Anyone know how I can buy a Japanese car straight from Japan?


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Lately I've been interested in purchasing a Japanese car straight from Japan. does anyone a good website or info how get how to get it legit and safe to the usa? Any previous experience? There are tons of service I see online but I dont know if all is legitimate.


As i dont have any experience on importing one. However, i have dug deep in the research field to find out that its gonna cost you a lot of money. Hiring a registered importer that has a license to import automobiles. Most of them want a fat down payment to start. Then you have to purchase the car and pay for shipping. Once it gets to cali customs. You will have to pay them to release it to the RI person. Before that, if it doesnt pass cali smog or have the proper windshield and crashbars. You have 90 days to convert it or it gets seized and you are out of the money. However, most RI have access to convert it, so you wont need to worry about that. But you are paying for parts for conversion. But wait, thats not all. Now to get it legally titled amd registered. The paperwork has to be sent to NHTSA...i think thats the name. That could take from 90 days to 18 months before it gets approved. Then once its approved, paperwork and car has to be sent to the state DOT to pass another inspecton. That should be smooth sailing and you can have a street legal JDM car.

Note, research research research. It took me 2-3yrs to gather all this info. It might not take you as long as i did to find this info. I only researched when i felt like finding more info. Oh, one more thing, not every car can be brought into the states. Even though, it might be a 25yr old car, it still has to pass the crash test.

Best option for you. Buy a car that is already federally legal to drive on the streets.

Good Luck
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In St. Louis, MO
The car will not be as difficult to import, if it's 25 years old.
They are importing 1989 Slylines, in Miami.


Searching for that 1 swap is a one to look into.


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I was talking to an importer.... 25k just for the car price minus import fees.... 69 skyline. Good luck.


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Owning cars in Japan is expensive. Did you know you don’t have to go through dealers and agencies to import a car from Japan? Many people know that the pricing of cars from online used car auctions and dealerships in Japan are among the cheapest in Asia. Since new models are frequently introduced in the country, the vehicles in Japan tend to depreciate fast. This is why the locals’ old Japanese cars are sold at very low prices. Aside from that, it is part of their culture to care for their possessions very well. This is also why you will find many affordable used cars in good condition. As the locals keep buying new models, the Japanese used car inventory continues to expand, offering pre-owned vehicles at meager prices. Before you begin, make sure your car is clean. If you find sap on the exterior, it is best to wash it off first. After washing, you should wash your car with soap and warm water to remove all the lingering dirt particles. You may need to apply pressure to remove the sap from the car’s surface.