Jap Car Auctions


  • Does JAP Express own the auction cars?

    No, we do not own the auction cars, we provide a purchase and shipping service on your behalf. 

  • What is a Bond Deposit ?

    View Only Access to is Free. However, if you wish to actively place live bids, then you'll need to pay a bond-deposit of Y100,000 or 25% of your bid value. Your bond deposit is secure and will be credited towards your purchase or refunded if you choose to opt out. 

    You can pay by Paypal to - Sales@jap-express.com 

  • What Is Auction Shodan?

    If a car does not sell – we can often negotiate with the auction via a service called SHODAN which in Japanese means 'to negotiate'. We need to offer 10,000 yen above the highest real-bid then the guys at shodan will contact the seller and If he agrees we get to buy it. If successful, shodan charges a service fee of 26,000 yen - however there is no charge if the shodan is unsuccessful.  

  • How do I place bids?

    View Only is Free - However if you want to place live bids, you'll need to pay the bond deposit - Once you’ve paid this you can place bids on-line and we'll bid for you. You can communicate with our auction bidders in English who‘ll assist you with auc sheet translations and help guide you through the process.

  • Auction Grading System Explained?

    Each car is independently Inspected and appraised on a scale of 1 - 5  

    Grade A / -1 / 0 = Accident grade cars

    R/A = Accident repaired

    2.0 Will always be rusty often with corrosion  

    3.0 Expect the car to be fair condition

    3.5 Minor flaws but overall good

    4.0 Very clean and tidy

    4.5 Excellent condition

    5.0 As new

    The vehicles interior is also independently graded by the auction as A, B, C and D.

    Another thing to be wary of is the odometer readings. If you see any of these marks next to the odometer reading – # * $ ? beware! This means the odometer has either been wound, or the meter cluster swapped. 

  • I placed a bid by mistake, can I cancel it?

    To cancel a bid prior to auction, you must notify us via the notes section on the auction website at least 1 hour prior. - - If you wish to cancel a bid in lesser time, pls call or txt to make sure your cancellation is seen by our bidders

  • Can I cancel a car which has been purchased from auction?

    Yes, the auctions allow 1 hour (60 minutes) to cancel a car however the cancelation charge is approx. 75,000 to cancel. After the allocated 60 minutes the cars cannot be cancelled.

  • What are the export FOB fees?

    FOB FEES for Vehicles Being Shipped  RO/RO

     0 ~ 600,000 = Y85,000 FOB

     600,001 ~ 1 mil yen = 100,000 FOB

     1mil yen ~ 1.5 mil yen = 125,000 FOB

     1.5 mil yen ~ 2 mil yen plus = 150,000 FOB

     2 mil plus = 200,000 FOB

    *For vehicles over this price range - Pls consult with your account manager 

  • Not sure how much to bid?

    Our on-line auction service has a price research function which enables you to see what the same or similar vehicles have sold for over the past recent months. This helps you to gauge what you should bid.

    Our system pulls past data from similar vehicles but does not account for accident damage vehicles 

  • Searching for Accident grade cars?

    If you are specifically looking for damaged cars for repair or for parts, then set the auction search filter grade fields to zero, this will tell the system to display accident grade or damaged/repaired cars only.

  • USS Auction Results

    At the end of each auction the results will automatically be posted to our website – However, the USS Auction group does not display the auction sales results, this is because local Japan dealers who equate to over 80% of the USS membership appealed to keep the auction sales data hidden. This being said, JAP Express has access to the USS post-auction sales data and will copy and paste the sale results for any vehicles bid on by our customers.

  • What if I bid too much?

    Our auction service is completely transparent. Always place your max bid and if the car is bought for less then you'll pay only what we do. Say for example you bid ¥500,000 that we end up buying for ¥305,000. Your buy price is what we pay.

  • What days are best for auctions?

    Japan auctions are not held on Sundays and the Monday auctions are are fairly lite.  On Tuesday through to Saturday you can expect 25,000+ cars per day. Although most auctions have a commercial truck section the best days for trucks is Wednesday (USS Kobe & Isuzu Tokyo), Thursday (Isuzu Kyushu) , Friday (Isuzu Kobe) and Saturday (JU Gifu, ARAI VT) which are dedicated truck auctions 

  • Which Auctions are in the KANSAI

    When buying cars for parts dismantling its best to select car from w/in the KASAI region which helps keep transport costs down. The Kansai area includes, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Gifu, Mie, Aichi and we include Nagoya which is just outside the perimeter. Transportation within the Kansai region is 10,000 ~ 12,000 yen for drivable cars.  Kansai is home to over 50 million ppl so there is no shortage of used vehicles

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