import process

The ‘Import Vehicle’ phrase might not be something that’s uncommonly heard off, but what’s the true meaning of it?

What is an Imported Vehicle?

Overseas car manufacturers, in particular Japan who have several brands such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda and Mitsubishi, usually produce and market to their own domestic buyers. In the same factories, they also produce cars for countries outside of Japan. Having their own network of dealerships for the Australian market to sell these cars brand new straight from the manufacturing plant, these cars are referred to as ‘Australian Delivered’.

So how does an Australian Delivered vehicle, even thou manufactured overseas, differ from an Imported vehicle? Imported vehicles are cars which have been sold new in Japan, used, and then resold to countries outside of Japan. Usually they are either purchased second-hand from auctions, car dealers, or private owners in Japan, then shipped to Australia and the rest of the world for buyers – like you.

A perfect example of such a scenario: Toyota Estima is a better quality with high Specification Vehicle made for the Japanese domestic market compared to the Australian Delivered Toyota Tarago.

Why consider an imported vehicle?

Truth be told, it’s not all about saving money, but also the ability to own a Special and Enthusiast Vehicle.

Another advantage to keep in mind is the superior quality the Japanese vehicle is when compared to its Australian delivered counterpart, with lower mileage, higher specification, and bodywork that is generally in great condition.

But, you may ask, do imports conform to the same standards of safety as those manufactured in Australia.

All vehicles need to comply according to The Australian Design Rules (ADRs). ADRs for motor vehicles and trailers are the National Standards and a standard vehicle is one that complies with all of the applicable ADRs. An identification plate fitted with the approval of the Administrator indicates that a vehicle is a standard vehicle that meets these requirements.


Can we guarantee a quality vehicle?

All vehicles imported by Glam Imports undergo a comprehensive quality inspection which is done by our supplier in Japan.

Each vehicle is checked closely against the details provided in the auction documentation.

This includes the vehicle’s condition, features, options and any existing damage the vehicle may have.

Each vehicle is photographed to ensure that they are exactly as described when they reach our premises.

Photographs may be shown to the client once the vehicle has been purchased in Japan, and if they have placed an order and a deposit has been paid.

Each client is supplied with a copy of the auction documentation, which shows the vehicle grading.

In order to convey the exact condition of the vehicle at the time of purchase, the following Japanese grading system is used.


Japanese Vehicle Grading System

8.0  New car
7.0  New car registered
5.0  As new condition
4.5  Excellent condition
4.0  Excellent condition needs minor
3.5  Good condition requires some

3.0 Average condition requires repairs
2.5 Average condition requires
      extensive repairs
2.0 Below average condition
1.0 Modified vehicle below average
RA Minor accident well repaired
A or 0.0 Accident vehicle

What about Parts, Servicing and Repairs?

Japanese car manufacturers use identical parts in various models.

A Toyota Estima made for the Japanese domestic market and the Australian delivered Toyota Tarago share a lot of similarities, such as engine, transmission and most of the serviceable parts.

Another example is the Nissan Skyline V36 made for Japanese domestic market and the Australian delivered Nissan 370Z, sharing the same engine, transmission and most of the serviceable parts are identical as well.

There are also several Import vehicle wreckers, new parts sellers and import vehicle specialist service centres available in every state.

If you acquire our services or parts directly from us, we provide them at competitive prices, and in an event of us unable to supply, we’ll advice or direct you in the right direction.

Our years of experience and specialising on specific models will make troubleshooting of any mechanical issue a breeze.

How can I get Finance?

Finance is available at low rates which can be arranged with our Finance Brokers. Finance is also available for people
with bad credit history.

Don’t hesitate to contact us and we will guide you through this process.

Step by step process of importing in a glance

Let’s look at how the vehicles will be located in Japan: Our staff in Japan isconstantly searching for the finest vehicles at auctions, dealers and private sales. Once they have located the vehicles, our staff thoroughly inspect them.

Once purchased, the vehicles have to be transported to our remote location where they are detailed and prepared for export delivery.

Vehicles are then required to be de-registered, and documentation prepared which will allow shipment to Australia.

As soon as the vehicles are shipped and arrives in Australia, cleared by customs, we’re able to transport the vehicle to our location, which will then go through our compliance process, according to the Australian Design Rules (ADR’s) and State
and Territory regulations.

After the compliance stage, the vehicle is then plated with a Compliance plate (Used Import Plate) and the Australian VIN number (stamped), the final stage is the registration with our local road authorities (VicRoads for Melbourne).

By not having expensive premises in the CBD, we operate from premises in outer suburbs of Melbourne, and with keeping our expenses low, we are able to pass on the savings to the end buyer with ‘value for money’ vehicles at great prices.

Also keep in mind that there is no substitute for quality either. Here at Glam, our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you with all your queries.

Our Mission is to provide integrity, honesty and quality service for our customers.

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