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Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Normally, today we’d showcase an Acura ILX Japanese car auction find, since Acura just released a new teaser for the 2016MY yesterday. However, since the whole reason that Honda is refreshing their entry-level sedan is because of underperformance, it didn’t seem right to showcase a lackluster car. So, instead we have a fantastic auction find for a model with which you can’t go wrong – the Audi A4.

To be more specific, today we have a 2013 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro, seen here in a modern metallic black:

2013 Audi A4

When you’re looking at a model in such good condition as this one, it’s easy to see why the Audi A4 mid-size sedan continues to set the bar for luxury sedans. Even though the 2.0 TFSI Quattro isn’t an entry-level model like the ILX, it’s a car that demands to be recognized. The semi-new sedan version of the Audi A3 is probably a better comparison to the ILX, but come on… How could you not write about this car?!

First let’s cover the powertrain. As we said, this is a 2.0 TFSI Quattro model, which means that the car runs on a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine. The Quattro nomenclature delineates four-wheel drive, but what’s really cool is that Audi tuned up the 2.0 TFSI engine for the Quattro model. You’ll get a full 208hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, compared to the 178hp and 236 lb-ft in the normal front-wheel drive model. The engine is paired up with Audi’s advanced dual S-Tronic clutch.

2013 Audi A4 rear

Of course, you can have all the power in the world, but it’s meaningless without the handling to back it up. Fortunately, driving dynamics have always been Audi’s strong suit, and the A4 is no different. They’ve made excellent use of the AWD with a nice and stiff chassis, which gives you plenty of traction and a firm ride. The steering is responsive, but deliberate, which is perfect for an engine with this much oomph.

As we already emphasized, the car’s design speaks for itself. The A4’s overall aesthetic is simple, but the boldly chrome-outlined grille gives the car a definite sense of strength. You’ll see on the auction sheet at the bottom of this post that this find is in particularly good shape, with only a handful of A1 minor scratches on the entire exterior.

2013 Audi A4 interior

Inside, the Audi A4 2.0 TFSI continues to impress. You’ll enjoy an LCD navigation/entertainment display that’s operated by a dial at the driver’s side instead of a touchscreen. You might think that a dial is a step backwards in technology, but it requires much less focus to operate while driving. There’s plenty of interior space for all passengers, although if you really intend to cram five people into a sedan, the middle backseat is an unavoidably tight squeeze (true in every mid-size sedan).

Today’s Audi A4 auction find boasts an A-grade interior and an overall rating of 5, so everything is in tip-top shape. Keep reading below the auction sheet for a full rundown on this car’s specs:

2013 Audi A4 auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered November 2013, A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro model, FAT, AC, service book, official dealer right-hand drive import, 2014 model, one owner, S Line exterior package, original HDD navigation system and TV, spare key, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, DBA emissions code, scratches and dents, marks as per map”

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Toyota Sienna SE

Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 31st, 2014

Earlier this week we talked about the various concepts that Toyota will bring to the SEMA motor show next week. Among them were two different aftermarket variations of the Sienna minivan. So, we thought we’d check in our Integrity Exports auction database to see what kind of Sienna MPVs were up for sale.

Even though the Sienna is not sold in Japan, it turns out that some have been imported from the US in LHD format. I have no idea why Japanese people would go to this expense when there are perfectly good Toyota Estimas and Alphards in the local market. It just goes to show that there is a nice sub-niche of LHD US cars available at auction here. In fact, I found there are several really well-kept Siennas available, and this one first registered in 2013 in particular stood out as a spectacular auction find:

2013 Toyota Sienna SE front

Let’s start with the basics.

As we already said, this is a 2013 Toyota Sienna minivan with an immaculate white exterior. There are only a handful of minor blemishes across the entire body of the MPV, and it has an overall rating of 4.5. Inside, you’ll find a quiet, spacious A-grade cabin that can seat up to eight passengers comfortably. The interior has a lovely black-and-white color scheme to match the outside paint job, and you’ll find white-stitched black leather seating in this particular model.

