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Frequently asked questions

                        Japanese Imports

A good understanding of Japanese Imports


What is a Japanese ("grey") Import ?

In the media, much has been written and said about so-called Japanese or grey imports but what does the term actually mean?

Japanese car manufacturers such as Toyota, Honda, Mazda and Nissan produce cars for sale to Japanese buyers,

and in the same factories they produce cars for the UK market.

In the UK they sell their cars through there own network of dealers, and likewise in Japan.

Basically imports are just vehicles that have been used on Japanese roads (JDM),

but are then purchased second-hand from Japanese auctions or car dealers and shipped over to the UK for British buyers.

What's Included in your advertised price ?

 Our imports get a great level of UK preperation, A full MOT test, Speedo conversion to miles & cerificate (were possible),

rear fog light conversion, full inhouse pre-delivery inspection covering every aspect of the vehilce,

valet with machine polish W/A using high class products, (paint recitifaction and dent removal where needed) 28 day warranty with the option to upgrade.

The price advertised is a final price, you will not pay anymore.

Do your quoted prices include VAT ?

Yes, on all our fresh imports direct from Japan our prices include 20% Vat.

If you're VAT registered and the vehicle is for buisness use, then you can claim 20% of the full selling price.

Example: an import advertised for £10,000 would be £8000+vat. You pay £10,000. (claim back £2000)

Why should we use DCY than other UK Importers ?

We cannot speak for other importers, it's like anything you get good and bad. The test of time is a good indication to a companys quality.

When things go wrong, which they sometimes do, we pride ourselves on our aftersales care.

We are not a company who turn there backs, obvoisly you cannot please everyone and theres is always 2 sides to a problem,

but the best advise we can offer is do your homework, read up on the internet for feedback, visit the garage, view the cars, make up your own mind.

Do you offer part exchange ?

Our most asked question... YES!

We offer very good part exchnage prices, although we prefer to take in Japanese Imports, we do welcome every other makes & models.

We are happy to accept vans, bikes, quads, boats... etc give us a try...

Would you buy my car, without me buying one from you ?

Yes, as long as it a good genuine car with an honest description we'd be happy to quote a for price it.

Please call 01347 878539 or email sales@dcyeurope.com for a valuation.

Do you offer finance ?

Our 2nd most asked question... YES!

Over the years we have used and worked with all the major lenders in the market.

We have since found an outstanding company who take care of all the finance and offer the best rates we can find anywhere in the UK.

You can read a little more on our Import Information Page or call Sales on 01347 820082 for info.

How can I secure & pay for a vehilce ?

You can secure any vehilce on our stocklist by paying a deposit. We ask for £500 on any vehilce under £10,000 and 10% for anything over.

WPayment methods available - bank transfer - credit/debit card - cash payment.

We do have a paypal account but don't accept vehicle payments.

We are fully up to date with our card terminal and take apple payment.

Do you sell worldwide ?

Yes, we ship out of Japan direct to the UK, we can then ship from the UK worldwide.

USA is a big market and we send quite a number of vehilces out there. We sell lots to mainland Europe.

For shipping prices please email sales@dcyeurope.com with your request.

Are Japanese cars right hand drive ?

Yes, in Japan they drive on the same side as in the UK.

We do import a number German and European cars from Japan which was originally built for the European market,

these are LHD, for example the Audi and BMW's, Lancia's and Ferrari and any American vehilces.

All Japanese manufactured vehilces EVO's Skylines, Integra's etc are all RHD.

Are Japanese vehilces built to the same UK specification ?

It is often the case that vehicles available in Japan are built to higher specification than those exported to the UK.

For example, virtually all-Japanese cars come with air conditioning, but more importantly the power output

of Japanese vehicles is generally much higher with plenty of vehciles having a a hefty 280bhp as standard!

Availability too, with some JDM cars supplied with Turbocharges and UK models being N/A only.

Can you get parts for Japanese vehilces in the UK ?

We can supply some parts for Japanese vehicles OEM & Aftermarket.

The UK offers a wide selection of tuners and parts suppliers for specific makes & models.

Don't forget m ost parts can be bought directly from main dealers.

Are Japanese Imports generally in good condition ?

The Second hand Japanese cars we select are virtually all low-mileage. Japanese cars have almost certainly never been driven hard either.

The MX5's, Impreza's and Supra's you see with performance accessories and after market parts such as spoilers,

air filters, exhausts and alloys were prepared by their proud Japanese owners for show, rather than being thrashed.

Japanese speed limits, road conditions and traffic habits just make fast driving impractical.

A final thought to take into consideration is the Japanese weather.

The climate is a lot drier in Japan than in the UK, and it is these drier conditions and free-from-salt (non-gritted) roads

that means bodywork on imported vehicles is in excellent condition, almost like the day they left the factory.

You also find the Japanese people respect there vehicles allot, having them serviced & maintained at the correct intervals.

Is it true Japanese vehilces are limited to 112mph (180kmh) ?

Yes. Under Japanese law it is specified that car manufacturers should not build vehicles that exceed a maximum speed of 180kph (112.5mph).

However, UK law does not require this, and when the vehicle speedometer is converted from kph to mph we are able to remove the speed limiter.

When this is complete, it is then possible for vehicles to reach their full maximum speed, many of which can hit a highly illegal 155mph, with some topping 175mph!

Deos the radio work ?

Normally no, but we can fix this before you get the car (if required) with a clever device made in New Zealand (where imported cars have been going for years).

These are top quality units that you can purchase for a nominal fee.

They require just minutes to fit and expand the number of frequencies the tuner can receive, allowing you access to nearly all UK radio stations.

Although we can convert the stereos we advise fitting a new UK stereo.

This is something we can do here at DCY, most of the time supplying a double din headunit DVD, hands free cd/tuner stereo.

Are Imports Liable to VAT and Duty tax ?

VAT and Duty tax are paid on all vehicles at the port of entry before delivery to our premises.

Before we can register them at the Local DVLA office, HM Custom's forms have to be presented to the Registration office.

The vehilces must be entered on HMRC NOVA database where HMRC will check the entry before allowing vehilce to be registered. 

This is for UK import only. it may vary in other counrtys.

Can you guarntee the vehilce has not been stolen in Japan ?

Yes, definitely. Japan has now joined the Interpol scheme, which means that before registration,

the local DVLA office contact Interpol who check the vehicle's status in Japan.

If it shows up as stolen it will not be registered - simple as that. Since 1999 we have not seen one stolen vehilce.

If it deos turn out to be stolen we would issue a full refund!

Do I need an appointment ?

No appointment needed, our showroom is open 6 days a week and we welcome you to call in anytime and view our Japanese Imports in stock.

If it's a particular car you are interested in, we do advise calling to make sure of availaibily.

We'd hate for you to travel hours to find the vehilce you wanted is now sold.





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