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Topic # 238183 5-Jul-2018 21:43
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Hi frens,


I am looking to import a Japanese van. Turns out most of imports nowadays have to have ESC - great, I love this technology (friend showed it to me in action on a gravel road, the benefits are undoubtable).


Problem is most of Japanese sites doesn't really list it as a feature. Is there any particular models (10-15 yo) that you know or can recommend?




p.s. Also thinking of getting it while I am travelling there. From what I read it's going to be quite hard - one needs to obtain parking permit which can take weeks - more than I am here. I do wonder how much of that is really enforced - cams? Won't start without a chip card? Fines when loading car onto ship?

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  Reply # 2050200 5-Jul-2018 22:55
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what do you mean most imports have to have ESC? they are either required to, or not required ...

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  Reply # 2050225 6-Jul-2018 00:20
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My understanding- All imports must have ESC unless you are importing it under the special interest vehicle category.

And please don't import anything that is a forward control type van. As they are deathtraps in a head on crash.

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  Reply # 2050240 6-Jul-2018 07:42
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Unless you know what you are doing this is fraught with issues.  


All vehicles brought into NZ must now meet frontal impact standards and have ESC, along with a raft of other requirements.  There are exceptions.  


Research, research, research.....or find a reputable agent to do it for you.  


Later model 'people movers' imports seem to be around so there must be models that meet requirements.  Can't say I have seen the old banger tradie van as a jap import.  You don't say what it's to be used for.







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