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FAQs about Buying from Japan’s Car Auctions
Everything you need to know about car auctions in Japan and how you can buy cars from them through Integrity Exports.
And if you cannot find what you are after here, please do contact us here. We are ready to help!
First of all, please read this quick overview about how the car auctions in Japan work as well as a quick primer on the process from before the auction starts right up to the car leaving on a ship.
Why get used cars from Japan?
- Is it true that Japanese cars have lower mileage?
- Are used cars from Japan really in better condition?
How much does it cost?
- What are your charges for buying and exporting cars from Japan to my country?
- Why do I need to send you a deposit?
- What if I just want an auction sheet translation? How much is that?
- Your prices are in Yen. What are they in my currency?
All about the car auction inspector’s report (auction sheet)
- What are the auction inspector’s reports and what can I learn from them?
- What basic information will you see about each car before you read the report?
- What information do sellers put on the auction sheet?
- What comments does that auction inspector write on the auction sheet?
- How come this classic car is listed with a modern date?
- I heard the information in the report can change at the last minute. How does that work?
- What is the difference between “rust” and “corrosion”?
The grading system used by the Japanese car auctions
- What does the overall auction grade tell you?
- What grade is given to new cars in the Japanese car auctions?
- What do grade 5 and grade 6 represent in terms of quality?
- Why is 4.5 a good bet for good quality at a sensible price?
- What is are auction grade 3.5 and auction grade 4 that represent 1/2 of the cars at auction?
- What about the lower auction grades: grade 3, grade 2 and grade 1?
- What do the accident and repair history auction grades mean grades R, RA, A and Zero?
- Why are some cars ungraded, and what does that mean?
- To what extent should I rely on the overall auction grade?
- What are the different interior condition grades?
- Want some practice reading an auction sheet for yourself? Get it here
- I can’t read the Japanese on the auction inspection report. Help!
Specialist topics about the car auctions in Japan
- What is the “start price” and how does it influence the final sale price of the car?
- What are “aftermarket” (AM) parts and other non-standard parts on cars?
- Do the cars sold at auction come with service manuals and log books?
- Is it true that repair history cars can be a good source of bargains?
- Is there a risk that the mileage is not accurate?
- Do the cars in the auctions have much tread on their tires?
- I’ve heard Yahoo Auctions is another source of cars from Japan. Is that true?
- Can I get brand new cars from Japan too?
- I need LHD cars for my country, can I get those too?
- What is the difference between “official” and “gray” import cars?
- I’m buying a car for New Zealand. How do I find out the emissions code for a car?
- What is the “Shaken” roadworthiness test in Japan?
- How can I find diesel cars in the auctions?
- How can I find hybrid cars in Japan’s car auctions?
- What seasonal factors affect car numbers and pricing in the car auctions?
- Why does it make more sense to buy from the car auctions than from an exporter’s stock?
- Are you a member of JUMVEA (Japan Used Vehicle Exporters Association)?
- Are some car model names different in Japan?
- Should you only buy from big-city car auctions?
How to use our online Japanese car auction system
- Can you give me a quick overview of how to find cars in your Japanese car auction system?
- Can you tell me more about the advanced search functions?
- How do I enter bids in your online car auction system?
- How do I manage my bids on cars in your online auction system?
- How do I keep track of cars bought and payments made in your online system?