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Japan Car Import agent

  • 12-02-2023 6:19pm
    Registered Users Posts: 10


    I am considering importing a VW Touran from Japan. Does anyone know of an agent/vehicle broker to help broker the deal with the vendor and manage transport options etc.

    Also if someone has experience with regards payment of the car. From a dealer is it by escrow, and how much typical deposit? Finally paperwork and proof of vehicle - (the internet shots, especially the interior optional extra, could be from any car!)


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,251 ✭✭✭Oops!

    Imeka cars. Google them, run by a Japan based Galway man.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10 JeepsDublin

    Thanks Oops

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,406 ✭✭✭User1998

    Theres no Escrow. You pay for the car and hope for the best. You can pay for the freight when the car arrives. As a first purchase you will probably be expected to pay 100% of the car price but sometimes 50% is possible. Paperwork is sent after the car leaves Japan.

    And just letting you know regardless of what the import broker tells you, RoRo shipping time is around 6 to 9 months at the moment. And for a Tiguan I’d estimate you could be paying up to $3,000 freight.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,432 ✭✭✭PsychoPete

    JDM auction watch are bang on to deal with

  • Registered Users Posts: 727 ✭✭✭murphthesmurf

    I'm using JDM Auction Watch right now. I won a car at auction on Friday last week. A BMW Active Hybrid 5.

    You pay a €500 deposit to be able to bid. If you win you pay 75% of cost of car within 3 working days, the rest when it arrives. They give you a price for the car, shipping, all fees, VAT and customs. All you have to do is pay the VRT when it arrives.

    So far so good.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,167 ✭✭✭monkeybutter

  • Registered Users Posts: 727 ✭✭✭murphthesmurf

    A rough breakdown I was given for one car I looked at costing 749,000 yen. -

    Car cost: 749,000JPY

    Auction fee/Export fee/Port handling: 85,000JPY

    Inland transport: 25,000JPY

    Freight & Insurance: 265,000JPY


    1124000JPY (€8030)

    Duty: €803

    VAT: €2062

    Port handling fee & brokerage: €180

    Service fee incl VAT: €920

    Shipping varies slightly depending on size of car. Customs and VAT are around 35% of cost of car plus shipping etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,008 ✭✭✭eamonnq

    Is the service fee incl VAT @ 920.00 the charge from the company in Ireland who organised everything for you?

  • Registered Users Posts: 727 ✭✭✭murphthesmurf

    Yes 👍 JDM Auction Watch.

    Well worth getting in touch with them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4 AGo

    Do you mind me asking how much was VRT?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 727 ✭✭✭murphthesmurf

    Should know by the end of the week. They had to refer it to revenue for a statistical code as wasn't on their system. Even though I know of 2 within the last 12 months imported from Japan.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4 AGo

    They wouldn't admit they had them in the past as this gives them an opportunity to rip people off on individual basis. I'm sure almost every car which is not on the calculator was appealed with different outcome, so there's no common figure, I suppose.

    I've received a statisticall code for my Active Hybrid 3, which doesn't return anything back, so go figure..