Posts Tagged ‘vehicles’

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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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

Exports and the Economies

October 14, 2008

Right now the world is experiencing ups and downs in its economy. Besides US, Japan also has been affected. What about your country?

Data has not been yet produced (we’ll have to wait about a month), but has it been affecting your sells/purchases? While nations connect more directly to Western nations haves seen some fall, the are also many nations that continue to experience growth. Please let us know how your nation is doing in the comments section below.

Japanese Auto Auction Series Part 7 – ORIX

August 8, 2008

Company: ORIX
General Website:
Locations: Kobe, Atsugi, Nagoya, Fukuoka
Auctions Held: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

In continuation to our series on different auto auctions in Japan, I would like to present ORIX Rental Service Auctions. ORIX is a major rental company in Japan and Asia. Like most rental companies, cars must constantly be replaced with new, more attractive. So you might wonder where that car you rented a few years went? Well most like for ORIX cars, they were probably auctioned off to smart buyers.

One benefit of buying from a rental company’s auction is that you know all the cars are from the same owner. That means there is a roughly the same owner’s care to all the cars presented. Also, the cars would’ve been reguarly checked and serviced by their mechanics. As a rental company, they will want to recover as much value from the car as possible and most likely wouldn’t neglect the cars condition.

One thing to note is that this auction is “Nyuusatsu”. That means you just place a bid once instead of “battling” your way up. All offers are collected and the person with the highest bid wins. This is different from the typical, but it has some benefits. For example, the agent is not wasting time on the actual bidding process and can spend more time on other things like inspecting.

Buying from rental company auctions, such as ORIX’s, has many benefital aspects. Having your exporting agent able to check their auction would be useful, especially for cars and trucks you would expect in a rental fleet.

Related:
Japanese Auto Auction Series Part 1 – USS
Japanese Auto Auction Series Part 2 – JAA
Japanese Auto Auction Series Part 3 – Zip
Japanese Auto Auction Series Part 4 – AAAi / ARAI
Japanese Auto Auction Series Part 5 – Bay Auc
Japanese Auto Auction Series Part 6 – TAA

Philippines Ban On Import Cars Questioned

August 5, 2008

Since our last post on the situation in Phillippines (read Import News For Phillipines), a series or rapid event have been taking place. It was just recently revealed that 5 government agencies purposly neglected to uphold the ban and there are a number of senators that disagree with the ban.

Just at the end of last month a Supreme Court ruling ruled in favor of the ban. But senators are still defying the ruling they feel is wrong. The problem is that the ban is an Executive Order (EO) made by the President rather than a bill/law passed by the Senate. The senators in objection feel that this area the EO affects is the Senate’s territory.

We must wait to see what will be the result of this: Either the ban stays and questionable import practices are stopped or the ban might be lifted. It’s question of who has the most authority.

Source – Inquirer.net

Putin Tightens Import Taxes for Used Cars

June 3, 2008

Recently, the new Prime Minister Putin held a meeting on the condition of the Russian motor vehicle industry. In his opinion, foreign cars are stifling the success of national brands of Russia. To raise the competitiveness of Russian car makers, used car imports will now have higher taxes at a younger age.

Before the tax wall to keep out old cars from Russia was at 7 years and older, now importers will need to pay an considerable more if the car exceeds 4 years of age. Currently, we don’t know what the exact rates table will be, but we’ll let you know when we do.

Japanese Auto Auction Series Part 1 – USS Group

April 15, 2008

I’ll be trying something new besides the regular news and articles. Each week, hopefully, I’ll be able to post information on one auction establishment in Japan. To start off, we’ll go straight to the top by focusing on the biggest single auction company in Japan, USS Group.

USS Group Japan

Official Website: www.ussnet.co.jp

Number of Auction Sites: 19 throughout Japan
Auctions held each Month: 60-80
Number of Cars Available in 2007: nearly 3 million
Number of Cars Sold in 2007:nearly 1.7 million (57%)
Overall Market Share: 34%
Membership: On-site:41,000; Internet:17,500; Global Network (Sat):6,000

USS Group Auto Auction Site Map

USS stand for Used-car System Solutions. October, 1980 was the month that what became USS Co., Ltd. formed. In August 1982, the first USS auto auction in Nagoya was conducted with 255 vehicles up for bidding. Two hundred and eighty auctioneers participated in this auction coming from throughout Japan.