As you’ll see on the auction sheet, this is a Toyota Sienna SE trim, which is a new package made available for the third generation model introduced in 2010. From the outside, the SE trim level offers revised bodywork for a sportier design, new clear tail lamps and unique 19-inch alloy wheels. You’ll also enjoy a firmer suspension paired with more responsive steering for an all-around more vigorous ride.

2013 Toyota Sienna SE rear

Believe it or not, the SE trim was originally deemed “too sporty” by many of Toyota’s chief executives, and Chief Engineer Kazuo Mori had to overcome substantial opposition to get the trim in the lineup. We’d say it was worth the effort!

Under the hood, you’ll find that this 2013 Toyota Sienna runs on the same engine that originally earned the minivan its on-road acclaim in 2003. However, the low-friction 3.5L V6 engine (code 2GR-FE) has been tuned up since the last generation, and Toyota has incorporated additional technologies to get even more economy out of the powertrain. Chief among them is Toyota’s own Electric Power Steering system, which replaced the previous generation’s hydraulic system.

2013 Toyota Sienna SE Interior

The auction sheet details all the basic amenities you’ll find in this 2013 Sienna. Automatic air conditioning, a sunroof, automatic wipers, power steering and power windows are all included. But, the auction sheet won’t tell you about the recliner-style Lounge Seating in the second row. Or about Toyota’s Smart Key keyless entry system with push-button ignition. Or the new Entune Display Navigation system which was first introduced for the 2012MY.

And we haven’t even mentioned the 180 degree panoramic backup camera, pre-collision braking, or the automatic highbeam dimmer!

All in all, this is a great Japanese car auction find with a boatload of features at a very reasonable starting price. If it’s not your cup of tea, you can find great deals just like this one inside our easy-to-use Integrity Exports auction database. Or, you can keep reading below the auction sheet for a full translation of this particular find:

2013 Toyota Sienna SE auction sheet

Here is the translation:

“Interior A, first registered August 2013, SE Preferred Package model, dashboard AT, AAC, no service book, odometer reading in miles, sunroof, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, airbag, power sliding doors on both sides, keyless entry, power assisted back gate, 19 inch alloy wheels, original reversing rearview camera, Carraozzeria navigation system and TV, cruise control, half-leather seats, curtain SRS, roof rails, area of scratches inside, minor scratches and minor dents, front windshield has stone scratches, other marks as per map”

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2005 Honda HR-V

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:

2005 Honda HR-V

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.

2005 Honda HR-V rear

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.

2005 Honda HR-V interior

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:

2005 Honda HR-V auction sheet

“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

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander 24G

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:

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander front
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander rear

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.

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander interior

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.

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander auction sheet

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”

Japanese Car Auction Find – Toyota Mark X 350S GS

Posted by Stephen On Friday, September 12th, 2014

You may remember at the end of the last post when we looked at the new Toyota Mark X Yellow Label edition. You’ll also remember that while we pined over the electric yellow sports sedan, we also pointed out the fact that there will be no sales of this JDM car in the US or Europe.

But that’s not 100% true. You can always buy from Japan and have us export cars like the Mark X to your country. A quick search for the Toyota Mark X yielded 171 different results, ranging from the original 2004MY to a fresh-off-the-lot 2014 model. Today’s auction find falls a bit closer to the latter – it’s a 2013 Toyota Mark X 350S Gs. However, there is one trait in particular that sets of this car apart from the rest.

Can you see what it is?

2013 Toyota Mark X 350S GS front

I’ll give you a hint – look at the roof. You might be able to see it better from the rear:

2013 Toyota Mark X 350S GS rear

See it? For 2013, Toyota offered a Mark X 350S Gs Carbon Roof edition which features – you guessed it – a crisp, black carbon fiber roof. This not only looks sleek, but also increases the car’s efficiency by reducing the overall road weight. Toyota also added custom black 18” split-spoke alloys and a redesigned mesh grille to complement the car’s seamless roofline.

