I know many that have done it and yes it can be very competitive prices provided you get all the import approvals. Shipping at the moment you would be looking at closer to $4k and if you are lucky you will see it in 6-8 months
There’s a mob that import used EVs from Japan: https://www.goodcar.co . A bit pricey if you ask me, but I guess they do all leg work with the imports.
There’s also Cars | Import Monster , who are based in Japan, but specialise in sending stuff to Australia.
You’d also want to check with your insurer whether they’ll provide cover. My wife and I looked into buying an imported Subaru at one stage but insurance looked like it might be complicated so we gave up on that idea.
Having been there recently, it was refreshing to see so few of those massive ■■■■■■ utes that are everywhere in Sydney. Reckon i saw maybe 3 in the month I was there. But I don’t think that’s what you meant by “big”.
I have had a bit of a look. If you are into cars and know what you are doing it seems cery interesting… but a hour or two of research has led me to the conclusion i am only going to find myself in a mess doing it.
There is a big business opportunity there though to bring cars in via permanent migrants from japan… who can bring a car in each
I got mine last Sept, and about three months from ordering. Probably they are clearing current Model 3, as Shanghai has stopped making them and new model 3 which is allegedly a big upgrade at a cheaper price is on the way.
On top of the transport costs and import costs there are substantial compliance costs which can make the benefits marginal. Another thing to look out for is if the engine management system and GPS has english rather than Japanese.
From memory it used to be that you could bring in cars over 25 years of age ‘vintage’.
But I reckon around the time the Australian car manufacturing died, the government made it that you had to live in the country the car was from, and own the car for 12 months before importing. Making it pretty impractical to bring them in.
There’s a bit of a Japanese domestic market scene here.