Japnuts is not a vehicle dealership, we are an import agency specialising in
the location and importation of Japanese vehicles to order on behalf of our
clients. You purchase your vehicle direct from the Japanese Auction or Dealer
Network using our trade accounts with several major Japanese vehicle export
companies. We locate the vehicle for you and arrange purchase, shipping, and
importation into Ireland or the UK.
1 - Estimate: Starting with your
initial inquiry, we provide an estimate of
cost, so that we are clear on just what you are after. We ask for detailed
information from you, so we can provide accurate information from the beginning.
Our estimate is based on your requirements. As long as
your budget is sufficient for the vehicle you're after & the vehicle is likely to be
available, we will be prepared to find the vehicle you order, or better. Remember:
even if you budget too much, it doesn't matter. We operate a system of supplying
the best vehicle we can find, plus a set fee. If we can obtain your vehicle for a
lower price, then you make the corresponding saving.
* subject to variation based on vehicle size / weight
** Subject to exchange rate variations during time elapsed while shipping to
*** VRT is calculated on the Open Sale Market Price (OSMP) of the vehicle in
Ireland at the time it is first registered. This figure is determined by the VRT
office and can vary as it is dependant on market
conditions, and the age and condition of the vehicle being registered.
The figure shown is a current estimate obtained from the Revenue Commissioners VRT quotation system
2 - Deposit: When you are ready to proceed, we ask for a deposit
of 10% of the estimated value of the vehicle (minimum deposit is €1,000) & a completed purchase authorisation form. This deposit is fully
without question, should you for any reason need to cancel before a vehicle is
purchased or reserved on your behalf.
Note: Once a vehicle has been purchased or reserved on your behalf, the
deposit cannot be refunded. Cancellation of a purchase at this time incurs
significant costs to our Japanese agents, and the deposit is used to pay these
3 – Sourcing
a vehicle: We will keep you informed via e-mail whilst searching
for your vehicle. Sometimes it can take a few weeks to find the right vehicle. In addition to
accessing the major Japanese auctions daily, we have buyers searching throughout Japan for the
vehicle you require. No news simply means we haven't found it
yet. We don't buy or bid on the first vehicle which comes along. It must meet or exceed your
requirements and our quality standards. We deal only with reputable sources
experienced in the sourcing and export of vehicles.
4 - Bidding or
Purchasing: When a suitable vehicle
is located, we e-mail or fax you photographs and details. We will also provide you with an estimated auction price or the
dealer network price. You then decide whether to bid for or purchase the
vehicle. We do not bid for or purchase any vehicle without your consent.
The vehicles are sourced from auctions or from the Japanese
dealer network. If the vehicle is being auctioned, you will be competing
with other buyers to purchase the vehicle. If the vehicle is for sale via the
Dealer Network we will be able to provide you with a fixed price for the
purchase of the vehicle.
5 - Servicing:
If you wish, we can arrange for the vehicle to be inspected and serviced prior to
shipment. We recommend that
all vehicles with higher mileages (80,000km or over) have the cam belt/chain
replaced. We can also arrange for the installation of additional parts or
accessories and/or the servicing or renewal of other components such as brakes
or suspension if required. A service typically costs approx 250 Euro.
6 - Shipping : Usually, ships
sail every 4 weeks, from Japan
to Ireland (Dublin). We arrange for your vehicle to be shipped on the first vessel
Shipping typically takes between 5 and 7 weeks.
Before the vehicle
arrives, we arrange customs clearance, etc.
so the vehicle needn't spend un-necessary time waiting at the docks upon arrival. It
usually takes 3-4 days for vehicles to be unloaded and cleared by Irish customs.
7 - Payments:
A. If your auction
bid is successful or you agree a price for a car available via the dealer
network, you must pay 50% of the agreed auction/dealer price, handling agent
fees, and shipping costs for the vehicle to our business account within 3 working days. This payment must be made by
bank draft or direct fund transfer to
our account. We will
then arrange for the vehicle to be inspected by our Japanese agents and shipped
B. When the vehicle is shipped, we will require the second payment which
is the balance of the agreed auction/dealer price, handling agent
fees, and shipping costs for the vehicle. This payment must be made by direct
fund transfer to our account. Our Japanese agent will then
release the ownership documents to us.
C. Around 3 weeks before the vessels arrival, we ask you for a
third payment (less your original deposit), to cover Import
duties, VAT, port & customs charges and our fees.
D. VRT (Vehicle Registration Tax): All cars registered in the
Republic of Ireland are subject to VRT. This is assessed by the VRO (Vehicle
Registration Office) and is calculated based on the Irish Market Value (OSMP) of
the Vehicle taking into account its' mileage and condition. Japnuts will provide
you with an estimate of VRT prior to purchase, however the final figure may vary
based on a final assessment of the vehicle. This must be paid prior to
registration and release of the vehicle. Once this has been paid, they will issue you with a registration number and the
car will be registered in your name as the first Irish keeper. You
will also need to inform your local NCT or DOE centre in order that the car can be
registered on their database and tested.
Customers in Northern Ireland and the UK do not have to pay VRT.
Note: Vehicles will not be released to customers until all
payments have been received and cleared by Japnuts.
8 - Radio &
If you wish, Japnuts can arrange can arrange the fitting of a
new stereo or the modification of the existing stereo (where fitted) to receive
Irish FM radio stations. (charge applies).
We can also arrange the installation of a vehicle alarm/immobiliser
(recommended for all sports vehicles) if required.(charge applies).
9 - Pick up
Once the vehicle has been registered, you can pick it up from
our base in Wicklow, or we can arrange to have it delivered to you anywhere in
Ireland (Delivery charges apply.)