Auctions will be closed May 2nd to May 8th for a holiday period known in Japan as Golden Week.
Get Cars Japan will be monitoring email to support any customer needs during that time.

Auctions will start up again My 9th.


Unusual cars are the variety of life !

New One Price

Get Cars is happy to announce we have added a new feature to the One Price section.
The data is additional stock from another source so we keep them separate for convenience.
This helps us to find the dealer directly and get better prices rather than go through the middle man and pay their commissions.
As always, it is generally easier to get bargains in live auctions and we mainly recommend One Price for vehicles you are having trouble finding in live auctions.
Please contact us if you have any questions about this service.


Changes to New Zealand Import Regulations

The New Zealand Transport Agency has announced Changes to New Zealand Import Regulations: all used class MC vehicles (four-
wheel-drive SUVs and off-road vehicles) will be mandatory to have Electronic Stability Control (ESC) at that time of NZTA border inspection effective on 1st March 2016.

Please take this into account when placing bids on cars bound for New Zealand.
If you are unsure, please make a note in your translation request so we can confirm ESC prior to bidding.

This provision will not apply to:
an immigrant’s vehicle, or
a special interest vehicle, or
a motorsport vehicle that is operated in accordance with the conditions of a valid low volume vehicle authority card issued for the vehicle in accordance with the Low Volume Vehicle Code, or
a vehicle specified in paragraph (a)* of the definition of ‘low volume vehicle’ that was not originally fitted with an electronic stability control system and is certified in accordance with the Low Volume Vehicle Code, or
a motor vehicle manufactured, or first registered outside of New Zealand, twenty years or more before the date of its first certification for entry into service in New Zealand.

Australian import law changes

New regulations for Australian imports finally announced:
Australians will be able to import a new car or motor cycle without the need to go through a local dealer from 2018.

But it must have comparable standards to Australia’s, be a right-hand drive passenger vehicle, no more than 12 months old and have no more than 500km on the odometer.

More than 90 per cent of new vehicles were imported and within two years all cars will be imported once Ford, General Motors and Toyota cease local manufacture, the federal government said in a statement on Wednesday. Of the world’s right-hand drive countries, Japan and the United Kingdom now meet the Australian standard.

Other countries may be included upon reaching a comparable standard.

‘If a manufacturer chooses not to sell a particular model in Australia, a consumer may now have an option to source this model overseas,’ Major Projects Minister Paul Fletcher said.

The changes will improve the existing arrangements for importing exotic, rare, classic, collectible and special purpose vehicles.

A new rule will allow such a vehicle, which is at least 25 years old, to be imported under these arrangements.

The $12,000 special duty on imported used vehicles will be removed from 2018.

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Negotiation fee change

From July 2015, USS auction group have changed their negotiation fee from 5,000 JPY to 10,000 JPY.

At this stage most other auctions still charge 5,000 JPY.

Up until now, we have added 5,000 JPY to the auction purchase price for cars purchased through negotiation.


A)  We will add 10,000 JPY to the negotiated price if the total is within your bid (including flex).

B)  We will add only 5,000 JPY to the negotiated price if 10,000 JPY will take the the total over your bid.

Please contact us if you have another preference for invoicing on negotiation purchases.

Best regards

Mark Cathcart (Director)

This is what we do !

BMW 840

Last week a customer bid on this classic BMW 8 series coupe and it passed on his bid of 345,000. (He bid the highest but the reserve price was higher).

The minimum offer to negotiate after the auction was 460,000.  He considered offering this but we advised him to wait a week as sellers often set high reserve prices but lower them gradually if the car doesn’t sell for a few weeks in a row.

Success.  Just one week later we bought the car for him right on his original bid (345,000).  Luckily he took our advice and saved around US$1000.

We are proud to help all customers get the best deals possible.

Buyers Beware

Buyers Beware !
The Japan used car market is easily the best in the world.
There are excellent high quality cars with low mileage.
We have bought many 15 or 20 year old cars that have had 1 owner and with unbelievable genuine mileage.

Unfortunately, a lot of exporters (and foreign importers) take advantage of this fact by winding odometers back to low mileage, and telling customers “1 owner”.
How would the customer ever know? Unless one has contacts in Japan, it is near impossible to authenticate such claims.

A perfect example was presented to our company.
After moving to Japan, a customer asked us to IMPORT his 1996 limited edition GT-R from England to sell in the Japanese auctions.
Just 6 months earlier, he had bought it from a reputable car magazine in the UK, from a very well known company, who purchased it through a very well known exporter in Japan.

Because of the rare nature of this case (very few people send a car BACK to Japan), both companies were caught red handed.
In order to sell the car for him we obtained registration history documents showing that the car had SEVEN previous owners, and mileage records of over 143,000km.

Further research revealed that the car was sold at auction a few months before he purchased it with 147,000km, and the sale price was a mere 780,000JPY.
He paid the seller almost 3 times that amount, so someone made a lot of money with 2 small lies.

Buying stock or pre-purchased vehicles (e.g. “Already shipping”) is a very risky thing to do.
There is no guarantee that cars in auctions have genuine mileage, but the chances of tampering being detected are high, as are the chances of “stock” cars having fake mileage.

We do not claim to have better access to cars than other exporters, but we are proud of our honesty and resolve to protect the customer’s interest and make sure they get what they are paying for.

Had this gentleman bought the same car through us when it was sold in the auction, he would have saved over $10,000, and known the REAL history of his car.

We wish all consumers and dealers the best in acquiring genuine vehicles at good prices.

Accident car transport fees:

The transport fees from the dock can be very very expensive if the car is not driving, and even more if not rolling.
e.g. the suspension is damaged, the transmission is locked, the engine cannot start etc.
For customers bidding on accident cars, we offer our opinion, and cancel some bids if we think it is a high expense risk.
For example, a car in the Nagoya auction:
The transport for a normal car would be JPY 9000 to Osaka by a big car carrier.
But if the car cannot be driven or rolled onto a big car carrier, the transport will be around JPY 38,000 !

For cars like this (and flood cars with water damage) we will email a cancel notification.
If you want to keep the bid, please mail us back as soon as possible and we will bid on the car for you.

We will always do our best to minimize the risk for you, but to help us help you:
Please try to choose cars that have 4 good tires and the wheels are straight.
Good luck finding bargains that will make you profit.

One Price

There is a section on our auction pages called “One Price”.

As the name implies, the listed price is a fixed price.

While a fixed price is more attractive to some customers, we would only recommend using it if you found a car that you had to have and thought the chances of finding one in the auctions are very low.

You can consider “One Price” the same as a “Buy It Now” price on Ebay, so as you can imagine, the seller sets the price quite high.
A lot of the cars in the One Price section are also dealer stock (the same is true for the AUCNET auctions).
The seller is either trying to get rid of stock he can’t sell, or trying to make a quick profit.
Either way, the selling price is usually higher than the average.
As with regular auctions, there is no way of contacting the seller directly, so the price is non-negotiable.
The buyer also needs to be aware that cars for sale in One Price and AUCNET may be in remote or irregular locations making the transport to the dock quite expensive.