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    I would like to give some praise to the Japanese Export Company that I have dealt with in importing my first JDM.

    I discovered www.japan-partner.com about 2 years ago when I 1st started considering importing a RHD vehicle. I did the typical google search for Japanese Car Exporters and filtered through a bunch of sites that had poor english translations and terrible pictures and hard to understand ordering procedures. I felt that bringing in a car would be a real gamble. I knew that I could just buy a car that was already here, already imported but I knew that I would be paying more for a vehicle because of the extra people involved. Everyone needs their cut. I figured I could save money if I did everything myself. I knew that if I did buy one here that it would be ready to drive, and legal, etc. But I just could not at the time afford to buy one that had already been imported.

    I kept looking on the net, doing some research, figuring out what kind of car I wanted to buy.

    Then I stumbled upon www.japan-partner.com

    I signed up and started receiving thier free updates via Email.

    I notice right away that they didn't try to make a car look better then it realy was. I also noticed that they weren't an auction service. They were more like a car lot. They provided a good description of the cars they have and also provided alot of pictures. Usualy at least 10-12. They also take pictures of the problem areas, they don't try and hide them. I thought this was really good.

    Finally in November of 2007 I was on holidays and decided to check my emails. I found the latest update from Japan-Partner and I noticed that they had 3 Soarers just purchased from Auction. I emailed the only email address I could find on their website, just a typical info@... type email address. I asked them to email me more pictures of the Soarers they had just purchased once they had them on their lot.

    The next morning I received a phone call on my cell phone:

    "Hi This is Dean Cadre from Japan-Partner, you emailed me about the Soarers we have?" (the call was from a Canadian, who spoke perfect english)
    I responded," Yes I did, I thought you guys were located in Japan".

    The respnose, "I am in Japan, but I am actually from Alberta, I moved to Japan a few years ago"

    We chit chatted a bit. And then I asked about the soarers.

    He said that they were nice cars but ranged in km's and options.

    He sent me all of the pics in about two days and I chose the 1991 Green with only 66,000+/- kms.

    The car was bone stock, was a GTT 1jZGTE but didn't have a spoiler or a sunroof. It did have the TEMS and the GT trim. It also had the rare, very light weight BBS rims that were available as a Factory Option. (I kept the rims but they aren't my style, their the kind of rim my Dad would like)

    I used Japan-Partners check out system.

    I then received an email with payment instructions and the status of my car on their website changed from "Available" to "SOLD BPNC (But Payment Not Confirmed).

    Then I went to my Bank with Japan-Partners payment instructions.

    Then the next day I received confirmation from Japan Partner that they had received my payment and the car would be shipped out as soon as possible.

    One week later I received a call that there was no longer RORO (Roll On Roll Off) service available and would have to wait until it was available.

    This freaked me out as I had heard that some people have waited over 10 months for RORO service. I emailed Dean at Japan - Partner. Dean told me not to worry and that two other cars had just sold to Canada as well. Once he received the payment for those, he would put all three cars in a container and ship them to Canada that way. Myself and the two other owners would split the shipping cost.

    My the 1st week in decemebr I received a call that my car was loaded into the container at at the port in Japan. By the 1st week in January 2008 I received notice that my car had landed in Vancouver.

    I received a call from ABc customs brokers on the 2nd week in January that my car had been received, they were doing the paper work and destuffing and would call me when I could pick up the car. I phone EVT Transport and notified them that I had a car to be picked up in Brunaby BC. I then got a call in two days taht my car was ready to be picked up. I called EVT and they picked up my car the next day. 24 hours later EVT dropped of the car to me about 5 minutes from my house.

    Once I received the car their were some minor issues taht needed immediate attention. The 1st one was that the battery was dead (froze on the boat ride) and it was out of gas. I got the battery changed 1st, and then got gas.

    I then got the oil changed and all the fluids.

