I just finished importing my car from Japan. 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino.
Quoted from dmacy:
Very cool and different. Never saw one before but nice that it's different. I guess it's akward for drive thru's! J/K!
I found a reputable exporter in Japan. With them they give you access to the auction listings in Japan. Once I found a car I was interested in, they would translate the auction sheet. If still interested they would go to the preview and provide a full report on the car. Then they would bid for you. If you win, they transport to port, load on a cargo ship, pay for insurance and provide all necessary paperwork. Once it arrives at port you have 3 pieces of paper to fill out and you can self import through customs. All in, the exporter fees were around $2200. Import duty is only 2.5%, plus an unloading fee of around $90 if I remember correctly. I had zero issues with the title and registration PA. All went through without issue. The exporter did a great job explaining the process the whole way through.
I just bought this. 1993 Autozam AZ-1. I hope to have it by July to be my new go kart for the summer.
Quoted from robertmee:
You suck....I've been looking for one for over a year. Missed one locally about 9 months ago. Did you go the import route?
Yes. I’m importing it. I just bought it at auction about two weeks ago. I imported my Cappuccino a year and a half ago and the process was quite easy.
Quoted from robertmee:
They're awesome....Autozam AZ-1. Made by Mazda but I think has a Suzuki engine. Engines you cant kill. Smaller than a first gen MR2. I've been looking one for a few years but havent had the balls to import one.
657 cc, turbocharged 3 cylinder, 64hp. It’s the same engine in the AZ-1 and the Cappuccino. Both are between 1500 and 1600 lbs.
The import process has been extremely easy. I’ve now imported my Cappuccino using the informal entry process and the AZ-1 with the standard process which requires a broker. I’d definitely recommend taking the chance and importing one.
Quoted from tjprice222:
64HP?? I think my lawnmower has more than that. What are the other benefits of vehicles like these or why are they worth importing? Sorry, I’m not familiar with them either.
They are essentially street legal go karts that also have the allure of being extremely unique. I love small lightweight cars. I consider them a more modern take on early British sports cars but way more technology and near bulletproof reliability.
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