You’ll hear a lot of people give you advice on how to import cars from Japan. The simple fact of the matter is that there are so many variables, so many state and federal legislative rules, that you better know what you’re jumping into before you hand over your money.
So how do you protect yourself? With information. Any buying decision starts first with a thorough inspection of the car in which you’re interested. We import only the finest vehicles, each having undergone an extensive inspection of the undercarriage, engine, interior and careful examination of panels for any signs of impact or collision.
Other importers might be ok with flood damage, crashed and repaired, or rusty, high-mileage cars, but that’s not how we operate.
One of the best ways to protect yourself is to ask for a written contract that gives you the option of turning down a purchase after you personally inspect the vehicle. Reputable importers will comply and those that don’t should prompt you to take your business elsewhere.
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The list of inbound vehicles changes often. It’s best to contact us directly to have a discussion about what’s inbound and what’s available both here and in Japan. If the car you want is not here and is not inbound, we’ll find one that meets our high standards and present it to you. Upon your acceptance and receipt of your deposit, the vehicle will be shipped. Shipping times vary based on a wide range of factors, including schedules, shipping delays due to whether, labor disputes, international disputes, etc., but typically, shipment takes 60 to 90 days. We track the shipment the entire way, giving you regular updates.
After arrival on U.S. shores, Customs officials need to clear the paperwork and inspect the cargo, then the shipment is forwarded to us. Once the vehicle arrives at our facility, we spend another week going through the vehicle, checking maintenance items, function testing, detailing and a final road test is performed. The paperwork is then collected and organized and the car is made ready for delivery.