Import guide for used cars, trucks from Japan to The United Kingdom

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Importing used japanese vehicles to U.K.

Importing used Japanese vehicles from Japan has long been a niche market in the UK, and we can supply unusual Japanese makes not available in the UK as well as more famous Japanese sports cars such as the Nissan Skyline or the Lancer Evolution.

Importing into the UK is easy although there are some restrictions. Please see below for more info:

Recommended ports

We can ship to Southampton, Liverpool and Bristol, with ships leaving once every month. It takes about 4 weeks to get to the UK.

Clearance and delivery from the destination port

We recommend that you use a customs clearance agent to clear your vehicle through customs. Please find a reliable agent at your local port. There will be several companies that specialize in the import of used Japanese vehicles.

Inspections and local regulations

There are some regulations regarding the import of Japanese used vehicles into the UK. Generally you will need to make sure that there is a "model report" available. If there isn't one available you can arrange for one to be made, but this will add to your expenses. It is vitally important that you double check with your local customs and vehicle authorities that you are able to import your intended vehicle. There is some excellent information on the various steps you have to take to import your vehicle here:

Why import used cars from Japan?

Importing used cars from Japan can save you money, and generally you will get a higher spec vehicle than would be available in the UK. This is particularly true for sports cars as Japanese models generally have better quality parts fitted giving higher performance. You can also get models that aren't available on the UK market.

Last updated: 02 April 2009