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The 5 Top JDMs You Can Buy Right Now

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The 80’s and early 90’s was an amazing time for car enthusiasts in Japan. The Japanese car manufacturing giants produced cars that were not only massively advanced but also had timeless design and amazing drive-ability, creating the total package. Even today, few cars can compare to what was produced during this era.

Now is your best opportunity to own some of these cars, as many are just now reaching that magic 25 year mark allowing them to be brought into the US. These cars are just as revered in Japan and and in every other nation across the globe (who often have had access to them for awhile), making demand ever increasing while supplies are dwindling quickly. Just as your parents and grandparents lament about the muscle cars and classics they used to own that are now worth tens of thousands, these cars will quickly become museum and collection pieces for only the very wealthy car enthusiasts.

Luckily, there is still the opportunity for you to own an affordable piece of history! Here are 5 cars that are not only a joy to own and drive but also great values that are likely to see their prices rise considerably.

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Honda Civic SiR

Hondas can be very divisive – its either love to the point of obsession or complete hatred but how can you not marvel at Honda’s VTEC engines. In the late 80’s/early 90’s when turbos were all the rage, Honda decided to go their own way. What they offered instead was not so much an engine but a technological marvel which revved forever and through variable valve timing wizardry offered power right up to the redline. The EG6 Honda Civic SiR made from 1991-1995 is the one to have. The EG6 is an excellent chassis which has over the years proven hugely successful in racing. Even 25 years after its launch this Civic looks fresh and its sleek body shape is iconic in the tuning world. Combine this with the VTEC engine and you have the recipe for true legend.

Why now is the time to buy one:
Just now becoming US-legal, many find JDM examples to be too expensive as they command a much higher premium than USDM models. However, there is a good reason for this and these cars are getting to be more rare by the day. Prices are not going to be going down.

Pros:
Great handling
VTEC Engine
Timeless styling
Will hold its value
Honda reliability

Cons:
While these engines love to rev they can be found lacking torque when the revs drop
Interiors are a let down
Tough to find good, clean examples that haven’t been modified a few times over

What to look for?
Go for one as original as possible and add bolt-on options as you choose later. OEM JDM options are very desirable and having those stock parts on hand will really increase the value.

Nissan Pulsar GTiR
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In the early 1990’s things were heating up in the WRC and with Japanese manufacturers Toyota, Subaru & Mitsubishi all vying for rally dominance Nissan decided they weren’t about to be left out. The chosen car was the humble Nissan Pulsar. Rules at the time stipulated that Nissan needed to make a road going version for homologation of the rally car. This lead to the birth of the Pulsar GTiR. Through no fault of the car, Nissan’s rally career with the Pulsar struggled and was abandoned after just 9 events but as a production car the GTiR was a huge success. Featuring a unique version of Nissan’s SR20DET 2.0 Turbo engine as found in the Silvia and the tried and tested ATTESA 4wd first developed in the R32 GTR it lead to excellent performance for the time and even today a stock GTiR feels properly fast. While it won’t win any styling awards, its heavily vented hood, wide track and deep front bumper gives it a purpose-built racer look.

Why now is the time to buy one:
Produced in limited numbers these cars are starting to get scarce and values have begun to rise pretty rapidly.

Pros:
Awesome hot hatch 2.0 turbo 4wd developed for Group A Rallying

Cons:
Rust, especially on the rear arches
Gearboxes are known to be weak
Limited parts availability in the US with only some parts being shared with other SR20 motors

Which one should I buy?
Get the best your budget allows and avoid ones showing signs of rust or signs of track use. An aftermarket front mount intercooler is much more efficient than the standard top mount and is something to look for.

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Mazda RX7

One of the biggest things holding people back from buying an RX7 is down to fear of the rotary engine. Perceived as complex, troublesome and always just one throttle stab away from needing a rebuild, many are reluctant to take the plunge and buy an RX7. The reality is very different. An RX7 is a joy to own and while rotary engines do have a limited rebuild interval they are for the most part reliable and easy to maintain. Even when the time comes for that all important rebuild (every 100k kms seems to be the consensus) rebuild prices with rotary specialists are pretty reasonable, usually cheaper than a rebuild on a comparable regular piston motor. Plus aftermarket parts have been made to help extend the rebuild intervals considerably. With an excellent RWD chassis and a rotary engine that likes to rev forever this car is a real drivers car. Thanks to production lasting over 10 years there is an RX7 for every budget and the FD just turning 25, meaning there has not been a better time to buy one.

