All of our posted vehicles are currently on site at our Richmond, VA facility and have been cleared by customs with a transferable US title. Every vehicle is 100% federally legal and is ready for immediate pick up or delivery.
How to Buy With Japanese Classics
A lot of our first-time customers think that buying an import from us will be harder than buying a domestic car. It’s not!
We’re a licensed used car dealership, and it works just like buying a used Toyota from the dealer down the street.
What’s the first step?
As with any vehicle purchase, the first step is to secure funding. Information about payment options can be found below. From there, simply give us a call directly so we can discuss the vehicle and see if it’s the right fit.
Vehicles can be purchased in full via bank wire transfer, certified check, or cashiers check. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED – NO EXCEPTIONS.
We also work with financing companies or you can secure your own lender. www.JapaneseClassics.com/financing/
Most of our customers are out-of-state, so we have a deposit system in place to hold vehicles. This allows potential buyers to schedule a time to inspect vehicles or to ask for additional information if they’re unable to come by our dealership.
**Deposits are 100% refundable and will hold a vehicle for up to 7 days.**
Deposit amount is based on vehicle price:
Vehicle Price: Under $10,000 – $3,000
Vehicle Price: $10,000 and up – $6,000
Vehicle Price: $20,000 and up – $8,000
If financing – a letter for the loan approval and any required down payment can be used as a deposit.
Vehicles will not be held without a deposit.
Unsure of Sending a Deposit?
We completely understand and realize not all of our customers are able to come to our facility to view the vehicle in person.
In fact, we ship 40% of our vehicles sight unseen. We strive to accurately represent each vehicle before accepting any form of deposit/payment.
We will conduct a walk-around over the phone to discuss any issues or flaws. Basically what this means is that we will go over the vehicle as if we were buying it for ourselves – being overly critical of any imperfections or flaws. We will do this for exterior, interior, and mechanical systems, so you have full knowledge of the vehicles exact condition.
We’re also happy to provide additional photos and information by request.
If you’re unable to take delivery at our dealership – We can arrange shipping to your front door and are happy to provide an accurate shipping quote at any time.
For vehicles being picked up at our dealership – We can provide 30 day temporary tags for your journey home.
What cars can you Import into the USA?
Almost anything that is 25 years old (25 years is counted down to the month it was manufactured)
Can you get me a car newer than 25 years old?
Absolutely not, and no, we do not know anyone that can get you one either. Sorry to say, but as soon as those models start turning 25 years old we will bring them at that time.
Is there ‘any amount of money’ I can pay to have you get me a car newer than 25 years?
Sorry we do not import cars newer than 25 years old, no matter what.
Can you get me a 1972 Skyline GTR then?
Sure, but be ready to pay a premium for these highly desirable models. They are getting harder to find with minimal rust and still demand VERY high pricing within Japan.
Do you already have cars or are they custom ordered?
We bring cars in when we find unique, desirable, or otherwise good quality vehicles, all cars we receive will be posted on the site only after they are stateside, customs released, and inspected – not before, so please be patient. Unfortunately due to the long time spans between finding a suitable vehicle, processing, shipping, and clearing of the vehicles we currently are not taking customs orders. However, please email us if you are looking for a specific vehicle and we will let you know when we have one arriving. [email protected]
Will the Government or State Police come seize my new imported car and crush it?
No, this will not happen because all cars we import are 100% Legal and include a real US Customs Release, Proper De-Registration, and valid VA Title transferable to all 50 states. Absolutely NO parts car rebuilds, dmv loopholes, kit car titles, vin swaps, or paperwork games, what you get is a US Customs Released 25 year old car and Peace of Mind.
Why are all of your cars so clean?
We personally inspect ALL of our vehicles prior to purchase in Japan, this ensures you get a quality car, every time! We are very particular about the vehicles we import and are proud of the vehicles we sell.
Is Japanese Classics a used car dealer?
Yes, we are Licensed by the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board to sell cars. We are also a bonded importer with U.S. Customs.
Do you offer financing, or payment plans?
No, we do not offer any type of financial assistance, but we do have relationships with independent credit companies that offer financing for rare, classic, and specialty cars. Visit our page on financing for more info.
Are there additional fees on top of the sale prices listed for the cars on the website?
No, the prices listed are 100% Out-the-Door pricing. No additional fees on top these prices. ***However, we are required by the state of VA to charge a $199 processing fee. This fee will be added to the advertised price.***
What do I get with these imported cars, and how soon can I take delivery of the vehicle?
You get the vehicle, a valid VA title (fully transferable to all 50 states), and a copy of the customs release. You are responsible for supplying your own insurance. All cars listed on the site are available for same day pickup in Richmond, VA. We do not post any of the cars we may have processing or in transit, only after each car is ready for immediate sale will they be posted on the site.
Can you ship the car to me?
Absolutely, we can fully arrange door to door shipping anywhere in the world at the buyers expense.
Do these cars come with a warranty or return policy of any type?
Unfortunately, due to the age and nature of the cars being imported there is no warranty or returns that apply. But upon potential purchase we invite your mechanic to fully inspect the vehicle to understand the actual condition both cosmetically and mechanically. We will however assess any post-purchase issues individually on a per-case basis to see if we can help resolve any problems or help acquire replacement parts from Japan if needed.
Is the financing in house?
No it is not, but we have a specific arrangements for our customers with J.J. Best Banc & Co. who specializes in financing specialty cars and offers the same deals that we would if we had the capacity for in-house financing.
What are the rates?
That depends on a number of factors, but rates are typically 5–8%.
What type of credit do I need?
Of course the higher your credit rating, the more solid your credit history, and the larger your down payment, the better. But you may be surprised by the deals that you can get. Including down payments as low as 10%!
I have more questions about financing.
Please visit the J.J. Best Banc & Co website or give them a call to find answers to your questions. We want you to be able to purchase your JDM dream and are happy to help with any assistance credit companies may need.