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Posted by Stephen On Saturday, October 24th, 2015
Posted by Stephen On Monday, October 13th, 2014
The 2014 Paris Motor Show is finally coming to a close. To finish off the week, we’re going to look at a Japanese car auction find that may remind you of a car we saw last week in France. That’s because today’s auction find is the original version of an upcoming new SUV we saw at the motor show.
It’s a 2005 Honda HR-V in classic metallic black:
As you can see, this is a far cry from the HR-V Concept we saw in Paris, although it still filled the same slot in Honda’s lineup. The original HR-V was developed to satisfy consumer demand for a car with the spaciousness and sturdiness of a CR-V without sacrificing the economy and maneuverability of a Civic. Thus, the HR-V was born as a High-riding Revolutionary Vehicle.
Believe it or not, the Honda HR-V was originally marketed to a young demographic as a sort of toy car. The original 1997 concept for the HR-V was called the “Wild & Joyful J-WJ” Concept, and Honda called it the “Joy Machine” when it officially launched in 1999. It was fun and frivolous, and didn’t really fit into any common segments at the time – it wasn’t a minivan, a conventional SUV or a truck. Unfortunately, this meant it was well-received in the showroom, but drivers didn’t know what to do with it on the road.
As a 2005 model year, today’s Honda HR-V auction find would have come out after a minor refresh in 2003 which included some exterior styling updates and a totally overhauled interior. Looking at the image below, you’ll see that the clean and crisp black interior holds up even to today’s higher quality standards. In fact, many argue that the original HR-V was a little too ahead of its time, which is why the model would cease production in 2006.
The original Honda HR-V achieved SUV-like performance by using the Real Time 4WD taken from the then-current Honda CR-V. At the time, what separated Honda’s four-wheel-drive system from other manufacturers’ was the addition of a Dual-Hydraulic Pump Rear Differential (DHPRD), which is a fancy way of saying that the four-wheel drive mode is automatically activated when the front wheels lose traction.
DHPRD is one of the many modern amenities that no other cars were using at the time. You’ll find that this 2005MY also boasts antilock brakes, dual SRS airbags, electric windows and mirrors, power steering, air conditioning, and even heat absorbing windows to keep the cabin comfortable.
Under the hood you’ll find a conservative 1.6L four-cylinder VTEC engine that outputs 123hp, paired up with an automatic CVT. The HR-V for the JDM also features a slightly tuned-up suspension and driveshaft.
The original Honda HR-V was only in production for a little more than half a decade, so there aren’t that many left in circulation. The find you see here is one of the best ones currently up for auction with an overall grading of 3.5 due to a few minor dings, and an interior grade of C due to minor wear and tear. Continue reading below the auction sheet for a full rundown of this auction find:
“Interior C, first registered 2005, month of first registration not known, J model, FAT, AC, power steering, power windows, airbags, timing belt has been replaced, service book, cigarette burn holes in driver’s seat, steering wheel worn, wheel caps scratched, ABA emissions code, rear panel and rear spare tyre housing distortion, minor scratches, left side door mirrors scratched, front windshield has stone scratches, other marks as per map“
Posted by Stephen On Thursday, September 25th, 2014
After the sleek Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept S we looked at yesterday, today we’re going to look back a couple years at a regular 2013 Outlander SUV to see how the two stack up. This Japanese car auction find also illustrates how easy it is to find high quality, new models at a competitive price when you use our auction system.
Let’s start things off with a front and back view of this gunmetal gray 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander:
I can tell you right up front that this Japanese car auction find has incredibly high ratings across the board. As you can see above, the exterior is nearly immaculate… You’d need bigger and higher-quality pictures than these to see the three tiny scratches noted on the auction sheet. These photos also prove that while the new PHEV Concept S looks great, the regular Mitsubishi Outlander still has a lot going for it.
Let’s be frank – the 2013 Mitsubishi outlander may not showcase the most groundbreaking design, but it is a solid SUV with plenty of space and sturdy performance. Plus, it still has a number of nice features both inside and out. For example, this 24G model features twin-spoke alloy wheels to boost the SUV’s sports appeal, along with wraparound headlights reminiscent of the upcoming Concept S.