Why now:
Having just become legal in the US, many people are hesitant to take the rotary plunge and demand (and prices) have not yet spiked. However, it’s only a matter of time.

Pros:

Timeless, elegant design
Excellent RWD chassis
Rotary Engine

Cons:
Fuel economy
Cooling issues with the complex sequential twin turbo system
Rotaries require a little more care and maintenance than your standard piston engine

Which one should I buy?
Go for an early car, later models had a lot of special editions that add much to the price tag but little to the driving experience

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Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Launched in 1992 as the Impreza WRX and aimed squarely at the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo the Impreza was an instant hit. Shortly after launch the standard WRX was given to Subaru’s Motorsport branch – and the WRX STi was born. This was as close to a road going rally car as the Impreza got and is the one to go for. Over the Impreza’s production run (92-00) there were 6 versions and several special editions including the legendary 22b. Each version came with some minor upgrades but it doesn’t matter which you choose as you really can’t go wrong. The handling is fantastic and the flat 4 boxer engine is punchy and delivers effortless power with that distinct Subaru flat four sound. Prices are still relatively low but Subarus are one of the most popular enthusiast cars in the US and those early production models will be highly sought after.

Why now is the time to buy one:
Prices are already beginning to rise and WRXs of all generations are currently one of the hottest, most in-demand cars on the market today. That enthusiasm with the uniqueness of owning a true JDM version equals a recipe for a big, long-term demand that we’re just starting to see the beginning of.

Pros:
A rally car you can own
Boxer engine
Cheap parts
True JDM legend

Cons:
Engine can be prone to failure if not properly maintained
Good, early build-date cars will be a challenge to find

Which one should I buy?
Get as stock a car as you possibly can, there are tons of modded Subies out there but a genuine original is truly a rare gem.

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Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R

The Nissan Skyline GT-R is one of the all time greats. This was a car built to not only win but to embarrass its opponents either on track or on the streets, earning it the name “GODZILLA”. If you owned one of these when they were new in Japan you knew you had made it. Being the first car to use Nissan’s legendary RB26 twin turbo engine and featuring a state of the art 4wd system, the R32 GT-R was almost space age at the time. If you haven’t had the opportunity, put driving an R32 GT-R on your bucket list as it lives up to the hype. On the road the car feels like a beast, that RB26 engine even in standard form is a powerhouse – mash the accelerator pedal into the carpet and the horizon becomes a blur! The handling is sublime, everything is perfectly weighted and the ATTESSA 4wd system lets the back end step out just a touch before reigning things back in. Some will say that the boat has sailed for those wanting to buy one due to rapidly rising prices, but they are wrong. The R32 GT-R is perhaps the ultimate modern day Japanese classic and the best examples will only become more rare and sought after.

Why now is the time to buy one:

Original, lower mile, clean GTRs are becoming extremely hard to find and soon will be out of most people’s reach

Pros:
It’s called Godzilla for a reason and lives up to its reputation while still being a very civil car that you can drive around town

Cons:
Parts can be expensive and many have been discontinued
At 25+ years old, the electronics can start to wear out

Which one should I buy?
The more original and low mile the better. While the US is flooded with Skylines, few people can resist upgrading and modifying them making a nicely preserved, well maintained stock example a real rarity.

1JZ or 2JZ – What’s the best motor swap?

Toyota Supra for sale in Japan at JDM EXPO

The Supra is legendary and everyone wants to put JZ in their car but which one is the way to go? What’s the difference between the 1JZ and 2JZ motors?

As you might have imagined, the 1JZ came before the 2JZ. It came in a variety of Toyota JDM cars such as the Chaser, Soarer, Supra MK III (Japan only) and Crown. It was a 2.5L straight six, with a 86mm bore and a 71.5mm stroke. The 1JZ-GTE, which is the top of line twin turbo model of the 1JZ, is the one that comes to mind when someone thinks “1JZ” and is the one we’ll be referring to here.

