Odometer (km) readings are recorded every time a vehicle is inspected for registration renewal in Japan (3 years from new then every 2 years). This information can be invaluable to both buyers and sellers of Japanese imports.
We have access to auction records covering virtually all cars auctioned in Japan over the last 7 years including auction prices. By obtaining past auction records for your car, it is usually possible to see the actual price when it was sold at auction.
The likely usage area of a vehicle can be determined based on past auction records as well as official registration inspection locations from Japanese Transport Authority (MLIT) records.
These details may be included in past auction reports and in Japanese Transport Authority (MLIT) records.
Let’s say you’re in Canada or Australia and it seems like you’ve just come across the perfect R34 GTR you’ve been looking for. The dealer tells you he’s just freshly imported it from Japan, it’s a grade 4 and has only 53,000 km on the clock.
Since the unfortunate events following the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, the Japanese Transport Authority (MLIT) has started to record whether cars have been used in a contaminated region and / or have failed a contamination test.
Before a vehicle can be exported from Japan, it needs to be de-registered through the Japanese Transport Authority (MLIT). Only the true owner of the vehicle can do this as only they will have the original registration paperwork which is all checked at the local MLIT office.
Just like cars anywhere else in the world, Japanese cars may have a genuine fault with the odometer which needs to be repaired through a manufacturer service center. In this case the repair is noted in the service records and will be reported to auction since there are severe penalties in place for not doing so.
Obtaining past Japanese auction reports is not only a good way to perform a Japanese odometer check but auction reports can also reveal a LOT about the history of a Japanese car in adddition to the kms.
Well, yes and no. There are two issues here. Issue 1 – Auction reports from the Japanese auction – Can you trust the Japanese auction ITSELF to grade the car correctly ?