Japanese Auto Auctions (Part 2)

Start of where we left off (see Part 1), I will continue to explain some more aspects to Japanese Auto Auctions. The last article was about why exporters (also called bidding agents in these situations) choose auto auctions as their primary source for cars and the importance of picking a good partner for the Japan side of buying. This article will explain what types of auto auction are in Japan, and their benefits and disadvantages.

Japanese Auto Auctions: Types of Auctions

There are many auto auctions in Japan. Some are bigger than others, but you can easily categorize them into four types:

Independent Company Auctions

  • Many and are generally on the smaller side.
  • Might show between a couple of hundred and over 10,000 cars a month.
  • Examples would be NDAA, SAA (Sapporo AA), and the larger Zip.
  • Either sell everything, or they specialize.
    • For example, Zip sells a lot of imported cars (non-JDM) and TUS specializes in motorcycles.

Manufacture/Dealer/Rental Auctions

  • Set up by major dealers and/or manufactures to sell off used cars from different places.
    • For example, Toyota dealers can sell off trade-in cars at a TAA auction site.
    • Rental companies, such as ORIX, will have auctions to sell off their old vehicles.
  • Other examples would be SUAA (Subaru), SAA (Suzuki AA), HAA (Honda AA), and NAA (Nissan).

Auction Groups

  • Control large shares of the market.
  • Organized as either as a union of independent auction, a single company, or subsidiaries under one company.
  • The main AA groups are: JU Group, USS Group, and ARAI (also called AAA – Arai Auto Auction) Group.

Online/Satellite Auctions

  • Operate solely, or at least mainly, by internet or TV Satellite.
  • Some have their own stock, and some auction on the behalf of other auction companies.
  • Examples are AUCNET, ASNET, GAO!, and HERO (also called Hiro).

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One Response to “Japanese Auto Auctions (Part 2)”

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    […] is good about Japanese Auto Auctions (Part 1 & 2 so far) is that they provide such an enormous supply of cars (and pictures!) that is changing every […]

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