Empire Imports was started to provide reliable and cost-effective access to Japanese vehicles and automotive parts in New Zealand. As avid car enthusiasts ourselves, we saw there was a real need for this service. We have been able to design the business to avoid any flaws we saw through our own importing experiences in the past, and as a result we offer an efficient, streamlined service.
Our goal at Empire Imports is to make the process of purchasing vehicles or automotive parts from Japan as easy, stress free, and affordable as possible for our customers.
What we offer
Empire Imports is here to make your life easier. If you want to buy a vehicle, part, or anything else from Japan and get it back to New Zealand, we can help with the entire process.
We will bid on products from Japan on your behalf. If you are successful we will communicate with the buyer and organise payment, arrange delivery to our depot in Japan, and organise all logistics to get your product to New Zealand.
Order now and get the process started.
You can find useful links and places to look for things to buy on our FAQ. If you have found something you are interested in you can use our calculator and order form to get the process started.
How to order:
First, use our calculator to estimate the costs involved. Please select what sort of item you are looking at from the yellow drop down menu. (If the item isn’t listed, choose one with a similar size and weight).
Now enter the “Bid” price (Yen) in the yellow box. The calculator will show you the costs involved and give you the overall price in New Zealand Dollars.
Once you have decided on a bid price, fill out the form below to begin the purchasing process. Once we have received the completed form and the deposit we can bid on your behalf. If the bid isn’t successful we will refund you within 24hours.
Please deposit the item’s bid price and successful bid fee into our account 06-0369-0930195-00 (use your name as a reference). If you win the auction you will be sent a draft invoice with the local Japanese freight not added. Once that amount is known your invoice will be finalized and your deposit credited to it. The remaining balance is due the following day. Once the container gets to NZ you can either pick up your goods from the freight company in Auckland or we can have them sent to you for an additional fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I look for parts?
Another main site to look is Upgarage:
Other places to look include:
How do I buy something?
- Use our getting started guide (Yahoo and Upgarage) to find parts for sale. You can find these guides in the Order Section
- Use the order form to place your bid.
- If you win, great! We’ll email you to confirm you won within 48 hours, and you’ll receive an invoice for the additional charges when your item arrives at our yard. Didn’t win? No problem, we’ll refund you within 24 hours.
- Your item is loaded in our container when it’s ready to ship, and sent to NZ.
- Once your item lands in NZ, we ship it to you or you can pick it up from the freight depot in Auckland.
How much does it cost?
We charge a 20% commission on each item ($25 minimum), and a flat rate fee based on the item size. For example, if you buy a steering wheel for $100, your total cost shipped would be:
- $100 (Steering Wheel)
- $25 (commission)
- $30 (Japan freight)
- $40 (Shipping to NZ)
- $29.25 (GST)
- Total: $224.25
Our cost calculator will give you a good indication of costs involved, for a vehicle please contact us directly for a quote.
How long before I will see my purchases?
Containers come by sea, so expect longer shipping times than shipping by air. We try to ship a container every 3-5 months, or as soon as the container fills. The more parts you buy, the faster the containers come in!
Can I buy new parts?
Yes, we can purchase new parts from any manufacturer in Japan. Send us an email with what part you’re looking for, and a part number if possible.
I can't find what I'm looking for, can you help?
Will I have to pay extra for any taxes?
No, any GST, customs, duties or taxes will be taken care of by us and are included in the cost we charge so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
Can I get a better rate if I buy multiple items?
Unfortunately no. Because our shipping is calculated by volume of the container, the shipping costs of anything you buy has to be charged according to its size.
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07 959 2015