UK used car import regulation


import cars from Japan to UK

Our company has access to all Japanese Car Auctions. We have been exporting cars for the past 6 years all over the world to the UK as well. TokyoCarZ helps customers export cars from Japanese Car Auctions, Local dealers shops, and from Japanese Bike auctions to the UK. We make easy, safe, and fast Import cars from Japan to Poland. Here we explain how to import cars from Japan to the UK: the UK used car import regulation, costs, and time.


Steering wheel -  You can import to UK any steering Left Hand Drive and Right Hand Drive; No restrictions.

No restriction on car condition, Drivable, None Drivable, Accident cars can be imported to the UK;

No need for Inspection certificates

Age restriction:

  • cars older than 10 years old can be imported to the UK. The vehicle must pass MOT test.
  • cars younger than 10 years must be on the model report list and need to pass ESVA (enhanced single-vehicle test) in VOSA approved test center.
  • Documents Needed:
    • Original Bill of Lading for the car,
    • A copy of the export CIF commercial invoice for the car,
    • a copy of the Japanese de-registration document (Export Certificate);

Import cars from Japan to the UK: How To Buy Cars from Japanese Car Auction!

In order to start bidding and purchasing cars right away, you are required to make a deposit of 150,000JPY or the equivalent of 1,500 USD. This deposit will be added to your account and discounted from you when we send you the final invoice.

You can make your deposit via PAYPAL or Transfer to our Bank Account.

DEPOSIT SCHEDULE Based on a car price

Car Price                    |            Deposit Amount

0 - 1,000,000¥                            150,000¥

1,0 mil - 2,5¥ mil                         250,000¥

Over ¥2,500,000  – Please enquiry

Start browsing the auctions. Auctions run from Monday to Saturday and auction stock is constantly being updated. It’s best to check at least twice a day to make sure that you stay on top of what’s available.

Look at the auctions and send us the Auction Lot number of interesting units. We'll screen them and delete any problem cars. Good ones We'll translate the condition report into English and upload them to your account for bidding.


You can read over the reports and if you want to bid you enter your bid. Which is the maximum that you want to bid on the car. Our bidders will bid up to that amount if necessary.

If the car sells for less then you pay that lesser amount. If the bidding goes over your budget we stop and move onto your next target and you pay nothing.

Once you win an auction we pay for the car in full and issue you an invoice for the balance. As soon as we receive full payment, we will ship the car.

Company Fees – ¥120,000 (starting from) - covers auction costs, deregistration, Japan port clearance, photos, radiation check, sales tax, DHL, etc, and gets the car on the boat for the port of destination!


Company Fee Schedule

Car Price                    |  Company fee 

0 - 1,500,000¥               ¥120,000

1,5 - 2,000,000¥            ¥140,000

2,0 - 2,500,000¥            ¥160,000

2,5 - 3,000,000¥            ¥180,000

Over ¥3,000,000 – please enqiury

Import cars from Japan to the UK: Shipping Ports, Cost, Tax & Duties!

Ro-Ro Shipping to Southampton port Cost

 Car Size                   |   in JPY         

Under 14m3             120,000.00          

Over 14m3                    ASK                                                

Tax & Duties

 VAT and Customs Duties based on The total CIF Value

Custom Duty      |    VAT

         10%                     20%           

Clearing Agent in the UK: Far and Wide Limited, Mr. Tom Steel, 

Tel: +44 1674 774 008


Calculation Example 

Let's say you bought a car for ¥1,000,000 and want to ship to Southampton port, UK.

Your invoice would look as follows:    

Details               |    in JPY          |    

Car price               1,000,000               

Commission         120,000                      

Freight cost          120,000 

Insurance              5,000

In Total                 1,245,000            


Other Costs

Accident cars - for Nonrunning car, None Drivable cars 30,000 JPY - 70,000 JPY extra inland transportation cost may apply.       

Negotiation fee  - 10,000 JPY;  During the auction, a car may unsold. But there is still a chance to buy it via Negotiation. By the end of the actual auction day, we can apply for negotiation to any unsold car. No matter you BID on it or no.   

Cancellation fee - 80,000 JPY  ( If you Won a car in the auction, you can cancel it within 1 hour); We CAN NOT cancel Cars bought via Negotiation or from Tender auctions!

Resell at the auction - will cost about 150,000 JPY  (auction fee, inland cost, paperwork, etc) depends on car condition, location, etc;

Late Payment - in 5 days after purchase you need to pay out the outstanding balance.  10,000 JPY will be charged weekly for late payment. 

Lowered Down Cars - cars with lowered suspensions, low height for e.g. sports cars etc. May be extra inland transportation charged

Oversized vehicles -  Trucks, Bus, etc. 30,000 JPY on top of FOB may apply;             



Lancia Delta Evo I

Toyota Alphard

Mitsubishi iMiev

Lancia Delta Evo I

Audi RS6

Ducati 996R

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why do I need to deposit money and is it refundable?

- This deposit gives you full access to all the auctions and it is refundable at any time before you actually buy a car.

2.Can I cancel my bid?

- Yes, you can. Before 2 hours from the actual time. You will not incur any penalty.

3.What if I cancel my purchase?

- There will be a penalty equivalent to your deposit.

4.How can I make payments?

- There are two options for making payments: Bank Telegraphic Transfer, and PayPal System