Coronavirus health effect on imported cars - is 0.
Or no effect.
Effect on car prices - yes.
Cars are selling much cheaper at Japanese Auctions now. Why? I guess people over-worry to much.
Choose to persist and act while this good-price window exists.
Coronavirus have made online companies more safe to use. Since it’s advised to spend more time at home, people spend more time online.
It looks like online-based companies are doing well. Their shares are not affected much or even growing in price.
So when it comes to importing a car from Japan:
- Buying a car from Japan is purely online undertaking. Auctions are viewed online, in the comfort of home.
- As we know, the virus can not survive for long. According to the National Institute of Health (USA), it stays in the air for up to 3 hours, and on the surfaces for up to 3 days maximum.
- Cars spend 2-3 weeks on the ship during the freight, and no virus can survive that.
- The virus is passed human to human, and can’t be passed car to human.
- Also, every car is Steam Cleaned in Japan before going on the boat - it’s is MAF requirement.
- Also, the Japanese are well ahead in preventing measures.
- Auctions and Shipping Cargo Ports in Japan are restricted to the general public, and only local Japanese workers are allowed into the facility, and they undergo daily screening.
- Ports are open and will be working as usual - shipping cars.
So it’s safe to import a car from Japan. Check the picture below. In Japan cars are not driven in front if bidders, but displayed on the screen. People have a minimal contact with cars. Everything is digitalised.
And the good news is, cars are selling much cheaper at Japanese Auctions now.