Toyota Prius? Yes, Japan is full of them, and so are the Japan auctions.
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There are soo many different types of Toyota Prius’ in the Japanese used car auctions nowadays that it is hard to keep up! For example the Toyota Prius PHV (plug in) allows you to charge your battery like a typical EV car or run like a normal hybrid when your charge runs out. It also runs with an option to use solar to charge your battery during the day. Look at these photos:
However, in Japan this did not prove to be very popular, the earlier models would only go 35kms on a charge while the later models went 60kms. The price was too high for a NEW car (not for a 2nd hand Prius sold in the auctions though!).
Here is a brief summary of the Prius family since it’s devue in 1997:
|Generation||Year from||Chassis||cc||Fuel 10:15 mode kms/l||JC08 mode kms/l|
And then in 2011 Toyota brought out the wagon version Prius, or the Prius α
|2014.11 (slight change)||ZVW41W||1800 cc||26.2|
And of course the photos from above, the Prius PHV:
All the Toyota Prius appear in large numbers in the Japanese used car auctions, as they were bought in vast numbers in the local market.
What advantage do the auctions have over similar Prius’s sold in the UK?
So what do you need to know about importing a Prius from Japan to the UK? First some shipping terms:
FOB is the price of the purchased vehicle from the auction and all other expenses before loading it onto a ship
CIF is the price of the FOB plus the cost of shipping and freight to the UK.
In the UK you must pay 10% tax on the CIF value of the car. Next you must pay 20% VAT on the: (CIF+import duty+customs clearance fees)
If the car is more than 10 years old, you only need to do an MOT test (road worthiness test)
If the car is less than 10 years old, you need to do an MOT and an IVA inspection.
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