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Thinking of importing a car from Japan

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banned7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
Hi

I'm Thinking of importing a car from Japan
Be it a Toyota Supra/Nissan Skyline.

How do you go about this, I have heard that there are auctions? Is it cheaper to import yourself and arrange all the stuff, or for a company to do it for you?

Do you save much money doing it yourself?

And sites that have a list of what is going to auction?

Any help appreciated

Regards
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banned7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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#1
Its best to find a company to do it for you because there are quite a few things with the paperwork which you have to get done then when the car comes into the UK its has to have a SVA test done if you know what to do and get done then your ok if you dont would be best to get a company to do it.
They will charge you a little extra but will get rid of alot of stress if you dont know what your doing.
banned#2
or visit a japanese importer place, plenty on the net, prices a are quite good also, insurance will be a killer also on imports
#3
+1, use a specialist company, import paperwork etc is a nightmare, worth paying a bit extra to stop the headaches
#4
Completely agree that going through a broker for your first import is a sensible idea, but also remember to take into account when you're looking at your budget that you will be required to pay VAT, and the costs to make it road legal here such as the speedo conversion, possibly altering the emissions, fitting a rear fog light, possible SVA if from outside of the EU, MOT etc.

Good luck! It's a great feeling going to collect it from the port (Oh and don't forget you may have to arrange transportation unless your appointment for the MOT is straight from the port it is not legal to drive it because it won't be registered or taxed yet, if it is straight from there don't forget to insure it!)

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#5
Take a look at this site, if you sign up you do get a few emails from them but you can look at the auction prices and lists live in Japan ...... http://www.nikkyo.gr.jp

I have to say that unless you are after a really rare car then for the hassle and risk it is not generlly worth it, you may save a couple of grand on a car but shopping around in todays market you might save that anyway but chek it out for yourself...
One thing to remember is that it will be shipped to a port (in my case Southampton) but you need to be able to collect + pay for SVA and trailer it away if you do not get the MOT and insurance, etc sorted :thumbsup:

were you reading over my shoulder Whiterabbit?
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mosskeeto
Take a look at this site, if you sign up you do get a few emails from them but you can look at the auction prices and lists live in Japan ...... http://www.nikkyo.gr.jp

I have to say that unless you are after a really rare car then for the hassle and risk it is not generlly worth it, you may save a couple of grand on a car but shopping around in todays market you might save that anyway but chek it out for yourself...
One thing to remember is that it will be shipped to a port (in my case Southampton) but you need to be able to collect + pay for SVA and trailer it away if you do not get the MOT and insurance, etc sorted :thumbsup:

were you reading over my shoulder Whiterabbit?


Hehe...:whistling:
#7
I have a Honda Shuttle - not an import and I pay £250 per year fully comp with protected insurance, my friend has the same one but an import and she pays £350 so not a great deal of difference, hers is also a bit newer than mine

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