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Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by allblacks » Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:08 am

Hi all

I wasnt going to do this, but enough people have asked me in PMs, and I thought that people may appreciate access to dealer auctions through my company. Our website is http://auctionya.com/ and we charge a flat fee of 29000 yen per vehicle purchased + taxes/recycle cert/transport.

If anyone would like to please feel free to contact me through the address on the site in English or Japanese. Or you can just PM me here on LJ.

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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by Wage Slave » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:02 pm

Sounds like a good idea. I probably would have used it if I had known and I think it would have saved me a lot of time.
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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by allblacks » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:58 pm

Wage Slave wrote:Sounds like a good idea. I probably would have used it if I had known and I think it would have saved me a lot of time.
Yeah sorry mate. I should have said something before but was reluctant to because people wouldnt like it here. I care about that. Im not looking to make billions off the LJ crew. Can even offer a discount off the fee we usually charge. Just has to be handled as a personal friend of mine for it to happen.

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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by Wage Slave » Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:04 pm

allblacks wrote:
Wage Slave wrote:Sounds like a good idea. I probably would have used it if I had known and I think it would have saved me a lot of time.
Yeah sorry mate. I should have said something before but was reluctant to because people wouldnt like it here. I care about that. Im not looking to make billions off the LJ crew. Can even offer a discount off the fee we usually charge. Just has to be handled as a personal friend of mine for it to happen.
Understood, not to worry mate. Thanks to your advice I did OK. It just took me a while to battle past all the timewasters. I was never in a desperate hurry anyway so it was all a good learning process.
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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by ripslyme » Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:35 pm

Been browsing the USS Auto Auction site - what is the key for the equipment acronyms?

For example:
SF5
AC SR AW PS PW
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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by allblacks » Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:42 pm

ripslyme wrote:Been browsing the USS Auto Auction site - what is the key for the equipment acronyms?

For example:
SF5
AC SR AW PS PW
F5 is a 5 speed manual. MT is also used for manual. AC is air conditioning. SR; Sunroof. AW; Alloy wheels. PS; Power steering. PW; Power windows. RHD is right hand drive. LHD is the other way.

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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by ripslyme » Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:49 pm

allblacks wrote:
ripslyme wrote:Been browsing the USS Auto Auction site - what is the key for the equipment acronyms?

For example:
SF5
AC SR AW PS PW
F5 is a 5 speed manual. MT is also used for manual. AC is air conditioning. SR; Sunroof. AW; Alloy wheels. PS; Power steering. PW; Power windows. RHD is right hand drive. LHD is the other way.

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:cheers: Cheers for that, still taking bids? 8)
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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by allblacks » Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:50 pm

Yup. PM me if you need anything mate.

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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by allblacks » Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:23 pm

For LJers I now have a bunch of ETC highway toll unit things for sale. Price is 2000 per unit. I can install it for you if you are in Osaka for no extra cost. The only other fees involved are setting up the system for your car. This can be done at any autobacs store. PM me for details.

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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by allblacks » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:45 pm

One gone so far. Still have quite a few though. ABs

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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by MacGyver » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:58 pm

Now you tell me....Bought a brand new one last year... :doh:
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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by allblacks » Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:02 pm

Shit. I have been getting them off exported J cars for a while. We were selling them at about 5000 yen a pop for a bit there but now its just time to sell at cost.

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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by allblacks » Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:06 am

Wagey got his unit from me last night. For people that buy them I will provide support for installation here in the new thread wagey starts.

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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by allblacks » Sat Apr 24, 2010 9:32 pm

Just got a new car for us to drive. It is a 1999 Mazda S-wagon 2000cc AT. Im really happy with it. Handles well and the best part was the price. I was on a very tight budget to change cars and pulled it off with this. All costs considered I paid just under 100 000 yen. That includes taxes and auction fees. if anyone is interested in something for themselves I would be happy to help. ABs
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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by MacGyver » Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:21 am

The wife and I aren't in the market for a new (second-hand; don't see the point in buying a new car) car just yet but with our Crown being 10 years old, we're not that far away I reckon. She wants another Crown but I'd like something a little smaller considering Tokyo roads are narrow and our garage isn't very big. I don't like the boxy style of compact cars though. The cars I'm thinking of are the Ist, Fit, Tiida, Blade, Ractis, and Passo Sette. Although the last 3 look (on the net, I've not seen them in the flesh) a big bigger than a standard compact. Basically I'd like a smallish car that also rides nicely. If I can find a car that's like a mini Crown I reckon I can convince the missus that'd be the car for us. Any suggestions/recommendations?

