Japanese History Check Blog

2010 Nissan Elgrand - Rewinding the export certificate to match a tampered odometer

The year was 2014, and down under in Sydney Australia, two brothers were at the helm of a thriving business, dealing in used cars. On Parramatta Road to the west of the Sydney, yard after yard was being swallowed up as the group's success led it to expan ...

Mazda RX-7 - "genuine kilometres" if you add about 40,000

So you're ready to buy your dream JDM sports car. Should you import yourself? Should you buy from a dealer/importer? Should you buy a previously imported example from a private seller? There are so many options! You've taken a look at what's out there and you spot a low mileage example which ap ...

1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R – Rewind by ommission

The 90's and early 2000's were a golden era for Japanese sports cars, twenty years on cars from this era are moving up in value, with rare and iconic models now becoming extremely collectible. If you're shopping for a JDM car, a clean example can be very hard to find. There are some specialist ...

Imported Used Vehicle Industry in Australia under threat

The newly proposed eligibility criteria for a revised SEVS (Special & Enthusiasts Vehicle Scheme) are so restrictive as to make it clear that the changes proposed would effectively close the scheme altogether and with it the Used Import segment of the Australian car market. The department ov ...

Nissan Skyline V36 Coupe - 60,000km+ odometer rewind

Shopping for a car? Looking at a used import from Japan? One might make the mistake of thinking Japanese History Check is anti-grey import. Quite the contrary! A used Japanese import can represent great value for money, many of the models which are only available via used import are of a higher ...

Nissan Elgrand - with 89,000+ km tampered odometer for sale

The Nissan Elgrand is a great value people mover. Like many of Japan's best cars, they were never officially made available for sale outside the local market, but later became available as a used grey import. You get great features like electric sliding doors, side-view and reversing monitors ( ...

2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R M-Spec NUR – Rusty Odometer rewind

What has become clear over the last months is that the BNR34 Skyline GT-R is no longer a 'future' classic, for a mass manufactured vehicle it has ALREADY achieved the status of 'classic' long before anyone would have expected. For low mileage, good condition examples prices have skyrocketed in ...

Two JDM Iconic Cars - 100,000 kms Total Rewind

Two iconic JDM classics in their most popular forms. The Nissan Skyline V-Spec II in Bayside Blue and the Mitsubishi EVO 8 MR in Gun Metal Grey. Values for tidy, low and medium mileage examples continue to escalate. These models were not sold locally in many markets outside Japan, leaving imp ...

2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR - Odometer rewind

In the land down under, the grey imports segment of the used car market has been mercilessly pillaged by shady (but licensed) dealers trying to make a quick buck. For nearly ten years they've been banking $$$ on the lack of visibility consumers and regulators have over the import process. Th ...

2007 Mitsubishi Delica - Sneaky Odometer Rewind

Used car dealers know that importing a car from Japan can be a complicated process. Due to the long timeframes, government regulations and foreign language issues, it's certainly not for everyone. As such, there are many myths and misconceptions associated with JDM imports. Dealerships do litt ...

2001 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec 2 – Accident Repair

When used cars cross international borders, keeping track of their history can become extremely difficult. Japan exports used cars to countries all over the world, the laws governing the import of these cars can vary per country. In Australia, despite having a strict system of legislation and r ...