This is bittersweet. You finally got your car! But now you have to figure out if it’s in good shape. If you’re mechanically inclined this is something you can do yourself, however, I suggest you take it to a reputable shop. Having one pair of eyes on your car is good, but having a bunch of highly trained eyes on your car is great. Usually an all around diagnosis will run you roughly $100, and it can save you a whole lot more.
If the shop you use is used to imported cars (as many are becoming this way lately), you’re in luck. If not, here are a few things you should have them check especially well.
You’re in the final stretch. Even though your car is still under government control, but this is where things get easier. There are still some common misconceptions about picking up a car at a port, and you need to understand how this goes so you save money and stress.
So we have an idea of how your car gets to America physically, but what about customs? This is the part everyone is afraid of, but thankfully you don’t have to do it alone. Your Japanese exporter will take care of their side, and a customs broker will take care of your side, but here’s what you need to know.