Information Regarding Importing to New Zealand
So why do we recommend buying a Japanese import? Because Japanese imports are good value.
Cars in Japan are generally not driven as rigorously as cars in New Zealand and are generally kept in better condition. They are often cheaper too.
Sometimes cars imported to New Zealand are resold by the original user and although cheaper, have lost the Japanese careful owner status.
GOOD VALUE : Cars lose their monetry value rapidly in Japan. A 5 year old car is worth only around 30% of it's original value. Why? The 'shaken' road worthiness test is extremely expensive, coercing Japanese owners into buying a new car-leaving a large pool of high quality, low cost cars for export.
GREAT CONDITION: Another effect of the Shaken is to make sure cars are kept in tip-top condition. Add to that the low mileage due to congested roads, and the pride Japanese take in looking after their vehicles and what we get is great looking cars!
Imports must go through a stringent compliancing procedure upon arrival. What percentage of domestic models would pass this?
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