New Japanese cars could be sold for cheaper in New Zealand- with an importer who wants to ‘shake up the industry’ claiming consumers can save up to $10,000.
New Zealand’s biggest importer of used Japanese cars 2 Cheap Cars – plans to import new models of Toyota – Honda and Mazda vehicles later this year.
The announcement has left New Zealand dealerships and the industry body scratching their heads wondering how it was possible.
The Motor Industry Association chief executive David Crawford said the industry was not against competition – but it was concerned consumers would be given incorrect information about the vehicles.
He was suspicious about how it was being done.
He believed it was likely the cars were not new – but near new having been registered in Japan and then unregistered.
The consumer needed to know a vehicle’s full history and understand that its specifications were built for the Japanese market and not for export – Crawford said.
This could lead to tracing issues for recalls and a difficulty finding parts after a breakdown – he said.
‘To claim they are new vehicles is mischievous and it’s wrong to try to pass off a used car as new’.
‘The imported cars have never been registered in Japan or elsewhere before’ Williams said.