Buying a car is a big decision. Whether it's a used car, or a new car, there are many things you will need to consider.
So you found a car you are interested in? What next?
Well, if the car is local, go and test drive the darn thing. Look at the car, make sure it's mechanically sound, and check all of the features, you know the usual checks.
But what if you are buying a Japanese used car online from us, Autorec, or any other online car dealer?
Step 1 - Check the car, and get information
Well, there are a few things to keep in mind. Because the transaction is electronic, and you cannot physically check the car. Make sure you get as much information as possible. It may be a hassle for the sales representative, but in the long run, your satisfaction is what is most important to the stakeholders. So feel free to make those requests to check what you would check in person. Do whatever it takes to ensure you are buying what you think you are buying. But please be reasonable about it. If you would not do it yourself if you were in person, please don't try to get someone else to do it for you.
Now you have received all the information you wanted, and you are ready for the purchase.
Step 2 - Make sure it isn't a scam
Like any other internet purchase, you want to be sure that who you are buying from is not going to scam you. Fraud, and all that stuff is pretty rampant on the internet, so just be careful and protect yourself from fraud. Only purchase from reputable sources.
Step 3 - Make the payment
Most Japanese used car exporters will only accept telegraphic transfer. When you make a telegraphic transfer, make sure you reference the vehicle if possible, and the sales representative. After you have completed the process, keep a copy of the telegraphic transfer slip for your records, just in case something happens in the processing of the transfer.
Step 4 - Receive your documents
After you paid for the car, and it has been shipped, you should receive documentation for the car. This should include any required certificates, the bill of lading, and invoice. You will need these documents for tax purposes, as well as clearing your vehicle from the port.
Step 5 - Clear your car and register
Now that your vehicle has arrived, you will now need to clear the car at the port, and register it with the authorities to legally drive. At this point, you will most likely need to pay any taxes, and duties on the imported car. The amount differs depending on the car and country you are registering it in.
Step 6 - Enjoy your new vehicle
So now you have taken care of all the technicalities, you can just sit in the driver's seat, and vroom vroom to your heart's content. Don't forget to maintain your vehicle. Check up on your vehicle's health often, and try to keep it in good mechanical condition.