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Terms and Conditions for Buying vehicles from Japan Car Direct.
By accepting the services of Japan Car Direct LLC, you agree to be bound by and accept these terms and conditions whether you have read them or not.
Dealer lot cars and the cars from auction are not in the possession of Japan Car Direct LLC. The assessment of the auction cars and writing of the auction sheets is done by the staff employed by the auction houses, and has no direct connection to Japan Car Direct LLC. Japan Car Direct LLC can have an additional inspection of each auction vehicle completed by a professional third party vehicle inspector at the customer’s request, but do not offer any warrantee or guarantee of vehicle condition, and the buyer purchases at his or her own risk.
A deposit is required to secure the services of Japan Car Direct LLC. A deposit of 50,000 yen covers up to a 1 million yen bid to win 1 vehicle. If the intended bid amount is over 1 million yen then the deposit must be 8% of that bid amount. If a customer requests a refund of the deposit before the successful purchase of a vehicle, monies will be returned in full, less the cost of bank and inspection fees. Deposits that remain in PayPal longer than 6 months will accrue a 4.1% refund handling fee and be deducted from the refund.
The customer’s bid is based on the information available at the time the bid is made, and is ultimately the decision of the customer to proceed with said bid. If the customer chooses to withdraw their bid for any reason, Japan Car Direct LLC staff will make every effort to do so. In the case that the bid deadline has passed and the bid cannot be withdrawn, the customer will be responsible for payment in full when the bid is successful.
Should the customer choose to have a vehicle re-entered into auction after a successful win, a cancellation fee of 40,000 yen will be charged to cover the cost of time and labor involved with re-entry, in addition to all other additional costs (inland transport, auction fees, storage fees etc.). When a profit is made on the resale at auction then that amount will be shared between the customer and JCD.
The customer is responsible for any and all additional inland transportation costs due to but not limited to: auction house location not listed in estimate, vehicle being non drivable or not being able to load, vehicle repairs due to break down or inoperability during transport, custom and or singular transport, other carriers being used due to availability, size and or ground clearance of vehicle, outlying auction houses dealers and private locations, and availability of ships to the destination country from the nearest port.
The full value of the proforma Invoice must be paid to the account on the bottom of the invoice within two business days of receiving it. The customer is also responsible for any difference due to fluctuation in the exchange rate when payment arrives at our bank more than five banking days from the date the proforma invoice was sent. If payment does not come through within the five banking days a 1,500 yen penalty will be charged daily until the payment is received. After 30 days, if payment is not received if full the customer’s deposit is forfeited and the vehicle becomes the property of Japan Car Direct LLC.
It is the sole responsibility of the customer to research and remain in compliance with all regulations and restrictions connected with importing the vehicle into the country specified by the customer prior to bidding. Japan Car Direct LLC will not be responsible for carrying out any of this research or taking any measures necessary to ensure this compliance. Furthermore, Japan Car Direct LLC does not warrant the accuracy of any information on the JapanCarDirect.com website, or any written or verbal advice that might otherwise be given to the customer in regard to the nature of any import regulations and restrictions.
Japan Car Direct LLC cannot be held liable for anything beyond its control. This includes but is not limited to: errors or damage caused by auction houses, transporters, shipping companies and shipping agents; shipping availability and schedules; any costs incurred by the buyer (duty, taxes, etc); mechanical and or electrical failure; corrosion; non delivery of parts from Japan side supplier post payment; failure of buyer to receive posted items in their country and the costs involved in resending those items; missing parts and inner cargo; exchange rates, force majeure (war, strikes, and floods,) etc..
The customer should be aware that the vehicles usually require a thorough cleaning, and that “consumable” items such as brake pads, tires, oil and the like, may require replacing upon arrival at the country of import. Also, the customer is strongly urged to take reasonable care when starting the vehicle upon arrival, since cold starting after a long period of inactivity can result in severe damage to the engine, and other parts of the vehicle.
Japan Car Direct LLC and the customer undertake to make reasonable efforts to resolve any disputes arising in their relationship following the provisions of these terms and conditions. In the event that the issues in question are not covered by these terms and conditions, Japan Car Direct LLC and the customer agree to make every effort to resolve the dispute through mutual negotiation in good faith. In the event that reasonable attempts at negotiation fail and one or both parties decide to take recourse to legal action, this legal action shall be brought under Japanese Law in the Chiba District Court.
If any part of these terms and conditions that is not fundamental is found to be illegal or unenforceable, such findings will not affect the validity or enforceability of the remainder of these terms and conditions.
Japan Car Direct LLC reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions at any time without notice.
The entire Team at Japan Car Direct has been incredible at making purchasing a vehicle from Japan quick and effortless. Matt and Yoshiro are extremely friendly, and have performed above and beyond my expectations from start to finish. No matter how many questions you may have, these guys will know all the right answers! If you’re looking for a vehicle from Japan then look no further than Japan Car Direct. 10/10 ⭐'s
After ordering my minivan from Mathew and the folks at JCD, I will definetely use them again. Took three months to get the van but I am on the other side of the world. Van arrived in better condition than I expected although battery was dead and gas was extremely low. Other than that, the documents were sent to me promptly and the process of registering was seamless with the supplied documents. Thank you Matt and team and I look forward to working with you in the future!
When starting my path of importing a JDM classic Land Cruiser, I spent weeks doing research before actually committing because I’d never imported anything before. I was fortunate to come across Japan Car Direct, and that’s where I met Mathew. Wow, where do I start with Mathew..... (Just kidding Chicago!) Mathew was fantastic, from spending time on Skype answering all my questions to teaching me everything I needed to know to successfully find the truck of my dreams. Well today in fact I picked up my truck at the port, and it was in even better condition than I could have seen in the pictures and from the reports provided. Guess what, just ordered another one! You are the Master Mathew. Go Hawks!
