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The basics you need to know

Japan has a massive network of around 100 auction houses with approximately 130,000 cars each week up for sale. J-Spec can purchase vehicles from all of these auctions for signed up customers and will translate auction report sheets as well as have vehicles inspected in person prior to bidding to confirm and get more details on a vehicle's condition.

Auction pros:

  • Essentially a wholesale source with supply and demand dictating prices, so typically very competitive and cheap pricing
  • Large number of vehicles available each week

Auction cons:

  • Relatively short time to act if interested in a vehicle (typically less than a day), so signing up in advance to search for a car with J-Spec is essential
  • Extremely detailed condition reports with 100's of photos prior to bidding is not possible, however all of the info that a prospective buyer would want to know about a car is covered, and photos are often possible.

The information provided in greater detail below about auctions is very detailed for the info-freaks out there, if auctions seem scary or daunting please remember that in practice J-Spec will shield you from a lot of this complexity and basically give you the information you need to know without all of the background mechanics. We are here to simplify things and ensure you buy a good condition vehicle, even if you aren't familiar with the process itself.

In greater detail: