Where do your vehicles come from?
We look for rare and unique 4×4′s in all corners of the world. There have been many great vehicle platforms that were never available here in the US. Our primary source is Japan, but we also deal with vehicles from Australia, Europe and South America.
What's involved in importing a vehicle from a foreign country?
The short answer is, a lot! Finding the vehicles, inspecting them before purchase, facilitating the transaction, arranging shipping and insurance, obtaining customs clearance, port retrieval, and US titling and licensing are just some of the steps involved. But we do all the hard work for you! From purchase to delivery, we can handle everything in between and make it fun and enjoyable to find and buy a non-US vehicle.
Is it legal to own, license and drive a non-US market vehicle in my state?
The vehicles we import are 100% legal across the US. If you can’t get your vehicle titled in your state, we’ll buy it back guaranteed. This is an easy promise to make since every vehicle we sell can be licensed and driven in all 50 states. Special conditions apply to California residents, please contact us for more information.
Is it hard to drive a right hand drive vehicle, and is it legal?
It is completely legal and easy to adjust to driving a right hand drive vehicle. A few minutes behind the wheel and you can become completely comfortable with driving “on the wrong side”.
Will you sell me a vehicle that is currently on its way, or "on the water"?
No. We prefer to get the vehicles, perform an inspection, complete our standard maintenance and then make sure the vehicle is priced appropriately. We like to be sure you know what you’re getting, and that you’re getting a fair deal. We want to be your lifetime source for imported vehicles, not to lose a customer over having not met your expectations about a vehicle. While we can learn a lot about a vehicle from photographs and auction data, we’re aware that we can’t really “know” a vehicle until we’ve put our hands on it.
What makes you different from other importers?
After over a decade of experience in the classic and collectible car market, we feel we bring a special perspective and skill set to the import vehicle industry. We feel we are different in two primary ways. First, we like to have plenty of inventory on hand to immediately supply vehicles for every taste and every budget. Second, we’re more interested in long term relationships than quick profits. We want to be your importer for life, and we try to treat every customer like we treat our friends and family. We guarantee our vehicles to be free of wreck/repair history and odometer discrepancy. We buy only the best vehicles available.
How do you determine vehicle pricing?
When a vehicle is first listed, a preliminary price is listed as a general guideline. Once a vehicle arrives and is processed, the final price is set based on the costs, condition and features of the vehicle.
Will you find a vehicle for me based on my criteria?
Yes, we can help you find whatever you’re looking for. Although we prefer to purchase and sell our own selected and inspected inventory, we can help you find your choice of vehicle and handle the entire import process. We charge a flat $1,000.00 service fee on top of the actual costs of importation and shipping. We do all the legwork, cut the red tape and titling for you. Contact us today to find your dream vehicle or to learn more.
What's the process for finding a vehicle specifically for me?
We start with a complete consultation tailored to your needs and situation. We make sure to clearly define the costs, the time and the conditions required. We want to make sure you are completely satisfied with the vehicle you get, so we try to manage everyone’s expectations accordingly. Then, based on your parameters, we begin the search after receiving a 10% deposit based on expected cost. From there, we find a candidate, give you a chance to make a yes or no decision and then begin the import process. Once the vehicle is purchased, we require a payment of 75% of the remaining balance based on purchase cost, shipping, and insurance. The final payment, including our $1,000.00 service fee is due upon arrival.
Will you import vehicles other than Land Cruisers or 4x4's?
We specialize in Land Cruisers and 4×4′s, but we can import any vehicle from any foreign country. If you’re looking for something particular, we can help you find it. Contact us today.
Do you ever have any left hand drive Land Cruisers?
Left hand drive vehicles were only available in a few markets worldwide. Some South American countries, Europe and the Middle East are examples where left hand drives were available. However, these vehicles are few and far between, and when they become available they command a premium price. Check our current inventory to see what we have available.
Do you provide vehicle financing?
We do not do financing, however we will work with you and your lending institution to secure financing whenever necessary. You’re best option is your local bank or credit union. You can also try specialty financing companies that focus on classic and collectible vehicle purchases such as JJ Best Banc & Company. We can help provide inspections and appraisal data to get you the loan you need.
Is it hard to find parts for non-US Land Cruisers?
The short answer is no, but it depends on what you’re looking for. Most drivetrain components are still available from Toyota and can be ordered from any dealership as long as you have the part number. Electronics, trim and interior are harder to find, but there are healthy used parts markets in Canada and Australia where these vehicles have been available for many years. A great place to start looking is our partners at Cruiser Outfitters.
Are accessories and aftermarket upgrades like lift-kits available?
Absolutely yes. Land Cruisers have a dedicated following and aftermarket support worldwide. There are many providers of aftermarket accessories, performance upgrades and replacement parts. We recommend talking to our partners at Cruiser Outfitters for all your parts and accessory needs.
Can US mechanics and service shops work on these vehicles?
Absolutely yes. Any good diesel shop can service and rebuild the engines and fuel systems. Other drivetrain components are similar to the US spec Land Cruisers and can be serviced and rebuilt at almost any professional shop specializing in those items.