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1JZ

The 1JZ came with parallel twin turbos, and later 1JZ’s came with VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence). The biggest difference between the 7MGTE, found in USDM MK3 Supras, and the 1JZ is the strength. The 7MGTE was a great engine, but unfortunately was known to have a variety of headgasket and cylinder head issues. The 1JZ is pretty similar, but doesn’t see nearly the same amount of issues.

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2JZ

Unlike the 1JZ, the 2JZ-GTE came with a sequential turbo setup, meaning that the power band is much broader thanks to turbos of different sizes. This same setup was also seen in the Mazda RX-7. A small turbo gives low rpm power and helps spin up the bigger turbo for high rpm power and reduced turbo lag. The 2JZ shares most of the components of the 1JZ, with the biggest difference in the displacement as the 2jz was bumped up to 3L. The 2JZ retains the 86mm bore that the 1JZ has, but its stroke is increased from 71.5mm to 86mm. This makes the 2JZ what is referred to as a “square” engine, meaning the bore and stoke measurements are equal. This provides a better balance between low end torque and high end horsepower.

1JZ vs 2JZ: Stock vs. Stock
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Going by the dyno charts, the 2JZ makes around 30 horsepower and 20 lb-ft torque more than the 1JZ. This isn’t surprising, giventhe 2JZ has an extra .5 liters of displacement.

Important to notice though is how the 1JZ dyno graph shows the horsepower continually going up. Its a very linear gain throughout the rpm range which is great for track use. The power is predictable when getting on and off of the throttle.

The 2JZ dyno graph the horsepower basically just goes up rapidly and then flattens out. The power goes up in the lower RPMs, flattens, then goes down in the upper RPMs. This is great for street use because power is available low down, where most people do their driving.

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1JZ vs 2JZ: Modified vs. Modified

While they respond to modifications nearly identically, the 2JZ of course will make a little bit more power and torque thanks to its extra displacement.

Parts are nearly identical in price, being basically the same, however when including the price of purchasing the engine itself it’s generally cheaper to build a 1JZ. The most commons upgrades would be a big single turbo setup. Like Nissan Skylines, the factory turbos have issues when the boost is turned up.

1JZ vs 2JZ: Engine Strength

Contrary to what most people believe, the 1JZ and the 2JZ are pretty much equally as strong. Their connecting rods are identical other than the length since the 2JZ has a longer stroke. The crank and pistons are pretty much equally as strong as well.

The reason most people think that the 2JZ is stronger is because it can hold higher power levels. A general rule of thumb is that the 1JZ stock bottom end is good for about 650-700 horsepower and the stock 2JZ bottom end is good for about 800 horsepower.

Both are some of the strongest factory engines to ever come in a production automobile and part of the allure. Very few engines in the world can hold up to 1,000 horsepower or more.

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Which One is Better?

The 1JZ is thought to be better for drifting, especially when on a budget. The shorter stroke means it loves to hang out at high RPM’s, but lacks low end power. It takes a fairly long time to spool up the turbo(s) because of the short stroke.

The 2JZ is generally regarded as better for street use. The larger displacement and longer stroke really helps give them engine some low end grunt. The longer stroke also means it can spool up the turbo(s) much faster, making it more practical for street use.

So, which one is better? It’s hard to go wrong either way since they are both fantastic engines and quite similar but since most of people are looking for a swap for their street cars, the 2JZ is probably going to be the better engine.

JDM EXPO Comes to the USA!

JDM EXPO is now in the USA! We are proud to officially announce the opening of our USA branch – JDM EXPO NY – soon to be the USA JDM fans’ top source for Nissan Skylines, Supras, NSX, RX7 and many other JDM  cars for sale!

JDM EXPO NY is a company in upstate New York that assists in the importation of JDM cars to the USA, and arranges the transportation of JDM cars to the front door of its new owners. Along with having a rotating inventory of JDM EXPO cars on hand and ready to bring home, JDM EXPO NY also provides the services of sourcing and purchasing JDM cars in Japan. Click HERE to learn more about JDM EXPO NY.

