Japan Car Direct (JCD) is a Limited Liability Company specializing in the sourcing and worldwide export of used JDM vehicles. JCD is a licensed dealer with over 10 years experience, and we are members of all the major used vehicle dealer auctions in Japan. Our relationships with specialty dealers across Japan allows us to acquire vehicles in excellent condition at wholesale prices. The services we offer for the price, including import guidance, beat the competition. We are a small, efficient family company, providing professional, personalized services to all our customers. Trust us to handle all of your needs!
JCD provides all of its customers with no frills professional service. We work with an open book policy allowing customers to see where their every yen is being spent. It is this philosophy that separates us from the majority of our competitors. In the end, all of the dealer/exporters have equal access to the auctions, so it’s really about trust, and the level of service provided to each and every customer. Nobody works harder for customer satisfaction than JCD.
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If a customer is for some reason unable to complete payment in full, part of the deposit will be used to re-enter the vehicle into the auction. The remaining amount of the deposit will then be refunded when the auction is complete. When a customer wins at auction the deposit can be kept on account with us to allow for bidding on additional vehicles or can be subtracted from the total invoice value for a winning bid.
Of course JCD is happy to assist anybody interested in JDM cars. However, please be aware that some countries have restrictions in place which only allow for importation of vehicles by licensed dealers. Please check with your local government agencies and familiarize yourself with the import procedures and government/custom regulations in the country of destination, not limited to, but including regulations on emissions, age of vehicle, steering, aftermarket equipment, and any vehicle testing or certification necessary before importation.
The auction sheet below is an example from the USS auction network. Most of the auctions use slightly different sheets. Please contact us for a detailed explanation and translation of each particular report that you are interested in.
Auction Grade Detail
S The car is less than 12 months old from the first registration date and under 10,000km.
As good as new. The exterior and interior are in immaculate condition.
6 The car is less than 36 months old from the first registration date and under 30,000km.
Basicly a very late model and new new car.
5 The car is under 50,000km.
The exterior may have some very minor scratches/scrapes and dents. A very difficult grade to obtain, the unit will be in near perfect condition with very minor imperfections.
4.5 The car is under 100,000km. Again, a very high grade that you can be confident in. The car may have some very slight imperfections in the body work, but will not need major repair. Grade 6,5 and 4.5 are the top grades you could expect for a used car, and as such attract the top prices in the top 10%.
4 The car is under 150,000km
The exterior may have some scratches/scrapes and dents. The car is in above average condition. No Crash history
The interior may have some tears, cigarette burn marks, and/or stains. They will require some minor repair. The auction sheet will tell us in more detail.
Generally a 4 grade car is a good target and the most popular for export. Price range will be in the top 30%.
3.5 The exterior has some noticeable large scratches/scrapes and/or large dents. They may require some minor panel beating work and/or painting.
The interior may have many tears, cigarette burn marks, and/or stains. They will require repairs. Auction sheet will explain in more detail. The car is in average condition taking in to consideration the year and ks on the car.
3 The exterior has many noticeable large scratches/scrapes, paint blemishes, and/or large dents. They will require major panel beating work and/or painting.
The interior has many tears, cigarette burn marks, and/or stains. They will require many repairs and/or interior parts will need to be replaced.
2 The car is in very bad condition – PASS
1 The car which has one or more of the following :
1. An aftermarket turbo
2. An automatic transmission converted to manual transmission
3. Flood damage
4. Fire extinguisher damage
RA The car which has had accident damage which can be ranked MINOR, and has been repaired.
The car has had accident damage and has been repaired.The auction definition “A car which has had accident damage” is a car that has accident damage to the following area(s) which parts were repaired or replaced : 1. Lower Tie Bar or Frame 2. Windshield Pillar (A Pillar) 3. Center Pillar (B Pillar) 4. Rear Pillar (C Pillar) 5. Strut Housing 6. Roof Panel 7. Trunk flooring Panel 8. Floor Pan. These cars can be good buying, and the repair work can be of top standard. Thorough inspection at auction and the car can be purchased if the repair is good. Repair may be invisible…or could be bad! We will be onsite to check and give you our opinion.
*** The car has had major accident damage, and has NOT been repaired yet. Or a car with an engine that does not work due to major engine trouble.
A Repairs are unnecessary.
New or near new condition.
B Minor repairs are not necessary.
The most popular grade for export. Very clean interior.
C Repairs are necessary.
The car has some, or all of the following conditions :
1) Tears, cigarette burn marks, worn patches, visible open screw holes, dashboard warping, and/or dashboard has some small tears.
