The car with no need for reverse

A car with no need for reverse.  Never to go back.  With the future in it’s eyes.  No regrets of the past, with the future in its eyes.  Whatever the cliche, this car found in a classic auction this week had those thoughts written all over it.  It is an old car, so the idea obviously never caught on.  Look closely at the steering wheel(s)!

 

Golden Week Break .. no break .. but it is

The traditional Japanese Golden Week holiday is upon us.  Usually there are traffic jams for miles on the main highways between prefectures and cities.  This year the public has been told to “stay home”, and they are obeying!

So here is the schedule for the auctions and office opening and closing dates: 

The office will be closed from Wednesday, April 29th until Wednesday, May 6th. It will be open and operational again from Thursday, May 7th.

The auctions: the bidding team will be bidding on cars at the auctions as normal until Saturday, May 2nd. Back to normal schedule from Thursday May 7th

March April …. the rush for companies to dump under-used vehicles before the annual car tax

From the beginning of April, owners of vehicles, whether they be private or public, get sent a bill: the annual car tax.  This is a time when both the individual or the company re-evaluates whether the car they own is worth keeping for another year, as the tax is not always cheap.  Companies that have a large number of vehicles may decide to “trade in” vehicles, so as to escape this annual tax.  For this reason, in March and April each year, the numbers of vehicles appearing in the auctions, increase.

Increases of the same models of vehicles in the auctions means more vehicles available to choose from as well as a decrease in the average price per vehicle.  That is, it is a GOOD TIME TO BUY.  Add onto this the mini-recession that the corona virus has brought upon Japan, there is even more motivation for unneeded vehicles to be traded in to save money.  2020 March / April may be a very cheap time to buy.

Hiace Wagon, ESC (VSC) present in models: TRH229W TRH224W 2016 and vans from December 2017

A big impact on importing into New Zealand with the new ESC (electronic stability control) rules, is the impact of vans going to New Zealand.  Now with the rules covering used vans going from Japan to New Zealand, when searching for a van in the used car auctions in Japan, you need to know what has ESC (often listed as VSC in vans) and what does not.

Firstly, Hiace wagons and commuters had a change to ESC (VSC) in 2016.  Don’t waste your time searching for anything older than that.

Secondly, Hiace vans had a change over to ESC (VSC) from December 2017.

The Japanese article explaining the details here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESC rule, the day of reckoning for New Zealand imports

Well the day is nearly upon us!  March 1st 2020.

ESC defined as:   “Electronic stability control (ESC), also referred to as electronic stability program (ESP) or dynamic stability control (DSC), is a computerized technology that improves a vehicle’s stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction (skidding). … Some ESC systems also reduce engine power until control is regained.”

Automobile Association of NZ’s report

Also the ministry of transport has pitched in it’s views and recommendations

and the VTNZ announcement

So the day has come upon us.  The key phrase in this announcement:

all other used class MA, MB and NA light passenger and goods vehicles inspected at the border from 1 March 2020.”

 First of all: “inspected at the border”, what does this mean?

Border inspection for vehicles going into NZ occurs at the ports in Japan.  Once the car is IN the yard, even if not inspected, it is considered border checked.  So any non-ESC equipped vehicles must be in the yard by February the 28th. To safely purchase from local auctions and allowing transportation to the yard, consider the “cut-off” date to be February 17th for non-ESC equipped vehicles.

Exemptions?  The following categories of vehicles are exempt from these new ESC rules into New Zealand:

…. low volume schemes, “immigrant vehicles” (privately owned and used overseas), 20 year old vehicles, special interest vehicles….

All other vehicles must have some form of electronic stability control if imported into New Zealand.  The problem:  not all recently sold new vehicles sold in Japan were sold with ESC, ESC being a maker option.  ESC is NOT stated on the auction sheets.  ESC is not stated on the de-reg. documents.  Some models always have ESC, some models they are an option, some models don’t have ESC.

I will follow up this blog with a gradual list of vehicles that DO and DO NOT have ESC.  But until then it is “buyer beware”.  Here at Provide Cars we consider ourselves “the buyer” for the “buyers”, so we always check on the existence of ESC on a vehicle before bidding.