Posts Tagged ‘Auto Auctions’

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:

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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).

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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.

Japanese Auto Auction Series Part 2 – JAA

April 23, 2008

JAA Japanese Auto Auction

Official Website: www.jaa.co.jp

Founded: 1971
Number of Auction Sites: 2 throughout Japan
Auctions held each Month: 10-14
Number of Cars Available in 2007: nearly 700,000 (Includes HAA Kobe, part of the JAA group)
Number of Cars Sold in 2007:nearly 365,000 (52.2%)
Locations: JAA Tokyo, JAA Tsukuba, HAA Kobe, JAANET (Satellite), JAAWEB (Internet)

Calling themselves the “Pioneer of The Japanese Automobile Auctions”, JAA is the oldest operating Japanese auto auction group in Japan. The continue to carry a good reputation that allows them to continue to compete. On the negative side, they are know to not have all the technological advancements that the larger, newer auctions have. That being said, they a higher sell completion rate than USS group.

Not many locations, but they are a noticeable part of the non-specialty used passenger car market. If your looking for a everyday car from Japan, the typical Nissan or Toyota car, you should watch their 3 locations.

Related:
Japanese Auto Auction Series Part 1 – USS Group

Japanese Auto Auctions

January 3, 2008

Well, the Holiday season has passed and now we’re in 2008. I had an excellent time with friends and family. Anyways, to the subject Japanese Auto Auctions:

When exporters are looking for a reliable source of supply for their customers. They often turn to Auto Auctions as the best source. The reason? Well, almost all of them give impartial assessments (NAA Nyuusatus just sells as-is) in their Inspection Sheets, there is a large section to choose from, and there is a reduced risk of getting cheated (most AA allow you to return a car that is below the ratings they give it). An auto auctions sells are directly linked with how many shoppers use their auctions so they are buyer orientated.

Other options exporter have as sources are usually dealership or individuals. Dealerships are quite expensive compared to the other choices so they are usually the least desired. Individuals (such as those found on Yahoo! Japan Auction) are rather risky as they generally have no reputation to maintain (unlike businesses) and can very well cheat you with a much worse off car than you expect.

There is a famous case in New Zealand where this inexperienced import bought a car from an individual for a friend. Ended in court which determined ultimately the friend (the actual buyer) was responsible (not the inexperienced importer) because they were both willing to continue the purchase even though they knew the risks involved. So this is why you should choose a good partner (whether your using an exporter in Japan, or a importing agent in your country) to help you import the right car.

This is why exporter use Auto Auctions as their primary source. You should realize though that exporters are not the main buyers in Japanese auto auctions. They are in fact a very small group of people who use the Japanese auto auctions. Most people buying at the auctions are usually used car dealers in Japan trying to add to their stock.

Next week I’ll add some more info on Auto Auctions.