Being the official representative of the largest JDM sports cars exporter in Japan,  JDM EXPO NY has a number of distinct advantages over the other USA based imports. Those advantages include cost efficiency since since unlike others, its operations doesn’t include the use of middleman, and its access to a large inventory of JDM sports cars in Japan with recently completed state-of-the-art repair & tuning facilities.

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Furthermore, its only through JDM EXPO NY, the USA buyers are given the option to work with Stateside company while directly purchasing their car from a reputed exporter in Japan at the most competitive market prices. To learn more about our inventory cars in Japan, click HERE Another advantage of JDM EXPO NY is what we call Try Before You Buy Program which exclusively available at JDM EXPO NY. This program allows USA based customers to pick out a car in Japan and have it imported to the USA through JDM EXPO NY and then inspect the car in person before completing the purchase. It is important to note that until now, no other company has been able to offer this kind of security and benefit when looking to buy 25 year old/older JDM cars.

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Since its opening in the early 2016, JDM EXPO NY has already become one of the dominant JDM car importers in the East Coast. As we are committed to keep spreading the awareness in the USA, our goal is nothing less that being the #1 source of USA JDM fans & customers when it comes to to importing all original examples Japan’s finest sports & classic cars while maintaining highest track record on customer trust and satisfaction. Thus, we welcome you to contact us at JDM EXPO NY if you would like to:

-Buy a car in Japan such as a Hakosuka, rhd AE86 or Skyline GTR

-Buy a Nissan Skyline, Honda NSX, Mazda RX7, Toyota Supra or other JDM car for sale in the US

-Buy an unusual JDM car that is hard for smaller importers to source

-Get assistance in handling export & logistics for a car you have already purchased in Japan

-Bring a car home with you as a member of the military stationed in Japan

Click on the picture to learn more about JDM EXPO NY & its operations

Click on the picture to learn more about JDM EXPO NY & its operations

The History of the Nissan Skyline GTR

The History of the Skyline

This legend from Japan has made appearances in just about every racing game made from Need for Speed to Gran Turismo. It has made appearances in no less than 6 of The Fast and Furious movies. And yet, “Godzilla” never officially made it to the US shores. Of course, we are talking about the Nissan Skyline GTR. But while everyone knows about the incredible R32 Nissan Skyline GTR, the car that earned the model its Godzilla nickname, the history of this highly coveted tuner car goes all the way back to 1957 in a ward of Tokyo called Suginami, Japan.

The Car Formally Known as Prince

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After the end of World War II, a company called Tachikawa Aircraft dissolved and was renamed Fuji Precision Industries. After several name changes, the Suginami based manufacturer settled on Prince Motor Company, named to honor the Prince and now Emperor of Japan, Prince Akihito. Introduced in 1957, the Prince Skyline was not the all-out performer it is today but rather a luxury sedan. Prince did, however, introduce a more stylish Skyline Sport that was available in coupe or convertible format. With much more modest production numbers, the Sport did find its way into a number of Toho/Fuji Media (think Godzilla) movies of the early sixties.

The Skyline Gets Sporty

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Moving ahead to 1964, Prince decided it was time to put a Skyline on the racetrack. Beginning with an earlier model, they did some major performance modifications including the addition of a straight six motor from a Gloria that made up to 125 horsepower in its top configuration. The car debuted at the second Japan GP in 1964 and took second through sixth place! Highly successful in GT racing, the newly named Skyline 2000 GT (S54) was then put into full production in the Japanese market.

Around the same time, the Japanese government decided that larger automotive companies should be created to ensure their success and longevity in overseas markets. Since Toyota had already merged with Daihatsu, the next logical partner was Nissan. Prince joined with them in 1966, and the Nissan Skyline was born.

