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Buying a car directly from a Japanese auction seems cheaper. What are the snags for a private buyer, i.e. import duty, Japanese specs, dash language, Covid-19 dock delays etc?
I'm looking to replace our ageing Vauxhall Zafira and a local garage is selling Volkswagen models imported from Japan. Most have very low mileages but all seem to have DSG gearboxes. As they are models...
I want to buy a classic car and keep my day to day car, my wife doesn't agree. She thinks that because we're retired and do around 4000 miles a year, a good useable classic would cost less to run than...
When I was a cop in the 90s, I considered the Volvo 850 T5 to have been the best ever police patrol car, and always hankered after buying one. Bringing up a family made that dream impossible, but at nearly...
There are a number of dealers importing Japanese cars. What are the snags I might not have thought about? Is insurance more expensive? Are spares harder to get hold of?
I'm looking at buying a classic Mini. I have seen lots of Japanese imports advertised. Do these cars make financial sense to buy? What are the pros and cons of buying one of these cars? Unsure what to...
My niece, who already has a seven year old, is expecting triplets. What would be your recommendation for a vehicle suitable to transport two adults, a seven year old and three babies (including all the...
I'm thinking of replacing my Vauxhall Corsa with a used Toyota Prius. I have read all I can find on your excellent website about such imports and the Shaken Test in Japan, but some UK car sales websites...
Is buying a Japanese import a good idea? I'm considering a Honda FR-V.
I want to get a motorcycle shipped from Japan to England. Could you please advise me the best way to do this?
 

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