Our Service To Export / Import JDM Cars from Japan?
With our service, finding a good used or new car in Japan is a simple click away!
We've combined our 10+ years of buying at auction and our industry connections to bring you the very best and most reliable service found in Japan. After spending so much time helping members avoid problems or solve problems with their Exporter in Japan we realized we can all do better. Our customers and members get the advantage of our experienced, reliable and trusted Export service from Japan without the stress or hassle.
3 Simple Steps To Get Your Dream Vehicle!
- Sign up and place your deposit to secure bidding rights.
- Bid on a good car at auction.
- Upon winning the car, make your payment and we'll arrange for shipping to your port.
What are the benefits of going with you over the other guys?
At the end of the day honestly, it comes down to honesty and knowledge of the industry. All Exporters and Importers essentially have access to the same cars yet higher percentages of certain dealers/Exporters/Importers end up being lemons. It all comes down to who is being honest, has the right knowledge, connections and is working for their buyer to get the right car.
I think that is us because I have inside knowledge that most people (including other agents) do not have because of running this site. The way we buy for our customers is the exact same way I buy for myself. I prefer not to have any problems or as few as possible, and buy high grade, low mileage vehicles and shy away from problem areas and commonly known issues (that means we do not go place a bid on a low quality car, rusty car, a car with engine problems, rebuilt etc..). If the customer wants the car but there are some concerns I get the car checked at auction (and sometimes even pics). A good example was an Aristo at auction. It was not in a rust-belt area but said "underbody rust" and was a high grade car. It was checked and it turns out the transmission was "bronzed". When I got it no one thought there was anything worth mentioning. It can be the other way though, maybe the car is a rust bucket and you have no claim if you decide to bid since it was on the auction sheet.
Another aspect is the price at auction. A lot of agents use "auto-bid" which is essentially entering it into the computer and most times you end up paying more than you should or your maximum bid. This is because live bidding if done right can usually secure the car for a lower price or at least gives you a better chance of paying less. At the end of the day your agent makes their commission regardless of your price at auction. But of course for you the buyer you'd prefer to save as much as possible.
I'm moreso doing it because things are no better today in Japan (I'd say after contacting a lot of Exporters they may be worse than before). Personally I've been scammed before and been sold a bad car and avoiding these problems is exactly why I started the site.
Do your cars come with insurance?
Optional insurance can be purchased which covers vehicle damage, loss and theft of parts from your vehicle while in transit.
What if I don't buy insurance?
Your vehicle will be uninsured but you may have a chance at making a claim with the shipping line if you can prove the condition prior to loading and show that the damage occurred in between. If your vehicle does arrive with any damage it is very critical that you take pictures before moving the car so you can show that is the condition you received it in (rather than taking it at home or at another location).
It is optional but without insurance the biggest risk is what if your vehicle is lost at sea. It is not frequent but occasionally RORO boats are lost at sea.
If you did not have insurance you would not be covered for such an occurrence.
How common is theft of items inside a vehicle?
Theft from vehicles is overall uncommon and most commonly happens at your destination port (this depends moreso on how well your local port is run and how trust worthy the staff is). In general the most common things to go missing from vehicles are things like gauges. Some of our members have suspected that some thefts have occurred on the the actual RORO vessel in some cases.
Can my car be test driven to find faults?
Before getting to this stage it is important to note that with some auction houses we can actually have a more detailed inspection done than what is on the auction sheet by a trusted agent of the auction house. This will usually uncommon the most common faults and avoid the majority of problems. When dealing in high grade cars, with low mileage you also minimize your chances of issues.
Yes, we can have the car driven but we say this with some honest and realistic caveats. We will always tell you obvious and known faults with the vehicle whether on the auction sheet or discovered by inspection in Japan. However, there are many cases where flaws are not obvious even by driving. A good example could be a partially bad center differential in a Subaru Legacy B4 RSK Turbo BE5 with the manual transmission. Now the vehicle may make banging sounds and bind with the slightest movement. However, more realistically the problem on a short drive may not be noticeable or obvious. If the diff is going bad it sometimes may not be apparent until the car is driven for a longer time and really gets up to temperature. There are also faults I've had from cars from Japan that were test driven but they weren't obvious until I ran the car more (eg. a long commute or highway run).
I feel most obvious problems will be apparent and noted at the auction house such as if the engine is not running properly they will mention the CEL (Check Engine Light) is illuminated or "engine problem" or "engine noise". The engine issues especially noise is a strong indicaton of a major problem such as rod knock or bad bearings. A test drive in this case would not make it more obvious or find an issue like this.
I'm not saying there is no point to the test drive but that it is not guarantee hidden or less than obvious problems can be detected. It's also possible a problem has been hidden by the seller (perhaps they put in some stop leak to hide an oil or radiator leak) etc.. Now this is the worst case scenario as I have never experienced this and when buying high quality cars with lower mileage the chances of these issues is much less.
What is the easiest and cheapest way to wire money?
The easiest and safest way is often your bank but for the best rates you could try services like these (I have not personally used them):
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