The Three Letters That Started it All

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Making its debut at the 1969 Tokyo Auto Show was the first high performance version of the Skyline, the GT-R. Power comes courtesy of a DOHC 2.0 liter inline 6 making 160 hp, a very advanced and powerful motor for the time. While originally released as a four door sedan, Nissan introduced the more familiar two-door coupe in 1971. Much like the factory race cars coming out of Detroit, the Skyline was stripped of all unnecessary weight in order to improve track performance. This car started the near universal adoption of the “-R” designation for the factory performance or racing version of a model. As a nod to how influential Skylines are to the Fast & Furious franchise, you can catch a glimpse of a ‘71 in 2011’s Fast Five.

GT-Rs in the ’80s and Beyond

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After little success with the 2nd generation GT-R in the ‘70s as a result of the worldwide oil crisis, Nissan came back strong in the eighties with the introduction of the r31,32, and 33 GT-Rs. Production on these models began in 1985 and the GT-R maintained this general body design through 2002. The R31 saw the reintroduction of the DOHC inline 6 engine, producing 210 hp. Introduced in 1989, the R32 featured a NISMO twin-turbo 6 cylinder with AWD, capable of 280 hp.

The Pinnacle of Design

R34 Midnight Purple Skyline GTR
The GT-R R34, produced from 1999 to 2002, was the culmination of over a decade of competition resulting in the most technologically advanced Skyline… and priciest with a sticker of just under $90,000. A ceramic twin-turbo inline 6 put out 276 hp with full-time AWD. New features included an LCD multifunction display that put important engine data right smack in front of the driver as well as 6 speed Getrag transmission.

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While the Nissan Skyline has been a fixture in Japanese movies and television since its inception, in America it’s the Gran Turismo video games and The Fast & Furious movies that introduced the R32 version to US car enthusiasts. This has caused huge demand (and huge price increases) for the 1989-1994 Nissan Skyline GT-R which have just recently been legal for import due to the 25 Year Rule. And for the deep pocketed GT-R fan, you can actually own arguably the most famous GT-R of them all, Paul Walker’s R34 Nissan Skyline GTR from 2009’s Fast and Furious. This car was owned by Paul Walker and sports only 3,728 miles, plus a whole ton of modifications to both the look and performance of the car. The price is a secret but said to be between $1 and 5 million dollars.

Godzilla Comes to America

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Finally, in July of 2008 you could go to your local Nissan dealer and get a GTR. However, there’s a catch. At this point, the GT-R was no longer carrying the Skyline moniker. Not to mention, the trademark & highly successful straight six engine layout was also shelved. In its place was an alloy V-6. In the spirit of the RB26DETT, a motor used in nearly 20 years of Skylines, the twin turbos were kept making the new GTR capable of 473 hp and 434 ft lbs of torque. Top speed is now an extremely impressive 195 mph with 0 to 60 times in the low 3 second range. Styling is modern and very aggressive but with considerable homage paid to previous GT-R models. Does that mean it’s part of the Skyline Family? Some say yes, but many enthusiasts feel that the “real” Nissan Skyline GTR ended with the end of production of the R34.

Why should you buy Hakosuka / Kenmeri from Japan?

1970s-era Japanese sports cars were some of the coolest ever made. Undoubtedly, the jewels among them were a 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R ‘Hakosuka’ and a 1973 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R ‘Kenmeri’. Those cars embody a particular 2000GT-R style that evokes the best vintage Nissans ever produced, and currently they are one of the savviest classic-car investments to make.

Traditionally, it has been extremely rare to see an early Skyline 2000GT-R outside Japan, and especially on the auction blocks of the USA – unquestionably the largest market for classic & sports cars. However, the times are changing. From 2014 to 2015, the US auction houses reported saw people searching for those cars jump over 377 percent. More interestingly, 80 percent of those cars were searched by millennials, which bodes well for its continued popularity as those buyers age, and acquire more wealth, over the next decades.

Why there has been such a big jump in the number of people looking for those cars? Here’s why: Nissan Skylines were all exclusively produced for the Japanese market, and it has been illegal to import to the USA any types of Skylines that are less than 25 years old. Recently, as the late ‘80s popular R32 versions becoming available for USA import, the interest for the further down the line in the earlier models of the Skylines have also been picking up dramatically.