The inside of this Mitsubishi Outlander is in even better shape than the outside and has several cool amenities worth bragging about. Of course, there are the basics like automatic air conditioning, cruise control, and power windows and mirrors. But there are also extra goodies like built-in navigation, push-button ignition, keyless entry, an electric tailgate and even a TV! You’ll also enjoy plush fabric seating with mesh stitching and piano-black accents around the extremely large seven-seat cabin. And if you ever need extra space, just fold down the rear seats to make a DIY cargo hauler.
On top of all that, this Mitsubishi has a ton of cool technologies that aren’t even covered on the auction sheet. For example, this model year marked the introduction of Mitsubishi’s Auto Stop & Go, which is their version of engine stop/start. It also features their e-Assist safety suite, which includes pre-collision braking, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.
As far as performance goes, our research indicates that this 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander 24G Navi Package comes stocked with Mitsubishi’s 4J12 engine, which was only available in Japan until 2014. It’s a 2.4L inline four-cylinder 16-valve MIVEC engine that replaces the 4B12 in their lineup with overall cleaner engineering. Although we don’t have a specific number, power should be around 165hp in this model.
If you’d like to learn more about this particular Japanese car auction find, keep reading below the auction sheet for a detailed translation. Otherwise, if you’d like to look at one of the other 75 Mitsubishi Outlanders currently up for auction, signing up is free and easy.
Here’s the translation:
“Grade 5, interior A, first registered September 2013, 24G Navi Package, FAT, AAC, service book, original AWs, power steering, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbags, DVD and digital TV, rear view reversing camera, side view cameras, power rear gate, radar cruise control, 7-seater, paddle shift, HID headlights, auto lights, fog lights, smart key, minor scratches on interior trim, minor rust underneath, scratches, marks as per map”
Posted by Stephen On Monday, September 1st, 2014
A couple days ago Honda Performance Development revealed a new supercharger kit for all Honda CR-Zs through the 2014 model year. With a variety of tweaks and tune-ups, the HPD kit is an affordable way to turn your mildly sporty coupe into a jaw-dropping hot-rod.
But, you already knew that.
What you may not know is that our Japanese car auction system makes it even more affordable to get your own CR-Z. Which brings us to today’s auction find – a pristine 2010 Honda CR-Z up for auction in Yokohama. Check it out:
The exterior is clearly in excellent condition, well above what you’d expect from the 41,000 kilometers on the odometer. The auction sheet at the bottom of this post will show that there are zero blemishes across the entire exterior for an immaculate rating of 5. The A-grade interior is just as good.
As you can see, even though this is a 2010 car, it’s far from outdated. This is the same model that won Japan’s Car of the Year Award in the year of its release thanks to a striking combination of efficiency and affordability. It also won a number of green car awards across the US and Europe, which brings us to what lies under the hood.
This 2010 Honda CR-Z runs on a 1.5L inline-four VTEC engine that produces a reasonable 156hp, paired up with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. Unlike the Prius and other advanced, electric-only capable hybrids, the Honda CR-Z uses a small 20hp electric motor that accents the fuel efficiency of the petrol engine. Classified as a sport hybrid coupe, it’s not intended to match the 50+mpg of the more expensive hybrids. Instead it offers “just” really good fuel economy – rated somewhere in the 37mpg range – in exchange for a substantially lower price tag.
As for specific features, this particular model comes with automatic air conditioning, built-in navigation, power steering and power windows, along with alloy wheels to top it all off. This model year of Honda’s sport hybrid coupe is only ever available with front-wheel drive, and the pearl white paint job is even more radiant in-the-metal than it is in pictures.
