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Import regulations for used and new cars from Japan to Taiwan

Taiwan continues to experience a growing demand for imported cars and represents an important market for global automakers Mercedes, BMW and Audi. Buyers in the island nation are spoilt for choice when they want to buy imported cars, albeit through the country’s stringent import regulations. At Japan Car Direct, we make it our mission to offer our customers the opportunity to own some of the finest cars in both left-hand drive (LHD) and right-hand drive (RHD) versions from around the world.

Buying cars from Japan and other countries that are members of the World Trade Organization is permitted under Taiwanese law. This makes it logical to import used cars from Japan, where the emphasis is on quality and performance. However, all vehicles that are sold need to comply with Taiwanese manufacturing standards and specifications in order to meet government inspection criteria. This means that the imported car must be compliant to the Euro 4 (EC2005) emission standards, use lead-free fuel, and be over a year but less than ten years in age.

Other regulations that cover customers who want to buy imported cars include mandatory LHD vehicles and the installation of speedometers that follow the metric system. Imported cars are also subject to valuation and a special permit from Taiwan’s Board of Foreign Trade if the cost of the vehicle is more than $20,000. Taiwan’s unique shipping, licensing and duty costs help businesses and individuals import used cars from Japan at an affordable fee. Please confirm all of the import procedures and costs with the Taiwanese authorities.

Four popular choices on Taiwan’s roads today!

Mercedes-Benz CLS63
We recommend the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 luxury sports coupé that is powered by a 5.5-liter AMG V8 twin-turbo engine that generates an exhilarating 577 hp @ 5,500 rpm. Launched as a premier sedan with AMG’s sports suspension, automatic crosswind stabilizer, high-performance adaptive braking, and a sophisticated electronic stability and load distribution system, the CLS63 boasts unrivalled responsiveness, racing from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds thanks to the combination of a monstrous engine, 7-speed AMG speedshift, and AMG’s patented 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. Designed to turn heads, the CLS63 oozes luxury with LED high-performance headlights, twin chrome tailpipes, genuine Nappa leather seats, and a sleek boot spoiler.

Mercedes-Benz CLS63

Mercedes-Benz CLS350
The CLS350, a moderately powered cousin to the CLS63, released in 2012 with coupé and sedan variants that took Japan by storm with a 3.5-liter Mercedes-Benz M272 engine. With a top speed of 155 mph and acceleration from 0-62 in 7 seconds, the CLS350 is no less impressive, offering full LED adaptive headlamps and a custom six-speaker audio system.

Mercedes-Benz CLS350

Audi TTS
The Audi TTS two-door urban coupé features a modified version of the German carmaker’s signature 2.0 TFSI engine that is an improvement on the 2008 TT Quattro. The car features a modified fuel injection system and redesigned cylinders, features that give the TTS a purring 268 bhp and 258 ft-pounds of turning torque. The TTS is available in six-speed manual transmission or an electronically governed direct-shift gearbox. Audi has also made impressive changes to the car’s styling, adding a larger, menacing front grille, quad exhaust vents and a lower suspension with Audi’s magnetic drive adaptive suspension system. In its class, the TTS is particularly impressive clocking 0-62 mph in 5.4 seconds—enough to take your breath away.

Audi TTS

BMW M5
The BMW M5 is the reimagining of the company’s wildly successful 5-series sedans. The M5 is one of the most popular sports sedans in the world while remaining one of the quickest on the road. Under the hood, the M5 features a powerful 5.0-liter V10 petrol engine that is controlled by the 7-speed manual sequential gearbox that puts out 500 hp of refined power. Linked with the Mercedes Formula One program for many years, the M5’s performance defies the imagination, going from 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds in tests. Since 2008, BMW has invested in a small increase in overall length to 4,864 mm, making this one of the larger executive sedans on the road today.

BMW M5

Many, really most, actually pretty nearly all of the top end German luxury cars like Benz, AMG, BWM, Alpina, Audi, Porsche and other European luxury cars that we export from Japan are available on the Taiwanese auto market, a premier destination from some of the world’s most admired and envied automobiles. Japan Car Direct is committed to serving an international market. We export many good used BMWs and Alpinas from Japan to Canada, to Taiwan, to Germany and several other global cities, making us the go-to car dealers for premier quality new and used automobiles.

