How to Buy

Our Service

We’ll search for the cars you want, not just fill up your mail box with automated car search results from Japanese auto auctions.

What usually happens when you ask an auction site for a genuine grade 4, 1995/96 Toyota Supra SZ-R, normally aspirated 6 speed manual with up to 80,000kms on the clock? Typically, you get an inbox full of Japanese car auctions for Supras, twin turbos, manuals and autos of various grades with all kinds of mileage. These are search results off the chassis type number, JZA80, that all these cars share. We won’t do that. We won’t email a car to you that we wouldn’t buy for ourselves.

Here at JAA we’re happy w­hen we’re working with people, and we’re happy when we’re looking at cars, the real ones not the photos.

  1. We’ll work with you to get the cars that fit those original specs you forwarded. We are and will remain available, by phone or e-mail.
  2. You’ll get detailed auction sheet translations with all the explanation you need, as well as our opinion on the car AND the auction its passing through.
  3. Pre-auction inspection can be arranged at all the auctions we cover, for every vehicle and by qualified inspectors.
  4. All cars bought have a post auction inspection by us and workshop personnel along with a set of more detailed photos. All cars are driven.
  5. Online invoicing with account and car tracking capability

New & Used Parts

Before you decide to import a car from any Japanese used car dealers, brokers, or exporters, ask them about parts. You’d be surprised at the number of people who contact us asking for parts for cars they have bought elsewhere. More surprising is the number of used auto exporters and brokers who tell these people “Sorry! Can’t help you there!” It seems once they’ve sold you a car, their responsibility to you is over. We can supply new spare parts for all the cars that we sell as Japanese used car exporters at wholesale prices and can also access a large amount of used parts through the wrecker network and via Japanese yahoo auctions. However this is a service for our clients only.

The Import Process

The import process using Japan Auto Auctions is simple and easy.

We take the pain out of getting your car out of Japan and on a vessel to you.

But before you ask us to buy a car for you as a Japanese used car exporter, there is one very important thing to check first locally. What cars am I allowed to import to my country? Every country’s laws and regulations regarding the import of used cars are different. Some don’t even allow import cars from Japan at all, so it’s important to check with your local registration authorities and customs regarding import laws, duties and GST/VAT.

Here are some useful links to government departments:

And if all that gives you a headache just thinking about it why not contact one of our local agents and let the experienced Japanese used car importers help you instead?

Important notice for Kiwis: New emissions laws are in effect from Jan 1st 2008. They will be updated again in 2009 and 2012.

For further information check this link:

So you know what you can import and have decided what you want to purchase through a used car exporter.

  1. Get in contact with us by the webmail contact form or if a dealer/importer apply for a new account. Please give us as much detail as you can about the Japan used car export you are interested in obtaining.
  2. Yes I want to bid and buy cars. Send us a deposit as discussed in business basics.
  3. As your Japanese car exporter of choice, we buy your car and it goes to our workshop for pre-ship check and more photos for you.
  4. Pay the balance owing within 7 days of purchase.
  5. We book the car on the next available vessel.
  6. We prepare the necessary documentation for export, have the car cleared through Japanese customs and loaded aboard.
  7. We send you the shipping documents, de-registration certificate and any translations required by EMS post.
  8. Your car arrives at your port, it’s cleared through customs and you pay the freight etc. We recommend you use a local customs/freight agent for this.
  9. Comply and register your car and then drive off happily into the sunset!

Business Basics

Japanese Auto Auctions offers vehicle export and auction management services for those looking for second hand vehicles for export from Japan. With our automated bidding system, we help you locate and purchase the cars you want. You will have access to over 150,000 vehicles a week coming from auctions all around Japan, far more than you’ll find with other Japan car dealers. You will also have us on hand to manage your bids in the actual auction and be sure you get the vehicles you’re after. After purchase, we of course see to the speedy delivery of your used cars from Japan.

The best way to understand the bidding process is to try it. We’ve set up a trial auction section where you can do just that without worrying about hitting the wrong button and mistakenly buying a boatload of Leyland P76s. There is also enough explanation along the way to, we hope, make it all clear and easy. If not, we’re always here to answer your questions. Whether you’ve tried other used car dealers in Japan or are new to the bidding process, we’re ready and willing to help.


Basically, once you hit the order button for any car in a real auction, you’ve engaged us to do all we can to get the cars you’ve chosen. Once a firm bid is in, we will be taking a look at the car and going over its spec sheets. If we see any potential problem or have any special advice that should influence your bid price, we contact you immediately. Otherwise, your bid stands. There’s no need to deal with separate Japanese used car importers. On the order sheet, you will find a space for comments in which you can stipulate any purchase conditions you might have. For example: “I have set bids for four Pajeros, but only need two of the four”.

