Japanese Used Vehicle Auctions: Great Source For Affordable, High-End Vehicles

Posted on December 28, 2011 · Posted in Auto Electrical Repairs

Japanese car auctions are an excellent source of inexpensive, premium cars. To understand the auction process, we have to identify first the people and agencies involved in the business, and these are the seller, the auctioneer, the intermediary, and you, the customer. The sellers in Japan’s car auctions are usually companies like used vehicle purchasers and dealers, and manufacturer-affiliated dealers. The cars that these companies bring to auction houses are from Japanese men and women wanting to trade-in in their pre-loved cars, from showrooms, from car rental companies, and from various other sources.

The auctioneer is the firm that hosts the actual bids. There are several large Japanese car auction groups in Japan including USS, and CAA. Firstly, they have warehouses where cars that are put up for auction are stored. They also provide in-house inspection which assesses the second-hand cars against standardized grading and evaluation systems. The results of these inspections are then registered in their database which auction members can view. They also provide preliminary inspection agent services for members who cannot inspect the vehicle on-site during auction day. When members require transport services for bought vehicles, auction houses can also provide them.

Japan’s car auctions are different from other auctions in other parts of the world since you need to become a member of that auction group before you can take part in them. Hence if you want to buy a used Japanese car through auctions you would have to do that with the help of an intermediary, which is typically a used car export company who holds current auction membership status. These used car exporters can bid on-site, via satellite or over the Internet.

When you get the services of a car exporter, you will have access to the auction listings as well. The inspector’s report and other details pertaining to the vehicle can also be viewed there. Given that those reports are written in the local dialect, you can ask the company to have those translated for you. It is important to understand the inspection sheet because it will decrease the likelihood of you ending up with lemons. If you found the vehicle you want, you will key in your “proxy bid” which is the highest value you are prepared to shell out to get that car. When auction day comes, the export company’s representative will not go beyond that bid unless you tell him to.

If you outbid everyone else, you are required to purchase that Japan car auction. Once you paid the necessary fees, the car exporter will process the necessary documents like deregistration certificates from the Japan end and mail these to you. They will also arrange for your car’s shipping.