Is it wise to import a car from Japan?

I'm thinking of importing my own Japanese vehicle and have come across Trade Car View. Do you have any view on how risky it is to go down this route, and have you heard of any positive experiences (trade or private) to recommend them (or otherwise)? Their website is www.tradecarview.com

Asked on 20 April 2013 by RL, via email

Answered by Honest John
Don't know them. The sense of any transaction like this depends on exchange rates. Sterling is now way down, but the Yen is down too. Not worth it for any ordinary car. Would have to be something special. The Japanese Shaken tests at 3,5,7,8,9 and 10 years put most older Japanese cars off the road, and that's when they get exported to the UK, New Zealand and Australia. So these are not pristine, low mileage cars. They are usually MoT failures.
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