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Auction Watch: 2008 Nissan GT-R

December 10, 2008

Have you heard of the that little name before? Of course, it seems as if everybody knows about the GT-R (of the Skyline heritage). In fact, it seems to be the embodiment of Japanese sports cars in almost every aspect. This huge name is in popular demand in many parts of the world and you might be interested to know that it easy to get (although expensive) on the used car market.

Yep, that’s right. You can pop over to your favorite exporter/auction agent and find a number of “used” 2008 (and soon 2009) GT-Rs. We call them “used” because they’ve been purchased once by the person putting it on market, not because they’ve been driven a significant distance. One such example is a car on JCarBuys: a 2008 Nissan GT-R Black Edition with Bose sound system. Here’s some details:

Equipment: automatic air conditioning (climate control), anti-lock brakes, alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, spoiler, supplemental restraint system (air bags), cd player, television, navigation, central locking, electronic fuel injection, electric seats, leather seats, power mirrors, stereo, tiptronic, 3-seat
Vehicle notes: BRAND NEW CAR, FACTORY BOSE SOUND SYSTEM, REAR/REVERSE MONITOR, Black Edition.
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Auction Watch: Excavators and Industrial Equipment

December 2, 2008

I would like to continue with our series of vehicles you can find at Japanese auto auctions. But I going to take a small detour from the regular cars and get into something bigger (literally). Excavators and other industrial equipment are often sold in Japanese auctions for a number of reasons. Just like private car owners, industrial vehicle owners need/want to change their vehicles according to demands the business has at the time.

Since it is no easy thing to sell such equipment alone, you will find several auto auctions selling industrial equipment on the side. In addition to the general vehicle auctions, there are also specialized auctions that focus just on industrial and construction equipment. Often these auctions use the parade auction format (cars are “paraded” in front of buyers and auctioned individually) due to the size of the vehicles and the money involved.

The quality of these vehicles can vary, but you will see many that are in great condition (for their use). Those who are serious about buying used large equipment should really consider buying from Japan. Many importers (from Canada to East African nations to South-East Asian to South American countries) purchase from Japanese auctions because even after shipping costs and other fees involved, you will find better quality for a cheaper compared to purchasing from a local market.

To give an example, here is a 2001 Kobelco excavator currently available for export on JCarBuys Stock:

YV02 - 2001 Kobelco SK115SR-1E Hydraulic Excavator - Green YV02 - 2001 Kobelco SK115SR-1E Hydraulic Excavator - Green YV02 - 2001 Kobelco SK115SR-1E Hydraulic Excavator - Green

Car Watch: Toyota Regius and Vans

November 28, 2008

In continuation of our series, the Toyota Regius is a van made in Japan that is often exported throughout the world. There are many different sub-models that you’ll be able to find. That means you can find passenger versions, cargo models, a combo passenger/cargo type. Also they can be extended in length and height, they can be Deluxe versions, or stripped versions (useful for business purposes). You can also find many of them have duel sliding doors. There many choices to choose from (something you’ll see typical in Japan), and if the Regius styling isn’t your taste, there also many other van and people/cargo movers that are available in Japan.

For example, JCarBuys has a 2000 Toyota Regius Super GL with some photos available:

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When you are looking for quality used vans and cargo/people movers, Japan offers many vehicles of various sizes, uses, and designs. Japanese used car exporters are often more than willing to help you purchase such vehicles.

Webtip: Searching Foreign Images

November 25, 2008

I would like to suggest a new tool I’ve found for those interested in search images that are tagged with foreign words (ie: Japanese) without having to know what to type.

To explain, ForiSearch takes one language input and translates it into a second language, then it searches Google, Yahoo!, or MSN images searches for images with such text.

LANGUAGE #1 > translates to LANGUAGE #2 > search GOOGLE, YAHOO!, OR MSN for related images.

It is very simple and useful for Japanese used car exporters and importers to use. There are many applications to use it with. For example, an Importer can search for a particular word and get 1. the word in Japanese, and 2. images to confirm the translation is correct.

