Check the car’s auction sheet
Checking the car’s auction sheet is easier than it sounds. There are three typical auction sheets used in Japanese car auctions. In the example below you need to check the number 3 for the kms of the car. If your auction sheet doesn’t look like this, see other Japanese car auction sheet examples.
If you are buying a Japanese car that has already been imported, then you can easily cross check the mileage listed in the auction sheet with the mileage currently on the car.
Check the car’s export certificate / deregistration certificate.
Check the service records.
Inspections and independent verifications.
If you are going to request an inspection, then it’s important to request the photos to verify the information that comes back to you. A few sentences are not as convincing as photographic evidence. This is a car you are about to buy afterall.
Independent inspections from QISJ and BIMTA
If you are able to see the car’s service records, export certificate and auction sheet, then you should have enough information to check that your car’s mileage is genuine. But if these are not available, or only one is available, you might firstly question whether you want to proceed. If you do then your final option is to enlist the help of an independent inspection company.
QISJ offer a mileage verification service. Simply use the chassis number of your car and then they will return the information they have found.
The British Independent Motor Trade Association (BIMTA) offer an independent mileage check and a full vehicle history check for a fee. As a member of BIMTA, all our Japanese cars imported to the UK are guaranteed to have genuine mileage by BIMTA.
There is a risk when buying your car from overseas. But the risk reduces if you do your checks thoroughly as detailed above. Or simply import your car via a highly reputable importer. They should be completing an indepth check your car’s history and mileage using all of the documents above as their standard practice. They will be able to do the work for you and give you the reassurance you need that you are importing a genuine car with genuine mileage.