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How To Import A JDM Car
Have you ever wondered how to import a clean or original JDM car from Japan? Do you dream of sitting behind the wheel of an unspoiled Nissan 180sx? Nissan PS13 or Nissan Sil80? Do you want the kudos of showing up at your next meet in a car that has never been seen in your country before? If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the above then read on to see exactly how you can import your own JDM car with all the steps and costs broken down along the way. This is a guide for importing a Nissan JDM 180sx, PS13 or Sil80 directly from Japan. The guide was written by Samoht, thanks for sharing. I recently imported a 1994 180SX from auction in Japan. When I began the process, I couldn’t find anywhere with a comprehensive overall guide, explaining the whole process from start to end. Now I’ve got the car on the road, I thought I’d write one, to give an idea what is involved, and hopefully help anyone doing it to avoid unnecessary delays and frustration. Looking for your first JDM car to import? Drifted’s 11 Best JDM Cars Of The Nineties article should point you in the right direction. Getting started in drifting? Try their 9 Best Drift Cars For Beginners article. Parties involved * Auction house: Produces report sheets and grades vehicles. * Exporter in Japan: Publishes report sheets on web. Provides customers with estimated guide prices, and assists with explanation of auction report sheets. Accepts bids from customers, inspects vehicles at auction, and if in satisfactory condition, bids up to the customer’s maximum bid. where successful, purchases car and arranges for it to be shipped to the UK. * Customs agent: Pays customs charges and bills customer. Arranges clearance from port. Advises customer on when and where to collect their car * Shipping company: Transports car from port in Japan to port in UK. Collects shipping cost from customer (as bankers draft) when they collect their car from the UK port. * HMRC (Customs): Charges just under 30% of shipped cost of the car as import tax and VAT. Issues form 386 to customer to show that tax has been paid. * Garage: Tests car and produces MOT pass certificate * DVLA: Provides registration application form V55. On receipt of all required documents showing car has been legally imported from Japan, taxes paid, and MOT’d, issues registration certificate. Charges £50 plus the cost of first year road tax (£180) for this. Timeline 01-Oct Send deposit 05-Oct Deposit received, start browsing 11-Oct Place first bid at mid-point of estimated range. Does not reach reserve. 15-Oct Place two more bids, one at top of estimated range. 16-Oct One car was rusty, so the agent did not bid. The other car was won, at £100 above my bid. 16-Oct Send balance of payment 11-Nov Car leaves Japan on ship, bound for Southampton 26-Dec Ship arrives in Southampton. Port is closed for Christmas. 27-Dec Ring around and … [Read More]