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    I'm thinking of buying a car from Japan and importing to Oz to be complied and road registered here.

    Just wondering whether anyone has used a import motor vehicle broker to do this? Marty springs to mind, so if he could comment please do.
    Who did you use and would you recommend them?
    Did you have any bad experiences and what were they?

    Had a bit of a search and these seem to be the ones that have been in the buisness the longest:
    http://www.prestigemotorsport.com.au
    http://www.j-spec.com.au/
    http://www.svi.com.au/
    http://www.importmonster.com.au/

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    Kristian can help with all that for you.

    http://www.ironchefimports.com/site/

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    Also +1 for the boys at http://www.prestigemotorsport.com.au

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    Thanks for the recommendations

    After having a bit more of a look locally(East Coast of Australia) I might have found what I'm looking for without having to import it.

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    got your PM mate, the above suggestions are better than the one i wouldn't offer you
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    Just wondering what Subaru's can be imported from Japan? Have got some mixed answers when searching around

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    Quote Originally Posted by forkus
    Just wondering what Subaru's can be imported from Japan? Have got some mixed answers when searching around
    basicly none! only race import only, unless you want to Reshell one.
    The only way is pre 89 models, and personal import.
    you need to own it for longer than a year in that country.(i think!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rippo
    basicly none! only race import only, unless you want to Reshell one.
    The only way is pre 89 models, and personal import.
    you need to own it for longer than a year in that country.(i think!)
    100% correct... SEVs sucks big fat rod. I have a Gen 3 GTB Etune, that was bought in by a bloke living in Japan, basically he bought it from the auctions, and after owing and having it rego'd in his name while in Japan for 12 months sent it over to his father for personal import, i bought it off his father, I had actually agreed to buy the car before it arrive but to get it in and passed custom/compliance/rego here in Oz it had to be a member of his immediate family.

    Importing Subys into Australia is near on impossible without living over in the country you are bringing it in from. Even then its hard at best... in all honesty its getting to the point that required 1 year ownership + shit sale values here in Australia, + a cap on 1 personal import a year.... its nearly not worth all the trouble.

    your best bet would be trying to sneak something in fro, across the ditch... i have heard of a few cars coming in through NZ...

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    Ahh thats very annoying, the Legacy GTB E-Tunes are so cheap in Japan too

    How would it be different importing from NZ?

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    same thing from NZ... also i think its about to become longer than 1 year living and owning in the counrty...

    There are plenty of importers from japan, what about people who bring in euro stuff? I have a hankering for another quattro...

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    Quote Originally Posted by forkus

    How would it be different importing from NZ?
    NZ is no different, in fact your in the same position thanks to SEVs no matter where the car is coming from, NZ is just closer,easier,cheaper to own and store a car...

    Subies are just as cheap as Japan as NZ so car cost would be practically the same...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rximpreza
    NZ is no different, in fact your in the same position thanks to SEVs no matter where the car is coming from, NZ is just closer,easier,cheaper to own and store a car...

    Subies are just as cheap as Japan as NZ so car cost would be practically the same...

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    And easier to bribe the seller to personally export with a free trip to the Goldie..
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    Quote Originally Posted by sooobi
    And easier to bribe the seller to personally export with a free trip to the Goldie..
    I knw u arent serious but there is alot of risk in doing this and it easily goes bad. And when it does there is no recourse because it was dodgy to start with and you end up $$$ out of pocket with no car.
    Strangely there is less risk in buying a car from japan and doing a dodgy rebirthing with an existing vin already here
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    Wouldn't it be just easier to search for car in Australia already personally imported?

    Saves a lot of headache/heartache, all for saving a couple G's?
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    Quote Originally Posted by smoov
    Wouldn't it be just easier to search for car in Australia already personally imported?

    Saves a lot of headache/heartache, all for saving a couple G's?
    Qouted for the truth...

    i had a mate over in japan, i was able to store the car, i was able it pick it up after it was delivered.... it couldnt have been easier and honeslty i dont think i would do it again unless i was bringing in something like an AMG/M BMW/ porsche.... even doing it the right way the whole process is a headfuck...

    there are some bloody nice cars selling here in OZ and its a buyers market... I have seen upwards of 5 really nice cars sell for less than half of the original asking price.

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    No subi's can be imported, as in some way shape or form they were originally AUDM hence are inelligible on the SEVS register. I looked into this a few years ago.

    As at 2004 the 15 years rule (which said that anything over 15years old from overseas could be imported almost hassle free) was going to open up the gates to 1989 JDM cars including Legacies, Skylines, Silvias etc. So they changed the rule and said Pre 1 Jan 1989 is cool, but later than that is no dice. The rule will be extended to a 30 years rule in 2019 the going forth from there.
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    I thought that might have been the case but thought I should ask anyway as they whole importing a car from japan sounded like an interesting experience.

    I have noticed quite a few nice Legacy's on other forums and sites like CarSales which I might look into when I am in a safer financial situation.

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    I don't think this is relevant to what you want but I was gonna bring in an MY05 Spec C, just for parts. Import Monster can buy a car and cut it in half for you in Japan quite cheaply. This way it gets around the import laws and you can just jam all the parts in an Aussie shell.

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