When people talk about importing Japanese cars to the US or Canada, they usually talk about either sports cars like the Nissan Skyline and Silvia, or little kei trucks and vans like the Daihatsu Hijet, Suzuki Carry, or Subaru Sambar.

But let’s put together something a little different. Instead of focusing on putting together an inventory of ‘everyday’ Japanese cars, more mundane, easily accessible passenger cars, trucks, and vans.

The idea would be a small dealer lot (possibly in an abandoned major manufacturer lot), with a garage or service department that can help maintain the cars they import and sell.

Here’s the task: You’re given a budget of ten million yen ($89,863 US/$119,288 CDN) to purchase 5 everyday cars from Japan to import and sell, encouraged to look for cars that are not commonly imported to the US or Canada.

That means that the dealer is looking away from cars like the Nissan Skyline, Honda Integra, Autozam AZ-1, etc, and more towards more ‘average’ cars like the Toyota Crown, Nissan Avenir, Suzuki Alto, Daihatsu Charade, and Honda Ascot.

Also keep in mind the year restrictions: minimum of 25 years old in the US, 15 in Canada.


Ten million yen, 5 ‘everyday’ cars...how hard can it be?

Edit: Oh, yes. I suggest using Goo-Net Exchange for your searching. Let’s make the inventory interesting.

Edit 2: Not all cars have to be Japanese, cars from any foreign country are allowed, as long as they meet age restrictions.