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How to Import Used Japanese Engines

Updated July 19, 2017

Used Japanese car engines are highly desired because of their excellent fuel efficiency. They can be imported by contacting an exporter of Japanese engines or an exporter of JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) vehicles.

Determine the type of Japanese engine you need, such as passenger vehicle, light truck or commercial vehicle, as well as the quantity. The most popular Japanese engines are Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Yamaha and Mazda. They should be readily available for import.

Contact at least two Japanese engine exporters regarding the engine you need. Provide specific information such as the engine's desired mileage, year of manufacture, model and price. Compare costs, shipping estimates and delivery times. They can varying depending on the location of the exporter. Notify the exporter which engine model you plan to buy.

Complete a Pro-Forma/Pre-Invoice. The pro-forma invoice will be issued by the exporter to you usually by fax containing information about the engine you plan to purchase. By signing the invoice, you will confirm that the information is accurate and that you promise to purchase the item listed on the invoice.

Make payment. Exporters usually accept payments with a major credit card, but most also accept an international bank money transfer. Some exporters may require an initial deposit before export, so carefully read the pro-forma invoice regarding payment. Once payment has been received and confirmed, the exporter will send you copy of the Bill of Lading. This will detailed shipping information.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet
  • Credit card
  • Bank account
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About the Author

LeJarie Battieste-Noguchi is a Japanese-to-English translator and writer. She taught English in Japan for three years and was Researcher/News Reporter for a leading Japanese newspaper. Battieste-Noguchi is also an author of an encyclopedia chapter on modern music in Southeast Asia for Greenwood Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese/East Asian cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles.