Archive for December, 2007

Tighter Laws in Ireland for High-Emission Vehicles

December 7, 2007

Motor tax for cars with high emissions is to increase dramatically under new measures announced in a carbon budget by Minister for the Environment John Gormley.

Cars with the lowest emissions will be charged only €100, however, the cars in the top band will be obliged to fork out €2,000.

The measures for new cars will come into force from July.

More at http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/1206/budget.html

Additionally, VRT, or Vehicle Registration Tax, will be based also on Emission levels. Government’s proposed laws should, by linking the money in people’s pockets with emissions, reduce levels. According to the Government, car owners could benefit in reduced VRT rates if they choose greener cars.

More at http://www.rte.ie/news/features/budget2008/issues/airroadrail.html

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What’s special about Japanese cars? (PART B)

December 4, 2007

Why would somebody be interested in importing a car? What would be its benefit?

In part A, I highlighted that JDM vehicles (those made for Japan) are made with more variety and technology. In this part, I want to focus on the condition of cars and how importers benefit.

The first thing that must be realized is that owning a car in Japan is Expensive! With this fact, the old proverb “Where your treasure is, so is your heart” can be easily applied here also. Your typical car owner, keeps their vehicle much cleaner than most of their American, European, and worldwide counterparts.

Yes, Japanese are found smoking, drinking (non-alcoholic) beverages, and eating just as others, but you will find much less cars with smashed chips ingrained in the carpet, spills spots on the seat fabric, and other “used” marks. If you are buying from auctions, you will have detailed notes if their are any interior flaws.

For most people, interior is important, but the exterior is even more important. For Japanese, when buying used, the want to know any flaws externally and all inspections sheets have a section specifically for noting any damage. Very often, you will find cheap used cars with no external flaws or at most a few small scratches.

Again, when buying, you’ll have professional assessments to consult. Additionally, in Japan roads are not salted during the winter which reduces cases of rust to very low levels.

Mechanical conditions on Japanese have many things preventing get bad apples. Not that every car in Japan is mechanically in excellent condition. Nevertheless, in Japan a vehicle must have a very stringent and expensive car inspection called “Shaken”. This promotes people to keep their cars well maintained.

Additional benefits are that the Japanese have among the smoothest road is the world making shock waring much lower. Japanese people also generate little mileage on their cars. You can find 9 year old cars with less than 90,000km and most cars most used-cars are running less than 100,000km on their odometers.

Stay tuned for more reasons Japanese imports are worth the effort.