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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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
I'm giving Mathew and his crew five stars for excellent service, and for delivering what they promised. I am a first-time importer for a van I will use myself (no resale). Mathew took me through the selection process, helped steer me away from potentially bad deals, and communicated regularly once I had selected my vehicle. He took me through the export process, and recommended Armin at EasyISF to help with the import process. I was able to track my van across the ocean, and Armin helped me work through customs clearance up through the day I picked up my tiny van. Sometimes you have to trust people and this time I picked the correct people to trust; both with my funds being wired to Japan and with trusting that Mathew and his crew had my best interests in mind. I am a very satisfied customer and I strongly recommend Japan Car Direct for your import experience. They delivered exactly what they promised.
This was my first time importing a vehicle for my personal use and naturally I was leary about who to go through. After looking through a few other places and after getting in touch with a longtime customer of theirs I decided to try these guys out. I can say without a doubt I'm glad I did. They are definitely professional and know their craft when it comes to getting you your dream car. Everything from getting cars inspected and bidding was completely transparent and went smoothly. I couldn't be happier with the car I bought and I hope down the line I'll be able to purchase another using these guys!! Thanks for all you guys do!!! 11/7/19 Still have my MR2 and loving it everyday!! I'm going to Japan next month and hopefully I can find something fun for my car to bring back! Just re-read my review and I can still say my car has been nothing but great along with my experience with Yoshi and his team! Thanks again!
You made the purchase and export of my 1998 Rover Mini to Vancouver Canada so easy Thank you and I"ll be back
A few months ago I set out on my goal of importing a vehicle from Japan through an auction. After tons and TONs of research and countless emails, I decided to use Japan Car Direct as my exporter in Japan. From the beginning of my interactions with JCD, I was thoroughly impressed. My contact, Yoshi, was amazing...definitely a huge asset to the JCD team. He answered all of my questions promptly, translated dozens of auction sheets for me, and advised me of what to watch out for when looking for a vehicle. He was beyond helpful! I picked up my Kei truck at the port in Newport News a few weeks ago and couldn't be more pleased. Since then, the truck has made it to its final home in Charlottesville, VA on my farm. Yoshi and the other guys at JCD are now my go to team for more of these soon. Thanks again JCD and keep doing what you guys do! You all are the real deal.
Since a kid the FD RX7 has always been a dream car but i didn't pursue it till i graduated high school but the prices just for the shell over here in california was over 15k!! I kept looking around until I decided i would just import one. I found JCD while looking for the top 5 importers you could trust and they stood out more than all the other ones, and for a couple months of more research on their page until I ultimately decided I would go through them. Although this was my first time getting a car from Japan and having an endless amount questions spanning a couple hundred emails until it would freeze up and i had to make a new email thread .. Mathew always answered every question and helped me though every step. I didn't have all the funds in the beginning but they were very patient with it until i was fully ready, then after a month of having Matt give his thought on some of the FDs i was looking at we finally won the auction for a 94 Efini type R Fd3s. As we picked it up from Long Beach till the drive home I couldn't believe that it was here and soo much better just looking at the picture but i defiantly would recommend JCD to anyone looking to import their dream car too and and want to thank matt and the whole team with getting me my RX7.
I'd been looking to buy an RF series Honda Stepwagon to convert into a mini camper for a while but the UK prices always seemed too high. I had joined a few JDM import sites to get an idea of auction prices and costs (including Japan Car Direct) but just couldn't bring myself to take the next step, it seemed such a risk ! Finally after reading so many good reviews for JCD (and Mathew in particular) I took the plunge and contacted Mathew. After he answered my many questions regarding costs, fees etc I felt confident enough to pay the deposit and start hunting the Japanese auctions for my Steppy. My budget for the Steppy was pretty low (pathetic even !) but I felt Mat still put the same effort into replying to my questions and queries as he would have done if my budget had been into the tens of thousands. The result was I now have a very tidy Stepwagon with lower mileage than any vehicle I've ever owned, I've paid far less for it then I would have done buying in the UK and I've got a bigger budget now for the camper conversion. I wouldn't hesitate to buy through them again, and hope to do so soon.
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.