Month: June 2023

USS Car Auctions in Japan

The USS Auctions have 19 sites throughout Japan. They still utilize a satellite TV system with their dedicated terminal. The data you view on the terminal runs through the satellite system. We have been using this system for over 20...

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Will Toyota restart GR Corolla production again?

The Toyota "GR Corolla," which was first unveiled globally in March 2022, is a purebred sports car that embodies Toyota Gazoo Racing's brand concept of "Creating Better Cars from Motorsports." It has been meticulously refined through rigorous track testing, off-road...

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Toyota GR Yaris

Welcome to the evolving Vitz we delve into the exciting world of the JDM Toyota Yaris GR. You may already know that the Toyota Vitz in Japan is the Toyota Yaris outside of Japan. However, Toyota has taken the foreign...

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Foreign imported cars into Japan, strange chassis numbers!

If you have imported a foreign car from Japan, perhaps bought in the Japan auctions, you may notice that it has a strange chassis number on the export document (export certificate). The reason privately imported foreign cars in Japan have...

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Update on Container shipping of used cars out of Japan

Container freight prices have come back to their pre-Covid levels. [caption id="attachment_5723" align="alignnone" width="812"] Container prices back to pre-Covid levels[/caption] The ocean freight industry faced a capacity crunch during the pandemic, which led to increased uncertainties and created a favorable...

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Toyota Crown 2023

[table id=5 /] Driving into the local supermarket yesterday I saw a "Volvo" looking car drive past, on 2nd looks it wasn't a Volvo but a 5 door hatchback Toyota Crown! I had to do some research on this car....

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Nissan Leaf model history

The Nissan Leaf is an all-electric vehicle (EV) produced by Nissan. It has been a popular electric car worldwide, including in the Japanese market. Over the years, Nissan has introduced several model versions and updates for the Nissan Leaf. Here...

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Snow on the Japanese roads, a major cause of rust.

A major issue in countries like New Zealand importing cars from Japan is rust under the vehicle. Snow prone areas like Hokkaido and the Japan Sea coast have world record levels of snow.  To make the roads useable salt is...

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Mirrors not folding … control module?

A common problem occuring on cars in the auctions is the comment "mirror(s) not folding". What is the likely cause?  The control module.  Repairing a mirror when the control module fails typically involves replacing the faulty module. Here are the...

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