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Old 03-02-2011, 03:44 PM   #1
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I'm going to import a few vehicles from Japan.
close friend of mine lives and works there
there will be land-cruiser diesels and i want to get
a 95-96 celica gt-4 st-205 for myself
i looked up past auction sheets and saw
a few rare subarus like 95 wrx sti wagon and such
just curios if there's a potential buyer for it here?
i don't mind to load up a container to it's full capacity
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:48 PM   #2
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An STI wagon would be sick!! not in a possition to buy but that would be something I would do in the future!!
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:58 PM   #3
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Hmmm... are we talking whole cars here, or can you do parts as well? I'm not sure about Subaru stuff (I don't have mine yet), but I'm sure I could get some interest from the Datsun guys, depending on what's available. They might even be willing to pay for something at a shop or whatever, then get it tossed into the container, if the shipping would be cheaper than having individual bits flown over. It'd probably be things like bumpers, trunks/tailgates, hoods, fenders, things like that...

I'd love to get a few cars imported here for myself, but I'm not really down with the RHD orientation, and I couldn't do stick, so it'd be pointless to get it from Japan... not to mention they'd have to be over 15 years old, and there's all the fees/taxes/inspection on them...
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Old 03-02-2011, 04:56 PM   #4
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I just typed a nice reply and now it disappeared >:C ...Sometimes I hate this Forum.



I hear the ST-205's like to break down, and are a huge pain in the ass. Cool cars, but not worth the money in my opinion.

Your vehicles would most likely be shipped RO/RO (roll on, roll off, no container), it is easier, and vehicles are less likely to be damaged during transportation this way. Depending on what importer/exporter you go through, they can buy parts for you and stuff them in the back of your car for shipping(even better in this case, an LC). This is quite common, as sometimes vehicles even come with extra wheels, and occasionally if they have been modded, some of the stock parts will be shove in the trunk(or unfortunately, the back seats) .

Pope_Face,
There are lots of good automatic in Japan too, the Legcay GT, and the GT-B(which will be legal soon) are awesome twin turbo cars that are mostly automatics.

Also, we are pretty lucky here in BC, as there isn't much to do to register a car from Japan. There really aren't too many large fees to pay(mainly customs), inspection is easy, then all you have to do is register the VIN and pay tax on what the purchase price in Japan was, which is usually quite cheap.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:05 PM   #5
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Xanicron: Thanks for that info... last I looked into shipping cars, it was from Europe, but decided it was going to be such a hassle that I dropped it. The whole port-to-port deal from Japan makes it far easier. You're probably right about the RORO... like you said, there might be enough room in the trunk (especially in a wagon) to throw some parts in.

I never knew Japan had a lot of automatics... I know in Europe they're available, but they don't come up too often.

Alex: Do you have a rough timeline? Like, do you have a departure date roughly set, and any idea on shipping times?
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:02 PM   #6
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I dont have time line. We were going to do it last year but cant spend this much all by myself. Now some other guy wants to join and buy couple land cruisers. And we just started to put things together. As for taxes u always pay them. Inspections - i passed hundreeds of them and dont see any problems there.
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:57 AM   #7
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I've pondered the idea of importing a wrx or sti over as well. I'm still on the fence about rhd though....

Would your friend be getting them from auction houses or are they private sale ones?
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:00 AM   #8
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isnt importing jdm cars illegal?
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:02 AM   #9
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isnt importing jdm cars illegal?
i'm not too sure on the details, but i know you're allowed to import cars from japan that are 15 years or older
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:30 AM   #10
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i'm not too sure on the details, but i know you're allowed to import cars from japan that are 15 years or older

correct.

right hand drive is fine. all you need is DOT approved headlamps and 15yrs/older. must pass safety inspection etc. not sure about daytime running lights tho.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:31 AM   #11
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get me a nissan stagea autech
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:48 AM   #12
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isnt importing jdm cars illegal?
Not remotely illegal. There are simply restrictions. In essence a 15 year buffer on what can be imported. This being 2011 we should start seeing 1996 vehicles soon. I myself drive a JDM 1993 wrx wagon.
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:51 AM   #13
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get me a nissan stagea autech
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sick wagon, would be a car I might go rhd for



rhd has lost all appeal to me, I would be hard pressed to buy a car that is rhd unless it was some uber rare custom car that was not like anything we have over here (like the stagea autech)
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:16 PM   #14
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correct.

right hand drive is fine. all you need is DOT approved headlamps and 15yrs/older. must pass safety inspection etc. not sure about daytime running lights tho.
I think day time running lights are usually something needed to pass inspection, but my car doesn't have them, maybe they just forgot when doing the inspection? My old 94 WRX had them...
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:38 PM   #15
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For your viewing pleasure, as per ICBC Motor Vehicle Act regulations:

Importing a vehicle into BC:

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Originally Posted by ICBC Motor Vehicle Act
25.25 No application will be accepted by the corporation for the registration of a motor vehicle to which this Part applies until

(a) the motor vehicle has been presented to a designated inspection facility for a safety inspection to determine that

(i) the vehicle complies with the standards for motor vehicles, and

(ii) the frame or unibody of the motor vehicle has not been compromised,

(b) an inspection report, in a form and containing particulars established by the director, has been issued for the motor vehicle by an authorized person, and

(c) the motor vehicle described in the inspection report is certified as passed by the authorized person.

