It appears that Australia will introduce new vehicle import laws, which have new car dealers up in arms. Members of the general public however seem over the moon regarding the decision – which is expected to take place within two years. The idea is to remove barriers surrounding the private importation of new vehicles from the UK and Japan.
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Individuals will be allowed to import one new motorbike or passenger car once every two years, with the main catch being the vehicle must be less than 12 months old and have no more than 500km on the odometer. The benefit here to consumers is a sizeable reduction in purchase price; however the news might not be all beer and skittles. Warranty issues have always surrounded grey imports, and this is something that will need to be addressed.
If the engine in your imported toy destroys itself, for example, it is doubtful the warranty will be covered locally. Also, different countries have varying safety requirements; it is hard to ascertain if these imported vehicles will match our stringent safety standards. Having said that, this bold move does open up the doors to import vehicles previously unavailable here … which for some is exciting news indeed.