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The BIG thread on how to import from Japan

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,693 ✭✭✭Midnight_EG


    Muahahaha wrote: »
    Sounds great deegs. How long do you think youll have to wait before it gets here?

    My Skyline only took 8 weeks this year


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,268 ✭✭✭deegs


    nophd08 wrote: »
    Well done on your new purchase. Same as you I've toyed with the dream of a jdm for years (skyline) and watched prices rise and rise. Then its the onslaught of vrt which seems to be impossible to find out the amount until you present the car. Do you mind if I ask which agent you used?

    Patrick at JDMauctuons. Been bugging him for years for a Toyota SUV and like you seen the prices rise and rise.

    Got a 2005 discovery 3 HSE 4.4l v8 with 50k km on the clock. These jag v8 engines are bulletproof very rare and I targeted a 2005-2008. The US folk have run them to well over 500k km and even 1 fella ran one to over 1 million km a few weeks back.

    Vrt looks like 1300 or there abouts (almost 6k on diesel), tax is fine as it will be crewcabed. Tbh given the condition and mileage available in Japan the cost of vrt in the whole process seems relatively negligible, in this scenario at least.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,268 ✭✭✭deegs


    Muahahaha wrote: »
    Sounds great deegs. How long do you think youll have to wait before it gets here?

    6-8 weeks I believe, but no huge rush / need with work from home ðŸ˜


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,743 ✭✭✭User1998


    Do you have proof of co2 and nox?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,268 ✭✭✭deegs


    User1998 wrote: »
    Do you have proof of co2 and nox?

    It's a 2005 so not necessary, but the broker will make sure it's there if needed. Actually just talking to him today he is going to get and translate the service records for me so he is fairly on the ball for what docs are needed.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,743 ✭✭✭User1998


    deegs wrote: »
    It's a 2005 so not necessary, but the broker will make sure it's there if needed. Actually just talking to him today he is going to get and translate the service records for me so he is fairly on the ball for what docs are needed.


    Why isn’t it necessary? You’ll be paying 37% VRT and maximum Nox charge, or do you reckon you’d be paying that anyway? I’d say the Nox would be low enough on it so it might be worth looking into


  • Registered Users Posts: 16 the_pope2


    Hi all

    New to this and have been thinking about importing a car from Japan by going there (once travel restriction has been lifted...if ever) instead of doing it online and have some things to ask

    1 - Who issues you the bill of lading?
    2 - How do you deregister the car in Japan and who issues you the deregistration cert?
    3 - Once you back in Ireland should you go to a custom broker straight away and show them car receipt, bill of lading and deregistration cert and let them do the rest?


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,693 ✭✭✭Midnight_EG


    the_pope2 wrote: »
    Hi all

    New to this and have been thinking about importing a car from Japan by going there (once travel restriction has been lifted...if ever) instead of doing it online and have some things to ask

    1 - Who issues you the bill of lading?
    2 - How do you deregister the car in Japan and who issues you the deregistration cert?
    3 - Once you back in Ireland should you go to a custom broker straight away and show them car receipt, bill of lading and deregistration cert and let them do the rest?

    The shipping company
    The government
    No, wait until the car is 3 weeks away


  • Registered Users Posts: 16 the_pope2


    The shipping company
    The government
    No, wait until the car is 3 weeks away

    Thanks for that but for deregistration the car, do you know the process for this? Like how or where to do this?


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,693 ✭✭✭Midnight_EG


    the_pope2 wrote: »
    Thanks for that but for deregistration the car, do you know the process for this? Like how or where to do this?

    I haven't personally been to Japan, but I have imported a car recently and the dealer did it for me


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,234 ✭✭✭Redsoxfan


    Going to look at a couple of Japanese imports on Irish plates in coming weeks. Mixture of specialist dealers, independent dealers and private sale.

    Aside from the usual things to look out for when buying any used car, is there anything I need to look at or ask for specifically because its a Japanese import?

    This will be the likes of smaller Toyota, Nissan and Honda automatic cars for my mother.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,309 ✭✭✭✭wotzgoingon


    Redsoxfan wrote: »
    Going to look at a couple of Japanese imports on Irish plates in coming weeks. Mixture of specialist dealers, independent dealers and private sale.

    I was like I didn't think any where still done that.
    This will be the likes of smaller Toyota, Nissan and Honda automatic cars for my mother.
    Then I read this part and was like makes sense. I thought you were looking for a 90's Jap performance car.


  • Registered Users Posts: 296 ✭✭vjmcdonnell


    Am thinking of a Hilux Surf (3.0 diesel) early 90's as I need a jeep that can tow a car trailer. With it been over 30 years will I just have the 200 charge as it's a classic. And what other charges will I be hit with when it lands in Ireland. Not sure how the over 30 effects the cash the Revenue Rob from me....


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,693 ✭✭✭Midnight_EG


    Am thinking of a Hilux Surf (3.0 diesel) early 90's as I need a jeep that can tow a car trailer. With it been over 30 years will I just have the 200 charge as it's a classic. And what other charges will I be hit with when it lands in Ireland. Not sure how the over 30 effects the cash the Revenue Rob from me....

