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    • waxingsatirical
    • By waxingsatirical 13th Jun 19, 12:52 PM
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    Japanese Import
    • #1
    • 13th Jun 19, 12:52 PM
    Japanese Import 13th Jun 19 at 12:52 PM
    Hi,

    I need a car. It needs to be a reliable car, a big car and a hybrid.

    I don't want to pay the 'new car' premium, so I have been looking for something with very low mileage and still within manufacturers warranty.

    There's this one for sale at a small local dealership which is about 20% less than market rate, ~£18 000 vs ~£22 000. This difference is that it's a Japanese import, yet to be registered in the UK, although the dealership have already started the process of registering it.

    I asked them why it was cheap and they just said that they can get them cheaper and that the radio unit was in Japanese.

    Is there anything else I should be wary of? Seems a bit too much of a discount for having to learn the Japanese for "Volume".
    Last edited by waxingsatirical; 13-06-2019 at 12:53 PM. Reason: typo
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    • foxy-stoat
    • By foxy-stoat 13th Jun 19, 1:05 PM
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    • #2
    • 13th Jun 19, 1:05 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 1:05 PM
    More than a volume button;

    Radios do no pick up our stations,
    Limited to 115mph
    Tyres are rated to 115mph
    Retro fit rear fog lamp
    Unknown history of the car if it is an import

    What car is it?
    • MovingForwards
    • By MovingForwards 13th Jun 19, 1:18 PM
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    • #3
    • 13th Jun 19, 1:18 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 1:18 PM
    Grey imports (same car as available in UK but imported from another country) attract a higher insurance premium.
    • jimbo6977
    • By jimbo6977 13th Jun 19, 2:16 PM
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    • #4
    • 13th Jun 19, 2:16 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 2:16 PM
    Japanese radio is broadcast on different frequency ranges compared to UK or Europe. You will get few or no stations. Most decent experienced importers will change the radio, speedo, add foglights etc before retailing the car, which makes me suspicious of this one.

    And who's going to warranty it? Not the manufacturer that's for sure.

    Have you looked at importing a Renault Grand Scenic hybrid from Europe?
    • reeac
    • By reeac 13th Jun 19, 3:44 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 3:44 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 3:44 PM
    Hi,

    I need a car. It needs to be a reliable car, a big car and a hybrid.

    I don't want to pay the 'new car' premium, so I have been looking for something with very low mileage and still within manufacturers warranty.

    There's this one for sale at a small local dealership which is about 20% less than market rate, ~£18 000 vs ~£22 000. This difference is that it's a Japanese import, yet to be registered in the UK, although the dealership have already started the process of registering it.

    I asked them why it was cheap and they just said that they can get them cheaper and that the radio unit was in Japanese.

    Is there anything else I should be wary of? Seems a bit too much of a discount for having to learn the Japanese for "Volume".
    Originally posted by waxingsatirical
    If it's like my Lexus hybrid then the handbook is 600 pages long so you wouldn't want to wade through a Japanese version. A curious thing that I've noted is that whilst my car had depreciated from £33k to £20k in just over two years (at which age I bought it) the same dealer now has an identical one so now 3 1/2 years old for £18995. Both cars about same mileage at 10-12,000.
    If you want a hybrid then Lexus/Toyota have been building them for over 10 years now.
    • Roland Sausage
    • By Roland Sausage 13th Jun 19, 4:34 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 4:34 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 4:34 PM
    It's also going to have the speedo in km/h and the odometer in km.
    • Brilley
    • By Brilley 13th Jun 19, 5:10 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 5:10 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 5:10 PM
    ..and presumably if you do manage to get a radio station it will be in Japanese ....
    (I thank you....)
    • facade
    • By facade 13th Jun 19, 7:04 PM
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    • #8
    • 13th Jun 19, 7:04 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 7:04 PM
    It will have a really useful mirror on the passenger front wing as well, most JDM cars have them.
    It will be made properly in Japan, but it won't be rust proofed, as they don't salt the roads in Japan, you will have to get it Dinitrol'd if the dealer hasn't done it.
    As said already, the manufacturer probably won't honour any warranty on a grey import.
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

    (except air quality and Medical Science )
    • jimbo6977
    • By jimbo6977 14th Jun 19, 8:56 AM
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    • #9
    • 14th Jun 19, 8:56 AM
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    • 14th Jun 19, 8:56 AM
    LPG rather than electric. Left hand drive. Nice car though.

    https://www.autoscout24.com/offers/dodge-grand-caravan-3-6-v6-lpg-stow-n-go-kamera-klima-lpg-blue-a7245da3-950d-4544-8322-030c551a8e3d?cldtidx=1
    Last edited by jimbo6977; 14-06-2019 at 9:00 AM. Reason: Repair link
    • Noree
    • By Noree 14th Jun 19, 10:23 PM
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    If it's like my Lexus hybrid then the handbook is 600 pages long so you wouldn't want to wade through a Japanese version. A curious thing that I've noted is that whilst my car had depreciated from £33k to £20k in just over two years (at which age I bought it) the same dealer now has an identical one so now 3 1/2 years old for £18995. Both cars about same mileage at 10-12,000.
    If you want a hybrid then Lexus/Toyota have been building them for over 10 years now.
    Originally posted by reeac
    20 years!

    I would certainly endorse a Toyota or Lexus ‘self-charging’ hybrid.
    • reeac
    • By reeac 15th Jun 19, 7:00 AM
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    20 years!

    I would certainly endorse a Toyota or Lexus ‘self-charging’ hybrid.
    Originally posted by Noree
    Yes, 20 years overall. The current so called Toyota Hybrid Synergy System has been in production for about 10 years in a variety of versions ...should be fool proof by now.
    • Mrs Arthur Crown
    • By Mrs Arthur Crown 15th Jun 19, 8:04 AM
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    We bought a 10 year old, low mileage, Mazda Bongo "grey import" through a dealer in 2008 and aside from the things mentioned above (rear fog light, Japanese radio and undersealing - all of which are easily rectified) the only issue I can think of is that not all insurers are happy to insure a grey import so you may need to phone around as you probably won't be able to use the online comparison sites for insurance. Go on a few Japanese Car Club forums and the like - if you join an owners club you will probably benefit from some insurance discount too.

    The bonus of course, is that the Japanese drive on the same side of the road as us, so it's right hand drive. We still have it and it is in daily use.

    We also had the full service history from new, and the auction sheets, etc. Can't read Japanese but the dates were in English script!!
    Last edited by Mrs Arthur Crown; 15-06-2019 at 8:06 AM. Reason: Adding a paragraph
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 15th Jun 19, 10:48 AM
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    It's also going to have the speedo in km/h and the odometer in km.
    Originally posted by Roland Sausage
    If it's <10yo, then converting the speedo to mph is needed for the registration.
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