Checklists for Purchasing Vehicles Online from Japan

You may have noticed that increasing number of people are importing vehicles from Japan, purchasing directly from Japanese Used Car companies such as CardealPage. However, some feel apprehensive about the whole process because it seems a little beyond them. The whole process isn’t actually very complicated, and this article outlines 3 simple checkpoints to remember before you import your first vehicle.

1. Total Price.

You might see many car companies advertising their vehicles at various prices, but the most important price you want to look for is the total (CIF) price payable to the Japanese Used Car website.

Below are the main costs that comprise the total (CIF) prices.

CIF stands for car, insurance, and freight.

FOB: Price of the vehicle (car)

Freight: The cost of shipment from Japan to your nearest port.

Marine Insurance: Protection against loss and damages from ship sinking.

Pre-shipment Inspection: Only for countries that require an official inspection certificate, such as Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique.

The total price is referred to as CIF or CFR. You will be issued an invoice according to the total price, and this is the total amount payable to the Japanese Used Car company.

You will also need to consider the costs after your vehicle arrives at the port.

Customs Clearance: The cost when clearing the vehicle at the port and/or the border to your country.

Inland Transportation: The port to home delivery cost.

Duty/Tax: Government tax to register your vehicle in your country.

It would be advisable to be aware of these costs to avoid nasty surprises.

2. Vehicle Condition

If you’re going to be making a large investment on a vehicle, you will of course want to make sure you know exactly what you are getting.

Most websites will provide detailed descriptions and pictures of the units on offer. However, not-so-honest dealers will purposefully hide defects from customers (such as engine problems, including smoke coming out from the mechanical compartments), so it would be advisable to get in touch to double check the condition of the vehicle. Be very careful if you see offers that seem too good to be true. You could very well be purchasing a vehicle in terrible condition or, in the worst case, it could be a scam.

3. Company Reputation

In an ideal world, all online transactions are honest and transparent, but there are unfortunately many cases where customers have been conned out of their hard-earned cash because they sent their payment to fraudulent or non-existent companies. There are also cases where customers have been sent the wrong vehicles.

The best way to check the reputation of the company is to ask around whether anyone has ever purchased from them. You can also get a feeling of the company’s standing by viewing the company’s Customer’s Voice page.

So why not order your first Japanese Used Car from Japan? You should be ok so long as you bear in mind all three of the checkpoints!

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  • david

    I strongly recommend you to verify Japanese company’s status before sending money under “Japan Company Trust Organization”(JCTO). It is free to verify any company’s record and reliability at http://www.japancompanytrust.org.

    You can also find JCTO website by typing “Japan Company Trust Organization” in Google.

    Be smart and DO NOT send money to any one until your full satisfaction.

    Take your time to research each company. Do not hurry to send money. Always remember that fraud person will make you hurry and don’t give you time to think. This is “Technique of Fraudsters”. Be very careful.