Genuine or Fake Mileage? How to Verify? Part 3

Today we keep talking about haircuts or fake low mileages and how to avoid them. Hi everyone! I’m Natalia from Best People Movers, a tiny dealership in Sutherland Shire Sydney. And today I’m going to share with you my final tips on how to verify mileage on your Japanese import. But first let’s remember what we’ve learned so far from my two previous videos. So you must buy with original Export Certificate and educate yourself how to read it. It’s not a rocket science. Please watch video number one, where I explain everything in detail. Number two. If you don’t have access to the original Export Certificate, please jump online Google: Japanese Odometer Check and order one. But while you’re waiting or even before ordering one, please have a good look at the vehicle that you’re going to purchase and use common sense. And by common sense I don’t mean: Oh, it’s a ten year old vehicle. Surely it can’t have 10, 20, 30, 50 thousand kilometers on the clock. Yes it can’t. There’s plenty of low mileage vehicles at Japanese auctions. But you must understand a couple of things. Number one. Japanese vehicles with low mileage are horrifically expensive in Japan. We’re talking about thousands of dollars in difference even on all the models such as 2004-2005. When we go up to 2010-11, 2015 the gap becomes wider and wider. And it can reach up to ten, fifteen, twenty thousand dollars just on purchasing cost in Japan. Logically, if you pay that much money in Japan everything becomes more expensive. Agent fee is more expensive. You pay more Custom Tax, you pay more GST. When you time more money in one vehicle, you need more to take out more return on your investment. What does it mean? It means that by the time this poor low mileage vehicle comes to Sydney it becomes so expensive, you’re already out of the market because your price is not competitive. So if you’re looking at the vehicle that says low mileage, but it’s price is roughly the same or just slightly above average mileage vehicles, please use caution and check-check all paperwork. Number two. Japanese vehicles made for Japanese internal market are very-very high quality. Usually they don’t show any wear and tear when they reach 50, 60 or even 70 thousands kilometers. I’ll prove it on my car. I’m driving Nissan Skyline SUV 2011 and recently I had a question someone (I gave a lift to someone) and they asked me is this brand new? No, it’s 2011 with 93 thousand kilometres and it’s like “wow”! No way! So I give you a hint. You should have this “wow” effect, “wow” quality, “wow”condition when you’re buying low mileage Japanese import. If it’s not “wow”, it’s either not low mileage or it’s not Japanese import that’s simple. So when you’re looking at the car don’t just lookd at that odometer. Look at all the areas such as driver’s seat, steering wheel, plastics, formats, pedals… Run your hand over steering wheel. It’s always leather, so it should feel nice and smooth. If it’s uneven and has like dry patches, it has been resprayed. And it’s okay if the vehicle is, you know, 2005 twelve year vehicle with hundred thousand kilometer is normal. But if it’s low mileage it’s not acceptable. Same with the driver’s seat. So the right edge should not be saggy. If it’s leather it shouldn’t be cracked, it shouldn’t be resprayed, it shouldn’t be dry. So always compare right edge to the left edge and then you will see the difference, if it has been done. Pedals. Have a nice story for you. Once I have a family from up north. They came to test drive Elgrand. They were really happy with one. They left the deposit. But next day they called me and said: “Natalia, we’re very sorry. We can’t go ahead because we just found an excellent Elgrand. The mileage is very low and the prices is $5,000 cheaper. Straight away I knew it was a fake, because it should be much more expensive, not $5,000 cheaper. And I tried to explain it to my customers, but they were like: “Yeah! We talked to the guy, but he said he imported it privately for himself to tow his boat. And only later he found that the towing capacity of Nissan Elgrand is under two tons and his boat is heavier. So he has to quickly sell this one and purchase another one. I still didn’t buy this, you know, this story. And I quickly called my compliant shop, you know, we have a very small industry. If I don’t know someone, anyone else will know someone. So it’s in two minutes already knew: the name of the guy, that he imports privately, that he mainly does Nissan Elgrands one or two a month. So his story about boating didn’t hold any water. Then I started looking online at his advertisement trying to find something suspicious, you know, in pictures. That would tell me that it’s not, you know, it’s not law. I looked and I looked and… we couldn’t find anything. It looked normal. The ceiling will look good, driver’s seat looked good, plastics, steering and then, when I looked again at driver’s seat, some way in the background, I saw pedals – they were not in the focus, but good enough to to see they were so worn out there was hardly any rubber left. It would they were all metal with a bits of rubber on them. So what I did? I took a screenshot of those pedals. And I took a picture of pedals of my van, which has done 60 or 70 thousand kilometers, but they were pitch-black. And I’ll just emailed all of that without any comments to my customer. And as you can tell was a happy end. I got my customer back and my customer bought a good car. Because no one could explain how you can have worn out pedals on a 20,000 kilometres vehicle. Just doesn’t happen. It just tells us that sometimes you don’t even need paperwork. All you need is a really good look at the car that you are going to purchase. And to finish off I also have another information. If you’re buying 2011 and younger, then all you need is a mechanic with scanner… a nissan genuine, toyota genuine scanner, because the odometer stays in the computer. So they can plug it in and read it for you. That’s not a problem. Well, that’s all for today. I hope I gave you valuable information and, you know, you might use it one day. Next time I’m going to talk about… I’m actually not sure what I’m going to talk about yet. Probably about either auction… auction grades or probably the best value for money people mover. Anyway. I’m open for suggestions. If you have a question that you would like to be answered, please email, call or PM, DM, Twitter and, yeah, I’ll talk about that. And see you next time. Thank you so much for watching. Please like, comment and share. And see you next time. Bye.

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