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We are happy to announce our upgraded site and domain is still working as are the Email addresses.

We would like to thank all the customers for their support and welcome new customers to try our service.

Terms of Trade Amendment

We at Get Cars Japan have made further changes to our Terms of Trade.  Active customers have already been sent a copy with a request for confirmation.

The Terms on the auction bid function have also been synchronized so it is important that customers are aware of the changes when bidding.  Please contact us should you wish to clarify any points in the Terms of Trade.  They are designed to provide fair protection for both us and our clients.  As always, advice and comments are welcome.

New One Price

Get Cars Japan has added a new One Price section.
The data is additional stock from another source.
It is easier to get bargains in live auctions.
One Price is best for vehicles you can’t find in live auctions.

Changes to New Zealand Import Regulations

The New Zealand Transport Agency has announced Changes to New Zealand Import Regulations: all used class MC vehicles (four-
wheel-drive SUVs and off-road vehicles) will be mandatory to have Electronic Stability Control (ESC) at that time of NZTA border inspection effective on 1st March 2016.

Please take this into account when placing bids on cars bound for New Zealand.
If you are unsure, please make a note in your translation request so we can confirm ESC prior to bidding.

This provision will not apply to:
an immigrant’s vehicle, or
a special interest vehicle, or
a motorsport vehicle that is operated in accordance with the conditions of a valid low volume vehicle authority card issued for the vehicle in accordance with the Low Volume Vehicle Code, or
a vehicle specified in paragraph (a)* of the definition of ‘low volume vehicle’ that was not originally fitted with an electronic stability control system and is certified in accordance with the Low Volume Vehicle Code, or
a motor vehicle manufactured, or first registered outside of New Zealand, twenty years or more before the date of its first certification for entry into service in New Zealand.

Australian import law changes

New regulations for Australian imports finally announced:
Australians will be able to import a new car or motor cycle without the need to go through a local dealer from 2018.

But it must have comparable standards to Australia’s, be a right-hand drive passenger vehicle, no more than 12 months old and have no more than 500km on the odometer.

More than 90 per cent of new vehicles were imported and within two years all cars will be imported once Ford, General Motors and Toyota cease local manufacture, the federal government said in a statement on Wednesday. Of the world’s right-hand drive countries, Japan and the United Kingdom now meet the Australian standard.

Other countries may be included upon reaching a comparable standard.

‘If a manufacturer chooses not to sell a particular model in Australia, a consumer may now have an option to source this model overseas,’ Major Projects Minister Paul Fletcher said.

The changes will improve the existing arrangements for importing exotic, rare, classic, collectible and special purpose vehicles.

A new rule will allow such a vehicle, which is at least 25 years old, to be imported under these arrangements.

The $12,000 special duty on imported used vehicles will be removed from 2018.

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Negotiation fee change

From July 2015, USS auction group have changed their negotiation fee from 5,000 JPY to 10,000 JPY.

At this stage most other auctions still charge 5,000 JPY.

Up until now, we have added 5,000 JPY to the auction purchase price for cars purchased through negotiation.


A)  We will add 10,000 JPY to the negotiated price if the total is within your bid (including flex).

B)  We will add only 5,000 JPY to the negotiated price if 10,000 JPY will take the the total over your bid.

Please contact us if you have another preference for invoicing on negotiation purchases.

Best regards

Mark Cathcart (Director)

Accident car transport fees:

The transport fees from the dock can be very very expensive if the car is not driving, and even more if not rolling.
e.g. the suspension is damaged, the transmission is locked, the engine cannot start etc.
For customers bidding on accident cars, we offer our opinion, and cancel some bids if we think it is a high expense risk.
For example, a car in the Nagoya auction:
The transport for a normal car would be JPY 9000 to Osaka by a big car carrier.
But if the car cannot be driven or rolled onto a big car carrier, the transport will be around JPY 38,000 !

For cars like this (and flood cars with water damage) we will email a cancel notification.
If you want to keep the bid, please mail us back as soon as possible and we will bid on the car for you.

We will always do our best to minimize the risk for you, but to help us help you:
Please try to choose cars that have 4 good tires and the wheels are straight.
Good luck finding bargains that will make you profit.

Find Immaculate Classic Cars in Japanese Auctions

A lot of people don’t realize that Japan is the perfect place to buy classic foreign cars in excellent condition, not only Japanese cars.


Because cities are close together and most people commute by train, there is a goldmine of classic cars to be found here. Just today a customer found this beautiful 1987 Porsche convertible in the auctions.  We visited the auction to check it out for him and were surprised at how beautiful it was. Genuine 29,735klms on the odometer !

And this is not so rare. The interesting thing is, he wants to import it to Europe. With the quality and longevity of prestige cars making even 15 to 20 year old vehicles comparable to current models, we highly recommend enthusiasts and collectors search the auctions. Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, and even classic Chevrolet, Ford and other American makers are common and often sell for great prices.




Extra car pictures and other free services.

blog 1Although the auctions only provide 3 pictures, it is part of our service to provide ALL customers with 10 high definition pictures of every car once it arrives at the port.

It is also part of our service to find parts and accessories for you, so if you see a part you’d like to change, or an accessory (such as stereo, shift knob, steering wheel, seat covers, wheel covers), just let us know and we take care of it for you at no service charge.

Shipping vehicles by container

blog 3-1★  Container shipping is used for several reasons.

★  Some ports do not have RORO shipping.

★  Sending several cars in one container can be cheaper than sending them individually by RORO.

★  Containers provide security and safety as well as weather protection.

Unlike RORO however, the freight is not the only cost involved.

There is a charge of 25000yen to 30000yen per car for securing the vehicles in the container (known as “vanning” or “lashings”), and a THC (Terminal Handling Charge).

The good news: There is a 15000yen export fee included in our FOB/export charge, so the extra charges for containers does not add up to all that much.

e.g. If there are 4 cars in the container, the total vanning cost would be around 100000yen, so the customer would need to pay 40000yen (15000yen x 4 = 60000yen is already paid in the FOB charge).