Over the past few decades, USS Group’s seen huge amounts of growth as they build, acquire, and expand new auction sites to a current of 19 (including 2 recycle auctions). What gave them an advantage to grow into the top position in the market is their development of computer auction software. Allowing others to copy their software, the became immediate market leaders in the technical area.

Besides coming in just before a time of rapid growth in the car auction world, they were able able to capture that growth and increase their reputation through wise business practices. Now they are among the most respectable auctions in Japan. Almost all exporters will carry a USS members ID because mostly of the volume of cars they auction all around Japan.

USS Member\'s ID

Information from USS Group.

Blog News – Breaking the 100 Barrier

April 4, 2008

Just a small update on the progress. Yesterday, we saw for the first time breaking the 100 Barrier – that is 100 people visiting in one day. While small, it excellent progress as we also passed the 3,000 visits total mark. Because we are serving a niche area, we aren’t planning to be in the top ten blogs, but a place to make people more aware about importing used cars and news in this industry.

As a reader, besides reading this blog (we have an RSS Feed), you can also find information from our sister site JUCE.Info, join our discussion forum JCarsNow.com, and sign-up for the free Newsletter.

Import News For Philippines

March 10, 2008

Apparently, the Filipino Government has finally become active against illegal imports of used cars “smuggled” into their country. Laws which have banned the importation of used cars (heavily lobbied for by new car importers) have been around for a while, but before the government never really actively enforced these laws. Recently there has been changes as Customs have started seizing many cars throughout the Islands.

This is unfortunate news to Japanese exporters as last year over 11,400 vehicles were exported for the Philippines. Many Filipino importers have now canceled orders as their government have started to use X-ray machines on containers. For now, trade will have to wait till everything is sorted out.

New Year for Russia, New Rules for Importers

February 19, 2008

Latest news from Russia is starting this year, individual importers will be limited 1 car. Now what does that mean?

Very simple. People can’t import more than 1 whole car as a personal import. Importer businesses can continue on no problem, and for the individuals, you’ll have to resort to (but not recommended) importing parts which basically means cars split in half.

So at the moment, importing should see much of a big hit, but if other rules change, things can tighten. And for those not watching the news, Russia will be getting a new president this year so things might change a little.

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.

What’s special about Japanese cars? (PART B)

December 4, 2007

Why would somebody be interested in importing a car? What would be its benefit?

In part A, I highlighted that JDM vehicles (those made for Japan) are made with more variety and technology. In this part, I want to focus on the condition of cars and how importers benefit.

The first thing that must be realized is that owning a car in Japan is Expensive! With this fact, the old proverb “Where your treasure is, so is your heart” can be easily applied here also. Your typical car owner, keeps their vehicle much cleaner than most of their American, European, and worldwide counterparts.

Yes, Japanese are found smoking, drinking (non-alcoholic) beverages, and eating just as others, but you will find much less cars with smashed chips ingrained in the carpet, spills spots on the seat fabric, and other “used” marks. If you are buying from auctions, you will have detailed notes if their are any interior flaws.

For most people, interior is important, but the exterior is even more important. For Japanese, when buying used, the want to know any flaws externally and all inspections sheets have a section specifically for noting any damage. Very often, you will find cheap used cars with no external flaws or at most a few small scratches.

Again, when buying, you’ll have professional assessments to consult. Additionally, in Japan roads are not salted during the winter which reduces cases of rust to very low levels.

Mechanical conditions on Japanese have many things preventing get bad apples. Not that every car in Japan is mechanically in excellent condition. Nevertheless, in Japan a vehicle must have a very stringent and expensive car inspection called “Shaken”. This promotes people to keep their cars well maintained.

Additional benefits are that the Japanese have among the smoothest road is the world making shock waring much lower. Japanese people also generate little mileage on their cars. You can find 9 year old cars with less than 90,000km and most cars most used-cars are running less than 100,000km on their odometers.

Stay tuned for more reasons Japanese imports are worth the effort.