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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 star experience from start to finish. Transparent and easy process, and Mat was very patient to answer plenty of questions I had during the purchase! Can’t wait to do it again because the Japanese cars from this era are pure automotive art and these guys hold the keys to the museum!
After an initial inquiry several years ago, I still wanted to get a Japanese Delica or Hiace. Matthew was immediately in contact and helped with all the details. His videos were perfect for my search. Matthew was able to answer all of my questions and my wife and I were able to make decisions based on the great information he provided. I would recommend Japan Car Direct to anyone interested in getting the right car at the best price.
The staff at Japan Car Direct made what I thought would a a difficult process very easy. Matt explained every step thoroughly and his advice on details of cars was spot on.
I imported a van though JCD and they made the process super straightforward. They were amazing at communicating and quick to answer any of my questions. If you are looking to import a car I would highly recommended them.
Awesome experience !! Their service was extremely good and efficient. Yoshiro was soo patient with my many requests for information and translations. The vehicle purchased was better than expected. I would definitely consider using their services again.
All I can say about the experience is AMAZING! I worked with Matthew and he was helpful through the whole process of bidding, purchasing, and shipping the car to me. He had an answer for every question, and was always quick to respond. Enjoying my new Mercedes and I will be using them again!
All around exceptional experience! Matt was great to work with and guided me through the entire process with ease. As a first timer, importing was a bit nerve racking but JCD did a great job providing a cool little truck I can enjoy here in Delaware. I look forward to picking up the next toy/vehicle through them.
The experienced, grizzled veterans of the import scene. They were very accommodating with all my questions and concerns. It was my first time importing, so everything was confusing and intimidating, but I'm happy to report everything went as planned! I'm definitely calling them back when I finally come up with an excuse to import another!
Mathew was great to work with and made what could be a scary daunting experience very easy. I am super happy with my car and am sure I will be importing with them again!
Working with Mathew and his team was an absolute pleasure. I went from never knowing you could import your own vehicle to owning my own Suzuki Cara within 6 months. Mathew was so helpful and completely transparent with me during the entire process. We spoke on the phone and via email and he helped me pick the perfect car exactly within my requirements. He dealt with my excitement and inexperience with patience and understanding. I couldn't be happier with my experience and will absolutely use Japan Car Direct again when it's time for another project. I highly recommend Mathew and Japan Car Direct.
Just purchased my second car through Japan Car Direct. Could not be more pleased with their customer service. Matt went above and beyond to help me find the right car. Translating countless auction sheets, messaging sellers, requesting vehicle inspections, putting up with me and my requests well after his time in the office, etc. I can happily and honestly say that I would recommend this company to anyone looking to purchase a car from Japan and that you will not be dissappinted. Very kind, helpful and professional. Can’t wait for vehicle number 3.
Mathew and the team are amazing. Bought my first Porsche in Japan and they have helped me all the way through. They are competent and honest people, will definitely be doing more business with them. Thanks guys!
Mat is is the best he was right on target and video descriptions are perfect. Shipping was alot faster than I thought it would be, as JCD didn't mess around. My van was at port and ready to go. I will be using JCD again soon, got my van now I want a car.
I hunted the internet for a broker I could trust with my money. JDC won and I am so happy I went with them. Matt and Yoshi are great. Matt puts up with a very demanding customer in me, I can certainly take up time. Matt sends me cars from the list I sent him, when I don't have time to check the auction. It is scary how accurate Matt is when I ask him to predict a selling price. He is always very close which sometimes is not fun but he really does know pricing. They have walked we through buying two cars now and have held my hand on both. I really apricate all the time and knowledge. After purchase they have also held my hand through the whole import process which can be daunting for a first timer. I am a dealer and Matt is great at suggesting other cars to import as well. I am very satisfied with my choice
What can I say? The service was friendly and good, and I got my car, which ended up being in a better condition than expected. Sure, there were couple of unforeseen snags that no-one had anticipated, but overall, it was an extremely positive experience. Hommat meni hyvin, auto tuli Suomeen eikä noiden pyytämä hintakaan ollut mikään mahdottoman paha.