A Clean Process and Compliant JDMs! That’s the Jap Division Guarantee.

We are experts at JDM compliance in Australia and offer a vast selection of models and makes we can comply for you.
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Years of Experience

We Make Compliance a Breeze for All Our Customers

Both motor vehicle dealers and individual buyers trust our compliance credentials to comply a vast range of models for them. Hear what some of them have to say about the experience.

Why Is Compliance Essential?

For any vehicle imported to Australia, there is a stringent process that must be complied with from the point the car is purchased in Japan, and imported and unloaded off the ship once in Australia, through to modifications carried out at the compliance workshop. This ensures that the vehicle is certified as safe to be operated and driven on Australian roads.


Failure to comply will result in your vehicle not being permitted on Australian roads and other penalties.


At Jap Division, we’re experts at maintaining all the regulations, standards and guidelines across the full process and ensuring the quickest compliance turnaround for your model.

The Widest Selection of Models Complied Anywhere

Jap Division is an RAWS-certified workshop that is ADR compliant and we’re authorized to comply a massive range of models for you. Here, we’ve included a list of some of the most popular models we help our customers comply.

A Clean, Clearcut Compliance Process

We help comply a wide range of models throughout the year for hundreds of happy customers and the process we adopt has remained the same throughout. It is simple and we’ve outlined it below.

What Should I Consider Before Importing a JDM?

These are some of the main questions customers have when they’re looking to import their own JDM or want our help to import one.

The specific import laws for Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) vehicles vary depending on the type of vehicle and its age. However, in general, to import a JDM vehicle into Australia, it must meet the following requirements:

  1. Comply with the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) for vehicle safety, emissions, and other standards.
  2. Pass a Vehicle Import Approval (VIA) inspection conducted by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC).
  3. Be imported by a Licensed Automotive Workshop (LAW) or a Licensed Vehicle Verifier (LVV).
  4. Obtain a compliance plate from an LVV certifying that the vehicle meets the ADRs.

The length of time it takes to import a JDM vehicle into Australia depends on several factors, including the type of vehicle, its age, and the specific requirements that need to be met. On average, it can take several months to complete the process, however it can vary.

  1. The process can be broken down into a few key steps:
  2. Researching and purchasing a JDM vehicle that meets the import requirements.
  3. Obtaining all necessary documentation, including the vehicle’s export certificate and bill of sale.
  4. Arranging for the vehicle to be shipped to Australia.
  5. Completing a Vehicle Import Approval (VIA) inspection by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC).
  6. Completing the compliance and registration process, which includes getting a compliance plate and registering the vehicle with your state’s transport department.

There are several reasons why there are so many used cars available in the Japanese market:

  1. High turnover rate: Japanese consumers tend to buy new cars frequently, which means that there are a lot of used cars available for purchase.
  2. Strict regulations: Japan has strict regulations for cars, such as regular safety and emissions inspections and mandatory car inspections, which can lead to cars being taken off the road sooner than in other countries.
  3. Car leasing: A large portion of Japanese consumers prefer to lease cars rather than buying them outright, which leads to more used cars becoming available for purchase.
  4. Good condition: Japanese cars are known for their reliability and longevity, so even used cars in Japan tend to be in good condition.
  5. High demand for used cars: There is a high demand for used cars in Japan, particularly from dealers and exporters who export used cars to other countries.
  6. Scrapping system: Japan has an efficient scrapping system, where the government encourages car owners to scrap their old cars, and offers incentives for doing so.

All these reasons combined make the Japanese used car market a vast and diverse one, and many countries, including Australia, import a significant number of used cars from Japan.

If your JDM vehicle gets damaged during shipping, you should take the following steps:

  1. Document the damage: Take detailed photos of the damage and make a list of any issues. This will be helpful when making a claim with the shipping company or insurance provider.
  2. Notify the shipping company: Contact the shipping company as soon as possible to report the damage and provide them with documentation of the damage. They will likely have a process for handling damage claims and will be able to provide you with more information about the claim process.
  3. File a claim: File a claim with the shipping company or your insurance provider as soon as possible. Make sure to provide them with all necessary documentation, including the Bill of Lading and any other relevant documents.
  4. Keep all documentation: Keep copies of all documentation related to the damage and the claim process, including any correspondence with the shipping company or insurance provider.