs POVERTY PACK TARAGO

How often do you get an email from a customer (or just anyone) that makes you laugh your head off? It doesn’t happen to me very often. This one below is a gem too good to keep it to myself. My customer Brett from Bega kindly shared his thoughts on the Toyota Estima GSR50 they purchased from Best Peo [...]

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Five Warning Signs You’re Reading a Fake Ad!

"I'm becoming increasingly agitated over the amount of total crap I'm reading. What is it about this particular vehicle that attracts bad sorts, from sleazy private importers bringing in auction rejects and repairable wrecks... and the full size car yards down Parramatta way... There are exterior ph [...]

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