What are the benefits of importing an EV through Mori? +

There are two major benefits of importing your EV directly – you’ll get an EV that’s considerably cheaper than market price, and you’ll get exactly what you want without spending your weekends visiting car yards.

We charge a flat service fee of $850 per vehicle and give you complete transparency over all costs. As an NZ registered motor vehicle trader, we get preferential rates for shipping, compliance, and agency services, so you end up spending around the same amount as if you did the import yourself – the difference being, we do all the work.

As well as the financial benefit, you’ll also access our knowledge of EVs and the Japanese import market. Whenever you have questions, we’re happy to chat.

What does Mori charge, and what are the other costs? +

We charge a flat service fee of $850. The other costs associated with importing an EV include the cost of the vehicle, agent fees, shipping, compliance, customs clearance, GST, NZ registration and the WOF.

Other costs, such as detailing and an EV charger, are optional, and do not form part of the initial invoice unless you choose to add them. EV chargers are $550 each through Mori, and our compliance centres offer special rates for detailing.

How long does it take to import a car? +

Depending on your specifications, it can take between one and three weeks to find an EV that meets your requirements and win a bid. Of course, the more flexible your specs (e.g. in terms of colour and trim), the more options there will be to bid on, and the faster the process will go.

Once we win a bid, transport to the port and shipping takes up to five weeks. RoRo (roll on, roll off) ships leave Tokyo every two weeks, so timing depends upon what time of the month the bid is won. Customs clearance, compliance, and detailing (if requested) then take around one week from when the EV reaches New Zealand.

How does a car auction work in Japan? +

Bidding in Japanese auctions is different to bidding on TradeMe or other auction portals within New Zealand. Japanese auctions last only 10 to 15 seconds, not allowing much time to raise or change the bet. Because of this, we need to put your best bid forward if you have found something that matches your requirements – however, you can get lucky and win a bid for less than your upper limit, which is one of the exciting things about the auction process.

How can I place a bid that will win? +

Prior to the auction, we will give you advice on what price the EV is likely to sell for. Of course, like any other auction, there is no way to predict the amount that will win, but we will advise you based on previous winning bids for EVs that match the condition and battery capacity of the EV you’re interested in.

How do I pay for the car? +

Our payment schedule is simple, with payments made in two parts: On winning the auction, you pay 50% of the total price. Once the EV has passed compliance, you pay the remaining 50%. The payment is made as a direct transfer to our NZ business account with ANZ, so there are no overseas payments to consider.

How do I know about the condition of a car? +

We have access to auction grade sheets for every EV, which can be shared with you, and give you a full explanation of the specifications and condition. Our agent in Tokyo physically inspect the EV prior to the auction and lets us know if there are any obvious issues.

Further, we only import EVs that are high auction grade and will pass New Zealand compliance quality standards.

Is the EV insured? +

Yes, your EV is insured all the way from an Auction House in Japan to a Compliance Centre in New Zealand.