FYI, March and Vitz are out cause they're not a comfy ride. You know you're in a compact when driving them (as we do a lot of driving on the Tomei, its also gotta be a comfy ride for long periods). Yeah I'm a picky carnt but seeing as there's heaps of different cars on offer in Japan, there must be one that fits the smallish yet comfy bill! I was actually put onto the Tiida by their TV CM which says "Luxury meets compact" which is exactly the sort of thing I'm after. I've not seen a Tiida in the flesh so dunno if it indeed is "luxury" or not.
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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by Wage Slave » Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:41 am

I can't say I've driven many of the cars on your list. Just the Ist and Fit. I decided to get a Fit and I am delighted with it. Great fuel economy, great handling, engine and CVT transmission. Also very clever folding seating that means you can carry a really surprising amount of stuff around. I am 6' 3" and am comfortable driving it for long periods. Excellent car - Easy to see why it so popular everywhere.

With the earlier models there was some criticism of the ride being too firm and a too much road noise. I personally like a firm ride but I agree it can be a tad noisy but OK. With winter tyres on though I actually find it a bit intrusive. With the earliest models there was also a problem with vibration at about 1,500 rpm caused by the CVT that appeared after a number of years. They either changed the fluid for a different weight and it went away or if it didn't they changed a part. They do this for free for 7 years after manufacture so it is worth checking that it has been done if you are buying an older one.

The later models are, of course, well clear of all these niggles.
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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by MacGyver » Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:46 am

Wage Slave wrote: Just the Ist and Fit.
Fit is defo a nifty little car and I'm also about your height so its good to hear its a comfy ride for a tall bloke. How about the Ist? How does that ride?
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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by Wage Slave » Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:56 am

I thought the Ist was a bit softer and smoother but I actually don't like that as much. The interior finish on the Ist is a bit plusher and posher but I didn't like the seat as much. Course that depends a bit which version of the Fit you are comparing with. The Ist also has the Speedo etc in the middle of the dash which I don't think was a good idea. Just me though. It's a very good car without a doubt but I don't think it can match the Fit for economy.

Fits can be a bit hard to find at a good price because they are still so popular. The particular Ist I was looking at turned out to be way overpriced (allegedly very popular in China and Korea) so that put an end to the discussion anyway.
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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by allblacks » Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:42 pm

Yes well I am also a big bugger and got VERY tired of being bunched up to drive a March. You wont believe this but the S-wagon actually has decent leg room in the front. The seats go right back and also in the back theres innovative seat fold down thingy. I will take pics of that if people want to see it.

The best thing about these is the price. No one wants them so the prices go down like a brick.

The Legacy was another option I considered. The problem with them though is that most of them have a turbo and you end up getting ripped off with fuel consumption. When you have an engine AND a turbo working together there is also the worry of having something go wrong with either one. So for me not buying a turbo made more sense. Waiting for a decent non-turbo LANCASTER was taking way too long.

If I can recommend something to you Mac it would be a Toyota Runx. You can get a very good deal on the 2002 ones right now at dealer auction. 2003s are more expensive due to the demand from Kenya. I would say one of those in a 2002 could be bought for about 240 000 yen from a dealer auction. All told including shaken and insurance etc you would be looking at about 350 000 yen.
We actually have one of those lying about somewhere. They are a good car.
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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by MacGyver » Wed May 05, 2010 12:18 pm

allblacks wrote:If I can recommend something to you Mac it would be a Toyota Runx.
Interesting you should recommend that car ABs as I spent the weekend down in Fuji and went to the used car lot my FiL used to work at before he retired and I had a look at a Toyota Blade, which seems to be similar to the Runx. The Blade is a really nice car and suits our needs quite nicely. Not sure when we'll get rid of our current car but the wife wants to run it into the ground (its 10 or 12 years old now), which is fine with me. Plus it is her car so I'm happy with that. But I'm sure that when it does go, it'll go suddenly meaning that we won't have a lot of time to be looking around, hence I'm trying to weigh up our options now.
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Unread post by allblacks » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:44 pm

MacGyver wrote:The wife and I aren't in the market for a new (second-hand; don't see the point in buying a new car) car just yet but with our Crown being 10 years old, we're not that far away I reckon. She wants another Crown but I'd like something a little smaller considering Tokyo roads are narrow and our garage isn't very big. I don't like the boxy style of compact cars though. The cars I'm thinking of are the Ist, Fit, Tiida, Blade, Ractis, and Passo Sette. Although the last 3 look (on the net, I've not seen them in the flesh) a big bigger than a standard compact. Basically I'd like a smallish car that also rides nicely. If I can find a car that's like a mini Crown I reckon I can convince the missus that'd be the car for us. Any suggestions/recommendations?

