“Wisdom” is to buy from the Japanese used car auctions

Many people buy cars from Japan by going to a dealers homepage, looking at the stock item then buying.

Did you know this is “retail buying”?  Did you know you could save $100s of dollars and probably even $1000s of dollars if you bought wholesale?

Buying wholesale is buying from the “source”, buying from where the Japanese exporters buy from!

These are the Japanese used car auctions.

Shhh.  Don’t tell everyone though!  You want your competitors to keep on buying from a Japanese exporters stock page!

Bargain time of year to buy in the Japanese car and truck auctions

Now is the time to buy!

In the Japanese used car auctions vehicles increase this time of year. If vehicles increase this time of year, then due to the law of supply and demand, the auctions become over-supplied, and to sell a vehicle you have to accept a lower price. All the better for the buyers in the auctions (as well as the exporters and in your case the importers).

So why the increase in vehicles in the Japanese used cars auctions this time of year?

  1. The end of the financial year for many companies, especially used car dealers in Japan. This is stock take time of year and a good chance to re-auction cars that have not been selling. Also other companies, also at the end of their financial year, replace vehicles regularly, especially at the end of the financial year.
  2. Private owners of vehicles must pay in May, the annual car tax. This is no small amount of money that must be paid during May. This is where the decision makers of the household will decide whether to keep their vehicle for another year or trade it in at a local trade in company (Gullivers used car trade in is the largest). The Japanese public, not being card holding “car dealers”, do not have the ability to sell their vehicles into the Japanese used car auctions, it all must go through a dealer.

These car taxes can be quite high. They increase for the engine size of the vehicle:

 Less than 1000cc 29500yen
Between 1000 and 1500cc 34500yen
1500cc to 2000cc 39500yen
2000cc to 2500cc 1,45000yen
2500cc to 3000cc 51000yen
3000cc to 35000cc 58000yen
3500cc to 4000cc 66500yen
4000cc to 45000cc 76500yen
45000cc to 6000cc 88000yen
over 6000cc 111,000yen


Was your Japanese car export stolen?

You may need to check your chassis wall to check the number hasn’t been replaced if you have one of the following top 7 stolen vehicles from Japan:

2010 2011 2012
Toyota Hiace 2,519 2,773 1508
Toyota Landcruiser 865 1,071 1,085
Toyota Celsio 1,279 1,419 1,071
Toyota Crown 867 926 971
Toyota Prius 209 514 861
Mitsubishi Canter 179 490 531
Isuzu Elf 612 654 514

Although Toyota Hiace had the largest number stolen, as a percentage of the total sold that year, it was most dangerous last year to drive a Toyota Celsio, of every 1000 registered in Japan, 6 were stolen.
The second most dangerous car to drive in Japan last year was a Toyota Landcruiser with 4.6 cars stolen in every 1000 registered in Japan.