Includes bibliographical references. Foreword / David Caygill -- Introduction -- 1. Early imports (Tight controls and pressure ; First imported cars arrive ; Import duty and licence go) -- 2. The formation of the Licensed Motor Vehicle Dealers Importers Association (Opportunities in importing ; Kiwi car buyers' frenzy ; South meets North ; Government involvement) -- 3. Konnichiwa Japan (Early deals in Japan ; Auction processes ; Japanese authorities ; From the other side of the road) -- 4. The import industry grows (New Zealand used car industry develops ; Parts industry ; Shipping developments ; More Government consultation)"[This book] tells the stories of innovators and pioneers who identified business opportunities and jumped at the chance to be in at the ground floor. Travelling to a foreign land in pursuit of decent used cars was uncharted territory. And just when Kiwi car dealers thought the most challenging thing about the venture was developing trustworthy international relationships and establishing a reliable supply chain, it was back home in New Zealand where the barriers went up. Confronting well-connected lobby groups, as well as unravelling political red tape and law changes, created a moving target and an ever-changing entrepreneurial environment...."--Back cover., 5. The proverbial hits the fan (Safety testing develops ; Seatbelt woes ; Seatbelts in vans ; Vehicle Identification New Zealand (VINZ) ; Small compliance workshops ; A rising tide lifts all boats ; Odometer wind backs ; Industry grows and new dealers enter game) -- 6. More controls, more diversity (Changes to finance and insurance industries ; New frontal-impact rules ; Vehicle exhaust emissions ; Buying from home) -- 7. Broader horizons (Another name change ; Working with the Government, not against ; New generation of drivers ; Worldwide demand for used cars ; Closing word) -- 8. Blasts from the past -- Timeline.
209 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 22 x 31 cm
Jackie Russell. 2014. From the rising sun to the long white cloud: the history of used car importing to New Zealand, PUB-2018-20. Walsh Memorial Library, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).