From the beginning of April, owners of vehicles, whether they be private or public, get sent a bill: the annual car tax. This is a time when both the individual or the company re-evaluates whether the car they own is worth keeping for another year, as the tax is not always cheap. Companies that have a large number of vehicles may decide to “trade in” vehicles, so as to escape this annual tax. For this reason, in March and April each year, the numbers of vehicles appearing in the auctions, increase.
Increases of the same models of vehicles in the auctions means more vehicles available to choose from as well as a decrease in the average price per vehicle. That is, it is a GOOD TIME TO BUY. Add onto this the mini-recession that the corona virus has brought upon Japan, there is even more motivation for unneeded vehicles to be traded in to save money. 2020 March / April may be a very cheap time to buy.
Ever wonder why some cars in the used car auctions have scratches on the mirrors? Take a look at what is actually very common: very narrow 2 way streets in Japan:
A big impact on importing into New Zealand with the new ESC (electronic stability control) rules, is the impact of vans going to New Zealand. Now with the rules covering used vans going from Japan to New Zealand, when searching for a van in the used car auctions in Japan, you need to know what has ESC (often listed as VSC in vans) and what does not.
Firstly, Hiace wagons and commuters had a change to ESC (VSC) in 2016. Don’t waste your time searching for anything older than that.
Secondly, Hiace vans had a change over to ESC (VSC) from December 2017.
The Japanese article explaining the details here.