Buying a Japanese Used Car

14264894_1132230856863886_3378700532211152971_nBuying a car is a big decision. Whether it’s a used car, or a new car, there are many things you will need to consider before the concrete decision is made.

So you found a car you are interested in? What next?

Well, if the car is local, go and test drive the darn thing. Look at the car, make sure it’s mechanically sound, and check all of the features, you know the usual checks.

But what if you are buying a Japanese used car online from us, Kansai Group, or any other online car dealer?

Step 1 – Check the car, and get information
Well, there are a few things to keep in mind. Because the transaction is electronic, and you cannot physically check the car. Make sure you get as much information as possible. It may be a hassle for the sales representative, but in the long run, your satisfaction is what is most important to the stakeholders. So feel free to make those requests to check what you would check in person. Do whatever it takes to ensure you are buying what you think you are buying. But please be reasonable about it. If you would not do it yourself if you were in person, please don’t try to get someone else to do it for you.

Now you have received all the information you wanted, and you are ready for the purchase.

Step 2 – Make sure it isn’t a scam
Like any other internet purchase, you want to be sure that who you are buying from is not going to scam you. Fraud, and all that stuff is pretty rampant on the internet, so just be careful and protect yourself from fraud. Only purchase from reputable sources and make sure to pay to exporter company name account as nominated by the exporter.

Step 3 – Make the payment
Most Japanese used car exporters will only accept telegraphic transfer. When you make a telegraphic transfer, make sure you reference the vehicle if possible, and the sales representative. After you have completed the process, keep a copy of the telegraphic transfer slip for your records, just in case something happens in the processing of the transfer.

Step 4 – Receive your documents
After you paid for the car, and it has been shipped, you should receive documentation for the car. This should include any required certificates, the bill of lading, and invoice. You will need these documents for tax purposes, as well as clearing your vehicle from the port.

Step 5 – Clear your car and register
Now that your vehicle has arrived, you will now need to clear the car at the port, and register it with the authorities to legally drive. At this point, you will most likely need to pay any taxes, and duties on the imported car. The amount differs depending on the car and country you are registering it in.

Step 6 – Perform necessary checks at receipt of Cars

Now, it is the time you will see the car probably the first time physically. Before making a long drive, make sure to check the cooling radiator fluid and the lubricant oil. Better if the oil and the radiator coolant is changed which is recomended by most of the exporters.

Step 7 – Enjoy your new vehicle

So now you have taken care of all the technicalities, you can just sit in the driver’s seat, and vroom vroom to your heart’s content. Don’t forget to maintain your vehicle. Check up on your vehicle’s health often, and try to keep it in good mechanical condition.

Happy driving!

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Keep your used car, a healthy car

So, now you just bought your car, and you have been driving it for a while. Whether it’s a used car, or a brand new car, you have been thinking about the maintenance schedule, and you are wondering, what you need to do next in order to keep your vehicle in good health.

Well, if you aren’t wondering about the maintenance schedule, it may be a great idea to look into it. Mainly because if you neglect your car, like anything else, it will rot, and can give a lot more than trouble to you while moving with the family or friends. You never want to embarrass yourself with your beloved car for something that could have been stopped. Let’s take a look at my cars.

I have seen many cars with done mileage of over 200,000 km but the car remains sound conditioned and running fine. There is one car I want to mention which was a Honda Accord 1989, was in my use for many years. The car was used by me to commute to the college and to my work. The car had done over 250,000 km that is over 150,000 miles and I never regret to own that car despite the expenses were heavy on my pocket because of low fuel mileage but the car was reliable to get driven without any hesitation. I had used the car for years where I would personally take the car for scheduled inspection to the mechanic and given the necessary treatment as and when required. I sold the car last year to one of my colleague therefore I have the regular update on the car from him and it amazed me that the car is running good still.

Moral of the story, do regular maintenance on your car, and it could last you for years.

So just keep this general schedule in mind next time you take your car out, look at your odometer, and keep track of your maintenance schedule for your car. This is a general schedule, but it may change depending on the climate, and conditions of the roads etc.

Frequently – Inspect Lights, Tire Pressure, Engine Oil Level, and all other fluids (including battery fluid). Clean the interior and exterior of the car. A neat and tidy carpets inside are good for the air-conditioning as it doesn’t choke the a/c filter.

Every 3 Months/ 5,000 km – Change the Oil and Oil Filter, and lubricate the chassis. Inspect the belts and hoses.  Inspect and replace the air filter as necessary.

Every 10,000 km – Tire rotation, brake inspection.

Every 40,000 km – Replace the fuel filter, and get your transmission serviced. Check wheel alignment. Replace the spark plugs and spark plug wires.

Every 60,000 km – Flush the cooling system, and inspect the ignition system, wiring system, engine assembly and suspensions.


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