But there’s a catch. You have to live in Japan to bid on Yahoo Japan Auctions. Although anyone in the US can make purchases on UpGarage, the shipping is extremely expensive.
But Japan Parts Service can help you out with our business presence in Japan.
If you find something you’d like to buy on Yahoo Japan Auctions, let us know and we can bid on it for you or buy it outright. If you find something you’d like on UpGarage, we can buy it for you and put it in our shipping containers that bring our car parts stateside, saving you a lot of money in shipping costs.
So, if you’d like to buy JDM parts directly form Japan, keep reading. We’ll tell you everything you need to know. Once you find something you like, contact us and we’ll figure out how to get it for you.
TIP: Before you wander over to either site, please download Google Chrome as it translates better than any other browser. If you aren’t up for Google Chrome, try to check if a translator is available on the browser you are using.
Yahoo Auctions is basically “Ebay” for Japan; however you can only setup an account if you are a resident of Japan. For parts you will want to start at the link below.
If you have Chrome it will translate automatically (or ask you to translate). From here it's relatively simple to navigate. The categories are down the left side of the page and the search box at the top.
NOTE: If you want to search by chassis number this is ok. However, if you try to search for parts using English, e.g. "Strut Bar", you will not find much. You will need to translate it into Japanese first.
—Here's a comparison of Japanese vs English translation for the search/category results. It's pretty self-explanatory.
—When you find an item, there will be two prices, one is buy now (99,990Y) and one is current bid (22,500Y). The one in bold is the current bid.
If you notice the small numbers in parenthesis, that is the price with tax included, which some parts will have and some will not. The other numbers are “number of bids” and “time left on the auction.”
—Below on the left, you can see the “categories” which will help you immensely! If you are looking for Integra parts, and search “DC2” you will see this to the left of the page. From there, you can narrow down the part you are looking for.
—That's basically it for browsing. Once you have found something you are interested in, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can go from there. The more time before the auction closes the better as we need to get in touch with our office in Japan to confirm pricing.
- If “buy now” is not available (or you choose not to use it) we also need your maximum bid excluding shipping.
- Be aware of the cost involved for shipping, fees, taxes, and internal transport. Finding a 6,000Y set of wheels is a great deal, but it will cost more money to get them here to your front door so please keep that in mind.
- Once we have quoted and you are happy with the price, we will receive the payment from you and place the bid/win the auction for you.
TIP: The translation from Kanji to English isn’t always the best. For example, “Sheet” actually means “seat” and “barnacles” means “muffler” or “exhaust.”
UpGarage is a bit different than Yahoo since there aren’t any auction style listings. You will definitely need a browser that translates well as UpGarage is a bit harder to navigate.
—Here we see the main page of UpGarage:
—Click on the button that says “Sale” at the top of the page. From here, you can search within the categories like on Yahoo. If you hover your mouse over a certain part, you can use the drop down menu to find the size or variation you are looking for.
—Here you can see an array of 14” wheels. I have changed the “sorting” to “highest price first.”
—Here are the wheels I am interested in. The price is located on the right side and there is a product description to the right of the picture showing the sizes of the wheels.
—This pretty much covers UpGarage as well. You can use the same method we used for the wheels on everything else such as Coilovers, seats, brakes, etc..
Same as the Yahoo parts, contact us at sales@JapanPartsService.com and we will get you prices and totals with shipping. There isn’t much of a rush on UpGarage as there is on Yahoo as it is not an auction style, however once it is sold on UpGarage, it is sold for good.
We hope this helps when searching and browsing Yahoo and UpGarage, and don’t feel bad if you end up sitting there for hours looking at all of the JDM greatness!