Your #1 resource for Japanese import car sales, parts, advice and more.

Welcome to Andrew’s Japanese Cars!

If you’re into Japanese import cars, you’ve come to the right place. Scroll down to find out how I can help you on your Japanese import car journey.

That’s me (Andrew) sitting in a Toyota Coms by the way, in case you were wondering!

Buy a car

I buy and import cars from auction in Japan to sell here in the UK.

At the moment the focus is on quality over quantity, with small Japanese import cars and trucks that are around 10-15 years old. My approach is to buy cars in excellent condition (auction grade 4 and above), without paying the substantial premium for ultra low kilometres (e.g. under 30,000 km). The cars generally have 40,000 – 70,000 miles on the clock.

If you’re worried about buying a car that’s 10+ years old, things are a little different with carefully selected Japanese import cars. The 10 year old cars seen here could generally pass for something much newer if their number plate didn’t give it away.

If you’re interested in one of the cars listed here, I strongly encourage you to come and have a look. Most people who do are amazed by their condition.

Advice on importing

Get 1:1 advice from Andrew on importing a car from Japan, tailored to your situation. Here are some questions I’m asked quite regularly:

How much will it cost to import…?

The Japanese car dealer and auction prices are very appealing (and low), but how much will that car actually cost? In a lot of cases, it’s more than you think!

See below! I also have a worksheet to guide you through working out the total cost for yourself, if you prefer.

Can you help with registration?

What to do about paperwork once your imported vehicle arrives in the UK?

I can help with notification of vehicle arrival (NOVA) declarations and completing the DVLA V55/5 vehicle registration form.

How do I import…?

Some people would only consider buying a car they can see, feel and test drive. Others want to get involved and import a car themselves.

If you want a better understanding of the importing process and common pitfalls, I could discuss this with you in detail.

If you’d like to discuss one of these, or anything else related to Japanese imports, why not book an advice call?

Help! I need parts for my Japanese import car

Finding parts for Japanese import vehicles can sometimes be more of a challenge but most things are readily available.

If you’re struggling to find a part for your Japanese import car, help is at hand with the part sourcing service.

Andrew’s Japanese Cars imports parts from Japan on a regular basis so why not ask for a quote?

Blog posts

Andrew’s Japanese Cars started out as a blog and you’ll find lots of useful information in these articles. Here’s a small selection of posts to get you started.

Japanese import towing weights

Picture of Toyota Alphard chassis plate to illustrate Japanese import towing weights

Why are Japanese import towing weights important? A lot of the popular vehicles being imported from Japan at the moment are large, with big engines and loads of torque.  These characteristics generally make for a good towing vehicle, but what…

Honda Beat

Picture of several Honda Beat kei cars

Introducing the Honda Beat – Midship Amusement! The rear side panels of the Pininfarina-designed Honda Beat kei car are adorned with stickers proclaiming ‘midship amusement’ – a fitting summary! Midship – the engine is immediately behind the rear seats. Amusement…

Price and Japanese import car colours

Picture of a Toyota Alphard showing the 3 most popular Japanese import car colours

Hopefully it won’t come as too much of a surprise that the colour of a car affects its selling price. Car colours can be a big deal in the decision to purchase, and in the UK we’re in love with…

If that just isn’t enough and you’d like to see everything I’ve written, you can find it here.

Learning resources

There are some questions that are asked quite often, so I’ve started to develop some learning resources to help answer some of the most common questions.

First up is a worksheet to help answer the “how much will it cost to import this car?” question. This detailed, step-by-step guide takes you through the process of working out the cost of importing a car from Japan to the UK. The costs can soon add up, so it’s best to be informed before committing to purchase directly from Japan.

picture of the Japanese import car cost calculator worksheet from Andrew's Japanese Cars

Video?

As well as the written content, there’s also video! These are mostly to show off the cars I have for sale.

Here is a selection of recent videos from the Andrew’s Japanese Cars YouTube channel. Remember to subscribe so you don’t miss new content as it’s added.