However, while the carbon fiber roof certainly distinguishes this Mark X from the rest, keep in mind that the 350S model was already top of the line. The “S package” available for the Mark X 250 and 350 adds a significant amount of sporty appeal to the premium sedan. Looking at the rearview image above, you’ll notice that the exterior features a slight rear spoiler, a rear diffuser and twin exhausts. Also, you wouldn’t know it without a reference, but the front and rear bumpers were re-sculpted for the S package models.

Under the hood, all Toyota Mark X 350S’s – with or without the Carbon Roof – run on the same engine as that found in the Lexus GS 350 and IS 350. However, Toyota’s in-house tuning firm Modellista added a custom supercharger to the 3.5L V6 to create the Mark X +M Super Charger. All told, the car outputs a hefty 355bhp and 367 lb-ft of torque.

2013 Toyota Mark X 350S GS interior

You can keep reading below to get a detailed translation of the auction sheet for this 2013 Toyota Mark X 350S GS, but I’ll tell you right now that this Japanese car auction find is at the perfect balance between pricing and quality. The exterior has an overall rating of 4.5 and the interior is graded a B. That being said, the image above shows you that this car is well-appointed with plenty of comfort and technology baked into the interior.

For more information, just keep reading below the auction sheet:

2013 Toyota Mark X 350S GS auction sheet

Here’s the translation:

“Interior B, first registered June 2013, DBA emissions code, 350G’s Carbon Roof model, FAT, AAC, gasoline engine, service book, original AWs, power steering, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, one owner, original body kit, original HDD navigation system TV and rear view reversing camera, half leather seats, smart key, RHD, 100-car limited edition model, HID headlights, LED fog lights, LED beam, spare key, cruise control, paddle shift, carbon fiber-effect panels, ceiling lining grime, interior trim grime, scratches on exterior paintwork, other marks as per map”

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2010 Infiniti FX35 for Sale

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Yesterday we learned about a possible new addition to Infiniti’s lineup of crossovers. You may remember that we narrowed it down to a few options; a smaller Infiniti Q30, a larger Infiniti Q80 or a flagship range-topping coupe. For today’s Japanese car auction find, we’re going to take a look at an old Infiniti model that’s now known as the Infiniti Q70, but used to go by a different name. Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on this 2010 Infiniti FX35 crossover SUV:

2010 Infiniti FX35

As you can see, even though this car is almost 5 years old now, it still bears a very sporty look that holds up to the standards of today’s premium vehicles. You can see why Infiniti was long considered ahead of their time for their car’s designs… You might even believe it if we told you this was a brand-new Q70 coming out next year.

2010 Infiniti FX35 rear

Being a 2010MY, this particular model would’ve been one of the last to be sold under the FX nameplate. This Infiniti FX35 falls in the car’s second generation (2008 – 2012), which features a completely redesigned interior to help the car hold up to modern standards. This means you’ll enjoy Infiniti’s cutting-edge Hard Drive Navigation System with voice-recognition, turn-by-turn directions, and surprisingly contemporary infotainment technology including digital music storage.

You’ll also find stitched leather seats throughout, along with a classy matte-black finish that can’t be fully appreciated in mere pictures (below).

2010 Infiniti FX35 interior

And what else jumps out right away? Yes, this is an LHD car! So we have a Japanese brand vehicle in Japan (which is an RHD country), but the car itself is LHD. What’s the deal with that? Well, it’s really pretty simple: This model is not available in Japan, so someone has bought one in the US and brought it into Japan as a “gray import”. Strange but true. There aren’t many cars in the auctions like this, but every day you will see a slow trickle coming through.