    Had a good look at the car in the shop. Noticed a couple of paint touchups that were too small to notice in the photos. There were 5 touch up spots on the dash board (sign of previously mounted cup holders), a tear on the drivers side front windshied pillar leather and on the passenger floor board a bad tear under the floor mat. In the trunk their is a couple of spots on the steel on the inside that show minor corrosion. I took a rag with CLR and rubbed it right off and then sprayed with rust repelent. It looks like someone had either had salt, sand with salt or a battery in the trunk that spilled because the corrosion was surface and cleaned right off. Nothing to worry about.

    On the outside I noticed on one fender a door scrape type rub on a fender that was touched up. This touch up is peeling so I'm going to a chip repair guy to fix that one spot.

    The car other wise is flawless. And for a car that is 17 years old is in excellent running condition.

    I'm fixing up the minor interior issues this summer.

    I am very happy with the car and it passed the OOP with very minor issues.

    I get compliments on the car all the time and from total strangers too.

    There are also 3 other Soarers I have noticed so far in my City so I'm not getting as much attention as I was when I 1st got it. This is good because you can only explain the whole process so many times. I thought it was interesting though, I received NO negative comments or remarks so far, especially nothing about it being an RHD.

    I highly recommend Japan-Partner and I will buy from them again.

    They also now offer an Auction service and can also do RHD to LHD conversions on some cars.

    If any of you have any more qustions please PM me.

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    Hey dj

    Good review and I'm glad the transaction went well. When I was looking at Exporters my main reason for not choosing a company like Japan partner was because I don't want to wire funds because it gives you no leverage if anything goes wrong or even worse if the car doesn't ship.

    I chose IBC Japan (by mistake and with regret now LOL) because they accept credit card payment but unfortunately as you might have seen a lot of people are having all kinds of problems with this company basically they aren't denying they've lied or tried to extort me on shipping. Actually now they just aren't replying to my e-mails.

    Japan Partner sounds interesting but the only question is did they show you the auction sheet considering it had just come from auction and did they mention anything about the paint touchups? I'm sure the paint touchups are a minor point but the auction sheet would usually note those as "repair marks" or something like that.

    I'm really picky on even the slightest of details about my experience with IBC Japan considering it's not over but I'm glad there are some people here who had a good experience with some exporters.

    What car if any do you plan on bringing in next?

    Also does your Soarer smoke at all due to the common 1JZ-GTE valve seal and turbo issues?

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    again with the smoking thing.. LoL Just buggin ya.

    My Soarer didnt smoke..

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    I'm not a big fan of smoke
    I hope this means it is not as common of an issue as we think.
    I know it is mainly caused by lack of maintenance anyway.

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    Default Soarer Smoke Issue - Non-Issue

    No Mine doesn't smoke. From what I can tell from www.soarercentral.com is this is from abuse mostly due to not properly maintaining the car. The Turbo Issue can be sourced to not letting the turbos warm up and cool down properly.

    I didn't request the Auction Spec sheet when I purchased my car from Japan-Partner. I didn't even know about this until after I purchased the car. If I do buy another car from Japan-Partner I would request it.

    For my first expereince with importing a car from Japan it was very good.

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    Hey DJ this is correct from what I know too although at least with the 2JZ-GTE some people claim this is simply something that happens due to the age of the seals but then again maybe they also didn't mention they abuse their cars

    I'm glad your first experience was not like mine!

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    Holy crap they have a lot of cars/trucks on their site

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    dude, im loving the pulsar gtir...damn. i wonder how much an exporter will charge to get the car titled and registered in ny...from boston which is the nearest port...(slight drooling) damn! is there anyone you guys would recommend to ship it to boston if so, they just got a new customer!!
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    Hey i_r_the_one

    The Pulsar GTi R is a cool little car. Japan Partner could ship to your nearest port. You should contact them about that. Basically any exporter in Japan will be able to ship to your nearest port.

    If you know how to get the car complianced in your state please post in the "United States" section because most of us are Canadians and know little about how it works in the US.
    Last edited by jdmvip; 04-18-2008 at 09:54 PM. Reason: typo as usual lol

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    that car is sweet....I love it...I want one too...trying to convince my lady friend to get something like this. hehe...so I could drive it too!! haha
    == Chris ==
    2007 Yamaha FZ6 (for sale)
    1995 BMW 525i Ltd
    1992 Levin GT-Apex - soon to be retired



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