To show: I typed in “rust” with Japanese selected as which language I wanted to search in. I got さび (if you see question marks, don’t worry, they mean rust). And to make sure my translation is right, I see a number of images with metal having rust forming.

Don’t worry if some of the images aren’t exactly what you are looking for. Sometimes that is because in the other language, the word has more than one meaning. Just as long as you get a majority of the photos of what you are looking for, you should have the right translation.

Link: ForiSearch

UPDATE: You can also search videos in Youtube in foreign languages!

Car Watch: Honda Integra Type R

November 20, 2008

Continuing our series all about the different types of vehicles you can find from Japanese used car exporters, this time we will focus on the Honda Integra Type R. Coming from one of the most popular manufactures for cars, the Integra Type R is of the sporty variety, popular about car enthusiasts and car tuners.

For those who are unfamiliar with a somewhat common terminology, not all Integras are Type R. Type R refers to the “Racing” type of a vehicles (same as Civic Type R), which involves the car’s weight being reduced by taking anything unnecessary out and also using more performance-orientated parts for vital systems. The other way to look at it is that a Type R car is generally more uncomfortable, noisier, and much less “options” that would otherwise weigh down the car. As an example, here is a 2000 Honda Integra Type R:

DC2 - 2000 Honda Integra Type R - red

When considering if there is a market for these types of vehicles in your country, you must also consider import rules concerning these cars. Often, they are using after market parts instead of the standard stock parts and because of that, they may not qualify to come into your country. On the other hand some countries don’t mind you import special vehicles as long as they pass safety and emission tests (such as Australia).

Even if you don’t particularly like these types of cars as an importer, maybe there is niche market where you are for these types of vehicles. Another benefit is the cars generally produce very passionate crowds that are willing to go extra lengths to purchase such a vehicle.

Related Pages:
Car Watch: Mercedes-Benz A-class
Car Watch: Toyota Landcruiser Prado

Car Watch: Mercedes-Benz A-class

November 18, 2008

Looking around to find the most opposite vehicle I could to the last car we’ve highlighted (the Toyota Landcruiser Prado), I found the 2001 Mercedes-Benz  A-class 5d  A160. Compared to the Landcrusier Prado, there seems nothing similar except that it’s a vehicle. The A-class is a much smaller 5door (hatchback), German, in the sub-compact class, much more efficient (13.2km each liter or 4.9L for each 100km), and much different styling. Here’s some photos of the vehicle:

WDB168033 - 2001 Mercedes-Benz A-class 5d A160 - silver WDB168033 - 2001 Mercedes-Benz A-class 5d A160 - silver WDB168033 - 2001 Mercedes-Benz A-class 5d A160 - silver

It’s not a beast. It’s the complete opposite. Maybe you or your customers are looking from something that is effecient and fitting for a city. Having such a small car (although not a Kei) is a big benefit in many ways. Also, perhaps you can find the European look stylish to your taste. However it is, if you or your customers are liking this, don’t forget that you can get them in Japan. Japan has both LHD and RHDs of these models (although more often you will see RHDs).

Car Watch: Toyota Landcruiser Prado

November 14, 2008

The Toyota Landcruiser Prado has been a very popular SUV in Japan and other nations. The most obvious difference of it (the Prado) and the normal is that it’s noticably smaller. It goes by the name Lexus GX 470 in the United States, but it is still called Land Cruiser Prado in many other countries such as Australia, South Africa, and in the Middle East and Latin America.

To give an example, our friends at JCarBuys have a 2007 Toyota Landcruiser Prado available on stock. Here are some photos of how it looks:

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As you can see, the Prado is very attractive and popular with importers in many countries that desire or need these types of vehicles. They also come with a lot of equipment. Here a list of some things you can see found in this type of car:

automatic air conditioning (climate control), anti-lock brakes, alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, sun roof, supplemental restraint system (air bags), four wheel drive, cd player, television, navigation, leather seats, stereo, tiptronic, 7-seats, and more.

