Japanese Used Imports -
Used Japanese Car Imports
Particular concerns were raised over safety, as cars built for the Japanese market were set up for congested, low-speed driving conditions. Questions were also raised over the availability of spare parts, car insurance cover
and the widely different levels of specification.
Since the 1980's these criticisms have gradually faded. So is it now a safe bet to buy a second-hand Japanese used vehicle import
Why Buy a Japanese Used Car Import?
The main reason for buying a used Japanese vehicle import is that you should be able to purchase the car that you want at a significantly reduced price and with a higher specification. In addition to saving money,
you should find that most Japanese imports have a relatively low mileage on the clock (check that the mileage has been
verified, and that it matches the condition of the vehicle). This is because traffic density in Japan tends to be very high. In addition, although people do own cars, they do not tend to use them very much. Instead people make use of the public transport system for day to day journeys. Consequently, used car
Japanese imports are generally in a very good condition, both externally and internally.
Japanese Used Vehicle Imports - What Are The Risks?
One of the main issues that any potential buyer of a used Japanese car import must consider, is that in all lilkelihood the vehicle will have no supporting documentation for its service history. In this case it is essential that a recognized automotive body, such as the AA, should be asked to carry out a vehicle inspection. Furthermore, guidance should be sought from the manufacturer on major service items and change intervals. e.g. if no proof exits that a CAM belt has been changed and is scheduled to be done, then it must be assummed that the work has not been carried out by the previous owner.
In addition to having little or no service documentation or handbooks available, it might also prove to be the case that only one key for the vehicle has been supplied. Obtaining a replacement key and the corresponding keycode can be a tricky and expensive business.
Japanese Used Vehicle Imports - Value for Money?
If you are looking for a good condition, low-mileage Japanese car and at a low cost, then inspected grey imports are definately worth considering. Providing that you intend to run the vehicle for a few years and keep it serviced to schedule, you should find that Car Depreciation
will likely fall at a similar rate to that of a more expensive franchised Japanese vehicle.
Japanese used vehicle imports (Grey Imports) first appeared in the 1980s
and were quickly criticized as being of
a lower quality than vehicles that orginated from a franchised Japanese car dealership.
a used Japanese Car Import?