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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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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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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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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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Anchor Points. How many do you need?

If you're in the market for a people mover, you probably need some anchor points installed in your car, right? Here's what you should know about anchors on Japanese Imports: Every single JDM people mover that we sell comes with 2 FACTORY anchor points, positioned on the left and right middle row [...]

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The world doesn’t need another boring motor dealer, right?

Today I’m starting my blog on Japanese Imports by sharing with you a fun list of all the JDM cars that I have owned with Igor since 1989 (yep, I've been stuck with the same guy since the evil empire/USSR times). So, we drove both in Russia and here (no particular order): MMC Pajero 1983 — All I rem [...]

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