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2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX sells for $138,000
For 11 years, the vehicle sat in a warehouse gaining value for South Coast Mitsubishi of Costa Mesa, California. The dealer put it up for auction and 80 bidders raised the price to $100,954 beyond the original $37,000 MSRP. Across the ocean, the used car auctions in Japan offer the world’s largest selection of JDM vehicles, yet experience little domestic competition. High supply with little demand means lower prices to the consumer.
The Graphite Grey 2006 Lancer Evo IX MR was in perfect condition with factory wrapping still on the seats. As an MR edition, it included extras like a 6-speed manual transmission, “Zero Lift” aero package, BBS wheels and Bilstein dampers. It also offers all-wheel drive and a 286 bhp engine that delivers 0 to 62 mph acceleration in just 4.4 seconds.
The 9th generation Evo was the last of the small, light Evos and many consider it the best generation ever. However, all Evos are renowned for their incredible power and handling and they are becoming more collectible since Mitsubishi stopped production of Lancer Evo in 2016.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evos are among the most popular sports cars in history because they put some supercars to shame at family sedan prices, and many in Japan were driven just for that purpose. Their independent suspension, highly rigid chassis and three-differential AWD keep the tires glued to the road in nearly all driving conditions, and their high-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder inline engines delivers exhilarating acceleration.
Mitsubishi started exporting Evos in 1998 after years of selling them only in Japan. Still, the best deals are to be had in Japan, where secondhand Lancer Evos in superior condition, can be purchased at lower prices from specialist dealers, private sellers, and at Japanese used car auctions. Japan Car Direct has helped several Evo enthusiasts find their dream Lancer Evos in Japan and export them to their new homes. Examples include the following:
Raw, rally-bred excitement with a rip-roaring 300 hp, which is a lot for a small unmodified sports sedan. This bare-bones RS version is stripped of superfluous features to reduce weight, boost acceleration and sharpen handling reflexes.
An attractive sub-five-second 0-60 mph sports car that combines the reliability and everyday practicality of a station wagon with handling that lets you carve through hard corners with rail-like precision.
Launched in 2000 to commemorate Makinen’s four consecutive World Rally Championship titles, combined style and power. The TomiMaki, as it’s known in Japan, featured rally car decals, embossed Recaro seats, distinctive white Enkei wheels while propelling it from 0-60 in just 4.5 seconds with its 276HP powerplant. Its top speed is 150mph.
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Matt made importing a few mini trucks for our farm a breeze. Super easy to deal with and transparent with all the details involved in bidding and winning auctions, the import process, and everything in between.
My truck had been stolen and Matt was helping me bid on mini-trucks to replace it. Of course once we started bidding the truck was recovered, but Matt was upfront and very helpful both getting into and out of our auction based relationship. I would not hesitate to work with JCD again!
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I purchased three vehicles from auction with Matt, he made it extremely easy and was available whenever I needed him throughout the entire importing process. This is not the last time I will be dealing with them. I plan to order more vehicles in the near future! If your looking for a trustworthy company to order vehicles through I highly recommend JCD!
Mathew was super helpful if helping me get more info and bid on cars I was interested in.
Mathew and the gang were great with helping me with the acquisition of my 1994 Subaru Sambar dump kei truck. I was so excited about getting a truck I was ready to buy just about anything. Matt put the breaks on that and used his experience and knowledge to weed out the potential problems. I use my truck almost daily around our farm moving things and as a work surface. It is great. Mathew and Japan Car Direct helped my sister get a kei truck as well and I have and will continue to recommend them to anyone who has expressed interest in my great little vehicle.
I purchased a 1994 4wd Suzuki Carry Kei truck through JCD. Yoshi helped me during the process and after nearly 3 months and over 100 emails back and forth between questions and translations of auction sheets I finally decided on a truck. I've now had it for nearly a month and couldn't be happier with the purchase. They are extremely promt with responses and answered all questions I had. Being completely new at the importing process I never felt uneasy with my decision. If I ever decide to import another vehicle I will definitely use them again.
Excellent service from beginning to end. I registered over the new year holidays and received an automatic out of office response and also still received personal response indicating when auctions resumed. The process takes doing your own due diligence to study the cars you want but the guys at JCD will assist where they can as well.
When I thought about importing a vehicle from Japan, I was a little apprehensive. I read some real horror stories. Once I got in contact with Yoshi, he put me at ease. The entire crew at Japan Car Direct made the process effortless. From translations, to inspections, to the auctions, I felt comfortable with the entire transaction. The hardest thing was waiting for the ship to arrive at port with my new truck. I highly recommend JCD to anyone considering a vehicle import from Japan.
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!