JDM Car Auctions: If you love cars, there is a big chance you have a soft spot for classic and new JDM cars. But you also know how classic JDM cars can be hard to find and how expensive new JDM cars can be. Since 2008, most of the government, seized and repo auctions have been opened to the public. They used to only be available to dealerships and certain individuals with dealer licenses. They bought up the majority of the lots at these car auctions and sold the cars a week later for massive profits. They kept this secret to themselves, you can guess why. In recent years you can easily get access to these public car auctions which often sell JDM cars. One way to do this is by creating an account at Gov-Auctions.org and get access to the whole auction database. More on that later.
Examples of Auctioned JDM Cars
Although JDM cars are a bit more rare at public car auctions, they are still present and we can show some examples from 2020 and the beginning of 2021. The most common JDM cars on Auction are the Subaru WRX, Subaru BRZ, the Toyota GT86 and the Nissan 370Z and 350Z. We do however also see classic JDM cars on auctions such as the R32 Nissan GTR, Nissan 300ZX, Toyota Supra, Mazda RX7 and RX8 and the occasional Mitsubishi Lancer EVO (mostly EVO 9). Some of the older classic JDM cars are often salvage titles that need some work, but that is to be expected. Most of the buyers who are after classic JDM cars buy them for drift builds or as a project car. Newer JDM cars on auctions however come with a clean service history and are usually never older than 4 years and have less than 60,000 miles on the clock. Here are some examples from previous auctions:
2018 Subaru BRZ Auctioned in January, 2021
Sold for 8000$
1995 Salvage Toyota Supra for sale: Auctioned in October, 2020
Sold for 10000$
2017 Nissan GT-R (R35): Auctioned in January, 2022
Sold for 16000$
Additional database examples of JDM car auctions
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JDM Car Auctions: Everything you need to know (Frequently Asked Questions)
- How are these JDM cars so cheap?
So you are probably asking how can the cars be this cheap. It’s simple, not a lot of people attend these auctions, because not a lot of people even know about them. If the car has been repossessed, the bank will only care about getting back what’s left of the loan. This is why the starting prices are so low. The same goes for surplus government vehicles. Federal agencies already have new cars or the budget needed for purchasing new cars so they just want to get rid of their “old” inventory. Keep in mind that most of these vehicles aren’t older than 5 years, which is the best part.
Dealerships and resellers know about these auctions so they buy up all the interesting lots and sell them for massive profits a week later. Don’t be the person who pays the double price, be the person who is smart enough to get access to these auctions.
- How do you access the whole auction database and how many auctions can you expect?
You get full access by creating an account at Gov-Auctions.org. Join directly by clicking here or read more and see some of the currently available cars by clicking here.
By creating an account at Gov-Auctions.org you will have full access to 3000+ live and online auctions happening all over the US. You get access to auction information like locations, dates, times, and detailed information about vehicle conditions and warranty. You get the same access as all the dealerships in the country. They know it’s worth it.
- How safe is the buying process and is there any warranty or guarantee?
The vast majority of auction centers offer a 3-month warranty or guarantee for free. This is standard and 3 months are more than enough for you to discover any major faults with the vehicle. That’s more secure than buying from a shady dealership or a reseller.
Auction centers are legitimate companies that work with banks, government agencies so the buying process is as secure as can be.
- Are these JDM cars on auction really in good condition?
Yes, most Japanese brand cars like Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, and Subaru are on auctions and for sale by big banks. As soon as people miss the second payment of their loan, the banks reclaim the cars. The banks know that if people have a hard time keeping up with the loan payments, they surely have a hard time maintaining and servicing these cars.
Most of the JDM cars on auction are 2-3 years old and the majority have traveled between 25,000 – 40,000 miles. The older, rarer classic JDM cars are usually on sale by repo agencies and insurance companies. Banks make sure they reclaim these cars before they endured any damage from careless maintenance.
- How complicated are these JDM car auctions?
Contrary to the popular belief, auctions are not complicated at all. Here is how it goes. You arrive early, before the auction start and you can freely inspect the cars you are interested in. Most of the cars are accompanied by a free VIN checkup and you have all the time you need to fully inspect the car. Some auction centers even organize inspection days before the actual bidding. If you find a car that you want to buy, you register as a purchaser/bidder with a valid photo ID.
Online auctions are no different, you are provided with detailed photos, videos, and information about the offered cars. Online auctions usually offer longer warranties as you might not get to inspect the car in person before buying it.
- Are there any hidden fees when buying a car at an auction?
No there are no additional or hidden fees. There is a small one-time fee to register on Gov-Auctions.org. This fee makes sure the stream of information is regularly updated and that only serious buyers attend these auctions. Compared to the potential savings, this fee is more and reasonable. Learn more about public auto auctions in our other article, here.
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