If you’d like to learn more about today’s Japanese car auction find, you can find this 2010 Honda CR-Z’s auction sheet below this post, along with my full translation of the details. Alternatively, if you’d like to look through any of the 11 other Honda CR-Zs currently up for auction in Japan, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Here is the translation of the auction inspection report:
“Interior A, first registered October 2010, Alpha model, AT, AAC, original AWs, power steering, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, original HDD navigation system, rear view reversing camera, smart key, paddle shift, music server, fog lights, minor ceiling lining grime, interior trim has minor paint cracks, seats have covers fitted, luggage area cover missing, wheels scratched, scraped under front bumper, marks as per map”
Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
After Nissan unveiled their new Note NISMO hot hatch, I decided to see if there were any hidden gems hiding in our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction online system. After logging in, I simply selected “Nissan” as the manufacturer and “Note” as the model, and in a few seconds I had 100+ different Note hatchbacks to choose from; 127 to be specific. I quickly sorted by Grade and immediately this little treasure stuck out from the crowd:
This is a 2013 Nissan Note Medalist, a limited edition of the hatchback only ever sold in Japan. You can probably guess where the car got its namesake… I’ll give you a hint: it has something to do with the color. As it happens, this is the only Nissan Note ever to be manufactured with this paint job, which the automaker dubs Beatnic Gold. Released at the end of 2012, this JDM-exclusive hatch likely commemorated Japan’s performance in that year’s summer Olympics.
Apart from the exclusive gold paint job, the Note Medalist edition also features new suede-like upholstery, a piano finished center cluster and a leather-wrapped steering wheel made from real leather. You can take a proper look at the interior below:
We chose to showcase this Nissan Note Medalist because it’s a great example of the type of cool, niche Japanese cars you can find up for auction every day in Japan. This is an affordable, limited-edition hatchback in great shape that you literally couldn’t find anywhere else. However, this particular vehicle isn’t quite as immaculate as many of our other Japanese car auction finds.
The auction sheet reveals that this Note does have an A-grade interior in near-mint condition. But, the exterior has seen some minor wear and tear with 12,000 kilometers on the odometer. You can see in the rear image at the top of this post that it’s got the spare wheel fitted. Learn more in the auction sheet translation below:
“Interior A, exterior condition B, first registered Feb 2013, Medallist model, FAT, AAC, push button starter, original navigation system and digital TV, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, original navigation system, original digital TV, body kit scratches, interior grime, left rear tire punctured, spare wheel fitted, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map”
(Remember, you can find out how to read the markings on the car exterior condition map here.)
The good thing is, even if this niche Nissan Note Medalist doesn’t suit your style, there are 100+ other Nissan Notes up for auction in Japan. And that’s just what’s available for this specific make and model… There are literally thousands of Japanese cars up for auction at incredible prices, and our Integrity Exports database makes it easy to find the best bargains.
Continue reading for this 2013 Nissan Note Medalist’s full auction sheet translation:
Posted by Stephen On Monday, July 14th, 2014
Today’s Japanese car auction find fits right in with the topic of our last blog post. You’ll recall that yesterday we looked at the new addition to the Mitsubishi Shogun lineup – the Mitsubishi Shogun SWB Barbarian, a monstrous SUV with plenty of premium appeal.
What you might not know is that the Mitsubishi Shogun is also known as the Mitsubishi Pajero in non-European markets. Fun fact: it was known as the Mitsubishi Montero in the Americas, since “Pajero” has a vulgar meaning in Spanish, but the SUV was discontinued in those markets in 2006.
What you see above is a 2007 Mitsubishi Pajero, which would be the first model year in the SUV’s current generation. So, this is a good place to pick up if you’re in the market for a full-size SUV… This is the year that Mitsubishi let out all the stops and unleashed the beast.
This particular Pajero is of the Long Exceed X trim, whose long wheel base gives you plenty of cabin space and plenty of off-road potential. In fact, what we have here is one of the toughest and most off-road capable SUVs on the market, complete with skid plates, terrain-friendly alloy tires, heavyweight components and almost 9-inches of ground clearance. With a fully automatic transmission and a powerful 3.8L V6 backing you up, all you have to worry about is where you want to go and how you want to get there, which is also made easy thanks to the onboard GPS navigation.
Other tech goodies in this particular model include air-conditioning, power windows, power steering, antilock brakes, remote keyless entry and of course a CD player. And as you can see below, the interior may not be as luxurious as that of the new SWB Barbarian, but it still has a noticeable premium feel with leather seating and trim, combined with a tasteful black and beige color scheme. With an ‘A’ grade interior, this Mitsubishi Pajero feels good as new.
