These are a little longer than our normal import facts, but they're just as good! If you're looking for a better idea of the actual buying process when dealing with the Japanese auctions, here's some good info!
We've even imported an R! And guess what? She was great.
Also, the auctions are really complicated, trust us. That's why we have an agent handle it for us.
Here's some more schooling on the 25 year rule. This odd law is what created this industry, but it's important to understand it to its fullest (especially when a car is on the line)
There are many misconceptions when it comes to driving RHD in the US, but It's really not that bad (and it can make you a better driver). Click on the picture to check out our recent Open Road post in Autoblog!
We know not everyone is interested in importing a car themselves, but for those who are we have some fun facts for you! Even though you can only see a week out in the auctions, it's not hard to find something you like.
On the same topic, buyers shouldn't be afraid of R rated cars. They are more risky, but definitely shouldn't be compared to vehicles in the US with 'rebuilt' or 'salvaged' titles. Rarely do cars that would be considered rebuilt or salvaged survive in Japan.
If you haven't seen the latest video of a beautiful R33 getting crushed, don't watch it (but if you really want to you can. Just scroll down). Also, Don't listen to any company that says they can get your dream car that's under 25 years old! Especially if that company photoshops their logo on a Boeing Airbus.
This week we focus on the fun world of weather! Salt water, tsunamis, and typhoons are always a concern when you deal with Japanese importing.