How can I view prices on your website?
-To view our wholesale priced vehicles, you must create an account with us through the links on our webpage.You must:
1) Fill out the registration form with VALID contact information.
2) Carefully read the "Terms and Conditions" and check agree.
3) Press submit and a confirmation mail will be sent to your email address.
4) Once the confirmation email comes, you must follow the listed procedure to activate your account.Â Should you not receive an email, please contact us for more help.
How do I know if a car I like is eligible for import into my country?
- If you are unsure whether you can import a certain vehicle, please contact the proper authority on customs and importation of vehicles in your country.Â We can provide basic information on customs and regulations for many countries, BUT these regulations obviously vary and change depending on nation. It is the customer's responsibility to be fully aware of the applicable importation laws in their own country, as we cannot be held liable.
Where do you source your cars from?
- We buy our cars directly from auto auctions throughout Japan or from dealers available through our extensive network.
How do I buy a car/cars from Japan Auto Direct?
- Once we have received a deposit and the information about the car you have inquired about, we can start searching and send you possible matches. Once you have been given all the necessary information regarding the car of interest and you give us the go ahead to purchase, we will source your car.
How much of a deposit do I have to pay before you can begin searching for my vehicle?
-We require a deposit of 100,000 JPY for cars out of auction.The deposit will be deducted from the balance of your account once purchase is made.This deposit is 90% refundable should you choose not to purchase a vehicle with us.
How much do I have to pay for you to source me the vehicles of my dreams?
- We require an agent's fee of 90,000 JPY for any vehicle under 1 million JPY.Due to higher taxes, any vehicle with a cost of over 1 million JPY will require 20% of the vehicles purchase price as a fee.
What does your agent's fee include?
- Our fee includes auction costs, de-registration fees, mandatory recycling fees, export documentation, translations, and handling charges related to bringing the vehicle into approval for export.
Who takes care of getting my car ready for export and shipping it?
-We will prepare your vehicle for export to any port of your choosing and will handle all the booking and shipping aspects from Japan.Â Depending on your country and method of shipping, costs for transport may be prepaid or paid on arrival.
How long does shipping take?
- Every destination has different shipping times and departure frequencies.Please contact us directly for a more detailed explanation of shipping times relating to certain countries and regions.
How much does shipping a car to my country cost, and what are my options?
- Depending on your country of residence, shipping may be done by 40 ft container, or by "Roll on, Roll off".Some shipping companies will require shipping to be paid prior to departure.We can explain your best options prior to purchase.
Can I come to Japan to see your stock or visit the auctions?
- Should you choose to come visit us here in Japan, we will be more than happy to show you around the auctions or give you an up close and personal look at our stock.Due to the time and resources that we need to cater to your stay, we do require a deposit of 200,000 JPY.This will be refundable should you purchase a vehicle from us, and will be taken out of the balance of your invoiced total. If you have any questions regarding meeting or visiting with us, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact us.Â We are always happy to hear from you!
What is the difference in auction grading and how can I get more information about auction cars?
All vehicles sold at auction are given an overall grade by the auction engineers that inspect them. Grades can range from 0 to 9 but most auctions only use 0 to 5. This number is shown in either the top left or top right of the auction sheet.
0, R or A are all used to denote accident repaired vehicles, with A1 and R1 gradings indicating that a vehicle has had only a minor accident repair.
Accident grade cars (or grade 0) can still be very good and are worth considering PROVIDING that the damage has been only minor and has been repaired to a high standard. For example, an otherwise grade 4.0 vehicle may have suffered a 5km/h front accident rendering it a grade 0 due to having the front bumper and one fender replaced. The vehicle may be straight and very clean all round, with no residual evidence of the accident, however it is graded 0, and (on average) this will reduce the auction sale price. We will always supply you with complete information about the condition of vehicles at auction, so that you can make an informed decision on a case by case basis.
Grade 1 indicates that a vehicle has been significantly modified with
performance parts or it can also be used to indicate a transmission change, for example from auto to 5 speed. If you want an aftermarket turbo then this is the grade you should be looking out for.
Grade 2 is used for vehicles in very poor condition and these are vehicles that we never consider.
Grade 3 to Grade 4.5. These gradings are used for non accident vehicles and any of these are fine to buy as long as the physical inspection by the buyer is positive. Occasionally a vehicle with very minor past repairs, such as a front fender replacement, might still be graded a 3.0 or 3.5. If this is the case then the lower grading might belie what is in reality a very nice vehicle which if it was not for the repair would deserve a 4.5 grading, so this must be considered in the assessment of the vehicle.
Grade 4.0 and 4.5 are used for vehicles that are overall very good and need little work to make them look pristine. These vehicles are not perfect though, and will still have small scratches and pin dents etc.
Grade 5 is reserved for new or near new vehicles that are in perfect condition. If you buy a grade 5 vehicles then you can expect it to be in showroom condition or very close to it.
Interior gradings are often used as well, you will generally see these written below the main auction grading on the auction sheet. They range from A to D, with A being the best and reserved for exceptionally clean or new vehicles. B is above average and may actually be just as good as A except for the fact that the vehicle is a few years old.
Each auction has it's own variation of the grading scheme based on these basic guidelines, so it is important to recognize that grading systems vary from auction to auction.
It is also important to note that grading is extremely variable within the auction itself as it is simply a subjective assessment by an auction engineer and a different engineer may grade the same vehicle differently.
Relying solely on the auction grading can often be deceptive and this is why it is so important to have a reliable buyer inspect the vehicle to provide a reliable first hand assessment which can be used in addition to the auction report to obtain a very good idea of the condition.
There is much more to buying a nice vehicle than the auction grading. This is where the experience of the buyers comes in, and their overall impressions of the vehicle and whether faults that have marked down the grading are minor or serious.
Do you offer your services in any other languages?
-Since we are an international company, and employ different people from various backgrounds, we can provide you service in English, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, and Russian.Feel free to contact us with your questions!!
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Japan Auto Direct
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1-20-7 Shimouma,Setagaya-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 154-0002
TEL: +81 3 5459 5044 / FAX: +81 3 5489 8701
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