Surprisingly yes. Prices are low, auctions are open and shipping as usual.
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.
Choose to persist and act while this good-price window exists.
Coronavirus have made online companies more safe to use. And importing is done purely online.
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.
- 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 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 evendriven in front of the bidders, but displayed on the screen instead. People have a minimal contact with cars. Everything is digitalised.
And the good news is, cars are selling for much less at Japanese Auctions now.