Security Fee and Cancellation Policy

For new customers, we ask for a one hundred thousand yen (about 850 US dollars) or 10% of your first order vehicles cost as a security deposit which must be in our hands before Auction time. This deposit is fully refundable on demand at any time, but is usually deducted from your first purchase. Should a deposit refund be demanded after a cancellation, there may be some deductions made for expenditures. Our participation in any auction on your behalf runs into costs. A post auction cancellation runs into serious costs since cars must be immediately transported off the Auction hall yard. For us, part of our effort to give you efficient service, something we take very seriously, is getting the cars to their point of departure directly and without delay. When we get a post auction cancellation we basically have to undo anything we have done: in some cases, custom clearance, bill of lading, transport, yard and auction fees, …right back to selling the car again.

As we are a verified PayPal seller we can accept deposits of Y100,000 using PayPal’s peace of mind service thus giving you extra security about sending money overseas. Click on the logo for further information. Final full payment for vehicles however must done by bank transfer unless you are willing to pay the PayPal 3% surcharge.

New Accounts

Once you have checked out our demo auction and feel you are ready to purchase, please go to the “new accounts” section and fill out the form there. We will be back in touch with you within 24 hours.

Because we provide a demo auction, we assume that people who apply for a login and password intend to participate in order to purchase cars. Therefore, we will be asking for your security deposit as part of registration. The whys and wherefores of the security deposit are explained above, but never hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any further questions.

Our Fee

We charge 70,000 yen plus 5% of vehicle auction cost per vehicle while maintaining a minimum fee of 85,000 yen. This fee covers all handling charges FOB: add it to the price of the car and that will be your total cost from the Japan side. It does not include overseas shipping charges.

In some special cases, we will need to ask for more to cover additional expenses incurred.

Basic expenses to be covered are:

  • Auction fee – Y10,000 [to Y20,000]
  • Inland transport – Y5,000 [to Y45,000 depending on location]
  • Customs clearance & loading – Y20,000
  • Our commission – Y45,000

One special case would be, for example, if the car is purchased in Hokkaido (as far north in Japan as you can get) and we are facing maximum transport charges of Y45,000 to get your car to port. If you just take a look at the “basic expenses” above, we think you can understand the necessity for asking for a little more. Needless to say, most of the auctions are not only farther south but occur in port towns where we can keep these transport charges low. So, transport charges are a definite variable, but not a big worry.

Post Auction Payment

Once a car has been purchased for you at auction, we will be sending you an invoice and will need payment within one week. Customs clearance and loading will be undertaken only on receipt of payment in full. Prompt payment = prompt shipment.


We have included a list of “average” shipping costs for reference. We can work with your preferred freight agent or arrange the shipping for you. In general, as mentioned above, we work FOB, free on board, paying all the charges up to the boat on your behalf. In any case where a CIF (Cost, Insurance, Freight are covered) shipment is arranged by our services and we must also advance these overseas shipping charges, this amount will be added to the ”Post Auction Payment in Full“.

Please be aware that you will be paying your own country’s customs charges and taxes on arrival.

Freight Charges

The following chart is only a rough guide on freight rates to various countries. Shipping rates change continually so it is always best to confirm the current rate before you buy.

ANTIGUA St. John’s US$ 136 /m3
AUSTRALIA Fremantle US$ 70 /m3
AUSTRALIA Melbourne US$ 64 /m3
BAHAMAS Nassau US$ 116 /m3
BANGLADESH Chittagong US$ 61 /m3
BRUNEI Muara JPY 70,000 (hgt over 150 cm)
COLOMBIA Buenaventure US$ 113 /m3
CYPRUS Larnaca US$ 85 /m3
DOMINICA Roseau US$ 130 /m3
FIJI Suva US$ 86 /m3
GHANA Tema US$ 134 /m3
GRENADA St. George’s US$ 125 /m3
GUYANA Georgetown US$ 130 /m3
HONDURAS San Lorenzo US$ 100 /m3
HONGKONG Hongkong JPY 70,000 (hgt over 150 cm)
INDIA Calcutta US$ 111 /m3
INDONESIA Jakaruta US$ 50 /m3
IRELAND Dublin US$ 71 /m3
JAMAICA Kingston US$ 100 /m3
KENYA Mombassa US$ 93 /m3
KOREA Inchon US$ 450 /unit
Pusan US$ 400 /unit
MAURITIUS Port Louis US$ 110 /m3
NETHERLANDS Amsterdam US$ 71 /m3
NEW ZEALAND Auckland NZ$ 1,000 /unit
PANAMA Balboa US$ 104 /m3
PERU Callao US$ 1,100 /unit
RUSSIA ? US$ ? /unit
SINGAPORE Singapore JPY 70,000 /unit
SOUTH AFRICA Durban US$ 75 /m3
SRILANKA Colombo US$ 60 /m3
St. KITTS Basseterre US$ 132 /m3
St. LUCIA Port Castries US$ 127 /m3
St. VINCENT Kingstown US$ 128 /m3
SURINAME Paramaribo US$ 1,100 /unit
TAIWAN Keelung US$ 400 /unit
TANZANIA Dar es Salaam US$ 93 /m3
TOBACCO Spain US$ 1,000 /unit
TRINIDAD Port of US$ 1,000 /unit
U.A.E Dubai US$ 62 /m3
U.K Any US$ 65 /m3
VENEZUELA Abidjan US$ 1,100 /unit
If your destination is not listed, let us know!