Golden Week Auction Break

Re: Golden Week Holiday 2021

The end of April and start of May is the Golden Week holiday period in Japan. 

We have set the following schedule to best serve the interests of our customers:

Provide Cars’ Office

The office will be closed from Thursday April 29th, until Wednesday May 5th. It will be open and operational again from Thursday, May 6th.

(The office handles such matters as shipping, banking, documentation etc.)

Bidding Team (Auction)

The bidding team will be bidding on cars at the auctions as normal until Saturday, April 30th.  Back to normal schedule from Thursday May 6th. 
Office schedule for Golden Week

Gas vs. Tolls in Japan

Due to arrival quarantine laws with COVID-19, what is normally an hour flight from Tokyo to Osaka turned into an 8 hour drive.  Apart from the rental car cost, what is more expensive, the petrol for the trip or the tolls?

Those who know Japan will say it is a no brainer, those who don’t may be surprised!  Here is the trip:

Add in the traffic jams, toilet breaks, food breaks and toilet breaks and food breaks and toilet breaks and … in theory an 8 or 9 hour trip. However, if you travel at the same speed as the rest of the traffic,  you can cut about 1 hour off the trip.  I will not state here the driving speed as I may incriminate myself, but least to say we were overtaken most of the time by cars doing close to 140 kms/hr. 

So how about costs?  This was the rental car:  Nissan Note, not hybrid.

 37 litres of fuel used.  At 135 yen per litre that comes out to around 5000 yen. 

So the toll costs?  Here:

15,490 yen … or $145 US .. or 103 English pounds … or if you must 10,800 rubbles!

So the answer: it costs 3x the cost of petrol for tolls in a fairly fuel efficient car in Japan

Good question from an enquiry … how to find left hand drive vehicles in the auctions?

A quite often, but good question often asked by new customers: “How do you find left hand drive vehicles in the auctions?”

Answer: Hello ……
LEFT HAND DRIVE car?  Unfortunately, you need to look at the inside photos of cars to see whether the car is left hand drive, or right hand drive. 1.  99.9% of Japanese brand cars sold are RHD.

2.  Foreign cars (American, German) have certain models that are nearly always right hand drive, or left hand drive.  The more expensive a model the more likely it is to be left hand drive.

3.  By rolling your mouse over the I image (inside image) you can quickly judge whether a car is left hand drive or right hand drive, for example:

Model update, Mistubishi Delica D5 2017 April~

This blog specifically for the NZ market.  What cars from the Japanese used car auctions have ESC (electronic stability control)?  It depends on the model of car, as well as the model within the model!  Luckily when it comes to the Mistubishi Delica D5, ALL variants have ESC.

For Mistubishi, they call it “ASC” or active stability control, rather than ESC.

If you are fluent in Japanese you can read the link here

When searching for the Delica D5 in the daily Japanese auctions, search for “Mitsubishi”, then on the left side of “Delica” click on the number, then choose Delica D5.

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Obon summer break

Each summer in Japan the country celebrates the Obon summer break.  Although Obon is a Buddhist ceremony celebrating the spirits of the dead, the living use the time, a clumped together group of national holidays, to take a break during the hottest time on the Japanese calendar.  We follow the used car auctions leads and give our staff a break.  The following auction holiday schedule  will be followed.  Note we are open for bidding when the auctions are open, though the other staff will be on a break.

Toyota Prius ESC since 2003

The Toyota Prius has had ESC (Electronic Stability Control) in models since August 2003.  The first time this was included was in the model change to the NHW20  chassis, while only in the G model, not the S.

This also has the triple digit emissions code, so it is still importable into New Zealand with the strict triple digit AND ESC restrictions.  In Toyota language they call it “Vector Stability Control”.

So when searching for a Prius with the electronic stability controls system, you need to search for models that came out after the model change in September 2003, or the “20” series or the chassis NHW20.  Finally you need to focus on the model type, as not all the models had stability control.  You need to focus on the “G” series.  Here is a photo of the stats from a 2004 Toyota catalog: 


The car with no need for reverse

A car with no need for reverse.  Never to go back.  With the future in it’s eyes.  No regrets of the past, with the future in its eyes.  Whatever the cliche, this car found in a classic auction this week had those thoughts written all over it.  It is an old car, so the idea obviously never caught on.  Look closely at the steering wheel(s)!