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3 Common Rookie Mistakes When Buying an Import

In the world of fab Japanese imports, I often have to deal with a very special breed of clients. Bright eyed excited newbies. They’ve just found out about the imported cars from Japan and have been hit with a few truths: They don’t need to strain their bank account and buy a brand-new Kia to have [...]

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New Cars Vs Used Cars?

Which one should you buy? We find the Australian market continuously flooded with new model vehicles from the highly competitive Chinese, Korean and Japanese auto industries. From cheap ‘hot hatches’ to the most luxurious people movers and SUV’s, the options seem endless... But, where to begin when [...]

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VICTORIAN ROADWORTHY: How to Transfer Estima or Elgrand Purchased in NSW. All You need to know

I’ve recently received an email from Anthony, who is looking to buy an Estima from NSW and has a few questions regarding VIC Roads transfer. I thought no one can give better answers than Jad, my new customer from Melbourne who purchased Nissan Elgrand and successfully transferred it in their names [...]

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Toyota Estima. Advantages and Disadvantages.

Some Advantages and Disadvantages - With Tim Neill It’s great for school drop offs and pick-ups. You can enjoy it on the long road trips and the short weekend drives. Perfect for Bunnings and Ikea shopping frenzies. Car-pooling with friends? No problem! Wherever your life takes you, Toyota Estima d [...]

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Why is Delica still an import favourite in Australia?

There’s something magical about discovering a new road. In the Australian Alps. At 100 km/h. Behind the wheel of a brand new limited-edition $1.6 million Nissan GT-R50. You’ve managed to secure that blue one with the gold accents and you’re on top of the world: the music is blasting, and the wind is [...]

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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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