In terms of numbers, while Nissan made almost 300,000 R32s between the years of 1989 to 1994, in the 1970s, only 832 Hakosuka sedans and 1,197 of the Hakosuka 2-doors were manufactured. As of today, only a handful of a few hundred of those cars known to be remaining, mostly in the Japanese market. As for the Kenmeri versions, the production of those cars were halted after only 197 units were produced as the stricter emission regulations were introduced in Japan shortly after their debut.

Since the iconic Skyline R33 and R34s will soon become available to USA import, the interest in the early models of Skylines is expected to continue increasing over time. Since the two models have progenitor status and rarity and will be of interest as awareness of these cars becomes more mainstream, they are expected to provide significant returns over time for the long-term investors who hold on to those cars.

At JDM EXPO, with almost 4 decades of market experience as a Japanese sports car dealer, we have been in the business of purchasing, restoring and selling all types of sports and classic Japanese cars. Currently, we have several Hakosuka and Kenmeri available for sale, and we also have been the top sources of those vehicles for the overseas buyers. If you are interested in purchasing one of those cars, shoot us an emails at info@jdm-expo.com with a brief description of what you are after in the market, and we will get back to you within 1-2 business days of your inquiry. In a meanwhile, we welcome you to learn more about us through our main website at www.jdm-expo.com and contact us through the contact boxes with your further inquiries.

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How to Finance a Skyline, NSX, Supra or other JDM

How to finance JDM cars

We get this all the time. You’ve dreamed of Skylines ever since you were little and now are at a place in your life where you can actually own “Godzilla” aka a R32 Nissan Skyline GTR. But, what do you do if you don’t have the $20,000-30,000 in your bank account? You need to find a loan and get financed for the purchase. This is usually a fairly easy and common practice but when dealing with cars that are 25 or more years old and not ever sold in the US financing a Skyline can become a bit of a challenge.

Top 4 Things You Should Have

  1. Good credit   - Loans for Skylines is not the “anyone is approved!” financing the local auto dealers offer. It’s recommended to have a 650 or better credit score.
  2. Good income   - Showing you have the means to pay back the loan is important.
  3. A certified appraisal   - Most lenders will require a certified appraisal stating that the car is worth at least the amount to be financed. JDM Expo is happy to provide appraisals on its vehicles both in Japan and in the USA for a small fee.
  4. At least 15% saved   - Its a good idea to have some cash saved. For one reason, a deposit can be given to hold the car while financing is being arranged.

8 Steps to Getting a Loan for a JDM

  1.  Talk to one or more of the below lenders before looking for a car.
  2.  Find out if you qualify and how much of a loan you qualify for.
  3.  Contact JDM Expo with your budget and the specifics of what you are looking to purchase (model, color, mileage, mods, etc).
  4.  Once a car is found, place a cash deposit to hold it.
  5.  Bring a bill of sale and a certified appraisal (if required).
  6.  Get check for loan amount.
  7.  Pay balance of car price.
  8.  Drive off in your new Skyline GTR!

Where to look for loans
Most banks will not finance 25 year old imported cars and it can be a challenge to know where to turn. Thanks to our many years of experience we have found some good, reliable places to look for financing for a Nissan Skyline, Toyota Supra or other JDM import.

Local/Military Credit Unions
Credit unions will often provide auto loans for older vehicles like US-legal Nissan Skylines. They are the best option because they are quick, easy and offer great interest rates. If you’re a current or former military member, be sure to look into Navy FCU or USAA. Did you know we’re the number one source of Skylines for military members stationed in Japan? We deal with Navy FCU and USAA extensively and can highly recommend them. If not, you’re sure to find a federal credit union in your area that you can join.

Personal Loans
If you’re not able to get an auto loan, you may be able to get a personal loan. These have slightly higher interest rates but are also easier to get. You will probably need to use the car as collateral for the loan which requires a certified appraisal. A credit union or regular bank can give you a personal loan though credit unions tend to have better interest rates and may also allow you to convert your personal loan into an auto loan down the road.

