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Changing times in the JDM import world

When you’ve been dealing with JDM cars as long as we have, you learn quite a lot. And like everything else: some positive and some negative. You learn to keep your overhead low so you can provide the customer with a quality vehicle at a lower cost.

But most of all you learn to adapt with the times. Just a few years ago VIP cars were the big thing. You could sell Aristos, Cedrics and Presidents as fast as you could get them. Now you can just give them away.

Most people aren’t interested in performance. They’re just interested in cars that they can slam to the ground and go to the nearest car show with. Low and slow is the new trend.

We sell more high quality JDM Cars than anyone else. We sold more R34s [...]

With the R33 becoming federally legal and far more easy to acquire in the near future, there’s been a lot of speculation about how far R33 prices will rise. Will they go up dramatically like the R32 did? Right now you can get an R33 GTR for about $29,000. That’s only a few grand more then a top-of-the-market R32. The R33 is far more difficult to acquire as it’s not reached the Magic 25-years number yet – but that’s not the issue.

The R33 has a vastly superior powertrain to the R32. The crankshaft is better, the turbochargers don’t blow apart. So why does everyone just jump over the R33? Why does it seem like the whole market either wants an R32 or an R34? I think the answer is simple: the car just looks like a [...]

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Importing A JDM Car Into The US

Ever wanted to own a Skyline in the US? Follow these expert tips

Full article originally available on CarBuzz http://www.carbuzz.com/news/2016/9/6/Here-s-Everything-You-Need-To-Know-About-Importing-A-JDM-Car-Into-The-US-7735196/

by Jared Rosenholtz

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Importing A JDM Car Into The US

 

If you’re buying a JDM car in the US, there are really only three ways that you can do it. You can buy it from a private seller, import one yourself, or go through an importer. There are advantages to the first two options, but we’ll explain why going through an importer like John is probably the best choice. Unlike buying a normal car, it is very unlikely that you will be able to inspect a JDM vehicle before you purchase it. Unless you’re willing to fly to Japan to look at several vehicles, chances are you will be buying one sight unseen. Most importers have someone that they trust to inspect the cars in Japan and recommend which ones to buy and which ones to avoid. [...]

We get asked all the time why we don’t sell more R32 Skylines, since they are federally legal to import. The answer is simple: we sell what our customers want. The R32 Skyline is relatively easy to procure, anyone with a computer can find an example and import it with little effort. The challenge however, is in finding a good one.

The main problems with the R32 Skyline are as follows:

  • Powertrain design issues that can cause catastrophic engine failure
  • The general quality of cars still available, with problems such as rust, damage repairs,and lack of proper maintenance long after the 100,000Km mark
  • Turbos are known to throw their ceramic turbines with no warning.

Many of the cars available today require a full restoration in order to meet our clients high standards and [...]

Written by David S. Wallens

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/articles/vintage-views-nissan-skyline-gt-r/

When Gran Turismo burst upon the scene back in 1997, one thing immediately became obvious: We all needed a Nissan GT-R. While the driving sim featured many of the day’s top performers, that all-wheel-drive, twin-turbo Nissan stood out like a nuclear warhead at a knife fight.

There was one teeny, tiny, little problem: Even if you had the scratch, the car could not be legally driven on American roads because Nissan didn’t import that model here.

So, you figure, you’d just import one on your own, right? Therein lay the rub: The U.S. government said no. Defy them and bring one in anyway, and you’d face the consequences–like potential confiscation.

That modern GT-R, chassis code R32, debuted during the summer of 1989. The first generation ran through 1994, [...]

The eighth generation Nissan Skyline arrived in 1989 just as the Japanese economic bubble began to waver and shimmy. It was still a time of great optimism, and if you were a Nissan fan, there was no greater proof positive of a bright future than the return of the GT-R. After a decade and a half since the extremely rare Kenmeri was felled by the fuel crisis, the three most iconic letters in Japanese performance were back.

Twenty-seven years later, we can look back at the birth of a legend and marvel at how the E-BNR32 chassis Skyline GT-R tore a hole for itself in history, the right car at the right time. It was a technological powerhouse, an utterly dominant force on the racing circuit, and at the same time relatively common. Made [...]

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