    You'll still have 37% customs and VAT due, but 200 VRT yes plus Nox


  • Registered Users Posts: 296 ✭✭vjmcdonnell


    Though customs charge was 10% of the cost of car + shipping + auction fees. Basically 10% on cost of getting it to Ireland. And then 21% charged on that new total.

    Have brought in a few cars over the decades from the UK but this will be my first directly from Japan. See zero point in buying from UK anymore as better cars in Japan, if modeleid available there


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,693 ✭✭✭Midnight_EG


    10% plus 23% plus your agents fee so ends up roughly 37%


  • Registered Users Posts: 296 ✭✭vjmcdonnell


    10% plus 23% plus your agents fee so ends up roughly 37%

    Thanks, I have an Excel to calculate it out and was starting to freak thinking the Import was 37% and the 21% on top of that. Just wanted to make sure. Now just a few things to sort then I can get a jeep.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,866 ✭✭✭kanuseeme


    Is the duty not somewhere around 7.5% ? There has been a trade deal between the EU and Japan for 3 years now and duty on cars should drop by around .8 % every year.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,693 ✭✭✭Midnight_EG


    kanuseeme wrote: »
    Is the duty not somewhere around 7.5% ? There has been a trade deal between the EU and Japan for 3 years now and duty on cars should drop by around .8 % every year.

    Was 7.5% from the UK, think its around 8.3% now from Japan but the rough price on customs is 37% of what its cost landed


  • Registered Users Posts: 242 ✭✭dubliniift


    Getting a Japanese insight.

    Auction sheet rating is 3.5.

    I was expecting it to be 4. Is that bad?

    Car has scratches in few places.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,693 ✭✭✭Midnight_EG


    dubliniift wrote: »
    Getting a Japanese insight 2012 105KMs, Ex variant at 8500 e.

    Auction sheet rating is 3.5.

    I was expecting it to be 4. Is that bad?

    Car has scratches in few places.

    Different auction houses have different ratings... A 4 in one house can be a 3 in another.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,375 ✭✭✭5500


    As above, all relative to the auction house, what's a 3.5 in one can be a 4 in others, is there's visible scratches that wouldn't polish out though its likely 3.5, but don't get too hung up on the grade if the car is clean overall


  • Registered Users Posts: 242 ✭✭dubliniift


    5500 wrote: »
    As above, all relative to the auction house, what's a 3.5 in one can be a 4 in others, is there's visible scratches that wouldn't polish out though its likely 3.5, but don't get too hung up on the grade if the car is clean overall

    Visible marks are there, I m ignoring but 3.5 is lowest I have ever seen. This is for a friend. Any dealers you can suggest.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,375 ✭✭✭5500


    Normally if the car is very rough it'll be a 3 or R (although small tips can still be had on a 3.5 and ive seen very clean grade R too) just don't take the sheet as gospel.

    I'm assuming your looking at cars here? if so just go and view them and judge in person. The auction sheets are removed from the cars long before they leave japan, so you'd normally just print a copy yourself from the online listing. The downside of this is the sheet is open to interpretation ie photoshop, (or MS paint as ive seen before!) so it goes back to judging the car as you see it in the flesh


  • Registered Users Posts: 242 ✭✭dubliniift


    5500 wrote: »
    Normally if the car is very rough it'll be a 3 or R (although small tips can still be had on a 3.5 and ive seen very clean grade R too) just don't take the sheet as gospel.

    I'm assuming your looking at cars here? if so just go and view them and judge in person. The auction sheets are removed from the cars long before they leave japan, so you'd normally just print a copy yourself from the online listing. The downside of this is the sheet is open to interpretation ie photoshop, (or MS paint as ive seen before!) so it goes back to judging the car as you see it in the flesh

    I liked the car. Had few scratches ( few long lines and yet a2). Drives just fine. I had 1Km test drive. That's the best I can say.


  • Registered Users Posts: 242 ✭✭dubliniift


    https://recallsearch4.honda.co.jp/sqs/r001/R00101.do?pn=R00101&wn=2&syadai_no1=&syadai_no2=&fn=English

    Use the link to find if your INsight was impacted and corrective action taken.

    Does anyone have a link to find 2012 Insight OIL LEAK ISSUE?


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,693 ✭✭✭Midnight_EG


    Mate... Start your own thread on these Insights you're trying to buy instead of cluttering the Import Process thread


  • Registered Users Posts: 221 ✭✭Comment_below


    Hi all,

    Apologies in advance if I missed the following query in this post.

    Is a Customs broker compulsory at Dublin port?
    Can one just communicate with Revenue themselves?


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,693 ✭✭✭Midnight_EG


    Hi all,

    Apologies in advance if I missed the following query in this post.

    Is a Customs broker compulsory at Dublin port?
    Can one just communicate with Revenue themselves?

    They won't communicate with a private individual. You need a customs agent regardless, as they're the people that clearing from the port for collection.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 221 ✭✭Comment_below


    They won't communicate with a private individual. You need a customs agent regardless, as they're the people that clearing from the port for collection.

    Ah okay, seems bit of a con, when one can communicate with Revenue with the same detail and profiency as a customs broker.

    Then again, does the Customs Broker keep you updated on when the car/ship has arrived and duly has it offloaded and stored? Am I right in thinking that storage is free for the 1st 7 days?


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