Under the hood, you’ll find that this 2010 Infiniti FX35 features a Nissan VQ35HR engine, which was first introduced back in 2007. Nissan used this engine in many of their performance-oriented upscale models because it’s both responsive and powerful. Stats-wise, it’s a 3.5L “High Revolution” V6 engine that outputs 303hp. Paired with a seven-speed transmission, Infiniti claims that many of the internal components were tuned up for this model to allow it to perform well at higher RPM ranges, allowing for an agile and responsive ride.

At the time of its launch, the only qualm any reviewer ever had about the 2010 Infiniti FX35 was its lack of cargo space. But, if you want something comfortable, fun and cool in an SUV-sized package, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better option than this.

As you keep reading below, we’ll go through this 2010 Infiniti FX35’s auction sheet, where you’ll learn exactly what you can expect when you bid on this Japanese car auction find. Right off the bat, I can tell you it has a superb 4.5 overall rating and a B-grade interior, which should already tell you something about the condition of this car. Keep reading to get the full scoop:

2010 Infiniti FX35 auction sheet

Here’s the detailed translation:

“Interior B, FX35 model, first registered in Japan August 2010, 2009 model, LHD gray import, FAT, AAC< sunroof, original AWs, power steering, power windows, leather, airbag, black leather seats, paddle shift, rear view reversing camera, seat heaters and coolers, push button starter, intelligent key, odometer in miles, Carfax documentation provided, seats worn, scratches and minor dents, front windscreen stone scratches, marks as per map."

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Nissan Note Medalist

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:

2013 Nissan Note Medalist front view
2013 Nissan Note Medalist rear view

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:

2013 Nissan Note Medalist interior

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:

2013 Nissan Note Medalist auction sheet

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2008 Toyota Prius S 10th Anniversary

Posted by Stephen On Friday, July 18th, 2014

This week’s Japanese car auction find is a stunning 2008 Toyota Prius S 10th Anniversary Edition. With the first details now emerging of the next generation of Toyota’s flagship hybrid hatchback, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at how far we’ve come.

2008 Toyota Prius

As a 2008MY, this Prius falls right at the end of the car’s second generation, which spanned from the car’s US-launch in 2003 to the introduction of the third generation in 2009. In other words, this is the hatchback that America fell in love with during the half-decade leading up to the auto industry’s global recession. This is the model range that moved the Prius from an on-the-side enthusiast offering to a front-and-center flagship vehicle for the world’s largest Japanese automaker.

2008 Toyota Prius rear view

As we mentioned at the beginning, this particular Toyota Prius is an S 10th Anniversary special edition model. As you can imagine, Toyota went all out for their anniversary model and packed lots of juicy tech. goodies into a clean and eco-friendly package. It helped that Prius sales were starting to slip at the time, which incentivized Toyota to go the extra mile on this model.

You’ll find the following features in this 2008 Toyota Prius S 10th Anniversary model:

  • 1.5L hybrid powertrain with 107hp and 46mpg combined EPA rating
  • Auto-leveling HID headlights
  • Hard drive-based on-board navigation system
  • intelligent parking assist
  • SKS (Smart Key System) with original key
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Power steering & windows
  • Toyota’s improved S-VSC (Vehicle Stability Control)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with unique beige interior
  • Cruise control
  • Hands-free phone connection

As a fun trivia fact, Toyota actually released two 10th anniversary models. Today’s Japanese car auction find is one of the original 2008MY S 10th Anniversary models, but the UK released their own limited edition “Prius 10” in 2010.

2008 Toyota Prius interior

Briefly looking over the auction sheet and at the pictures included in this post, you can quickly see that this is a really good find. The overall quality of the car has been rated as 4.5, which means the car is in very good condition. The auction sheet shows a total of three minor blemishes across the entire paint job, which explains its high rating. The interior also received a top-notch A grade, which tells us that it’s above-average considering the age and mileage.

If you’d like to delve even deeper into this 2008 Toyota Prius’ auction sheet, continue reading below. And remember, you can always follow along or research any of the other hundreds of Prii up for auction when you sign up for our free two-week trial access period.

