Japanese Car Auction Inspection Reports Demystified

Car auctions in Japan are a great way for car importers around the world to source good quality, low mileage cars and other used vehicles at great prices.

However, in order to make the most of the opportunities these Japanese car auctions give you as a car dealer, you have to make sure that you understand the car inspection reports. As a well-informed buyer, you can make sure you sift out the gold and avoid costly mistakes.

In this article, we will look together at who makes these auction inspection reports and what you can find in them.

If you are at at serious about buying cars from car auctions in Japan, you need to read on.

Quick Primer: What are these Japanese Car Auctions?

There are about 86 different auction locations in Japan. A typical day will see anything from about 7,000 to over 40,000 used cars and other vehicles sold at these auctions all around the country.

A good Japanese car exporter will give his customers access to all these auctions through an online system. You may be a continent or two away from Japan, and yet sit down in front of your computer and tap right into this huge selection of RHD and LHD cars right away.

Enter a bid at the click of a mouse, and let the car exporter in Japan handle the rest. A few weeks later the car will be arriving at the port for you to pick up.

Used Car Inspections at Japanese Car Auctions

Car auctions in Japan employ seasoned mechanics to inspect all the vehicles they sell. These inspectors work on site in the case of most auctions, or off site at car dealerships in the exceptional case of Aucnet.

The auction inspection covers every aspect of the car, from mechanical areas and chassis, to the exterior and interior condition. The car auction inspectors are thorough in their approach, with the only caveats being that they do not drive the car at any more than parking lot speeds, and obviously they cannot dismantle the vehicle to check out really hard-to-reach places.

The Auction Inspector’s Report

The car auction inspector write his notes on the o-kushon hyo (auction sheet). He will use a combination of scoring systems, written descriptions and a diagram of the exterior to give readers a good idea of the condition of the used car.

Overall Auction Grade

Car auctions in Japan assign an overall grade to each of the cars entered in the weekly auction.

I do not recommend that you rely solely on this grade when you consider whether to enter a bid or not. You will need to check the other detailed information that the inspector has written on the auction sheet as well.

(A good Japanese car exporter will be able to give you a professional translation of these details.)

That said, the overall auction grade has a role to play in helping you narrow down the field of potential bidding candidates. Here is …

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What Is an Auto Salvage Yard?

How do they operate? What can they offer the general public? These are just a couple of the main question people have in relation to auto salvage yards. Here in this article we will explore a bit about them.

Auto salvage yards are known by many names such as, scrap yard, junkyard, wrecking yard, wreck yard, auto recycling centre, breakers yard , to name a few of the most common names.

They operate in a fairly simple manner. When a vehicle is wrecked (light damage or beyond repair) or decommissioned from being a usable vehicle. The Junk Yard will purchase said vehicle and break the vehicle into its main component parts that are still operable. These parts are then sold on as used auto parts to the public, garages and body shops. Mostly these parts are used in repairs of other road going vehicles. The idea behind this is that the used auto parts are at a much lower cost than new parts. From the Auto Junk Yards point of view, a vehicles sum of it components are more valuable than the overall wrecked or decommissioned vehicle as a whole.

The most common and requested parts are often removed from the vehicle and stored in the salvage yards warehouse. Other more unusual parts are often left on the vehicles and removed upon request. Once a vehicle has been deemed to not have any further usable parts, the remainder is sold as scrap metal mainly to metal recycling centres. This ensures every possible part is used and all other parts are recycled. While Wrecking yards are often seen as dirty operations the overall effect is very green ensuring the most is made from waster and the remainder is sent for re-cycling.

A lot of people prefer use such an environmentally friendly system, as using used vehicle parts which are already manufactured and work to the original manufacturer’s specifications, will reduces pollution and expense.

Most Auto Wrecking Yards work on a local basis providing their goods into the local community, but some of the larger Wrecking yards will provide shipping across all the states, this is especially useful for rarer vehicle models or classic autos, where parts new or used are very hard to come by.

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Top Automotive News of 2014 : Recap and Review

What was your favorite thing that happened to the automotive industry in 2014? Let us know in the comments below.

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Hi guys its Ken, and I’m here with this year’s final 4WheelOnline News Refresh!

No doubt, 2014 hasn’t been the best year. We had Ebola, ISIS, missing airplanes, the GM recall, the Takata airbag recall, recalls of recalls, and worst of all, the death or Robin Williams.

But we’ve also gotten faster, more efficient cars loaded with even more advanced tech. Shoot, we’ve even got gas for under 2 dollars a gallon. That’s why 2014 SHOULD be celebrated.

I mean, 2014 might even be the last year before autonomous cars start hitting the streets, ending the golden age of the automobile and killing driving as we know it.

Before that happens, though, let’s take a look back at all of the crowning headlines in the automotive industry this year.

Starting things off… the illustrious return of the American Muscle Car.

Dodge highlighted this charge by giving the gearhead masses the dueling, 707 horsepower 2015 Challenger and Charger Hellcat! Dodge sure has come a long way since the 230 horsepower V8 in their first generation Challenger!

Ford was also a huge part of the 2014 American muscle car movement. This year, they installed, for the first time ever, a flat-plane crank on the V8 of their new GT350 Mustang. Talk about a game changer.

Of course, there was more than just muscle cars in 2014.

GM and Ford shook the truck industry up with some major innovations. GM did their part by bringing back the American midsize lineup with their GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado trucks.

Ford took a little different route by producing the first aluminum body fullsize truck with the F-150.

Adding to the frenzied truck year, Dodge made the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel, which got 28 miles per gallon.

For sports cars, Corvette blew us all away with the Z06 reveal and Alfa Romeo made its long awaited return to the US market with the 4C.

There were plenty of high-profile business moves in 2014, too.

Cadillac moved to New York in an effort to completely rebrand itself as a premier luxury brand, and with the numbers on their new ATS and CTS-V, they are getting ready to make the BEST cars in their segment.

Chrysler went back on the New York Stock Exchange with Fiat and had a record breaking year for Jeep.

And let’s not forget that Ferrari got spun off from their parent company Fiat Chrysler

2014 also made huge leaps in technology for zero emissions cars.

Tesla started construction on their massive $5 billion dollar gigafactory in Nevada and announced their intent to make a $35 thousand dollar Model III by 2017.

Toyota announced a fuel cell car that will be on the market next year and California pledged $200 million to the production of hydrogen fueling stations. …