I have a whole group of friends that I play poker with on a weekly basis. For as long as I can remember, we’ve gotten together at my house to play cards, drink beer, complain about our wives, and talk about cars. We have always been major automobile enthusiasts, and we’ve always dreamed about importing fancy Japanese cars. Unfortunately, even though we all have really wanted to have our own right-hand drive Japanese high-performance vehicle here in the States, it’s really hard to get the proper legal work and documentation in order to import those kinds of vehicles
. My poker buddies and I have talked about it for years, but we never really took it seriously until my friend Tim told us last week at the card game that he had gotten in touch with a specialty importer down south. This importer specializes in bringing right-hand drive cars from Japan into the US using the twenty-five year exemption rule. That just means that as long as the car or vehicle is at least twenty-five years old, it can be imported without having to follow a ton of rules and regulations. It also means that there are way fewer fees and financial hoops to jump through.
Tim actually has been talking to one of these JDM importers about seriously buying one of these cars! I can’t believe that he’s considering legally importing, registering, making street legal, and insuring one of these JDM vehicles. I never thought that any of us would take our enthusiasm for cars to the next level by dealing with an honest-to-goodness Japanese car importer.