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Recond Japanese Cars

November 27, 2008
ign.com

Source: ign.com

Have you ever wondered why there’s so many of them and why they look so new?

Steve Parker, a contributor to the NBC automotive program Whipnotic, has the scoop:

“Japan has an interesting way to “prime the pump” for their home market carmakers, though. Every year, Japanese car-owners must bring their prides-and-joys to an approved testing facility for an expensive and nit-picking inspection. Since chipped paint or a dented bumper is enough to keep a car or truck off the road, many people get tired of paying big bucks for these inspections, and wind up buying a new car. The non-passing cars are sent to Southeast Asia and sold as used cars. This also explains, for those of you who have visited Japan, why almost every car on the road appears to be in showroom condition.”

Gee. I didn’t know that.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. November 27, 2008 10:26 am

    We actually have guys with APs (approved permits) to import used foreign cars, mostly Japanese, which look brand new. I heard about the stringent inspections but not about nit-picking though. Suppose driving a car in Japan, like in S’pore, is a luxury. We’d like to ditch our cars somewhere if there’s a proper transport system here…

    Oh yeah, I’d ditch my car if I can move around without it, like how I survived for a year in San Francisco with a mountain bike and a skateboard.

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