How to bid in the Japanese auctions
-We are The Import Guys, an importer based out of Ferndale, Washington, USA.
What services do you offer?
-Our primary business is importing vehicles from Japan, whether that be cars we have purchased for inventory or cars purchased from the auctions in Japan for a US buyer. We also offer export services from Japan to countries outside of the US and export of vehicles from the US.
-We take a $1000 deposit in order to bid.
If we are unable to secure a car for you, this deposit is refundable minus the Paypal fee. If we do win, we will issue an invoice for the full cost of the car and import to be paid within 48 hours. From there, the car gets sent to our exporter's lot or straight to the port. The car is then shipped out either to the port of Tacoma if the car will be picked up from our shop or to a port of your choice. We can arrange shipping within the US at a buyer's cost. Providing there is available space on ships, the process usually takes 6-12 weeks.
If a car is under 25, can you store it?
-Yes! We have both indoor and outdoor short- and long-term storage in Japan. Buying a vehicle before it turns 25 can be a great way to save money by beating the US market.
What is your fee?
-In most cases, our fee is a flat $1100 on top of cost
What other costs can I expect?
-For most cars, shipping from Japan to the US is $800-2300 (present shipping availability from Japan means that costs are higher at the moment)
-US import tariffs are 2.5% for cars, 25% for trucks and commercial vehicles (this includes things like cargo vans), along with an additional 0.3464% filing fee
-The logistics company takes a $149.50 fee
-If going through the port of Tacoma, there is a $104 ramping fee (variable)
-Customs brokerage costs ~$215
-International wire costs $50
-Certified translation costs $90
-Dirt cleaning in Japan costs $100
-Our auction agent in Japan takes a $500-700 fee
-Transport from the Port of Tacoma to our shop is $200
All bids must be submitted via email to or called in to 833.536.4968
To place a bidding deposit please check out here via Paypal
Deposits can also be accepted via card over the phone to 833.536.4968
Once your deposit is confirmed, you can now bid in the Japanese auctions & get the true wholesale price!
Methods of payment accepted:
Please do not hesitate to call 1-833-JDM-4YOU or email Sales@theimportguys.com