2) The interior is dirty and needs to be cleaned.
D Major repairs are necessary.
The car has some, or all of the following conditions :
1) Several cigarette burn marks in the interior.
2) Dashboard has a major warp.
3) The interior is dirty and needs to be cleaned. Some dirty patches will remain after cleaning. Needs work.
E Major repairs are necessary.
The car has some, or all of the following conditions :
1) The dashboard has major tears.
2) The interior is very dirty and has some major tears. The interior is flattened.
3) The interior has a bad smell.
Auction Sheet Abbreviations
AC Air conditioner
FA/AT Automatic transmission
F5 Manual (5-speed) transmission
PS Power steering
AW Original alloy wheels
AAC Climate control air conditioner
CA Column automatic transmission
F6 Manual (6-speed) transmission
PW Power windows
KAWA Leather seats
E3 Some dents which are barely visible.
U1 A dent which is the size of a thumb.
U2 A dent which is the size of a palm.
U3 A dent which is more than size U2.
Y1 A tear which is the size of a thumb.
Y2 A tear which is the size of a palm.
Y3 A tear which is more than size Y2.
W1 A panel which has been repaired slightly, and is in good condition.
W2 A panel which has been repaired slightly, and has a slightly wave.
W3 A panel which has been repaired slightly, and has a conspicuous wave.
S1 Rust which is the size of a fist.
S2 Rust which is more than size S1.
C1 Major rust corrosion which is the size of a fist.
C2 Major rust corrosion which is more than size C1.
X A panel which needs to be replaced.
XX A panel which has been replaced.
We first call into a dealer and confirm that the vehicle is in stock. Dealerships list their vehicles with a wholesale and retail price. We aim to purchase vehicles at wholesale prices because it is cheaper for the customer, requires less documentation for export and deals can be completed from our offices.
Wholesale prices are listed in One Price links, and in black on Japanese site links. Most dealers will sell for the list price. If we are able to get a discount it is often only up to 50,000 yen. Conversely, the dealer may want more than the list wholesale price.
Many dealers do not sell wholesale for several reasons. Some dealers simply want to keep the best cars in Japan, where others prefer to sell their cars with service and warranty packages to assure repeat business from a customer. This is retail and in Japan it is not as simple as paying a higher price. A retail purchase requires our staff to be present at the dealership, the vehicle needs to be reregistered in our name, taxes and insurance must be paid, the vehicle is required to pass Shaken road inspection, and proof of parking must confirmed by the local authorities. Once these things are completed we would finally be able to deregister the vehicle for export. The extra time and costs associated with a retail purchases make it prohibitively expensive for our customers and therefore, we do not normally offer such a service.
If a dealer is willing to sell wholesale then we will request more information on the vehicle, a copy of the registration to confirm mileage, and extra pictures. We work on the honor system with dealers and if they are cooperative they are to be trusted. We can request inspections at dealerships at an average cost of $300 USD.
JCD has contracts and excellent working relationships with the oldest forwarder in Yokohama, The Keihin Co., Ltd., , Eastern Car Liner and Autohub giving us easy, fast access to ship bookings worldwide. We will get a container or RORO booking depending on scheduling, pricing and car condition to best fit our customer’s needs.
Yes, JCD handles a variety of buses, campers and construction equipment. Some of the auctions specialize in smaller sized forklifts, shovels, bulldozers, cranes and a good variety of large trucks, including mixers, fire trucks, car transporters, dump trucks etc.
Yes. JCD will be happy to provide you with whatever parts you require. We can purchase new, used, rebuilt, and OEM compliant parts, and send them to you. Depending on the destination country, we can often have the parts loaded into the vehicles and exported at no additional freight cost.
Yes, we work with several breakers that cut vehicles to the exact specifications of our customers and have them loaded into containers. Vanning will be completed on site and the breaker yards are close to JCD so we can personally supervise the process.
Select the maker and model of the vehicle and click Search.
Narrow your search by selecting the year(s), mileage, engine size, chassis code, auction grade, color, transmission etc., and all of the available vehicles at auction will be displayed.
You can view the auction report, a front, rear, and sometimes an interior photo. The auction location, car specs, mileage, color, chassis number, auction time and starting bid price are also displayed.
When you see a vehicle you are interested in, please copy and paste the internet address (URL) in an email or on skype, and send it to us. See our Vehicle Search Engine Video Tutorial.
We will then translate the auction sheet and inform you of the overall condition and history of the vehicle.
