How to import JDM Cars to USA?


I am a JDM importer, and if you would like to get your HONDA, MITSUBISHI, NISSAN into the USA, that is legal.

Let me tell you what’s going on with importing used cars from Japan.

You probably already know that every car in Japan has a clean white title. That’s because Japan is a really strict country when it comes to vehicle registration and ownership. The only method to get a clean title is to have the car registered and insured in Japan for at least 6 months.

Now, if you’re looking to import a used car from Japan, there are two ways you can go about it:

  • You can import the car yourself. This is the less expensive option, but it can also be more work. You’ll have to find a shipping company that can transport your car from Japan to the US, and you’ll also need to clear US customs yourself.
  • You can use a broker or agent to handle all the paperwork and logistics. There are dozens of brokers out there that can help you import your car from Japan, some of which will even deliver it right to your door!

If you’re interested in finding a broker or agent for importing from Japan, I would recommend using JDM Sport Classics. They have been doing this for over 10 years; they are very experienced in handling this for you.

Just look up JDM Sport Classics review on google or yahoo, and you’ll see how popular they are. They are the biggest importer of JDM Cars in the USA.

Ok, so now you have your car! It’s time to go through all the paperwork, but this is where it gets tricky. You need to worry about dozens of variables when importing a foreign car into the United States. If anything is wrong or missing with your car’s paperwork – you could be facing sky-high fines or penalties with customs!

Here are some of the things you’ll require before you can legally import your JDM car into the US:

  • A valid and clean title
  • Proof of ownership with all fees paid and taxes paid
  • A clear and legible vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection
  • A compliance certificate (if your car is less than 25 years old)
  • Completed EPA and DOT forms
  • Emissions test results if needed.

I can’t emphasize how essential it is that you have all of these documents ready BEFORE you begin importing your car from Japan. If you don’t have them or aren’t complete, then your VIN won’t be issued a US “title,” and your car won’t be legal!

Once you have all of these documents, the next step is to get in touch with customs. Your broker or agent can help make this process a lot easier for you by guiding you through it every stage of the way, but either way, it’s going to end up costing you money.

There are import fees, storage fees, customs fees, and more that you’ll have to pay to get your car imported into the US. The total number can vary depending on how much stuff needs to be cleared for your car, but it’s nothing small.

Importing JDM cars into the USA is not easy or cheap, but it is possible. 

How much does it cost to import a JDM car?

A JDM car can be imported to the United States for $5,000 to $10,000. The price varies depending on condition, engine size, mileage, and other features.

To import a JDM car, you will need to file a Customs Entry Summary (CES) and an EPA-3520 form. The CES is used to declare the value of the car, and the EPA-3520 form is used to declare that the car meets US emission standards.

You will also need to pay import duties, including a 2.5% tariff, a 0.125% regional development fee, and a 25% auto tax.

In addition to the above costs, you will have to pay for an EPA-estimated smog score before going through the process of importing JDM cars to the USA. You do not need a certificate to import a used car, but you will need a valid title and registration.

If the car is over 25 years old, it may be exempt from some import duties. You should check with US Customs to determine if your car qualifies for any exemptions.

Once you have filed all the necessary paperwork and paid all the required fees, US Customs will issue you a release letter. You should expect the processing time to be about 30 days for JDM cars and other imported vehicles.

How long does it take to import a JDM?

There is no definite answer as to how long it will take to import a JDM. The procedure may vary depending on the type of car, the port of entry, and other factors. Generally speaking, the process can take a few weeks to a couple of months.

The first step is to determine the eligibility of the car. The car must meet specific requirements to be imported into the United States. It must be more than 25 years old, it must be in its original condition, and it cannot have been modified in any way.

If the car meets all of the requirements, the next step is to obtain a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). This can be done by contacting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Department of Transportation (DOT).

The next step is to apply with the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The application must include the car’s make, model, and VIN. It must also include a copy of the car’s title, a bill of sale, and any other documentation that can establish the car’s value.

The next step is to hire a customs broker to handle your transaction with CBP. The company will create an Automated Commercial System (ACS) entry for you.

Final Words:

Finally, the car must be imported into a port in the United States. The car can then be taken to your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) branch to receive a title and registration. Since each state has its set of rules for imported cars, you need to contact your DMV about these regulations before importing the vehicle.