Speaking of ratings, we chose this specific Mitsubishi Pajero for its near-immaculate overall 4.5 grade rating. You’ll find only two minor blemishes across the entire pearl white paintjob, described in more detail in the auction sheet translation at the bottom of this post.
Even if this color, grade or model year of this Mitsubishi Pajero isn’t your style, there are loads of other Mitsubishi Pajero models available in our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction system, just a few clicks away. You can get two weeks of unlimited access for free, so there’s no reason not to try it out if you’re interested.
Either way, you’ll find this 2007 Mitsubishi Pajero’s auction sheet below:
Here’s the translation:
“Interior A, first registered December 2007, FAT, AAC, service book, Long Exceed X model, 4WD, one owner, 7-seater, original HDD navigation system, Rockford sound system, seat heaters, original 18 inch AWs, power steering, power windows, TV, airbag, minor scratches on interior trim, Shaken until 13 December 2014, minor scratches and repairs on exterior, light scratches on left front door, marks as per map”
Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
After talking so much about the future 2015 Lexus IS yesterday, we decided that today we’d look in the other direction. I logged into our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction system, clicked ‘Lexus’ as the automaker then ‘IS’ as the model, and voila! 33 different Lexus IS sedans popped up for me. I quickly sorted by Grade to ensure that we’d look at the absolute best models, and that’s how I found this luxurious beauty:
The 2013 model year was a great one for the Lexus IS. This was the year of a major rework which included many additions to the F Sport models. The pinched spindle grille with distinct F Sport mesh and twin-spoke graphite alloy wheels greatly enhance the exterior aesthetic, while the interior gets new carbon fiber accents and bolstered performance seats. And of course, the F Sport trim gets superior performance and handling in the form of Variable Gear Ratio steering and Adaptive Variable Suspension.
As you can see, this 2013 Lexus IS 250 F Sport features a pristine black paint job. However, what really sets this model apart from the rest is its quality. “Good condition” would be an understatement with this particular Japanese car; you won’t find a single blemish on the exterior, and the car gets an overall 5 rating with an A grade interior. On top of that, this one’s got more features and appointments than any other IS F Sport currently up for auction. Let’s take a look at the interior:
And here’s a quick overview of some of the most noteworthy features new to this 2013MY that you may not find in other auctions:
Being a Lexus IS 250, this model runs on a 2.5L V6 engine that outputs 204hp, paired with a fully automatic six-speed transmission configured for rear-wheel drive. This particular model only has 4,000 km on the odometer, so you can expect the mechanics to be in near-factory condition. The auction start price was at 3,480,000 Japanese yen, which is about what you’d expect given the age and quality of the vehicle.
All in all, I’m in love with this Japanese car auction find. It’s a perfect example of the level of quality that you can expect to find – and find easily – when you use our refined auction database tool. If you’d like more information, just keep reading for our full auction sheet translation:
Here’s the translation. As expected of a grade 5 car, the vast majority is sales points rather than negative issues:
“Interior A, first registered October 2013, DBA emissions code, F Sports model, FAT, Shaken until October 2016, FAT, AAC, service book, sunroof, original AWs, power steering, power windows, leather, original TV nad navigation system, airbag, color rear view reversing camera, black half leather seats, LED fog and daytime running lights and tail lights, special 18 inch AWs, aluminum pedals, digital TV with DVD playback, paddle shift, TV jumper, DSCR with built in ETC, spare key, card key, original floor mats, wheels scratched, light scratches, has spare tire, 8/10 tread on all tires, marks as per map”
Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
In today’s video, I take a look at a Nissan Leaf — the first electric car I’ve tackled in these videos. I also explain why the “ETC” you see in the sales points of the auction sheet doesn’t stand for “et certera”, as well as why it can be handy when the auction notes the dimensions of the car on the auction sheet.
Enjoy, and make sure you tell me in the comments what kinds of cars you would like me to cover in future auction sheet translation videos.
Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 10th, 2013
Watch as I dissect the auction sheet for this Toyota Prius and see how it has fared over 7 years of driving over 300,000 KM. You know, even though most Japanese people turn up their noses at cars with over 100,000 KM on the clock (leaving a lot of great buying possibilities in the auctions) these Japanese cars really are amazingly well-engineered and do just keep on going and going.
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