Remember when your looking at different years in the Land Cruiser Prado model range, there are different different model generations:

  • First came the LC 70-Light series built on the J7 platform which was between 1984 and 1990
  • Second came the LC 70-Series also built on the J7 platform from 1990 to 1996
  • The LC 70-Series was replace by the LC 90-Series (J9 platform) during 1996 which last till 2002
  • Currently, the LC 120-Series has been in production on the J12 platform since 2003

You might want to consider such a vehicle for you and your customers if small, classy SUVs are popular in your country.

Information source – Wikipedia

Finding The Right Car

July 21, 2008

Finding the Japanese car that you want can sometimes be difficult. Instead of getting frustrated and giving up, here are some useful tips to overcome minor problems.

First, let me express some problems you might face:

  • The model name in Japan might be different from the one where you live.
  • The car seems to be sold in other layout (coupe, sedan/saloon, etc.) than you want.
  • You don’t know if the “year” is the manufacture year or first registration year.

These problem can be answered by knowing just a small piece of information. For example, knowing the car chassis number can help you know the particular model, it’s years of production (for that version), and what layout that car is. This number is important because it only gets changed when significant changes are made to a model.

For example, a Honda EK9 is a Civic Type R 3-door hatchback produced between 1997 and 2000. The EP3 is the next generation Civic Type R that was made from 2001 to 2005. On the other hand a Honda EU is a Civic 5-door hatchback built between 2001-2005.

Here are some useful websites to go to:

Wikipedia – Provides information on alternative names for cars, shows the various layouts are car can be found, provides model chassis codes, and other multi-national information. Unfortuantely it is not perfect because of the heavy United States influnce but it still has plenty of usefulness.

Cars-Directory.net – One of many sites that give detailed information on particular models. Also has many pictures available to look at and compare.

Do you have other suggestions? or do you have other questions on how to find the right vehicle? Please write them in the Comments section below!

Importing Japanese Car Info Video

June 19, 2008

A little video for your enjoyment with a little reminder of where to go for information on importing Japanese used cars from Japan.

UK Waits Till March 2009 For Nissan GT-R

March 5, 2008

Just out, Nissan UK puts a price tag on the all-new GT-R that is coming to the Isles in March, 2009. Pre-orders start this April, but why wait?

The UK branch has decided to charge £52,900 for the base GT-R, £54,200 for the Premium Edition, and £55,500 for the Black Edition. In comparison, Japanese auto auctions are selling the Premium Edition for £43,000. You can import a GT-R yourself for not that much more and get the car one year earlier than everyone else.

With all the costs involved in importing (Duty, VAT, test, registration, etc.), you can pay a few thousand more (about £59,000) and skip the wait, getting your GT-R one year before others in the UK. If your able to afford a GT-R, you’re probably able to afford paying a few more quid if you want the GT-R. If you need more help on importing, visit this guide for importing into the UK.

Interact on Japanese Import Forum

January 30, 2008

Hi all readers,

If you need some help on importing Japanese used cars, you should check our sister location:

www.JCarsNow.com/jdm/

It a great place for you to ask questions on many topics:

Buying from Japanese auto auctions or from dealer’s/exporter’s stocks, exporting, shipping, importing, customs, and of course, the cars themselves. Share your importing experiences and suggestions with others. You should find me online there everyday if you need help. Because it is a forum, rather than a blog, you should be able to interact a lot more over there. Enjoy!

More Thoughts on Nissan GT-R

January 25, 2008

Traditionally, Nissan GT-R = JDM Japan, but this might be changing. Would you ever imagine a GT-R not selling big in Japan? Well, there is a small minuscule detail one would never thought could cause so much problems: The width of the car is 189.5cm…

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Import The NEW Nissan GT-R to Australia!

January 23, 2008

According to Prestige Motorsport, the new R35 GT-R can now be imported legally under SEVS!However, compliance is as far as 12 months away (2009), and prices are expected to exceed AU$100,000 for the new Nissan supercar. Regardless, this is a big fist in the eye of Nissan Australia, as enthusiasts will now be able to grab the new car directly from the JDM without Nissan Australia’s interference!

[Source: ImportJap.com]

For more information:
SEVS Entry No. 477/00
Australian Importing Help