[en. B.C. Reg. 304/2001; am. B.C. Reg. 135/2003, s. 3.]

And on the subject of DRL:

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4.08 A motor vehicle may be equipped with daytime running lamps, mounted on the front of the vehicleat a height of not less than 30 cm and not more than 2.11 m, that comply with the requirements of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Canada).

[en. B.C. Reg. 476/98, s. 2.]

Note that the regulations for importing a vehicle into BC simply state that the vehicle needs to meet BC regulations, and the regulation on DRL is that a vehicle may be equipped with them... I didn't look through the whole Motor Vehicle Act, so importing from overseas may vary slightly, but there's what I found, straight from the horse's mouth.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:23 PM   #16
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rhd has lost all appeal to me, I would be hard pressed to buy a car that is rhd unless it was some uber rare custom car that was not like anything we have over here (like the stagea autech)
For me the appeal wasn't RHD but a car that is fun to drive as a DD that doesn't cost a whole lot of $$$... If I could have afforded a second bugeye when I bought my JDM with low km on it I probably would have gone that route but bang for the buck of the JDM was too good! Not to mention it's quick!
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:24 PM   #17
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can you pm me some links of 91-93 jdm turbo legacy? with prices?
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:34 PM   #18
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For your viewing pleasure, as per ICBC Motor Vehicle Act regulations:

Importing a vehicle into BC:

And on the subject of DRL:

Note that the regulations for importing a vehicle into BC simply state that the vehicle needs to meet BC regulations, and the regulation on DRL is that a vehicle may be equipped with them... I didn't look through the whole Motor Vehicle Act, so importing from overseas may vary slightly, but there's what I found, straight from the horse's mouth.
All of this info is available through the faq's page (at the top):
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1327703
these are the helpful threads where it has been done by ppl on the forums previously.
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1335187
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1302822


You are required to have DRL's on vehicles in Canada, when importing the car if it doesnt have them, it will have to be installed.
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My beef with rhd is just driving through busy Vancouver on the wrong side of the car. I agree that some are cheap and very fast. Some are tons of fun to drive, but as a daily operation, rhd just doesnt appeal to me. Not to mention the increase in likely hood of accidents & icbc not giving you good value for the vehicle.
bang for the buck tho, your right jstbstn, if you can get a fast rhd wrx vs a lhd corolla or something in the similar price range, id probably go rhd too


different strokes for different folks!

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Old 03-03-2011, 07:19 PM   #19
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My beef with rhd is just driving through busy Vancouver on the wrong side of the car. I agree that some are cheap and very fast. Some are tons of fun to drive, but as a daily operation, rhd just doesnt appeal to me. Not to mention the increase in likely hood of accidents & icbc not giving you good value for the vehicle.


different strokes for different folks!
+1,
While I considered early WRX and STi RAs as a second car I don't like the RHD idea myself. It's bad enough on the roads with all the other crappy drivers, I don't need to make it any harder.

Plus looking at the value of those vehicles on the market, the issues getting service and parts, and the tsk tsk tsk from ICBC just isn't worth it to me. Maybe if I was 20 and all that mattered was a fast car; some of them are pretty awesomel little cars..
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:45 PM   #20
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stagea autech. factory RB26DETT. R34 conversion. Boner time.










this is one car i would give up LHD for in a heartbeat. i would love to have one for a daily. sure its heavy as **** but its the perfect blend of racecar, wagon and VIP.






and for your reading pleasure: one of my favorites.
http://speedhunters.com/archive/2010...on-stagea.aspx

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Old 03-03-2011, 09:06 PM   #21
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Don't you think the nose is too long? Still a sick wagon none the less.

And what is with the paint job on the FD next to it?
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:48 AM   #22
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can you pm me some links of 91-93 jdm turbo legacy? with prices?
Those model Turbo Legacy's are fairly rare to come across for sale in Japan, and most of them are the wagons.

I say go for an early WRX, as they are quite cheap and easy to obtain in Japan. Would you be converting it to RWD as well? I saw a RWD WRX go through the auctions the other week, would be a really sick project if you have the money.
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:07 PM   #23
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Never heard of stagea before.
Did the search and it seams they come out in '96
And quite importable
I guess that is something to consider
I used to drive rhd cars and its easy to get used to
Safety wise i didnt read any statistics but i think
Sports cars are being driven by yonger ppl and
Get crashed more often to begin with
So to get the data u got to find out how many
Lets say rhd '94 wrx's were crashed compare to '94 lhd wrx's
And as i said i didnt see any statistics yet
On the other hand one driving rhd car will be more
Carefull
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:06 PM   #24
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never heard of it as well, but man that stagea is SICK!
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:16 PM   #25
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RHD is fine unless you go through drive thru every morning. And no, going in reverse loses the novelty very quickly
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