Yahoo Auctions Japan functions almost the same as eBay, you place bids, and if you win you pay the seller, who ships your item to your address. The problem is that only residents of Japan can create accounts. That’s where we come in.
Browsing the auctions is made easy thanks to Google Chrome. Chrome auto translates the auctions for you to a decent level of accuracy. To download Chrome click here.
We also highly recommend browsing the auctions on a computer – the layout is much better and easier to use. If you are on mobile it’s still possible, only a little harder. Mobile users will find our links section helpful, or ask us for a link to what you’re searching for.
Once Google Chrome is installed, navigate to the auctions and change your settings to automatically translate Japanese pages. In the URL bar, click the icon in the picture below and make sure the “Always translate” box is checked.
Once the pages are translated, they become pretty easy to navigate. Prices are in Japanese Yen – you can figure out the conversion to US Dollars using an online currency converter or googling “yen to usd“. You can also get a rough estimate of price by just removing two zeroes from the end of the Yen price, and the USD price (as of writing this) is around there. For example, an item for 10,000 yen is roughly $100. We allow you to submit your bids in USD to remove any confusion in the conversion process.
There are three main functions on the pages we’ll go over first, categories, sorting, and viewing sold auctions.
Labeled with (1) and highlighted in yellow is the category sections. Here you can filter by categories like Seats, Wheels, Suspension, etc. Some of the categories are not translated or use Japanese abbreviations, for example “Seats” is “Sheets” and “Transmission” is “Mission” (under Clutch, mission, differential). We’ll go into the categories more in depth later.
Labeled with (2) and highlighted in orange is the heading and sorting options. Clicking any of the headings there will sort them by that option, and add an arrow to show if it is ascending or descending.
- Recommended order – This will reset the sort back to default.
- Current price – This is the current bid is the price the auction is at right now.
- Prompt decision price – This is the buy it now price. You can purchase the item outright at this price.
- Bid – This is the number of bids on the item.
- Remaining time – This is the time remaining on the auction.
Labeled with (3) and highlighted in blue is the link “Examine the winning bid”. Clicking this link will show you completed auctions for your search terms. This is useful for seeing what items are going for and what you should expect to pay.
There are a few more options under the categories. The most important here is the Product status option, highlighted in orange. To only view used items, click “second hand”.
SEARCHING & FILTERING
Even though your pages are translated, you can’t search in English. Some English words and brand names might be recognized, but for the most part, you’ll want to search by chassis code after filtering by category. Sellers in Japan are very good about including all the relevant information in the title of the listing, so it is easily searchable. In the example below we’re going to find a used OEM front bumper for the R32 GTR.
First, filter by your category. This is usually pretty self explanatory. Front bumpers are located in: Exterior, Aero > By Automaker > Nissan > Exterior > Front. Then search your chassis code (BNR32), and filter for “second hand” product types.
From here you get a nice manageable list of front exterior items related to the exterior of the BNR32. This list does include front fenders, hoods, etc., but is small enough you should be able to scroll through everything quickly and identify the bumpers from the pictures. If your list is huge even after this process, feel free to contact us and we will help you with a translation and send you a link to your search.
If you do not know your chassis code, find your car on Wikipedia. They normally keep chassis codes in the section headings. In this example we’ll use the Subaru Impreza. Google “Subaru Impreza Wikipedia”, go to the wikipedia page, and scroll down to the year you’re looking for. This tells us that the codes for the “bug eye” WRX is either GD or GG.
Listings aren’t translated perfectly, so some terms may not make sense to you. We’ve compiled a list of terms here that you should know before bidding.
- “Pickup Limited” / “Retreival Limited” – an item that can the seller will not ship. This will generally only apply to large items like engines, hardtops, large panes of glass, etc. If you are bidding on these types of items please be sure they do not mention retrieval limitations.
- “Junk” – if “junk” is in the item description there is generally something wrong with the item. In headlights this could mean broken mounting tabs, in engines this could mean bad compression, and so on. Read the item description for further clarification on what is wrong.
- “Late term” / “Early term” – this is “kouki” and “zenki” or “first gen” and “second gen”. This specifies which type of car in a certain model year range that the parts are from. For example, the S14 Silvia had two front ends, so if you’re looking at headlights, “late term” specifies that they are from the 97+ model year.
- “Mission” – mission is a transmission, similar to “tranny” or “trans” in the USA.
- “Second Hand Goods” – used items.
- “No Claim, No Return” – if an item specifies “no claim, no return”, that means the seller does not accept returns unless you are sent the wrong item, or the item received varies greatly from the item advertised. You will see this on many second hand items on the auctions.
- “Body” – body is the complete item. For example, “engine body” is the complete engine, “turbocharger body” is the entire turbo, etc.
- “Turbine” – turbo
- “Assy” – assembly. Usually used in engine and transmission listings, used to specify that you get more than just the bare block. Assembly may contain the ECU, harness, etc. Read the listing for more information.
- “Consumption Tax” – Sales tax. As of April 2017, Consumption Tax is 10%.
- “Tax Included” – Tax included in the sale price.