Monday, January 30, 2006


So talk about having your hopes and dreams shot to pieces.
I found this little sweetheart going for just ¥480,000 on a yahoo auction. I was getting all these ideas of buying it and taking it home with me, driving around for a year or so, and then selling it for twice what I paid. And then it was brought to my attention that Canada doesn't allow the import of a car newer than 15 years old. [sigh]

But let me tell you, if I was planning to live in Japan for the rest of my life, I would be changing cars.


At 7:51 p.m. PST, Anonymous heather said...

Why is it selling for so cheap??


At 8:10 p.m. PST, Blogger Fletcher said...

The Z3 is not a popular car here. Add to that the fact that there is almost no market for used cars here, that everyone really wants to be driving a car they bought brand new. A lot of Japanese will just give their old car to the dealer when they get a new one. If the dealer actually buys it from them it's for a pittance, like $500 for a car that has only had one owner. It's shocking. So I know that getting a car that cheap is just how the market works here, and it would be in mint condition.

At 9:30 p.m. PST, Blogger Tom said...

So the real question becomes - can you import it to the STATES? The profit might be worth the hassle...

At 9:46 p.m. PST, Blogger Fletcher said...

I wouldn't even begin to know how to go about doing that. Fundamentally, because I don't have a way of owning or insuring it in the states as a step between, I can't see that it makes a difference what country it passes through on its way to Canada. We were told on arrival that it's really easy for people to send their cars back to England or Oz, but not so to Canada or the States. Now I begin to see why. Think, if Canada, where we manufacture ZERO cars is strict, how will the States be? Toyota and so forth have to set up factories in the States to do their business there. So if I had a way to own or insure it in the States as a middle step, I imagine that would be even harder than bringing it to Canada. I have to wonder if our strict car import regulations don't have something to do with a trade agreement with the States.


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