At Japan Car Direct, our translated auction sheets might say, “recently passed bi-annual inspection”. To a buyer in a foreign country, these words may not mean much, but these words may actually be the biggest indicator of the condition of the car. Shaken (車検), is short for Jidosha Kensa Torokuseido and pronounced like Sharp and the name Ken.
Shaken is the name of the vehicle inspection program for all vehicles over 250cc (motorcycles included), and is in place to ensure that all road vehicles are properly maintained for safety and are not illegally modified. Shaken is one of the most stringent and expensive tests for automobiles in the world. Oftentimes, Japanese people will buy a new vehicle instead of dealing with the expense and hassle of maintaining their cars well enough to pass Shaken. Many sellers of vehicles at auction will include maintenance and inspection records with the car. Shaken is one of the reasons why the average new vehicle ownership in Japan is so short, and why we can find good quality used vehicles for our clients.
This series will go in depth on the ins and outs of Japan’s Shaken process.
PART IA: 60 part Shaken Self Inspection 1-26 (Tenken Seibi Kirokubo)
The first inspection for Shaken starts even before arriving at the testing center and is called the Tenken Seibi Kirokubo (点検整備記録簿). The Tenken Seibi Kirokubo is a 60 part inspection that all Japanese car owners are obligated to do every two years. It is possible to just check all the boxes, but since any and all of these items are or can be inspected during the actual Shaken test, it is advisable to actually check the items. Part IA will go in depth on the first 26 points of this Shaken Self Inspection.
PART IB: 60 part Shaken Self Inspection 27-60 (Tenken Seibi Kirokubo) Coming soon!
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