About Us

This website is ..

  • To provide the best possible line-up and curation of top-quality and premium or high-end cars that are available in the local Japanese market to the world wide audience.

  • To provide the best service possible topped with warm hospitality to attend to your sensitive needs eliminating the instances of cultural and language miscommunication of dealing with Japanese staff who are non-native speakers of English.

  • To represent your (our client) best interests in all aspects of the purchase process and/or negotiation with the highest standards of ethics and integrity.

  • To lessen the overall hassle in the total car purchasing experience directly from Japan.

  • To be the most transparent service provider in terms of costing and the whole step-by-step process from purchase to shipping to delivery.

  • To also hear your sentiments and other requests that we maybe able to fulfill depending on our current capacity.
 

Why buy Japanese used cars in the first place?

For most of the Filipinos and other practical consumers out there in the whole wide world, Japanese used cars are considered the best maintained cars in the market and carry transparent standardized records that are reflected in their competitive prices on top of everything else added to the basic purchase cost (shipping fees, conversion costs plus customs/clearance fees and taxes to import them in the country).

The reasons for these are quite simple and can be summarized below:

  1. Japan conducts the highest standards of safety and maintenance inspection routines every 2 years in the form of “shaken” which means, all vehicles have to strictly pass the standards set for them by a government before they are allowed to run on the streets and be considered road-worthy. This routine inspection and maintenance costs more or less $1500 and above just to have the car available for use. This makes possessing a car in Japan, a very noble luxury or choice. Add to that, other costs such as parking spaces which could easily run up top $100 depending on the location.

  2. The Japanese consumer mentality is that, once a car reaches the 3-5 year period, owners feel that buying a new car on another new loan or lease is much more practical. There a wide variety of consumer “discounts” for buying new cars all the time which include the tax discounts and heavy promotions by both the government and the car makers to promote sales of the newer models. This means that must dispose of their cars easily and fast which is then reflected on the low resale prices of the cars in the local market. There is a strict policy here that for one parking space, only one car can be registered and in order to register a car in your name, you will be required to present an empty parking space with a valid contract in order to complete the process, so for people wanting a new car badly, disposing cars as fast as possible tends to favor the resellers or those who buy them for resale.

  3. The Japanese population is shrinking and add the fact that most of the urban population opt to take advantage of the easier, cheaper and more convenient mass transportation system in place. In effect, lesser people are actually wanting cars, second-hand/old or new.

  4. With the combined effects of the above, you could only expect that the quality and price of Japanese used cars outweigh the image and appeal of the locally traded cars in the Philippines where cars are considered an asset which does not significantly depreciate in value over the years whereas compared in Japan, a car are treated as a liability considering the overall possession and maintenance costs needed to have one.

  5. With the combined effects of the above, you could only expect that the quality and price of Japanese used cars outweigh the image and appeal of the locally traded cars in the Philippines where cars are considered an asset which does not significantly depreciate in value over the years whereas compared in Japan, a car are treated as a liability considering the overall possession and maintenance costs needed to have one.

  6. With the combined effects of the above, you could only expect that the quality and price of Japanese used cars outweigh the image and appeal of the locally traded cars in the Philippines where cars are considered an asset which does not significantly depreciate in value over the years whereas compared in Japan, a car are treated as a liability considering the overall possession and maintenance costs needed to have one.
 

Why buy Import Cars (Non-Japanese Brand Cars) from Japan?

By saying “Japanese used cars”, the notion also includes foreign branded cars which were originally sold for and “used” in Japan domestically. Honestly speaking, Japan offers the cheapest import cars prices worldwide for the reasons stated below yet independent of those given above.

  1. Only the above-average or richer class people in Japan really opt to buy Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, or Chevrolet and etc for that matter because the “normal” family or even the normal Japanese consumer mentality always tend to lean towards the lesser overall maintenance costs as one of the main factors being considered when one is buying a car. Since the import cars are already expensive as it is to own and as time goes by, the maintenance costs goes up as well exponentially, so in the end of the logic, they tend not become popular choices for anyone buying them in the 2nd hand market.

    The second degree or generation market for these “brand-new-bought” cars when resold only exists because the owners does not care much how high or low they resell their cars since they are already “rich” in the first place, and also the fact, that the 2nd hand consumers will not pay top yen for something they think would really cost high in further maintaining, and considering other unknown “blind” costs that may be incurred in owning them.

