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Re: importers and exporters

Postby Paulytunes » Thu Sep 15, 2022 12:46 am

I figured I would rather bump an old thread rather than start a new one on the same subject. Has anyone directly imported a GT-Four or other vehicle using Goo-Net Exchange? Is it feasible or am I better off just waiting and finding something in the US?
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Re: importers and exporters

Postby earthmanjupiter » Fri Sep 16, 2022 2:53 am

I've imported around 15 cars in the last 3 years, mostly Kei trucks. I do business paperwork for a living, so to me it wasn't that big of a deal to follow the rules as laid out by the paperwork. A bit nerve wracking sending money the first time, and definitely some confusion on the paperwork and some moments of "oh shit!" scrambling when I filed something wrong or late. I have no idea what shipping cost are currently, cause they have been skyrocketing, but as of February this year the import cost of a gt4 done privately was around $3500 on top of purchase price - shipping, import fees, boat fees, insurance etc.

I have not bought from goo-net however. Does goo-net do anything to their cars? Like fix or prepare them? If not you might have just as good of luck buying from auctions via a middleman - there's several options at fees of $1000+ over auction price. For me, out of fifteen cars 10 have been good enough, 3 have been excellent, and 2 problematic. There's definitely people in Japan tidying up "barn finds" and putting them out there with minimal effort for foreign buyers, but I just have always assumed buying them at auction was a savings vs buying the same car from an after auction broker.

If you're not good with research and paperwork it might be be easier to go the already imported route. It's the experience you pay for, not just with the import but with local titling and registration as well. BUT you can save a thousand or two if you can figure it out yourself.
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Re: importers and exporters

Postby Paulytunes » Sat Sep 17, 2022 1:49 am

earthmanjupiter, thanks for your quick response. From what I can tell, I think goo-net is just an exporting service that networks dealers together. I made an inquiry about a Gt-Four I saw on thier website, and I asked for more info, but all I received was a pricing quote. I do have a hard time stomaching buying a vehicle online without a full inspection, let alone any more information than around 20 photos.
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Re: importers and exporters

Postby 819_ay » Sat Sep 17, 2022 9:08 am

If you're on facebook search for RB auto-Jdm vehicle specialist. He imports cars from japan to canada. He might be able to import from japan to USA. send him a message and find out
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Re: importers and exporters

Postby 819_ay » Sat Sep 17, 2022 9:11 am

I can definitely say importing a car is nerve recking lol. I imported a car myself a couple years ago, that i bought from the auctions and not really knowing the condition of the car and paying a bunch of money without even seeing the car isn't easy. But in the end it was worth it. good luck on the adventure lol
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Re: importers and exporters

Postby earthmanjupiter » Sat Sep 17, 2022 12:02 pm

Yeah unfortunately the auctions are worse than just 20 photos, it's only 3-5 photos, a grade, and even the inspection you can pay for is laughably lacking in details. Circa 2017/18 it was no big deal because prices were good so some fixing wouldn't be a big deal, but with the 2020/2021 explosion in popularity you're now paying "full" price in Japan and then exporting.

That said I have 5 Kei trucks to move and I'll probably be back at it this fall sometime.
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Re: importers and exporters

Postby Roreri » Sat Sep 17, 2022 1:40 pm

The only way I would do it is if I were in Japan, and was able to put it through a fine toothed comb.

If you care you can see the work I’ve had to put into my JDM GT-Four. And that was even with a couple of in person inspections and a pre-purchase inspection, which while it might have saved me from purchasing an utter disaster did not save me from tying into a considerable project.
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Re: importers and exporters

Postby simple » Sat Sep 17, 2022 3:30 pm

The best GT-Fours I've seen for sale are in the UK. You'll pay more but your communication will go more smoothly. Wish the pound would drop like the Euro did
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Re: importers and exporters

Postby Paulytunes » Sun Sep 18, 2022 2:10 am

819_ay - I've been avoiding FB like the plague since I never saw the merits of having to keep up with the joneses and waste tremendous amounts of time having to show everyone what I am doing and humblebragging, etc. But I digress and that's likely my unpopular opinion. My wife has FB, so maybe I will try to message him with her account.

earthmanjupiter - I think if I were a skilled mechanic and very versed in the vehicles I was interested in, I would feel a little less apprehensive about buying something without being able to inspect, see, or at least have more detail. If I saw one I liked stateside, I would consider driving or flying to see it firsthand and calling a mechanic friend to help or come along.

Roreri - I've lurked on here awhile and did read through your thread and enjoyed it. I don't think I ever posted, but I certainly feel like you have provided a lot of good insight of what it has been like to own a 30+ year old Japanese sports car that I have always loved (some friends would say irrationally).

simple - It certainly would be easier to deal with someone from England. I did buy JDM STi Version 7 wheels years ago for my 2002 bugeye WRX. They never imported those wheels on this side of the pond, and once I saw them in photos, I just had to have them. Subaru stud bolts leave something to be desired though. I spent most of tonight replacing a broken bolt that sheared off of my current WRX, when all I intended to do was take the wheel off to fix a tire leak that was getting progressively worse. The highlight of that whole experience was my 8-year old son telling me, "Dad, I think it's really cool that you can do all this, and that you let me help you."

I think I may just need to wait until I find something that I can look at and am comfortable with pulling the trigger on. It may take awhile since it seems the ST185s are so far and few between.
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Re: importers and exporters

Postby Roreri » Sun Sep 18, 2022 4:37 am

Paulytunes thanks--it's been a real journey! I'll be blunt: You need to have a $5K to $10K war chest--I screwed up a bit and got some unnecessary things done that I could have done myself (fluids, especially). And I've laid in some duplicate expenses. I got some steel BBS lug nuts for $50 then three weeks later some ultralight N75 Racing lug nuts for $110 as one example. A couple of different air filters as another because I couldn't make up my mind. A couple of sets of spark plugs because I couldn't make up my mind platinum or iridium.

But even if I were to eliminate any dupes or bad choices, there still would have been big expenses to stabilize it--my not setting the parking brake and wrecking the front end didn't help. And I assume that any JDM import will entail figuring out what's busted or dealing with what comes loose after you've had it a while, because of the length of time these are almost certain to have been sitting unused.

I'm jealous of your son liking to help you. Mine comes out in the garage and peeks in and slips away. He at least recognizes hard work when he sees it but (not to his credit) he wants nothing to do with the smell of gear oil penetrating oil and gasoline.

ST185s come around now and again--hell, one just sold last week! I think the ship has sailed on JDM ST185 imports for the most part, because the 1993s were able to be imported (to the US) in 2018 and, well, unless there's a unicorn someone's been saving, they're imported.
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Re: importers and exporters

Postby Paulytunes » Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:13 am

Roreri - Understood. Given the age and nature of these cars, it's not likely that I am going to find any car that is completely sorted to my liking or that is immaculate immediately at purchase. Of course, that wouldn't be very much fun either.

I'm trying to foster my son's interest in cars and so far we do share a common interest/hobby. I just hope it stays that way. For now, I can at least (hopefully) justify the expenses of having a classic car with father/son bonding time and activities. Or that's at least what I'll tell my wife when I spend lots of money on a part, heh heh.
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Re: importers and exporters

Postby Domspun » Tue Sep 20, 2022 2:18 pm

Paulytunes wrote:819_ay - I've been avoiding FB like the plague since I never saw the merits of having to keep up with the joneses and waste tremendous amounts of time having to show everyone what I am doing and humblebragging, etc. But I digress and that's likely my unpopular opinion. My wife has FB, so maybe I will try to message him with her account.


Don't need Facebook, here his site: https://rb-auto.ca/
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