I just came back from japan and was fricking amazed how cheap desirable cars are over there.

I just came back from japan and was fricking amazed how cheap desirable cars are over there. So I want to sell my c5 and import something while yen is sitting in the dumpster at $.65/100 yen, but know frick all about the process. anyone here ever done it before?

I want to possibly get a kei truck at the same time if it's cheaper to import multiple vehicles at once.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It’s cost effective to import multiple Kei trucks at once if that’s the route you want to go and have the means.

    Finding a good car to import can be tricky if you don’t have someone you can trust in country to inspect. Sometimes it’s just better to pick up a vehicle that’s already been imported.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      When you factor in import fees and taxes the price is the same as buying something locally unless you ship in like 3-5+ cars at once like says. Add in the fact that you can't inspect the car in person and have no idea whether you're getting a lemon or not and I wouldn't even say it's worth it.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >you can't inspect the car in person
        why not? I'm not buying a car blindly online, I'd fly back to japan to pick one in person.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Would this be as part of like a vacation or something? Flying back to Japan just to buy a car feels like an unnecessary expense.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Sometimes it’s just better to pick up a vehicle that’s already been imported.
      not at the rates people here want for them. An rx7 just as an example can be had for ~2 mil yen/$13k. even with import fees, you're not spending the like 40k people want stateside.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        There are a few good importers in country that I know of that have helped many many military guys buy cars in country and also export them to buyers around the world.

        R’Nation Facebook page is one of them I know

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          thanks friend, I'll check them out. One of my neighbors was an importer, but he moved halfway across the country like a week before I went to japan so I'm not sure if he'll be able to help me or not.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        ...Huh? Are you after a special year or trim or something? There's like a billion up on FBM for $5-10k right now.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          are you unaware that there are multiple generations of rx7? I'm obviously not talking about an FC.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Then, again, which one are you talking about? A current year?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            ...

            Would this be as part of like a vacation or something? Flying back to Japan just to buy a car feels like an unnecessary expense.

            yeah I'd spend a couple weeks there again. It's not that expensive even if it was just to pick a car though, round trip tickets are like 1k

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            moronic esl monkey detected

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I would imagine he’s talking about an FD. Those are not $5-10k unless they’re shells

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I'm seeing several on FBM for $25-30k, which is competitive price-wise with the extra expenses needed to fly to Japan, pick up a hotel, scout a car, pay layover at the port, ship it, pay layover at the arrival port, and then pay inspection fees.

            Idk OP, this seems pointless. Just get a good local deal.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >which is competitive price-wise
            no it's not

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Total import bills are anywhere from $5-10k these days. The prices are competitive.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            that's still several thousand dollars less and I don't get to pick out the exact car, and I don't get to take another trip to japan.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Okay, well go for it then anon. Seems like a waste to me, but I don't like JDM anyway.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I don't even think you can find a shell for 5-10k anymore.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Check Canada too op. The trip is a lot closer and the CAD is also in the dumpster.

    If you get a FD make sure it has had a lot of work done there, they can get expensive fast other than the motor (think crappy gearboxes, dashboards that delaminate, harnesses that crumble apart).

    Likewise if you go for a Evo check the rear frame rails/subframe where the control arms attach, strut towers, and roof (1-3) for rust. A lot of the AWD cars sold in Japan were winter driven or taken to the mountains so they have no problem rusting out. Evos 5/6 are the most desirable, but you'll be paying a cool $22-30k for one. Those aren't prone to crank walk like the older 4, fit wide tires (17x9 255s, mind you it's a 2900lb AWD), and have factory Brembos. I wouldn't kick a mint 1-3 or a 4 with a newer motor out of my driveway either, but the.1-3s have gearbox availability issues as they got older (and roof rust) and the 4s don't fit wide tires (17x8 235s max) leaving them traction limited vs the newer cars.

    Personally I would look for a older WRX STI. It's definitely gonna be slower and more fragile than the C5, but the parts are extremely easy to get in America and they're still a ton of fun because it's a 240-300whp 2700lb AWD that feels like a 90s Honda Civic. They're also cheap, very overlooked during the import craze for FDs/Evos/Skylines/JZ Toyotas. It's also a car with a lot of street presence imo.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Personally I would look for a older WRX STI.
      an FD or a first gen wrx were my top 2 choices. I was also considering importing an old taxi since even though they're boring over there, a crown here would be a good base to build on and have something pretty cool and presumably reliable. and they're cheap as shit.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        https://www.fb.com/share/7LHPfZkEQVFwtjiP/

        https://www.kijiji.ca/v-cars-trucks/calgary/1998-subaru-impreza-wrx-sti-type-r/1681694757

        https://www.kijiji.ca/v-cars-trucks/calgary/1998-jdm-subaru-sti-type-r/1685725560

        I made a long as frick effort post but this stupid fricking website refreshed when I switched tabs on my phone, but you can also lurk groups and find something locally. That red GC on FB is nice though red isn't my favorite color, the v8 STi drivetrain is (from a JDM 03-05) purely for the DCCD 6spd (unbreakable) and the motor is good for 340-370whp (ditto for a newer 18+ EJ257).

        The problem with FDs is that it's hard to find shops that will even touch rotaries let alone rotary specialist shops outside of the coasts. And the whole damn car falls apart, it's still prone to rust like a 90s Mazda, and the people who missed the boat on Supras are latching onto them so they're getting expensive. The Subarus you have Outrun, Flatirons, iWire, Cob , and a shop in every major metro area that specializes in them along with drivetrain cross compability with 02-05 WRXs, 04-21 STIs, and body parts from 90s Imprezas.

        I would also look at Aristos. It's a cheap way to get yourself into a 2JZGTE car, albeit one with a 4spd Auto and most likely a open diff (Torsen optional iirc). Figure 3600-3700lbs. Parts compatibility with the Lexus GS, only big problem with them is the brake boosters/ABS pump...common issue with all Toyotas from the late 90s-early 00s where the seals fail internally and you have a VSC/ABS light come on. Expensive unless you find a spare last I remember, which might be tricky cause RHD so you might not just be able to get one from a junkyard GS300. Ask the Facebook groups out there if you're interested for specifics.

        Altezzas are cheap too. Great FRs that weigh 2900-3000lbs and make 200-210hp. Tom's made a turbo one that made 270hp factory. And of course they share stuff with the IS300.

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