How to Import a Reliable JDM GT-R from Japan - Fast Class GTChannel
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Toprank International Vehicle Importers sells in stock, landed, inspected cars over 25 years old at our dealership in California. We also provide the most informed and reliable importing service of Japanese JDM import cars, or other foreign automobiles over 25 years old, Show or Display, and race cars to the USA. In addition to importation, we can bring direct import vehicles into California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements.
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Are JDM cars popular worldwide?
The Japanese domestic market has been growing significantly since the late 90's. Many car enthusiasts are attracted to the Japanese domestic market in different continents such as North America, Europe, and Asia. Popular brands include Honda, Subaru, Toyota, Mazda, Suzuki, Lexus, Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan. Ex-Japan Imports are also very common in New Zealand where 59% of vehicles registered on New Zealand roads originated from overseas markets as opposed to 41% of which were delivered NZ-New. Of this, 94% originate from Japan. n 2004, importing JDM cars became popular in Canada as highly sought after vehicles, such as the 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R, became eligible to import under Canada's 15-year rule.
Make sure the car is 25 years or older
For a JDM import into the United States, it has to be 25 years or older by law.
Import directly from Japan
Negotiate with a seller, an auction, or a private party. Be ready with upfront payment for the vehicle. Top Rank provides services for negotiation, storage, inspection, and export.
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The R32 GT-R's historic winning streak
After a 16-year hiatus, the GT-R name was revived in 1989 as the BNR32 ("R32") Skyline GT-R. This model GT-R proceeded to win the Japanese JTCC Group A series championship four years in a row. The R32 GT-R also had success in the Australian Touring Car Championship helping the R31 Skyline GTS-R to victory in 1990 and winning alone in 1991 and 1992, until a regulation change excluded the GT-R in 1993.
Make sure the car is from a regional environment that wouldn't be notorious for causing damage or gradual rusting over time.
Inspect vehicle's overall condition
Make sure that the car hasn't been involved in any major accidents or hasn't undergone any large rebuild issues. This is also the time to inspect rust issues and history.
Check for vehicles without undercoating
Find cars that don't have undercoating to see that floorboards are original and accurate.
Along with reading odometers, it's good to inspect other interior and exterior conditions to further depict a car's mileage accuracy.
Check the undercarriage
Check fender wells for signs of rust. Underneath the car, check to see if undercoating was in fact applied in its past. The chassis color should show on the underside.
The 160 point inspection
Top Rank implements a full inspection in Japan, another in the US, and a third time after the vehicle has been sold. Working with a crew like Top Rank can ensure your vehicle's best quality before you drive off.
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