  2. This means, that for societies like the Philippines, which puts more importance in the name or brand of the car being driven by one, buying import cars from Japan is a real bargain. Especially for any collector, just to have a specific model of a car added in his or her collection, it would not be so much costly to own one or two import cars, if you could find the perfect deal in the Japanese used cars market for them.

  3. On top of the reasons that maybe available as to why buy import cars from Japan, the best would be that: they do not need to be converted to left hand to cater to the law in the Philippines which only allow left-hand cars to be driven on the road. There are a lot of originally left-hand import cars in Japan because both left and right-hand cars are allowed here which justifies their presence in the market.

  4. In addition particularly to #3 above, there is a “thing” with the rich Japanese people who buy left-hand import cars, it is more or less a thing to flaunt or considered a status among them which is not patronized majorly by the consumers in the 2nd hand resale market for such left-hand import cars which leaves them unpopular and cheap in the used-car market. Most richer old and CEO-type guys, still prefer owning right-hand import cars so, the mania about owning and riding a left-hand import car is actually limited to a few people who actually don't really have the capacity to match the statuses of the cars they are pimping on with. Eventually, rich people who does not care too much about the resale value of their cars since they have overflowing money in the first place, ends up contributing to the highly saturated second-hand market for them. Thus, the need of Japan to export these cars somewhere where they will be still valued so much compared to them being just considered mostly as “junk” pieces of scrap metal in a first-world country like Japan. What a waste indeed! Mottainai!

So thinking and judging us that we are well-aware of these “psyche” of the Japanese consumers in general, the “used-car” market in Japan and the “needs” and “desires” of our same or like-mined foreign clients, you can well put your trust on us that we can really cater to your budget and needs. We assure you that we can fulfill your innermost desire/s and need for the statuses that these cars bring in carrying your chosen lifestyle and class that fits you. We are more than just a car dealer but maybe what you would call or probably become the norm from now on - as your “car lifestyle consultants”, for we understand your most sensitive needs and tastes and the dream that goes along with owning a car.

A car is more than just a c-a-r, it is a combination of lifestyle and that d-r-e-a-m that rides with it. For most of the boys out there, a car is like a chick that can boost anyone's ego. Some may even say that you gotta be rollin in your wildest ride that you gotta pimp all the hell outa ya soul.

Who is our target market?

While we admit that we offer and cater to the bargain speed hunters out there, we do not disclose the fact that for offering premium services for these top “Japan-used” cars available here in our website, we also charge a justifiable premium fee and command a decent profit for our services outlined here as will be reflected in our pricing. This includes top quality service and personalized follow-up and updates on each step that you are involved with us which surely you wont be regretting later on that you have committed to work with us in chasing for that dream cars of yours. This is like letting the natural selection law take place in our business, for us, to properly attend to your sensitive needs, we also need to be properly compensated for our passion and efforts to offer the best possible service in this industry. As much as we would like to serve the masses, currently, we are setting our market to the mid to higher niche in this field.

By premium services, we mean that, we are following a high level set of standards of customer service and ethics in the whole process with transparency and integrity in place within the limits and scope of the best possible service one can get in the whole world.

In short, we do not deal with just simple bargain-hunters who could not understand being serviced fully with these set of ideals and standards. We take pride in each transaction and wish to take them well beyond personalized levels of service from top to the end. Our top priority is quality over quantity so please understand that as much as we want to serve everyone, we decide to be more selective of our clients for their benefit and best-interests.

If you ever feel that we are able to strike a cord in your heart with our rather straight forward approach, then please do not hesitate to shoot us an email or message on how we can well attend to your concerns and needs then. We are more than happy to assist you!

Contact us here. If you do not receive a reply from us soon enough, please feel free to find other parties who might be able to attend to you then, please respect our privacy and being choosy to whom to deal with.

Who are We?

This site is a pure collaborative effort between Digital Studio (IT infrastructure) and Used Cars Philippines (Core business development) in cooperation with our official logistics partner, Guest Orient International who shall then process your car shipments to anywhere around the world.

The site's operations shall be spearheaded by Used Cars Philippines which shall include customer relations (inquiries, contract signing, negotiations). You can always expect Japanese top quality service with emphasis on warm Filipino hospitality to care for your sensitive needs and concerns.

Kogo Yagi
CEO, Used Cars Philippines

Tokyo Office

106-0032
3-16-35 Roppongi Minatoku Tokyo , JAPAN
usedcarsphilippines@gmail.com



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Philippines Office

UNIT 310 BLD MABINI ST BRAGY POBLACION LAGUNA
PHILIPPINES
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