How to Import Japanese Used cars?
Today, more and more people are setting out to buy Japanese used
cars. Although most of these used car buyers know everything about
cars as well as car buying techniques, but what they are not quite
sure of is, "How to import used cars from Japan?" Why Buy Used Japanese
Considering the growing popularity of used Japanese cars, the most
pertinent question that arises is, "Why do people have preference
for used Japanese cars?" One of the foremost reasons for favoring
Japanese used cars is that since innumerable years, Japan has been
a leader in car manufacturing. Japanese cars as Toyota, Nissan,
Honda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Mazda are famous throughout the world
for their excellence, value and steadfastness.
Another reason for opting for Japanese used car is the wide assortment
of car models that are available for selection, and almost all of
them come with ultra-advanced features such as power steering, air
bags, air conditioning, power windows and high performance engine.
One more reason why buying used Japanese cars is worthwhile is
that they are maintained in excellent condition, both cosmetically
and mechanically. World-class public transportation system, heavy
traffic conditions, high toll and parking fees, and stringent rules
of Japanese government with regards to proper maintenance of car
safety system are some primary reasons why Japanese cars are used
infrequently, and hence, are technically sound.
Where to Buy Japanese Used Cars?
Once, you're convinced that Japanese used cars are the best; the
primary question that impinges your mind is, "Where to buy used
Japanese cars from?" There are several dealers and exporters who
supply Japanese used cars, you can easily purchase your used Japanese
car from them. However, in reality all these people get the used
cars from major auction houses.
These auction houses get used Japanese cars from two main sources.
Firstly, from Kaitori Shop, which concentrate on purchasing cars
from individuals who sell their Japanese used or new cars to fulfill
their urgent monetary needs, and secondly, from car dealers, who
trade in used Japanese car for a new model. Thus, auction houses
have a wide variety of used Japanese cars, and all of them are available
at very low prices to professional buyers such as dealers and exporters.
Hence, it would be a better proposition to buy your used Japanese
car directly from such auction houses rather than obtain it from
intermediate dealers and exporters.
However, you cannot purchase Japanese used cars directly from auctions
because you cannot become a member of these auction houses. Only
used car dealers and exporters, who have a license to do business
in used cars, can apply for the membership. Furthermore, there are
several strict contract terms that have to be followed when applying
for the membership. Nevertheless, there are several used car exporters
as www.auctiondirectjapan.com, who provide "Auction Agent" service,
that is, purchase Japanese used cars from auctions or from One Price
(for sale at fixed wholesale price, until the next auctions). They
also handle all the necessary procedure for shipping Japanese used
How to Inspect the Condition of Used Japanese Cars?
When you buy used Japanese cars from online auction houses, using
an "Auction Agent", you would neither get a chance to inspect your
Japanese used car from close quarters nor you would have the privilege
to test drive the used car before purchasing it. Hence, to know
more about the condition of the car, you would have to depend solely
upon the 'Auction-Sheet', which is nothing, but a car evaluation
sheet prepared by the auction house.
Although all auction houses have different criteria for measuring
the condition of the Japanese used cars, but some parameters are
the same. For instance, they allocate grades 2 to 5 or 6 to S for
the condition of car exteriors, and grades A to C for the state
of car interiors.
Apart from external and internal condition, mileage is the next
most crucial factor that used car buyers' worry about. The auction
houses take care of this aspect. The seller is compelled to divulge
the correct mileage. If the owner rolls back the mileage to hide
the true figures, he is severely penalized by the auction house.
Another worrisome aspect related to Japanese used cars is the accident
record. Even though it is difficult to ascertain this fact, but
the auction houses have the ways and means to extract the truth,
and the details are given in the auction sheet.
How to Import Japanese Used Cars?
Most used car buyers hold the opinion that it is usually difficult
to import used Japanese car. Nonetheless, importing used cars from
Japan is not at all difficult if you know the correct process. Here
is a glimpse of the entire procedure that is put into practice while
importing Japanese used cars.
- Find out details about every law dealing with import of foreign
cars in your country.
- If you haven't found the right used Japanese car as yet, then
you would have to send a request to the dealer to find the right
car for you first.
- Before giving a confirmation to the exporter/dealer (Auction
Agent) to buy the used car, you should (1) check recent market
price of your favorite car, which is usually provided by Japanese
used car exporter or dealer (Auction Agent); (2) read the auction
sheet very carefully; and (3) decide your budget to bid from auctions
or purchase from One Price.
- The next step is to make the payment. Before issuing the check,
you should verify the authenticity of the exporter/dealer. This
can be done in two ways: (1) by getting the company registration
number and address confirmed at Japanese embassy in your country,
(2) by checking if your exporter is a member of JUMVEA (Japan
Used Motor Vehicle Exporter Association), which is the most reputable
organization in the Japanese used car export industry, and is
officially accredited by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
of Japanese Government.
- On arrival of the used car in your country, you would have
to reproduce the documents that the exporter/dealer has sent to
you. Thereafter, you would have to complete a few official procedures
as paying import tax, getting your Japanese used car tested and
insured etc. Once, you do that, you can drive your used Japanese
About the Author
Sadayoshi Miyakuni, CEO of M's Crew Co., Ltd. who runs http://www.auctiondirectjapan.com
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