FYI, March and Vitz are out cause they're not a comfy ride. You know you're in a compact when driving them (as we do a lot of driving on the Tomei, its also gotta be a comfy ride for long periods). Yeah I'm a picky carnt but seeing as there's heaps of different cars on offer in Japan, there must be one that fits the smallish yet comfy bill! I was actually put onto the Tiida by their TV CM which says "Luxury meets compact" which is exactly the sort of thing I'm after. I've not seen a Tiida in the flesh so dunno if it indeed is "luxury" or not.
Just thought Id bump this up a bit. Rented a Tiida in Aussie. 2009 year model. Thought it drove really well though the acceleration was a bit wussy at times. That was on Aussie roads where 110 is the signposted limit. Once you get to 110 it was good. The ride is pretty good. Interior simplistic but not dull. Boot space was adequate despite luggage for 4 people. We had the gold coloured one. Personally I couldnt stand that and would never buy one in that colour. Anyway, I would understand your choice to buy one of these.

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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by General Ripper » Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:15 am

Hey Allblacks cheers for all the hard work in getting that car for me, I really appreciate it!
For anyone thinking of going through AB's to get a car I strongly reconmend it. He was honest and fourthright about the entire process and ascociated costs and I never had any unpleasent surprises during the process.

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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by allblacks » Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:05 pm

You are welcome. I hope you dont go too sideways in it! They fly! Howzabout a pic or 2? ABs

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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by allblacks » Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:07 pm

Now your mate and you can have races! 2 X B4s!

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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by allblacks » Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:47 pm

Just to bump this thread up a bit... I bought another car for a lurker here on LJ recently. Not making millions on the crew but thank you to all those who have purchased through us!

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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by MacGyver » Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:44 am

Here's a question for you all: anyone ever seen a compact Lexus? I saw 2 compacts over the weekend badged with the "L" symbol but only saw them from behind fleetingly and didn't see any names/numbers to mark the model (may have been there but as I say both times I saw them fleetingly so could have been there). And no I don't mean the CT200h. I mean something that is closer to a kei, although may not have been a kei. Looked on the Lexus site and nada, also did a bunch of Googling and only thing I found was a blog with chatter about a possible concept car coming out in 2015 and another blog with rumours that a compact car is in development (may have been the same car but there was no way to tell).

Or perhaps there is another maker out there using a symbol very similar to the Lexus "L"? Or maybe it was actually a Toyota but badged as a Lexus???
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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by Wage Slave » Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:58 am

Not really answering your question but I thought I had noticed that Toyota don't make Kei cars. They own a controlling interest in Daihatsu who seem to specialise in them among a couple of other things.
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Unread post by allblacks » Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:49 pm

There's all sorts of people that re-badge cars here. I saw one Kei van with a Mercedes Benz symbol on it. Dont be too surprised when someone does a so-called Chinese upgrade!

And no that is NOT my wording for it. Racist car dealers call it that!

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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by MacGyver » Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:05 pm

allblacks wrote:There's all sorts of people that re-badge cars here. I saw one Kei van with a Mercedes Benz symbol on it. Dont be too surprised when someone does a so-called Chinese upgrade!
Heh. Could well have been that. As I say I didn't get a good look but I wouldn't be surprised cause it didn't look like a Lexus I have ever seen. While I saw two, it may well have been just the one cause it was over a period of two days and roughly in the same area (first time it was parked and second time it was on the move). A compact Lexus like that could be interesting cause I want a smallish car but most small cars are generally fairly cheap and basic but I want one with various extras, such as radio/volume control on the steering wheel, bluetooth, and car navi. I spose I could buy almost any car and add them as optional extras but I really don't want to buy a new car. Just seems like such a waste of money and I have trouble getting my head around it.

Still at the same place last time I wrote about buying a car in this thread! Just no need yet cause our car works fine and we only use it on the weekends, and there won't be until at least early next year when we move to Fuji and use the car almost every day, hence I want something more fuel efficient, but seeing as our Crown is 13 years old, I'm hoping to get rid of it sooner rather than later. I'm still keen on a Blade or Imprezza (and there is a new, revamped model out now that looks interesting) but I've also added the Aqua to the list. Although it may be some time until there are many for sale second hand and at a reasonable price. I also like the Lexus CT200h but its more than I want to pay for a car (even second-hand) at this point in time.
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Re: Buying a car in Japan

Unread post by allblacks » Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:22 pm

Ive been in a Mazda Axela for the past year. AKA MAZDA 3S. It is a 2 litre non turbo. In the city it drives and handles really well. My wife says on the highway it is VERY fuel economical and quick enough to handle the mountain ranges and passes between Gifu and Nagano up past Nagoya. You do get some steepish roads up that way and if it does the job that's great. I had owned a similar version in a station wagon which had a 4 speed AT gearbox. This was a problem when you got up to 110/120kms hr. No higher gear to switch to! Engine would whine. The Axela is 5 speed AT so none of that fortunately. And Ive (allegedly) had it up to 130kms hr without revving the guts out of it too.

The 1st year servicing was completed the other day. No issues at all and covered under warranty. Oil change and other fluids plus the usual checks. It had only done 3200 kms so hardly a need for even an oil change but they did it. This warranty stuff is very much to my liking! I get 3 years full cover then can get a further 2 if I do shaken there.

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