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04 Jul 2017
The 5 Most Popular Japanese Cars Imported to NZ

The 5 Most Popular Japanese Cars Imported to NZ

The popularity of imported cars in New Zealand has been on the rise dramatically, with 32,800 imported cars arriving in March of 2017 alone. Used cars make up a huge proportion of these imports. In May 2017, 19,579 used cars were imported into NZ – remarkably, 94.2% of these were imported from one country: Japan.

The Land of the Rising Sun has long been renowned for manufacturing reliable and long-lasting cars, so it’s no surprise to see their worldwide popularity. Of the 10 most popular cars in NZ in 2016, seven are Japanese – Toyota Hilux, Toyota Corolla, Toyota RAV4, Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara, Mazda CX-5, and Suzuki Swift – with three coming from just one Japanese car company.

Here’s our look at the 5 most popular Japanese imports from 2016.

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04 Jul 2017
Importing a Car into New Zealand? You Need an Import Specialist

Importing a Car into New Zealand? You Need an Import Specialist

Have you set your heart on a dream car only to realise that it’s unavailable in New Zealand? Luckily, privately importing new or used cars into NZ is completely legal, but less luckily, it’s quite a complex process.

To help you smoothly navigate the process and secure your import, you’re going to need an import specialist.

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23 Jun 2017
Our Simple Guide to Getting Your Driving License in NZ

Our Simple Guide to Getting Your Driving License in NZ

Whether you already have your first car or you are planning to buy a quality second-hand car, you’ll want to get your license as soon as possible. We’ve put together this simple, straightforward guide to help you get your license quickly and avoid common missteps.

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15 Jun 2017
10 Essential Things to Check When Buying a Used Car

10 Essential Things to Check When Buying a Used Car

The trick to buying a used car is making sure you carry out a thorough inspection. That way, you know exactly what you're getting – not just what the seller wants you to believe you're getting. Whether you hire an expert to inspect the car, you do it yourself, or you bring along a mechanically minded friend, here's how you should carry out an inspection to put your mind at ease.

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02 Jun 2017
Trading in Your Car? Here's How to Get the Best Deal!

Trading in Your Car? Here's How to Get the Best Deal!

Trading in your car is a convenient way to sell your old vehicle and get a new one, all in one transaction. You want to make sure you get the most value from your trade-in and that you avoid a one-sided transaction.

 

Here are seven strategies to help you get the best deal when trading in.

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01 Jan 2017
The Remarkable History of Japan's Car Industry

The Remarkable History of Japan's Car Industry

Despite being culturally and geographically distant from Germany – where the automobile was first invented by Karl Benz in the late 1880s – Japan was a relative early comer to cars.

Back in 1898, a Panhard-Levassor car was brought to Japan by a French trader and that created quite a stir. In less than a decade, local inventors had become inspired and were creating the first Japanese cars.

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