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Frequently asked questions
To be eligible for import, vehicles must meet the minimum age requirement of 15 years as of the month of manufacture. Additionally, it’s crucial to ensure that the undercarriage of the vehicle is thoroughly cleaned and free of soil and dirt. Failure to do so may result in the vehicle failing soil inspections during customs clearance, which could cause delays and additional fees.
Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) vehicles tend to have low mileage due to several factors. One is the compact size of Japan and high population density in urban areas, leading many people to rely on public transportation for commuting. This results in fewer kilometers being driven on personal vehicles. Additionally, high costs associated with fuel, tolls, and parking can discourage long distance travel. All vehicles in Japan must pass the strict and costly “Shaken” inspection every two years to remain on the road, which may also encourage owners to keep mileage low.
The delivery time for your vehicle depends on your location and the frequency of shipping vessels to your country. Typically, a purchased vehicle will be shipped from Japan within 3 to 5 weeks of purchase, followed by an ocean freight process that takes an additional 2 to 5 weeks.