How to Import a Reliable JDM GT-R from Japan - Fast Class GTChannel

How to Import a Reliable JDM GT-R from Japan - Fast Class GTChannel
We visited Top Rank Vehicle Importers to get into the details of importing a JDM car from Japan. Top Rank are the leading Nissan Skyline GT-R importers in the US. Visit http://www.importavehicle.com for more info.

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Learn all about Toprank Importers' inventory and services here

Learn all about Toprank Importers' inventory and services here

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?

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
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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
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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

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.
Buy regional
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Buy regional

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
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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
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Check for vehicles without undercoating

Find cars that don't have undercoating to see that floorboards are original and accurate.
Mileage verification
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Mileage verification

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
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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
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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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