We can then discuss whether you want a third party professional vehicle evaluator to do an additional inspection for you, and what price range you are willing to pay for the vehicle depending on the finer points of the vehicle ‘s condition.
As the additional inspection will be performed on the day of the auction, it is sometimes difficult to communicate the results with you depending on what time zone you are in the world. Usually, if the vehicle meets your requirements for spec and condition, we will use your prior permission, to bid for you. Fingers crossed!!
That’s it, easy, fun and exciting. As well as very satisfying, when you win a vehicle that you really want, at a price you can afford.
The auctions are held from Monday to Saturday, pretty much every week of the year. They are not held for three weeks: “New Year’s” holiday in the first week of January, the “Golden Week” holiday in the first week of May, and “Obon,” a week in the middle of August from around the 13th – 18th. The number of vehicles varies from day to day with Monday and Saturday having the least number of active auctions, and the middle of the week Wednesday and Thursday having the biggest selection of vehicles. Also the largest number of vehicles comes to auction in the spring, as the government’s fiscal year, and the school year, finish March 31st, and most graduates start their new jobs at the start of April. Also a lot of leases finish at the same time, so there is a lot of movement of people and purchasing of new vehicles in the spring.
You may bid on as many vehicles as you wish, but your deposit of 55,000 yen only covers one successful purchase. We will bid on the cars that you have selected in the order that they come to auction, until we have a winning bid. Once the first vehicle is paid for in full you are able to bid again.
The Japanese car auctions list information regarding the condition of all parts of the car on the Auction Sheet, including the condition of all the panels, members, pillars, radiator core support and whether the vehicle has experienced an accident (minor or major). All parts that have been replaced are also noted on the inspection report. We have a professional, 3rd party pre-bidding inspection done on every vehicle to confirm the information on the auction sheet and condition of the car.
Each vehicle in Japan has its odometer reading recorded every two years during the mandatory vehicle inspection (shaken), as well as each time the car is auctioned. When the vehicle comes to auction and there is a discrepancy between the odometer reading and the current shaken or previous auction records, it is noted on the Auction sheet for all to see.
We aim to deliver vehicles to you as quickly as possible. We have every incentive to do so, as the quicker you get the cars, the happier you are, and a happy customer tends to use our service again. To give you an idea of what happens from the time you buy a car at auction, to when our involvement ends, take a look at the following steps:
We win the car at auction.
After receiving your payment in full we pay for the car.
We have the car transported to the nearest domestic port.
The documents are sent from the seller to the auction. (The original seller will usually do this in a day or so, but the auction rules allow them up to two weeks.)
The documents are sent from the auction to us.
We make a reservation on the next ship heading for your country. The availability of ships depends on the destination country, and the method of transportation, either Roll On/Roll Off, (RORO), or by container.
The registration of the vehicle for use on the Japanese roads is canceled, and the Export Certificate is made at the District Transport Bureau.
The Invoice, Shipping Instructions and Export Certificate are sent to the forwarder that handles both the ship bookings and Customs Clearance.
The car leaves on a ship bound for the country designated by the customer.
The Bill of Lading, unless surrendered in Japan, the original Export Certificate, and other necessary documents are couriered to JCD from the port.
We send the Bill of Lading, Invoice (Bill of Sale), Export Certificate, English Translation of the Export Certificate (where necessary), and any other required documents such as JAAI Certificates, or Certificates of Origin that are necessary to take procession of the vehicle.
The total time after a vehicle has been won at auction, until it is loaded on the ship, ranges on average between two weeks and a month. The two main factors to consider are how fast we get the documents from the auction house after purchase, and the timing of the ship leaving the port in Japan. Then of course there is the time on the ship between Japan and the destination port, which varies from a few days, to more than a month, depending on the destination port location.
All of the costs are listed in Japanese yen, unless otherwise specified. You can use the currency converter here to calculate an approximate price in your currency. Contact Us for a free, detailed estimate.
Freight is calculated based on the cubic meter (M3) size of a vehicle when shipped RORO (Roll On Roll Off). RORO M3 rates vary by shipping line and destination port. RORO is almost always the cheapest, safest and easiest option for shipping.
We can also arrange for container shipping to most ports worldwide. The cost is determined by shipping line, destination port, and container size. Vanning charges are dependent on the number of vehicles and style of vanning. Unloading charges at the destination port will generally be higher than that of RORO and all of the vehicles and parts in the container must be listed on the same Bill Of Lading.
Browse through a selection of vehicles that we have recently sold and exported.