DAZMAC is the Australian Agent for Autohub which is one of the largest vehicle shipping companies in Japan New Zealand and the UK.

How do you import a vehicle from Japan?

There are lots of different vehicle auctions in Japan which you can purchase vehicles from. Auctions are the most common way of purchasing from Japan as the sites are available in English and buying privately has the language barrier, making it more difficult.

There are many reputable companies your can use to assist with purchasing from the Auctions

JUMVEA: Japan Used Motor Vehicle Exporters Association

JUMVEA Members

If you use a Japan Export Agent in Japan you will still need to arrange your own import permit and compliance on arrival. All Imported vehicles require compliance but not all vehicles can be imported. The make and model of the vehicle determines which compliance companies you can use, as they have to be registered and approved to comply your vehicles specific make and model.

You can find these companies on the RAWS Australia website

Finally, there is lots of Japanese car dealers in Australia selling Japanese imported cars where you can turn up inspect the car & take it for a test drive before making the purchase.

Regardless our how you purchase your imported Japanese vehicle you need to take the right steps to ensure you are getting what you paid for. There are services available to check the odometer  (ODO) readings when the cars were de-registered. The best way to do this is to request to sight the original export certificate. This contains the ODO reading at the time the vehicle was de-registered in Japan so there should only be slight increase on this for driving on and off the ship etc

Shipping cars from Japan to Australia

There are Roll on Roll off shipping from Moji, Nagoya, Osaka and Yokohama to Brisbane, Port Kembla, Sydney, Melbourne,  Adelaideand Fremantle Ports.

There are also container shipping services from Kobe & Yokohama to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle.

We can offer asbestos testing in Kobe and Osaka to ensure you are compliant with the Australian border force requirements

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