2008 Toyota Prius auction sheet

Here’s the translation:

“Interior A, first registered Feb 2010, AT, AAC, original AWs, power steering, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, rear view reversing camera, push button starter, 2 x smart keys, seats have covers fitted, mig, rust underneath, DAA emissions code, scratches and dents, marks as per map.”

Car Auction Find: Lexus IS 250 F-Sport up for Auction in Nagoya

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:

2013 Lexus IS 250 front

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.

2013 Lexus IS 250 back

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:

2013 Lexus IS 250 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:

  • Automatic air conditioning
  • All-new navigation & audio display
  • Heated seating
  • Leather trim and seating

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:

2013 Lexus IS 250 auction sheet

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”

Japan Car Auction Find – 2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition

Posted by Stephen On Friday, June 13th, 2014

All the talk about a possible new Nissan GT-R got us craving more of Nissan’s high-performance supercar. We just can’t help it; a car like the GT-R would give anyone the need for speed. So, to satiate our inner speed demon, we jumped over to our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction system to look through all the Nissan GT-Rs up for auction.

At the time of writing, there are 13 different Nissan GT-R models available for auction in Japan. Model years range from the original 2008MY to the latest 2013MY. Ultimately though, it was a 2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition that finally caught our eye. Check it out:

2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition front
2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition back

As the pristine exterior indicates, this GT-R is a relatively low mileage auction find with just 2000 km on the odometer. More important, though, are its incredibly high ratings across the board.

Let’s start from the outside. This Nissan GT-R’s rich gray paint job is nearly spotless with an overall rating of 5. As you’ll see on the auction sheet at the bottom of this post, there are only two miniscule scratches across the entire exterior. As a Black Edition, this coupe stands out from other GT-R’s with a dry carbon fiber spoiler and 20-inch black alloy RAYS with custom-developed nitro-filled tires. It also features HID headlights (High Intensity Discharge).

2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition interior

Inside, the GT-R Black Edition gets a unique red-and-black color scheme (as seen above) with leather-trimmed Recaro seating. This particular model also features the optional GT-R embossed floor panels for a little bit of extra swag. On the whole, the Black Edition feels similar to the NISMO color scheme without actually being a NISMO model, so we’re all for that.

Ultimately, though, the looks are only a small part of why you’d buy this – or any – Nissan GT-R. What has defined the GT-R since its launch in 2008 are its incredible driving dynamics. The GT-R-exclusive Premium Midship platform and rigidly stiffened chassis combined with the Black Edition’s run-flat performance tires and AWD allow for a driving style that’s both confident and fun. And of course, a big part of the coupe’s driveability must be attributed to the 3.8L DOHC V6 dual-turbocharged engine with a manufacturer-claimed 485hp.

As you can see, this really is an excellent Japanese car auction find. While we personally found this 2009 Black Edition to be the best of the bunch, we had a really good time looking through each of the different models. If you’re an Integrity Exports member, you should really give it a try!

Either way, keep reading below for a more detailed translation of this 2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition’s auction sheet:

2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition auction sheet

“Interior A, Black Edition, first registered March 2009, FAT, AC, service book, CBA emissions code, 1403KM, 4WD, original AWs power steering, power windows, original TV and navigation system, airbag, first time in auction, front power seats, rear view reversing camera, original DVD, original HDD navigation system, original digital TV, original AWs, intelligent key, xenon lights, paddle shift, seat belts say 2008, minor scratches, scraped under front bumper, marks as per map”

An interesting thing to note here is that the car was first registered in 2009 in Japan, but the seat belts state 2008. In a some countries, the date on the seat belt is taken to be the year of the car, as this shows when it was likely manufactured. Anyway, whether this is a “true” 2009 or a 2008 in your opinion, there is no doubt that it is a very low KM, very high quality example of a stupendous supercar.