The popularity of Japanese used cars have grown by leaps and bounds over the years. There is an increase in the availability of used cars in Japan . The reason for this lie in the life styles of the Japanese.
Firstly, the majority of people in big cities, like Tokyo and Osaka prefer to use the train or the subway as their main transport. Certainly using this mode of transport is very convenient. The Japanese lead very busy lives. Therefore time is of utmost importance.
This results in people worrying more about saving time rather than their comfort .
Another factor is that maintenance of cars is extremely expensive and often problematic. Parking space is expensive and cannot be afforded by everyone.
For long distance travel it is easier to use the train or use the car rental services by reputable companies such as Toyota rent-a-lease or the Nippon rent-a-car which are highly convenient and economical.
A brand new Japanese car cannot be used for more than five years due to the “Sharken”, which is a road worthy test done every 3 years. When the sharken expires, the vehicle must be retested every two years. The cost of this test is very high.
Thus Japanese consumers buy new cars on a regular basis.
However used cars have become popular due to economical necessities and because of the high quality. Another important reason is that the mileage factor of the used cars is very low.
In Japanese village communities, cars are an absolute necessity. The most favoured `K Jidosha` such as Daihatsu, Suzuki and Subaru etc. are popular due to the cheap prices and low petrol consumption.
In heavy snow areas such as Nigata, Fukushima and Hokkaido , four wheel drives are favoured among Japanese.
Considering these facts, we can safely assume and appreciate the popularity of Japanese used cars as they are economical, and an obvious value for money and high quality!