My Importing experience with Japan Car Direct was unbelievably smooth. What I feared would be a complex process became far simpler than ever imagined. From the very beginning I worked with Mathew, who provided excellent communication. I always felt informed on all costs and the vehicle’s condition. My van has arrived in the US and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you for all the help! I hope to work with JCD again soon.
Had a great experience finding and importing a classic car. Worked with Mathew Matusiak and guided me all throughout the process. Would highly recommend Japan Car Direct.
This was my first experience importing any vehicle. The team at JCD, specifically Mathew, made the process exciting and fun. The information provided from the how to video’s, the explanation of ALL the costs and even helping me choose an import broker that made the experience easy and understandable for this first time customer. Thank you for answering my every question providing guidance through my first purchase. I look forward to buying my next vehicle from you too! Patrick – North Texas
I'm giving Mathew and his crew five stars for excellent service, and for delivering what they promised. I am a first-time importer for a van I will use myself (no resale). Mathew took me through the selection process, helped steer me away from potentially bad deals, and communicated regularly once I had selected my vehicle. He took me through the export process, and recommended Armin at EasyISF to help with the import process. I was able to track my van across the ocean, and Armin helped me work through customs clearance up through the day I picked up my tiny van. Sometimes you have to trust people and this time I picked the correct people to trust; both with my funds being wired to Japan and with trusting that Mathew and his crew had my best interests in mind. I am a very satisfied customer and I strongly recommend Japan Car Direct for your import experience. They delivered exactly what they promised.
This was my first time importing a vehicle for my personal use and naturally I was leary about who to go through. After looking through a few other places and after getting in touch with a longtime customer of theirs I decided to try these guys out. I can say without a doubt I'm glad I did. They are definitely professional and know their craft when it comes to getting you your dream car. Everything from getting cars inspected and bidding was completely transparent and went smoothly. I couldn't be happier with the car I bought and I hope down the line I'll be able to purchase another using these guys!! Thanks for all you guys do!!! 11/7/19 Still have my MR2 and loving it everyday!! I'm going to Japan next month and hopefully I can find something fun for my car to bring back! Just re-read my review and I can still say my car has been nothing but great along with my experience with Yoshi and his team! Thanks again!
You made the purchase and export of my 1998 Rover Mini to Vancouver Canada so easy Thank you and I"ll be back
A few months ago I set out on my goal of importing a vehicle from Japan through an auction. After tons and TONs of research and countless emails, I decided to use Japan Car Direct as my exporter in Japan. From the beginning of my interactions with JCD, I was thoroughly impressed. My contact, Yoshi, was amazing...definitely a huge asset to the JCD team. He answered all of my questions promptly, translated dozens of auction sheets for me, and advised me of what to watch out for when looking for a vehicle. He was beyond helpful! I picked up my Kei truck at the port in Newport News a few weeks ago and couldn't be more pleased. Since then, the truck has made it to its final home in Charlottesville, VA on my farm. Yoshi and the other guys at JCD are now my go to team for more of these soon. Thanks again JCD and keep doing what you guys do! You all are the real deal.
Since a kid the FD RX7 has always been a dream car but i didn't pursue it till i graduated high school but the prices just for the shell over here in california was over 15k!! I kept looking around until I decided i would just import one. I found JCD while looking for the top 5 importers you could trust and they stood out more than all the other ones, and for a couple months of more research on their page until I ultimately decided I would go through them. Although this was my first time getting a car from Japan and having an endless amount questions spanning a couple hundred emails until it would freeze up and i had to make a new email thread .. Mathew always answered every question and helped me though every step. I didn't have all the funds in the beginning but they were very patient with it until i was fully ready, then after a month of having Matt give his thought on some of the FDs i was looking at we finally won the auction for a 94 Efini type R Fd3s. As we picked it up from Long Beach till the drive home I couldn't believe that it was here and soo much better just looking at the picture but i defiantly would recommend JCD to anyone looking to import their dream car too and and want to thank matt and the whole team with getting me my RX7.
I'd been looking to buy an RF series Honda Stepwagon to convert into a mini camper for a while but the UK prices always seemed too high. I had joined a few JDM import sites to get an idea of auction prices and costs (including Japan Car Direct) but just couldn't bring myself to take the next step, it seemed such a risk ! Finally after reading so many good reviews for JCD (and Mathew in particular) I took the plunge and contacted Mathew. After he answered my many questions regarding costs, fees etc I felt confident enough to pay the deposit and start hunting the Japanese auctions for my Steppy. My budget for the Steppy was pretty low (pathetic even !) but I felt Mat still put the same effort into replying to my questions and queries as he would have done if my budget had been into the tens of thousands. The result was I now have a very tidy Stepwagon with lower mileage than any vehicle I've ever owned, I've paid far less for it then I would have done buying in the UK and I've got a bigger budget now for the camper conversion. I wouldn't hesitate to buy through them again, and hope to do so soon.
5 star experience from start to finish. Transparent and easy process, and Mat was very patient to answer plenty of questions I had during the purchase! Can’t wait to do it again because the Japanese cars from this era are pure automotive art and these guys hold the keys to the museum!
After an initial inquiry several years ago, I still wanted to get a Japanese Delica or Hiace. Matthew was immediately in contact and helped with all the details. His videos were perfect for my search. Matthew was able to answer all of my questions and my wife and I were able to make decisions based on the great information he provided. I would recommend Japan Car Direct to anyone interested in getting the right car at the best price.
The staff at Japan Car Direct made what I thought would a a difficult process very easy. Matt explained every step thoroughly and his advice on details of cars was spot on.