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Buying a New Vitz

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Thinking of buying a new Vitz with a budget of 3.8 Mn. Should I import the vehicle or purchase from a local car sale? If purchased locally, what are the recommended places? What are the things I should consider ?

Thanking you in advance 😊

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Check the auction sheets, get an inspection done, verify jaai jevic, inspect original documents and compare online 

Importing the vehicle is much safer. 

Even if import documents are shady, the inspection will reveal the car, 

VITZs are the most scammed up model to reach the country at the moment, most being wrecked cars or high mileage. 

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10 minutes ago, tiv said:

Check the auction sheets, get an inspection done, verify jaai jevic, inspect original documents and compare online 

Importing the vehicle is much safer. 

Even if import documents are shady, the inspection will reveal the car, 

VITZs are the most scammed up model to reach the country at the moment, most being wrecked cars or high mileage. 

Thanks for the advice tiv

However, need a small clarification 

You say that even if import documents are shady, the inspection will reveal the car. Don't we need to import the car first to do the inspection?

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2 hours ago, kushann said:

Thinking of buying a new Vitz with a budget of 3.8 Mn. Should I import the vehicle or purchase from a local car sale? If purchased locally, what are the recommended places? What are the things I should consider ?

Thanking you in advance 😊

Agree with Tiv. Due to the popularity of the vitz many car sales have wrecked and high mileage cars nicely dressed up and mileage tampered. 

If you are buying from a sale double check auction sheets. An uncle of mine wanted to buy a Vitz last year and initially checked from  a car sale. I hadalready told him tobe vary - so he had asked for auction sheets inorder to see theauction grade and thejokers had Shown hiM an auction sheet from an axio! He ended up importing one.

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Buying the car locally is a high risk as everyone has stated. The physical auction sheets and inspection certificates you will be shows are (and can be) for the most part be forged.

Importing one yourself is a lot safer provided you find a good agent who will give you direct access to the auction sites and you can pick the cars you want after seeing the original Japanese auction inspection sheets.  Typically the same car at the auction will be listed through other dealers'/agents' sites as well...you can get on this sites and see if the information is the same.

Another option would be to buy a vehicle that is up for sale for the Japanese market at a Japanese dealer. These cars have a valid road worthy certificate and will have any records of it being in an accident or not. Because the car was originally intended to be sold and registered within Japan to another Japanese person, the documents cannot be faked and the car has to be in good condition (Japanese law is that any used car sold in Japan needs to have a 1 year, or 6 months in some areas, no questions asked warranty. So the local ar dealers will not try to sell old, worn out cars in Japan. These cars are a little bit expensive than at auction. This is because some will have road and other taxes already paid. A bulk of these taxes are refunded by the Japanese government once the car is de-registered for export. However, agents who buy these cars on behalf of you typically keep this for themselves. 

There are some agents who do not give you direct access to the auction sites. Stay away from them. They just ask you what car you want and then show you some pics of cars...only hitch is they may or may not show you the original auction sheet.

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4 hours ago, kushann said:

Thinking of buying a new Vitz with a budget of 3.8 Mn. Should I import the vehicle or purchase from a local car sale? If purchased locally, what are the recommended places? What are the things I should consider ?

Thanking you in advance 😊

Better if you could import personally where auction sheet and other information are available at the auction site. Since we don't have experience in bidding and stuff, it'd be better to get assistance from a reliable importer.

We have no option but to to go with the mileage reading on auction sheet and JAAI/JEVIC certificate. I don't know if there is any other method to verify the mileage. 

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Go to a reliable place where you can select a desired model directly from an auction. They’ll be able to explain about the auction sheet details and true vehicle condition. Make them bid for you and do the importing process. That is a lot safer as mentioned by most of the members. Usually Japanese people are honest but those SL ayyala would do their best to cheat you.

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There are few reputed car sales that have been there for generations who import good used vehicles.

Generally they will have reasonable mileages 20-40K for a two year old car and the prices will not be the cheapest.

Good visual and specialist check should identify any accident repairs.

Even an accident repair if there are no structural damage and it has been replacements should not be a huge concern as many of the cars on the SL roads are anyway damaged / repaired after they are put on the road here. 

I had a GP5 some years back which came to SL as grade S (unused), went in to grade 4.5 (as per Jap categorization) within two weeks thanks to a bike fellow, and R within 1st year with complements of another bike.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, kush said:

I had a GP5 some years back which came to SL as grade S (unused), went in to grade 4.5 (as per Jap categorization) within two weeks thanks to a bike fellow, and R within 1st year with complements of another bike.

No trouble from tuks? Today a bugger glanced my left side mirror. He wanted to squeeze through cars and almost got stuck in between. He drove off quickly when he realized that he had scratched the car. It was a slow moving traffic or I would have stepped out and teach him a lesson. Noted down the the license details, looking forward to meet him again in the road. 😫 

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44 minutes ago, Klord said:

No trouble from tuks? Today a bugger glanced my left side mirror. He wanted to squeeze through cars and almost got stuck in between. He drove off quickly when he realized that he had scratched the car. It was a slow moving traffic or I would have stepped out and teach him a lesson. Noted down the the license details, looking forward to meet him again in the road. 😫 

Just one example, list is endless with Tuk Tuks, buses, including a write off.

I have come in to terms with this and changed my mind the treat the car as an object / tools to get things done it takes out lot of stress out of your life.

 

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1 hour ago, kush said:

 

 it takes out lot of stress out of your life.

 

And a lot of joy with it... 

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1 hour ago, Hyaenidae said:

And a lot of joy with it... 

i hear you.

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1 hour ago, Hyaenidae said:

And a lot of joy with it... 

Have a 2nd for that part 🙂

 

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Can anyone tell me what are these auction web sites and any recommended importers 

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yahoo japan is a famous site, but you’ll have to translate the pages, so better off using a pc to search. You can inspect the cars, but, better to go to a good place for the bidding process. Sometimes there are guys who asks you to inspect auctions sites (sites that they use) by yourself till a suitable model comes up for sale, and then you should inform them to inspect and bid for it. A guy I knew imported an Outlander PHEV a few year ago by this method.

Toyo Lan also imports vehicles from japan from auctions, so better to contact them and check their prices. Might be a bit more expensive but you can trust them, plus you might get after sales services.

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5 hours ago, alpha17 said:

yahoo japan is a famous site, but you’ll have to translate the pages, so better off using a pc to search. You can inspect the cars, but, better to go to a good place for the bidding process. Sometimes there are guys who asks you to inspect auctions sites (sites that they use) by yourself till a suitable model comes up for sale, and then you should inform them to inspect and bid for it. A guy I knew imported an Outlander PHEV a few year ago by this method.

Toyo Lan also imports vehicles from japan from auctions, so better to contact them and check their prices. Might be a bit more expensive but you can trust them, plus you might get after sales services.

Uhh..Yahoo Japan does not show the vehicles up for auction at the actual auction houses. Most of those are just cars up for sale by privateers...not actual auction houses like USS...they ahve their own portals.

You can find those auction sites by talking to a few agents or doing a Google search (do not buy off of a place you found off of google though).

Yes..talk to TL...they might be bringing down cars from official Toyota Japan Used car channels. Official Manufacturers' Japan used car channels usually hold only cars that can be resold in Japan so you know they are road worthy as they need to pass Japanese roadworthy tests. Also...all used cars sold within Japan need to have a 6 - 1 year no questions asked money back warranty...so they do not have any incentive for covering up broken cars...

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10 minutes ago, kushann said:

TL as in Toyota Lanka?

Yes...

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