Importing a Car from Japan: F.A.Q.

Why are there so many used vehicles in Japan?
In Japan, once a vehicle is three years old it must be inspected and re-certifed. This is a very costly affair and once completed, is only good for two years. With these policies in effect, combined with heavy incentives from the manufacturers, it makes more sense for the Japanese public to buy a new car every three years. This creates a hugh surplus of used vehicles that need expensive certification to be driven once again in Japan, and no domestic demand for them. This is a clever way for the Japanese Government to support their automotive manufacturers which are a large part of the Japanese economy.

Are the vehicles inspected before being shipped?
Yes the vehicles are all inspected and detailed before being shipped to Canada from Japan.

Where can I get parts for my RHD vehicle?
We have some RHD car parts for sale here or we can order parts for you. Click the link for the order form.

Will you import a specific vehicle for me?
Yes we can custom order a vehicle for you. A $1000 Deposit is required to start the process. Visit the Japan Car Auctions page for details.

What about warranties?
All of our imported cars are eligible for Lubrico warranties.

What cars can I import?
Any car that is 15 years old or older is admissible into Canada being a right hand drive (RHD) car. Left-hand drive cars imported from japan like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Porsche, Ferrari etc that do not have a 17 digit North American VIN must also be 15 years old. Click Here for a list of some of the vehicles Tyee Imports Inc. can import for our clients in Canada. If you don't see the one you want on the list, ask us, we can probably get it for you!

What if I live in Toronto? Do I have to drive my new car all the way home?
You could, or we can ship it for you. In fact we can ship to almost anywhere in Canada. Contact us for a shipping quote.

I've heard that you can oly import vehicles to Canada over 25 years old. Is this true?
No. Americans can only import vehicles over 25 years old, but in Canada, 15 years is the rule. Consumers should be aware, however, that Transport Canada is currently reviewing the regulations pertaining to vehicle importation. The Imported Vehicle Owners Association of Canada (IVOAC) is a great source of information about the proposed changes to laws governing imported vehicles. Join www.ivoac.ca to help support our imports and the 15 year import rule. Don't let them change it to 25 years!


If you have any questions that haven't been answered here, please don't hesitate to contact us via email or to give us a quick call at (250) 830-3130. We're here to help.