What You Need To Know About Buying Japanese Cars And Japanese Car Parts
More than 79 million cars were sold worldwide in 2017 and that number seems to be growing. More than 81 million cars are expected to be produced by the end of 2018.
It’s a safe bet that many of those cars sold will be Japanese. In June 2018 alone, about 60,000 Subaru vehicles were sold in the United States.
Japanese cars and car parts have proven to be popular in America. In 2016, Honda produced two of the two selling cars in the U.S., the Accord and the Civic. In 2016, the top three important categories to the U.S. from Japan were vehicles ($50 billion), machinery ($29 billion) and electrical machinery ($1.6 billion). So if you own a Scion TC for example and are looking for Scion TC performance parts or Subaru WRX performance parts, chances are good you can find them.
Overall, there are many benefits of Japanese cars including:
- Reliability: Japanese cars from trusted brands like Honda, Mitsubishi and Toyota are known for being some of the most reliable cars in the world. With proper maintenance and service, Japanese cars can last a long time with some owners reporting their cars can last up to 200,000 or 300,000 miles.
- High Quality: Strict quality tests in Japan ensure that when customers buy Japanese cars they are getting a quality product. Japanese used cars tend to be high quality as well. With high quality and creative designs, Japanese cars don’t become outdated easily and tend to keep their designs longer than some frequently resigned American or European cars. That also means parts and accessories, such as Subaru performance parts or a fuel surge tank will likely be high quality as well.
- Bang For The Buck: In addition to being high quality and reliable, Japanese cars can usually be found for reasonable prices. Resale of Japanese used cars is pretty high as Japanese cars don’t depreciate as fast as other styles of cars.
If you’re in the market for a Japanese car or accessories like Subaru WRX performance parts or Mitsubishi parts, there are some important things to keep in mind:
- Japanese cars are generally smaller both in size and design. For American buyers, this can be a drawback as the size of a vehicle is often equated with its ability to withstand the impact of an accident. While there’s no definite proof of this, potential buyers may be turned off if they believe it’s true.
- Because of the reliability and durability of Japanese cars, a bigger down payment may be required even if you’re buying a used car. Depending on the age and condition of a vehicle, a bank may be less willing or more willing to loan more or less for a particular Japanese vehicle you may be interested in.
All that aside, if you’re not in the market for a used car, new parts may what you need. But if you’re in search of parts, keep these things in mind:
- Make sure you have a a problem. If a Check Engine Light comes on, there could be any number of reasons for the problem. An online search can help you diagnose the problem and auto parts stores allow customers to rent a diagnostic tool to fix the problem.
- Depending on what you’re parts you’re looking for, you may have to pay up. A new engine for example ranges anywhere from $4,700 to $9,000.
- Whether you’re buying a Japanese engine, Cosmis wheels or Subaru WRX performance parts, you’re not just paying for those parts. If you can’t swap parts yourself, you’re going to need the services of a mechanic, which could run you more than $1,000 in labor costs.
- Also keep in mind that some parts from Japan, if used, have likely been remanufactured to meet industry standards. Rather than looking at it as buying one man’s trash, think of used parts as being refurbished.
Ultimately buying cars is going to come down to personal choice and whether or not it’s worth it.
Whether you’re looking for Scion performance parts, Mitsubishi aftermarket parts, Subaru WRX performance parts or Acura performance parts, you can take comfort in the fact that Japanese parts are of high quality and will do what you need them to.