Online Classic Car Lenders
When you see other importers saying “We can help you get financed” or “Ask about our financing options”, this is what they are referring to. On the one hand, these lenders will finance literally anything from a project to a top level show car. On the other, they tend to have high interest rates, require 10-20% down and can be a headache to get. JJ Best Banc Co. is one of the biggest names in online lending though there are many others. This article by Hemmings lists a few more.

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Purchase through random auctions or from reputed JDM dealership?

What is the difference between buying a car from a Japanese auctions with a help of middleman, and buying a car directly from a well reputed Japanese sports car dealer with an existing stock of JDM cars? In the followings, we answer this questions with several highlighted points in recommending you to always choose to buy from Japanese dealership with large existing stock of JDM cars.

Vehicle_Inspection1. QUALITY!  When you purchase a car from the auctions, you usually need to do that purchase though a licensed middle man who can bid to the car in your name. In a result, you basically place a bid through a middle man to the car which none of you have personally inspected. This is especially the case when a US importer bids for cars from the USA in the auctions conducted in Japan. Thus, there is NO one who can give you any clear assurance for the quality of the car that you will get which can be a big surprise after you have already purchased the car!

icon-get-offers-22. COST! Always remember the trick. The main objective of the middle man is to make a profit out of your bid! Plus, if the middleman who you trust is not licensed/registered company in Japan, then this middleman needs to find another licensed middleman in Japan to bid for the car in your name whose objective is also to make money of out this bid. As a result you are paying double middlemen who are the most interested in making profits and transfer to responsibility to the person who will end up with owning the car. And this person is YOU!

trust_icon-400x4003. TRUST! When a seller wants to sell a used car, it is sometimes a common practice that he/she hides the car’s faults and makes praises to make the sale. However, when this kind of information passes through several channels as illustrated in the example 2, a bad and rusty car can be described as a really good car. Notice, it starts with the auction, then Japanese middleman makes the praise and hides the faults, then your US middleman makes further of the same thing to make the sale for YOU. Then, you can easily end up with a car that you had never wanted!

4. GUARANTEE! When you purchase a car through a middleman, there is basically no one to make you any guarantees on the mechanical condition of the car that you will receive since the middlemen the most of the time can’t inspect the car personally.  It is not like they own any of the cars that they offer to you, they simple see two or three random photos of the car provided by the auction house and based on that they make their recommendation of the car to you! As the commonsense commands, when you purchase a car without actually seeing it running, it is always at least better to check the detailed photos of it before throwing your hard earned money to it!

icon63CounterfeitChecks5. FRAUD! Almost in all cases, the middlemen request you to pay for the car even before they win it at the auctions! Consider this which happens quite often: What if they don’t win the car? Well, the most of the time they try to replace the car with similar ones available at the auctions for cheaper price. But then again there is no guarantees on anything! Your money is already gone and you can easily end up purchasing a car that your importer decided with a suggestion of another middleman in Japan whom all trying to make money out of this sale to YOU!

Show & Display Exemption Explained

The Show & Display clause of the US import laws causes a lot of confusion. Many people seem to think you can bring in almost anything and declare that it is for “show & display” but that is not the case. In reality, it is a long and challenging process that in general, is not worth the time and expense.

Italdesign Aztec

Italdesign Aztec

First off, not just anything can be imported under the Show & Display provision. There is a list of approved cars from the NHTSA. These are not your average cars, this list includes cars such as the Italdesign Aztec, the 2005 Rodedawg and Pope John Paul II’s Ferrari Enzo (yes, just that one).

2005 RodedawgThere is also a list of cars that have been denied already. These are cars where people have applied to have a car put on the list but the NHTSA determined they were not eligible. Many Nissan Skylines show up on this list. If there is a car that you think is special enough to be approved and it hasn’t already been denied, the NHTSA has a good walk-through on how to apply. Be prepared to create a college-level presentation with many facts backing up your position! Jalopnik recently had a person who imported a Masarati Shamal explain what he did to get his car approved.

