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The Optimus Group of companies

Our New Zealand Businesses

Nichibo Japan Trading Co., Ltd (current Nichibo (Japan Trading) Co., Ltd.) was founded in 1988, in the city of Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan. Optimus Group Co. Ltd. was established in 2015 in Tokyo, Japan as a holding company of the group and now conduct business operations across Japan, New Zealand, and Australia etc. With over 20 group companies globally, the group is focused on delivering premium end to end automotive solutions.

Our group continues to expand our automotive related businesses across the New Zealand market with businesses that now include vehicle sourcing, vehicle shipping, retail and wholesale finance, automotive online digital sales, inspection, quarantine and compliance services.

Auto Advance Finance

Our Auto Advance Finance provides inventory finance for vehicles sourced through Nichibo. This bespoke wholesale finance service provides funding from date of purchase in Japan through to the date of retail sale in New Zealand unlocking the funds you need to buy vehicles from Japan, improving cashflow and grow your dealerships sales. You can also benefit from our integrated Foreign Exchange services so you can buy vehicles and make payments in NZD to protect against future currency fluctuations.

Auto Finance Direct

Auto Finance Direct (AFD) is a non-bank retail finance company specialising in the Used Car Sector of the Industry. Our team offer unique finance solutions and fast delivery times which enables our business partners (used car dealerships) to increase sales by providing finance options to a wide consumer demographic. AFD is part of the Optimus Group of businesses which gives us enhanced knowledge and a wider understanding of market and industry trends as they occur.


For 40+ years Autotrader has been New Zealand's go-to online marketplace for buying and selling cars. The Auto Trader story began in 1981 and now Auto Trader has over 40,000 vehicles listed online for sale and has become the trusted website for buying and selling cars online. Auto Trader receives hundreds of thousands of car buyers and sellers every month wanting to research and purchase their next vehicle from one of our many car dealers or private sellers.

Dolphin Shipping New Zealand

Dolphin Shipping is not only a trusted provider of international car shipping, but also offers comprehensive freight solutions specifically tailored to both New and Used Car Dealers, and individual vehicle importers to and from New Zealand. With our extensive experience within the industry, we understand the unique challenges involved in importing vehicles to and from New Zealand.

We provide specialist importing & exporting services helping you to ship cars, motorbikes, boats, motorhomes, caravans and heavy machinery. At the same time, we can assist with shipping general freight and project cargo. Our services include multiple sailings each month from major global ports, ensuring flexibility and reliable transportation options. As a part of our commitment to providing end-to-end solutions, we offer a convenient door-to-door service, leveraging our vast global network. From the point of origin to the final destination, we take care of the shipping and logistics, ensuring a seamless shipping experience.

FastTrack Automotive Compliance

Fasttrack is the leading provider for vehicle compliance in New Zealand. Vehicle compliance is required for all imported vehicles that are imported into New Zealand. These imported vehicles need to comply with the New Zealand road safety standards and regulations. Compliance will test the vehicle’s structural and mechanical state making sure everything is in working order and that there are no faults that could put the driver and passengers of the vehicle at harm. When your vehicle passes the compliance process you can be sure that it is safe and ready for New Zealand roads.

Fasttrack Automotive Compliance have state-of-the-art mechanical bays with an expert mechanical team. All vehicles that do not pass compliance inspection the first time around will get quoted for repairs. Customers can choose to have the vehicle repaired in our workshop where they can be kept informed of work being conducted. Once the repairs are completed the vehicle will go through inspection until the vehicle is successfully passed and fully complied.

JEVIC New Zealand

JEVIC NZ is a New Zealand registered company and is part of the JEVIC group of companies and an approved Ministry for Primary Industries operator for the Pre-Shipment Inspection Programme in Japan and the United Kingdom. We are New Zealand’s largest biosecurity vehicle inspectorate with over 60 percent market share. JEVIC NZ is authorised by the New Zealand Transport Agency as a Border Inspection Organisation. We also provide vehicle inspection services to exporters, importers, shipping lines and logistic chain suppliers.


Since 1988 Nichibo has been leading the way in the sourcing and exporting vehicles from Japan. We have dedicated support staff and account managers in both Japan and New Zealand are experienced in inspecting vehicles for New Zealand’s stringent vehicle compliance and emissions legislation. We pre-check items such as airbags for compliance requirements and can replace if required prior to shipment. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry require quarantine declarations for vehicles entering New Zealand, and we arrange for these inspection to be completed in accordance with local government compliance regulations.

Our revolutionary AutoSearch auction portal provides access to 100+ auction houses & 145,000+ vehicles per week allowing you to purchase from a large range of quality stock. Our 20+ experienced buying team personally inspect each vehicle prior to purchase to ensure our high level of quality is maintained.


Appointed by the NZ Transport Agency for over 20 years, VINZ is independent – we don’t carry out repairs. You can trust us to provide a fast, efficient and fair service. VINZ can give you peace of mind that your vehicle is safe to drive on NZ roads and we are New Zealand’s vehicle inspection experts.