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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Who Can Be A Member of the Internet Auction System?
Any dealer of motor vehicles can apply for Membership. Membership is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Membership and is granted based on criteria set by Showa Trade.

2. What is the cost to join the Internet Auction System?
There is no cost to join. Once membership is granted ongoing participation is at the discretion of Showa Trade and is based on adherence to the Terms and Conditions.

3. What Are the Payment Terms and Conditions?
Payment is by TT in Japanese Yen. Credit cards are not accepted. Payment must be made no less than one week after a successful purchase. Vehicles will not be shipped until full payment is received. (Fee Structure)

4. How Long Will It Take to Get My Cars?
It depends on what country you are shipping it to. It can take up to 3 weeks to organize the paperwork and get the vehicle on the boat and then you have to allow the time on the water. See Shipping Information for indicative timelines for your country.

5. How can I Get An Indicative Price at Auction for a Particular Vehicle I Am Interested in?
Our Free Tour Auction Data will give you prices of vehicles that have sold over the last three months for most makes and models.

6. Do You Export Left Hand Drive Vehicles?
Because Japan is a right hand drive country the vast majority of vehicles that we export are right hand drives. Of the very few left hand drive cars for sale at the auctions most are European makes. You can of course still join the system and may indeed find a left hand drive vehicle but it may just take a little longer to find the vehicle of your choice.

7. Do you Export Motorcycles?
No, motorcycles are not included in our service.

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