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Old 10-17-2014, 01:02 PM   #1
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Importing from japan

Hey guys. Just need some advice on how to import cars from japan. Im lookong at getting an r33 gtr but I dont know how I should approach this. Do you guys suggest brokers or the auctions? Ive browsed jpc trade and those kinds of sites but has anyone actually had any good/bad experiences with any of the sites? Any recommendations? I know the companys that bring import cars themselves and sell them here like tyeeimports are usually bad
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Looking into this as well.

Looking to import a car myself/privately. Not interested in buying from a dealership here.
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check out tradecarview you can get kind of a an idea whats going through auctions right now
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Checked tradecarview out a few days ago, found a car I want with super low kms. Talked to the dealer a bit and he said it was in accident but they don't have any information on the accident. Sounds kind of sketchy.
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:00 PM   #5
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yeah you have be really careful but they deal with hundreds of dealers, just do your research like anything else
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yeah you have be really careful but they deal with hundreds of dealers, just do your research like anything else
This is part of my reasearch bruh
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Keep it coming how does one register to bid in the auction and which shipping company deals with individual. Def want a r32 somewhere down the road
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:21 PM   #8
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broo seriously bro, bro.

i'm saying do your research within that site. the dealers themselves. don't buy an R grade.
sometimes you can find an amazing deal on that site, sometimes you get a lemon. just like anywhere else.

and maybe don't stick to rs as your only source of research
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broo seriously bro, bro.

i'm saying do your research within that site. the dealers themselves. don't buy an R grade.
sometimes you can find an amazing deal on that site, sometimes you get a lemon. just like anywhere else.

and maybe don't stick to rs as your only source of research
i know all of the auction stuff like that i just want suggestions of companies to import with. only gunna buy a 4 and up, 3.5 im not sure about. R grades can be good they just have an afetrmarket turbo or something so they get an R
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i know all of the auction stuff like that i just want suggestions of companies to import with. only gunna buy a 4 and up, 3.5 im not sure about. R grades can be good they just have an afetrmarket turbo or something so they get an R




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Old 10-17-2014, 02:48 PM   #12
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lmao. okay SORRY FOR TRYING TO HELP YOU. good luck with your importing venture.
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lmao. okay SORRY FOR TRYING TO HELP YOU. good luck with your importing venture.
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go sign up with jdmconnection.com or brave auto. you can get access to auctions, look at statistics sales and see what cars you like have sold for. if youve paid a deposit they will look at any car in person and bid on it on your behalf. their fees are quite reasonable
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Check out some of the review for different Exporters:
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i bought my EVO from Mark at Brave Auto

I bought my Stepwagon from Derek at Pacific Coast JDM

I would strongly reccomend both!

Also, if you don't feel too good about dealing with all the paperwork and taxes, fees, inspecting once the car arrives in Canada, talk to BEN at Fraser Valley Imports. He offers a service that takes care of everything here in Canada once the car arrives and you get to just pick it up from him, all ready to go!
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So much easier to just pay the many jdm dealers here.
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If the car you want isn't just becoming legal (ie you guys mentioned R33 and R32 Skylines) I'd just buy one that someone else already imported, you'll pay a lot less and get to see/drive the car in person before buying it.
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I went through Feast Auto Group in Japan. Quite an easy process to initiate, tell them the specifics of what you're looking for and your price range. They get back to you with pics and a test drive video, if you like it they arrange export, tell you the name of the ship it'll be on (I tracked the ship on vesselfinder website). They mail you documentation, you go pick it up from Annacis Island with a temp insurance permit, get it inspected (which can take awhile if parts are needed, or if you opt to replace some parts like I did), then you just register/insure and away you go. I got a great price on a vehicle that passed inspection with very little effort.

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check out tradecarview you can get kind of a an idea whats going through auctions right now
WOW. There is an insane amount of horrible cars at even more horrible prices. Is this website really indicative of the market over there?
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info@feastautoexport.com

adam@feastauto is the way to go. hes an exporter.

http://auction.pacificcoastjdm.com/s.../findlots&s&ld

use that link to browse auctions. as for the company its under.. hes okay

adam@feast
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all are tried and true exporters..

plus 1 for ben@fraservallley can take of everything on this side

trade car view is junk.
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WOW. There is an insane amount of horrible cars at even more horrible prices. Is this website really indicative of the market over there?
Nah that site is usually just like that. pretty shitty. braveauto auction is the best indicator as it gives you examples of previous sales for similar rated cars
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PM Me I can help/guide you, not a dealer either. My R32 just got loaded on the ship today

A plain R33 GTR will run you 11-13K landed, once you start looking at Midnight Purple R33's and heavy modded ones you start going a bit north of 14-17K landed.

Trade car view is shit, and so is japan partner


R Grade cars can be good, or bad, and reality is some of the R cars I've seen are in better shape than the 4 grade stuff. And you cannot bid at a Japanese auction unless you are in Japan with a dealer licence.
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