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Japanese Car Imports: Direct vs Custom import

Getting serious about buying a Japanese import? Let's have a look at a few ways how you can do it. There’re four ways to get yourself a freshly imported Japanese car in Australia: 1. PRIVATE IMPORT This option will suit a microscopic category of people that have lived in Japan (for example, skiing [...]

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Why Japanese Used Cars Are Cheaper Than Others

By guest blogger Brett Phillips Ten years ago, a large family might’ve felt limited to either a high-ticket people mover, a budget Kia Carnival, or perhaps even a second car - and not a great deal else. Yet, patiently, in the deep dark shadows... the mysterious magic of grey imports has been simmer [...]

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Japanese Car Imports: Toyota Estima Vs Nissan Elgrand

Have a tribe of your own and thinking to get a people mover? Let’s find out why Toyota Estima and Nissan Elgrand are so popular with Antipodeans and which one is a perfect fit for you. If you don’t consider yourself a car enthusiast, the market is full of exciting choices. You’ve got an Imax, a [...]

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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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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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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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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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