Please find below some of the Frequently Asked Questions we get asked by our customers relating to our service of exporting cars from Japan and how our service works.
Click the questions below to reveal the answers.
Yes. We will give help and advice at every stage of the import and registration process, when the time comes to register your car we will help you to prepare your documents for posting to the DVLA
Your V5 Registration Document should come back in the post in about 10 days.
No. Over ten years old vehicles require a MOT Test only before registration at the DVLA the vehicle will still need to have the Speedo re-calibrated and a Fog Light fitted
Imported vehicles Under Ten Years Old require an IVA Test, this is a Type Approval Inspection carried out by the VDSA
This has to be done before application for registration at the DVLA, the VDSA charge £199.00 for the test
Japanese vehicles will require speedo recalibration Km to Miles also a Fog Light must be fitted to the rear of the vehicle
It is likely there may be some other adjustments required for the test for example adjustment to head lights and indicators
We can introduce customers to garage services who provide IVA Testing.
We mainly ship cars to Southampton Port for customers in the south of England, Customers in Scotland and north of England ship to Newcastle upon Tyne in the north east.
There are other shipping lines to Bristol but we prefer to use these two ports for ether the north or the south of England
No, We can NOT supply a brand new unregistered cars direct from Japan.
However we can supply near new cars with delivery mileage that have already been registered in Japan,
Below is an example of the Toyota Vellfire we supplied for a UK customer that had only done 33 Miles from the factory gate
The UK VDSA IVA Testing rules stipulate a vehicle must be registered in Japan for a minimum six months before being exported
These are the rules to qualify for IVA Testing
Take a look at our testimonials and you will see some examples of near new vehicles we have supplied in the passed.
If you wish to learn more about near new vehicle then contact myself Mr. Paul Bowden with the make and model you want.
The shipping time is around 6 to 8 weeks but if you miss the last shipment then you will have to wait for the net available ship.
As a general guide the total time is around two months.
We search the next day’s auction online and cherry pick the cars to match with your budget, the Japanese auctions own inspectors carry out background checks on every car in the sale, they also carry out detailed inspections hands on and produce an auction report
This is the safest way to buy cars in Japan as the auction must comply with domestic Law
We also inspect the cars hands on before the sale to confirm what is said on the auction report if we see anything we don’t like we simply walk away and look for another car.
After all why should we supply a bad car when it’s no more difficult for us to supply a good car? Plus in doing so we add to our already long standing proven track record, See Our Testimonials, once your car has been found Inspected and purchased at auction the Japanese export company arrange to export your car to the UK port of your choice.
There are three payments required.
The first payment (Auction Bid Deposit) this is made at the time of appointment of Jap Auto Agent Ltd
The Deposit demonstrates your intention to complete the purchase
The deposit is fully refundable if we can’t supply the vehicle you require
Once we have secured your vehicle the deposit becomes committed to the purchase
Our commission is then take from the deposit
If there is a balance after we have taken our commission it will be refunded to the customer
This is for the (F.O.B. Price) which means (Free on Board)
It’s the total cost of the car loaded onto the ship in the Japanese port
Once a vehicle is secured you will receive an invoice for the FOB price
As a guide the F.O.B. Price is just over 50% of the (O.T.R) on the UK road price
The F.O.B price is made up of 1 / Auction Car Cost 2 / The Japanese Export Company Fees
The Export Company Fees start at Yen 100,000 = £550.00 this is to pay for
1/ Buyers commission for attending the auction, inspection, taking photos, and submitting bids
2/ De–Registration of the vehicle in Japan and application for an Export Certificate
3/ Inland vehicle transport to the Japanese port
4/ Bonded yard storage and port handling fees in Japan
5/ Japanese export taxes
6/ Photos taken at the port and the production of a You Tube Video Demo in the bonded yard
Why do we have to pay the F.O.B. in Japanese Yen?
We assist you to buy a vehicle direct from the auction in Japan in your own name
So the vehicle will be invoiced direct to you in Japanese Yen
Optional, you may use your own high street Bank if you wish, or
We can help you get a better rate of exchange than is normally offered by the UK high street Banks
Third Payment is made on arrival of the ship at the UK port
This payment is made in GBP direct to the Customs Clearance Agent here in the UK
When the ship arrives at the UK port the Customs Agent will send you an invoice by Email
This is to pay for 1/ Shipping Charges, 2/ HMRC Duty 10%, 3/ V.A.T. 20%, 4/ Customs Agents Fee,
You make one payment to the Customs Clearance Agent and they will make all payments on your behalf
Once the vehicle has cleared customs it can be collected direct from the UK bonded yard.
Our customers save anything from £1,500 to £15,000 on UK retail prices which is a massive saving on the UK dealer prices
Plus an opportunity to cherry picks the best cars.
This is why it’s a genuine Win Win opportunity.
Cars on our Stock List are owned by the Japanese Vehicle Export Company they are available for purchase and export out of Japan
We are NOT Car Dealers who hold a stock of cars in for sale ether in Japan or in the UK
We work for you as your appointed agent, Hence we have no Bias towards any cars we find
It’s simply we just search through the auction and Cherry Pick the very best cars we can find and then inspect them hands on
We buy from the largest stock of Japanese cars on the planet
So there is no need for us to carry any stock of cars ether in the UK or Japan
It is this fact that enables us to have such a good track record
Go to our You Tube Video Demo Channel as see the quality for the cars we supply
Also see our Testimonials Pages
Jap Auto Agent Ltd is a UK based Japanese car import agency working for a upfront declared commission.
Working as your appointed agent we help you safely buy cars direct from the Japanese car auctions
We are located in Bollington, Near Macclesfield, Cheshire, England UK.
With over 19 years experience of importing cars direct from Japan into the UK
We are NOT car dealers. who buy and sell for profit, So we have no BIAS towards the cars we supply
Frist: Our aim is to cherry pick the best cars we can find that matches with your UK budget
Second: You will make fantastic saving on UK retail prices
Our customers remain in Full Control of the buying process at all times
We provide peace of mind in knowing you are working with an long established UK based registered company
With a Proven Track Record.
See our Testimonials and You Tube Video Channel.
If you have a question which hasn’t been answered above then please don’t hesitate to contact us via our contact form or call us on : +44 (0)1625 560505