How to choose the second-hand Japanese car?
As to me like the Japanese cars, and in garage costs Toyota Corolla, further it will be a question of them.
of the Recommendation at the choice of the car in the market.
the Part of a legend (concerning low cost of the Japanese cars) is confirmed in practice by the same sellers of the Japanese cars - validly what they bring for sale - it is cheap cars.
Buying 2 - x liter “ Japanese “ for 6 thousand c.u. know that its cost in Japan was about 1500 c.u. - can cost fairly killed commercial car with run far for 100 thousand km so much, or the restored car or - “ drowned man “ (if it “ fresh “ years).
the Three-liter car after the 96th year for 8 - 9 thousand has to cause still big suspicions - its price in Japan, in this case - 1,5 - 2,5 thousand dollars that is unreal for cars of such class in a good shape.
“ Having shoveled “ tens of cars, during their adaptation, we had an opportunity to be convinced of a difference between quality of the cars and cars bought in our markets delivered by us - the torn pillows of support of the engine (and we dismantle engines with stretchers at adaptation), podvarenny longerons, the broken basic bearings of racks, elastic bands and “ stones “ stabilizers, the leaking racks which sank springs - if you bought the car with such defects - consider that you were lucky.
It is much worse if the engine was overheated that very often leads to AKPP overheat - this defect can be met on powerful, turbocharged cars which elimination will lead to expenses, commensurable with the cost of the car bought by you. we Will determine by
the most essential criteria by which it is necessary to estimate a condition of the car and which you want to get in the market:
1. As it was already told, low cost is not a reason for purchase of the car yet. Keep in mind
that customs cleaning of the car with the engine of 2,0 l - 1855 c.u., 2,5 l - 2 315 c.u., 3,0 l of-4 580 c.u., 4,2 l - 6 410 c.u. etc. Delivery by the ferry with all expenses can cost 650 - 750 c.u. Delivery on railway to Novosibirsk - 700 - 900 c.u. Other (laid on) expenses of sellers can make up to 1000 c.u. Plus to they are commission charges. Sumiruyte these numbers and you will understand that car cost in Japan is too low - and it is obvious with an ulterior motive. Especially, it concerns sports cars, cars business - a class and SUVs which in Japan cost rather much (if they qualitative).
2. If the car nevertheless is pleasant to you and its price suits you, the first what it is necessary to pay attention to is a geometry of a body. Beaten and then the restored Japanese cars in our markets - the vast majority, it also determines their low cost. In it there is nothing terrible, Japanese too people and often have various accidents, and such cars for years go on our roads. The main thing, the geometry of a body is how correctly restored and stretchers are established concerning it (though to achieve a complete recovery, in many cases, it is impossible).
Results only of external survey already give an idea of gravity of internal damages of power elements of a body - gaps between the interfaced surfaces are uneven, badly closed doors, the displaced headlights concerning a cowl and wings, an uneven roof etc. of
Having opened a cowl, first of all pay attention to a condition of elements of a body in forward part of the car on which the lock of a cowl, headlight, radiators fastens (“ points “) - if this detail does not cause in you suspicions (often it number), then it is already good. See places of its welding with a body, compare paint which it is painted with other painted elements - its replacement says that the car at accident had a front blow (or it, at best, under someone drove).
Then examine forward longerons - they are rumpled at frontal and lateral blows. Turn out against the stop wheels and examine their lateral paths - there should not be uneven, in relation to other surface, a wear which can also testify to the wrong relative positioning of elements of a running gear of the car and its body (though wheels can be replaced).
One more positive factor characteristic of cars from Japan are rather small run at the majority of them. Nevertheless, cars with small run and in a good shape cost in Japan rather much. For example, cars with 2 - x liter engines and with run of 40 - 60 thousand km and an assessment 4,0 (Primera, Bluebird, Corona Premio, Caldina, Vista etc.) can cost in Japan from 400 to 700 - 800 thousand yens (3335 - 5665 - 6665 c.u.) above.
Respectively the engine of 2,5 l, and is business - a class (Cefiro, Camry Gracia, Diamant, Gloria, Mark II and many others) - from 4,5 to 8,5 thousand c.u. and above (4WD for example). In Moscow, respectively, such cars would cost from 9 to 12 thousand c.u. (middle class) and from 10,5 to 16 - 18 thousand (business - a class 99 - the 00th years).
Sports cars with small run in Japan cost very much - therefore to purchase of such cars from hands follows belongs extremely carefully - big run is undesirable to them and will lead to very big expenses, in use. For example, Caldina GT - T or Legnum VR - 4 for 10 thousand c.u., the MMC GTO or Nissan Fairlady of 96 - 97 g for 12 - 14 thousand in Novosibirsk is an unreal price as approximately same money costs such cars (in a good state) at auctions in Japan.
One more nuance - be careful to buy privately sports cars with AKPP. First, this in itself already a nonsense - AKPP on a sport car, and secondly, its poor (AKPP) already so to you overdrove that yours “ low “ it will not for long sustain starts on wide Moscow streets. In spite of the fact that modern Japanese AKPP transfer very big torque (at Supra SZ - R Twin Turbo - to 440 Nanometers) and are very reliable, their resource, approximately is twice less than at the engine, and the cost of repair can be in two and more times more expensive.
From here also follows that big run have the majority of the cars sold in our markets (if they not beaten), than those which you see on their odometers (as a rule - 50 - 80 thousand km) - it can be cars which were operated in various firms or are bought on private parking where nobody gives any guarantees, and they cost significantly cheaper. But in it too there is nothing terrible (does not concern sports cars) - as a rule, all of them were periodically served and to determine their run by a condition of brake disks is useless - they can be the second, or even the third.