JDM Car Exports

  • Can I buy a 25 oy/old car and import it to USA?

    Yes,  All the cars must be at least 25 years old to the month

  • Can I buy accident or non-driving cars?

    All cars being shipped Ro/ro must be drivable, if not, then the car must be shipped by container.  

  • Transport of Lowered cars | Aero body kits

    Lowered cars with aero body kits, must be transported from auction-to-port using a single flat loader transport trucks, which incur additional delivery fees.

    (Within Kansai region plus Y45,000 , Outside Kansai including Yokohama, Tokyo area add Y65,000)

  • Long Term Storage

    Generally speaking JDM vehicles must be older than 20 or 25 years (to the month) to be eligable for import. Cars which are not yet eligible for export can often be bought much cheaper. -- JAP Express provides a bonded storage plan offering 30 days free storage then US$5.00 per-day thereafter. Ask your account manager for more details.

  • Auction Grading 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 with corrosion  

    3.0 Expect the car to be fair to poor untidy 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. 

  • What is Shodan?

    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. 

  • Where do I pay the bond deposit?

    You can send the bond deposit by paypal to Sales@jap-express.com 

    Otherwise by int'l bank transfer click here   

  • What is the sailing time to Mainland USA?

    There are different ports across the states: 

    Tacoma = 12-14 Days 

    Long Beach = 14-21 Days 

    Jacksonville = 35-45 Days 

    Galveston = 45-53 Days 

    Freeport/Baltimore/Savannah = 30-35 Days

    New York = 40-45 Days 

    Everglades = 42-45 Days 

    Guam = 5-10 Days

  • Long Term Storage

    We offer a long-term storage plan - 30 days free storage then Y20,000 (US$150.00) p/month thereafter. Vehicles stored long-term are prone to fuel tank and fuel pump issues, We recommend filling the tank to full, and adding a stabilizer which will prevent the fuel from deteriorating over long term, and protect the the fuel tank and pump from corrosion - (Highly recommended and will cost Y20,000)

    24/7 365 surveillance with full undercover secure warehouse storage -- Contact us for more details.

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