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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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    6/30/2020

    review rating 5  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

    review rating 5  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.

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    6/16/2020
  • review rating 5  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!

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    6/07/2020

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

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    5/16/2020

    review rating 5  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.

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    5/12/2020
  • review rating 5  I purchased a 1994 4wd Suzuki Carry Kei truck through JCD. Yoshi helped me during the process and after nearly 3 months and over 100 emails back and forth between questions and translations of auction sheets I finally decided on a truck. I've now had it for nearly a month and couldn't be happier with the purchase. They are extremely promt with responses and answered all questions I had. Being completely new at the importing process I never felt uneasy with my decision. If I ever decide to import another vehicle I will definitely use them again.

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    5/06/2020

    review rating 5  Excellent service from beginning to end. I registered over the new year holidays and received an automatic out of office response and also still received personal response indicating when auctions resumed. The process takes doing your own due diligence to study the cars you want but the guys at JCD will assist where they can as well.

    thumb Mike Witting
    4/10/2020

    review rating 5  When I thought about importing a vehicle from Japan, I was a little apprehensive. I read some real horror stories. Once I got in contact with Yoshi, he put me at ease. The entire crew at Japan Car Direct made the process effortless. From translations, to inspections, to the auctions, I felt comfortable with the entire transaction. The hardest thing was waiting for the ship to arrive at port with my new truck. I highly recommend JCD to anyone considering a vehicle import from Japan.

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    4/08/2020
  • review rating 5  The entire Team at Japan Car Direct has been incredible at making purchasing a vehicle from Japan quick and effortless. Matt and Yoshiro are extremely friendly, and have performed above and beyond my expectations from start to finish. No matter how many questions you may have, these guys will know all the right answers! If you’re looking for a vehicle from Japan then look no further than Japan Car Direct. 10/10 ⭐'s

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    3/10/2020

    review rating 5  After ordering my minivan from Mathew and the folks at JCD, I will definetely use them again. Took three months to get the van but I am on the other side of the world. Van arrived in better condition than I expected although battery was dead and gas was extremely low. Other than that, the documents were sent to me promptly and the process of registering was seamless with the supplied documents. Thank you Matt and team and I look forward to working with you in the future!

    thumb Grant Kirby
    1/29/2020

    review rating 5  When starting my path of importing a JDM classic Land Cruiser, I spent weeks doing research before actually committing because I’d never imported anything before. I was fortunate to come across Japan Car Direct, and that’s where I met Mathew. Wow, where do I start with Mathew..... (Just kidding Chicago!) Mathew was fantastic, from spending time on Skype answering all my questions to teaching me everything I needed to know to successfully find the truck of my dreams. Well today in fact I picked up my truck at the port, and it was in even better condition than I could have seen in the pictures and from the reports provided. Guess what, just ordered another one! You are the Master Mathew. Go Hawks!

    thumb Brian Cannon
    1/23/2020
  • review rating 5  My Importing experience with Japan Car Direct was unbelievably smooth. What I feared would be a complex process became far simpler than ever imagined. From the very beginning I worked with Mathew, who provided excellent communication. I always felt informed on all costs and the vehicle’s condition. My van has arrived in the US and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you for all the help! I hope to work with JCD again soon.

    thumb Alec Anglum
    1/18/2020

    review rating 5  Had a great experience finding and importing a classic car. Worked with Mathew Matusiak and guided me all throughout the process. Would highly recommend Japan Car Direct.

    thumb Jagger Wakefield
    1/14/2020

    review rating 5  This was my first experience importing any vehicle. The team at JCD, specifically Mathew, made the process exciting and fun. The information provided from the how to video’s, the explanation of ALL the costs and even helping me choose an import broker that made the experience easy and understandable for this first time customer. Thank you for answering my every question providing guidance through my first purchase. I look forward to buying my next vehicle from you too! Patrick – North Texas

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    1/13/2020

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