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?
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