Questions and Answers


Can I buy a car without a Japanese license?

The short Answer is; YES. (The issue is that you can not drive without a valid license that will allow you to drive a car in Japan).
You can buy and have the car registered in your name without a driving license – but you can not drive it legally.
Get your Japanese Driving Licence to make sure you are legal to drive in Japan.

Best to call the JAF (Japan Auto Federation) and give them details of your home driving license and international driving license.  Go to the following page of Japan Automobile Fedeartion for an explanation on switching to a Japanese driving licence;

In my opinion, yes you need to have at least third party private insurance but having private insurance is not a requirement.
Compulsory Insurance is included in your car’s shaken / car registration. 

The problem with Compulsory Insurance (Jibai Seki in Japanese  or JCI or CALI as some expats call it) is that the coverage is not adequate!   Be sure to consult an insurance agent regarding your car insurance requirements. I know a few agents – if you call me or email me I’d be happy to introduce you to a car insurance agent.

Remember – at least buy private third party insurance!

In order to register a car into your name you need to prove that you have a parking space to park that car in – that space needs to be within two kilometers of your residential address or the address of the owner – e.g. company address when the company is the owner of the vehicle.

In some areas of Japan – e.g Hakuba Village – a parking space permit is not required.  For help on applying for a parking permit talk with us today / email us at [email protected]

Yes and a lot of time is required as well! Contact us direct and engage us to assist and get the paperwork sorted for the new or used car you are about to buy or sell.

Paper work Required – (when buying a car).
1. Valid Inkanshomeisho x 1
2. Valid Parking Permit (applied for at your local police station).
3. Your Proxy
4. Seller’s Paper Work – proxy, bill of sale, car’s registration paper etc).

How do I do all this?  Contact us: [email protected]

Yes – but the costs involved will more than likely make it cheaper to buy a car here and sell it when you leave Japan. Importing a car into Japan can cost over one million yen above shipping costs to Japan.

Contact Mick Lay today:  [email protected]

Yes you can but before you do check the rules and regulations of the country of destination!

Your car may not be allowed into that country or taxes that you have to pay may make it a bad financial decision.  Contact Mick Lay Motors direct to discuss and arrange export shipping of your car.

Email: [email protected]

What if my address has changed?  If you have moved address since you bought your car then the address on your inkanshomeisho will not match that of the address on the owner’s section of the car’s registration paper!  In order to sell the car you have to get the paper work in line! 

When you make the new inkanshomeisho (that has the new address and not the address that is on the car’s registration paper) you will need to issue a Juminhyo as well at the ward office showing the history of addresses from when you first registered the car up until the new address on your current inkanshomeisho.

Confused?  Email Mick – [email protected]

Any other questions?

If you have any questions about buying a car, servicing, registration extension, body / panel repairs, and selling your car in Japan contact Mick Lay today.

Email: [email protected]