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Buying a Japanese import, good or bad?

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Hello,

I am in the market to replace my 2007 Toyota Yaris and would like to go for the same car again but in
a hybrid version from 2017 or 2018. I have looked at one that is a Japanese import, and it was
€1,000 cheaper than a similar Irish car I looked at, both were 2017 reg’s, in good condition and had
similar mileage on them.

Should I be wary of the import, would getting repairs or parts be an issue in the future.

Thanks in advance

Elaine

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Asked on October 2, 2022 11:07 am
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Hi Elaine,

Japanese imports car be a very good option to go for, but as you suspect, they do come with some potential downfalls.

Some parts on the Japanese cars will be different than the Irish versions, so getting parts, if required, can mean having to order them from Japan which may take longer that the European versions.

Regular maintenance / servicing should be ok though, as the basics would be very similar to the Irish cars.

Another thing to consider though would be the radio / infotainment system. In Japan their FM radio works on different frequencies than we do, so getting our local radio stations is not an option without making some modifications. There are aftermarket kits available that alter the frequency of the radio which allows for our local stations to be tuned in, they are not perfect though and you will lose the smart info such as listing the radio station or song that is playing etc. Another option would be to fit an aftermarket radio to the car but these can be expensive, so maybe you could ask the seller to cover the cost of fitting one.

Best of luck with your search.

Regards

Brian

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Answered on October 2, 2022 11:31 am
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