R34 Nissan Skyline Midnight Purple

1999 Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec in Midnight Purple II paint

A couple of Nissan Skylines are on the approved list however. Nismo Edition R32 GTRs could be imported as Show & Display, but they are now over 25 and so can be imported normally. The 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR R34 V-Spec Early Model Limited Edition is the other Skyline on the list. But, wait! The 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR R34 & 1999 V-Spec version show up on the denied list too! The closest guess to what a “ Early Model Limited Edition” is (since nothing ever received that distinction from Nissan), is a 1999 Midnight Purple II V-Spec with a build date that’s early in the run. The only way to know for sure is to submit an application seeking approval and nobody has done that yet.

Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec LM

JDM Expo’s 1996 Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec LM

What about R33s? There are a few people who have imported them legally and R33 Skylines are a bit of a special case. The 1995 Nissan Skyline GTR, 95-96 GTR V-Spec and 1997 Autech 40th Anniversary Eidtion are on the denied list and there are no R33s on the approved list. But, there’s a loophole! R33s were legal at one point and not just for Show & Display but for actual, normal import. To do this, they had to be converted to meet crash testing and EPA standards. So, with the GTR and the GTR V-Spec not eligible that leaves only one model. The legendary GTR V-Spec LM Edition. This car was built to commemorate a Le Mans win and made only in Championship Blue. Only 98 cars were ever built and with special aero pieces, color and badges it is extremely hard to find an original one.

This car can be imported, but must be brought into compliance with US emissions regulations. This roughly $20,000 job can only be done by one company and it can be years between when you buy the car and when you actually get it. If you must have that car, you may want to wait until 2021 when you can bring it in without issue.

Now, the next time you hear someone say “Oh, you can just import that as Show & Display!” when they’re talking about Skylines, you’ll know the answer is “You can but…” because technically you can but realistically probably not!

Import Nissan Skyline GTR R32 with JDM EXPO Japan

New Arrivals! Nissan Skyline GTR R32s for sale in Japan. Import Skyline GTR R32 to USA from Japan under 25 years old rule. Check out those latest arrived Skyline GTR R32s all in a great condition and the most can be imported to the USA under the 25 years old rule! Click on the photo of the vehicle to learn more about the car and feel free to contact us for more info at info@jdm-expo.com / www.jdm-expo.com

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Skyline GTR 32 for sale Japan. Import Skyline GTR R32 to USA

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Buy Skyline R32 Japan. Import Nissan Skyline GTR 32 USA

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Buy Nissan Pulsar GTiR from Japan with JDM EXPO

Pulsar GTiR was produced by Nissan for a main purpose of competing in the World Rally Championship (WRC) under Group A rules. The production of Pulsar GTiR started in 1990 and continued until 1994. Within this period of time, Nissan produced between 12,000 to 15,000 Pulsar GTiRs with some light changes in each year’s models. At the time, starting price of those vehicles (depending on its models) were ¥2,270,000 Japanese yens or about $19,000 USD which translates into over $34,000 of today’s US dollars.

Currently, you can import one those Pulsar GTiRs at relatively cheap price from Japan depending on its condition and mileage. In the links below, check out the Pulsar GTiRs that we have available with the price of our cheapest vehicle starting from $6,300 USD. If you are from the United States, good news for you is that now you can import one of those cars under 25 years old rule. Whether you are from the States or not, if you are interested in one of those vehicles, our professional recommendation is to make your purchase decision faster since the price of those cars is expected to keep raising because of the ever increasing demand from the USA market.

For more info on our cars, click on the picture links below and feel free to contact us at info@jdm-expo.com to get more detailed info on each of the vehicles.

Nissan Pulsar GTiR for sale in Japan. Buy Nissan GTiR from Japan with JDM EXPO

Nissan Pulsar GTiR for sale in Japan. Buy Nissan GTiR from Japan with JDM EXPO

Nissan Pulsar GTiR for sale in Japan. Buy Nissan Pulsar GTiR from Japan with JDM EXPO

Nissan Pulsar GTiR for sale in Japan. Buy Nissan Pulsar GTiR from Japan with JDM EXPO

Nissan Pulsar GTiR for sale Japan. Import Nissan Pulsar GTiR from Japan with JDM EXPO

Nissan Pulsar GTiR for sale Japan. Import Nissan Pulsar GTiR from Japan with JDM EXPO