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    thumb Seaver Brown
    10/10/2020

    5 star review  Trustworthy group here! They made it easy from point a to b. So glad this was the first group I tried as I have heard horror stories about the import process. Highly recommended.

    thumb Cory Cheyne
    9/22/2020

    5 star review  Yoshi and team were patient in helping me find the right car (green 2016 Prius 4WD) and get me through the process. Flawless service, prompt response to communications, on delivery the car was better than expected, very close to new looking. Their recommended partners for shipping and entry into NZ were on the ball too. Highly recommended! Pro tip: don't mess around; decide exactly what you want, then bid to win.

    thumb Mike Ross
    9/18/2020
  • 5 star review  I had been toying with the Idea of importing a Land Cruiser from Japan for a while and to be honest was quite hesitant about doing so, as the process for a first timer seemed quite daunting. Mathew at JCD made the whole process SUPER EASY! Been a pleasure dealing with him and was kept informed every step of the way and super fast communication kept the whole process stress free! Thanks again Mathew and I'm looking forward to the next Cruiser! Cheers!!

    thumb Mike Dorsch
    9/16/2020

    5 star review  I was daunted by the prospect of purchasing a vehicle overseas. Mathew was right there to offer direction and assurance along the way. He was quick to respond and most importantly, his word was good. Everything came to pass as he advised. The only point that went differently from his anticipation was the duty tax, which inherently has room for interpretation and may depend on the port of delivery. Would I go to Mathew and JCD again? Absolutely! With his help I obtained a suzuki carry with 8k miles, 4wd hi/lo w/ diff lock, in excellent condition, for a total of 5k from auction to driveway--tremendous value in my estimation. Thanks Mathew, the little truck is a fine addition to the farm. My kids, and my wife, love to drive it:)

    thumb Patrick Molitor
    9/14/2020

    5 star review  Mathew at Japan Car Direct has been a HUGE help and continually went above and beyond with assisting me. It was my first time bidding on vehicles at auction and having them shipped to the US. He even helped me arrange a mechanic in Japan to do some work on the Hiace I purchased so that it would arrive in the US in tip top shape and be ready to hit the road. I look forward to doing more business with Mathew in the future and you should too!

    thumb Charles Gross
    8/12/2020
  • 5 star review  I was totally clueless and was having a really hard time finding someone that I felt I could trust to help me with these auctions. A couple folks recommended Mathew over at JCD and I very reluctantly reached out. Yeah, I have trust issues. Dude put me at ease and really walked me through the whole process. After a couple months I didn’t end up buying a vehicle, but that’s on me. When I changed my direction, Mathew helped me wrap things up and wished me well. I have zero reservations about reaching out to these guys or recommending anyone else to do so. Very helpful, knowledgeable, prompt and everything I needed. You won’t be disappointed.

    thumb largejohn77
    7/17/2020

    5 star review  Ordered an Acty Van with these guys. five star service all the way. everything went perfect!!!. I was so afraid to import a car myself. JCD made it seamless. I would import wit them and only them again and again. Thanks guys!!

    thumb Scott Irby-Ranniar
    7/17/2020

    5 star review  Discovered KEI vehicles about a year ago and spent many hours searching the internet in hopes of finding an affordable van state side, to no avail. That is until I sent a message to Mathew at JCD. He was quick to respond, answered way too many of my silly questions, and worked diligently to find the right van for me. He is thorough, clear, and timely. Made the process simple and enjoyable. I am more than excited to work with him again. I highly recommend the service these gentlemen provide.

    thumb Benjamin Ferguson
    7/09/2020
  • 5 star review  Matt made importing a few mini trucks for our farm a breeze. Super easy to deal with and transparent with all the details involved in bidding and winning auctions, the import process, and everything in between.

    thumb Ben and Maggie O'Brien
    6/30/2020

    5 star review  My truck had been stolen and Matt was helping me bid on mini-trucks to replace it. Of course once we started bidding the truck was recovered, but Matt was upfront and very helpful both getting into and out of our auction based relationship. I would not hesitate to work with JCD again!

    thumb William Gundy
    6/28/2020

    5 star review  I worked with Mat and i believe i couldn't have done any better. This was my first time dealing with importing, Mat was so patient and helpful through this purchase. I also feel he got me the best deals, i have since the first purchase made two more and will continue to do business with Mat.

    thumb robert barnowsky
    6/16/2020
  • 5 star review  I purchased three vehicles from auction with Matt, he made it extremely easy and was available whenever I needed him throughout the entire importing process. This is not the last time I will be dealing with them. I plan to order more vehicles in the near future! If your looking for a trustworthy company to order vehicles through I highly recommend JCD!

    thumb dylan christner
    6/07/2020

    5 star review  Mathew was super helpful if helping me get more info and bid on cars I was interested in.

    thumb Matt Sparkman
    5/16/2020

    5 star review  Mathew and the gang were great with helping me with the acquisition of my 1994 Subaru Sambar dump kei truck. I was so excited about getting a truck I was ready to buy just about anything. Matt put the breaks on that and used his experience and knowledge to weed out the potential problems. I use my truck almost daily around our farm moving things and as a work surface. It is great. Mathew and Japan Car Direct helped my sister get a kei truck as well and I have and will continue to recommend them to anyone who has expressed interest in my great little vehicle.

    thumb Eric Amon
    5/12/2020

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