MLBSo I imported my Subaru from japan in Canada and I can tell you about my experience.
First I had to study the laws around importing cars and making them road worthy in Canada. There are tons of laws around headlights and tires and and stuff I had no idea about. I’m sure your American laws are going to be different as well.
Auctions are awesome, but different auction houses have different reputations. You can also buy stock from dealers in japan as well. If your starting a dealership/importing business it’s a good idea to have someone on the ground there doing the footwork.
Parts and support are crazy important. I imported my legacy for the exact reason that many of the parts for my car are widly available in North America. There are tons of models for which that isn’t the case ( Delica, Prado, S15, skyline, etc). In that case your also going to have to import parts as well. Also dealers that have shops with “ all inclusive pricing” on their cars get double the customers then shops that make you do the inspections on your own. When I pay for a car, I just want to show up and not have to worry about anything else.
The best thing you could do is call Canadian importers and ask for their advice. We have been importing cars ten years longer then you guys have, and I’m sure they can help you out a bunch.
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I'll give them a ring, thank ya! Yeah I'm familiar with the shittiness of parts import, but luckily for most LC'S the only weird parts are engine related. I'm really just trying to find someone on the ground in Japan.