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Grey Market

Grey Market Information

What is the Grey Market?

The "Grey Market" or "grey imports" is a generic term that refers to the personal, or low volume business import of vehicles from outside the UK.

The "Grey Market" could refer to cars coming in from the EU, Japan, or any other country.

Japanese Grey Market cars or Japanese Grey Import cars are merely cars that have legally come into the UK from Japan by this route.

The main factor in determining a grey market origin vehicle is that the imported vehicle does not come in via the main dealers or the car manufacturers.

The "Grey Market" could refer to brand new cars (with delivery mileage only) or used, second-hand vehicles.

There is nothing illegal in bringing in cars to the UK via the Grey Market. It is your right to purchase vehicles abroad and bring them into this country.

Of course, the UK car main dealers may not take kindly to you using the grey market, as it means you've found another source for vehicles that you might otherwise have purchased from them. - and you have saved money!

And organisations like the BBC take great delight in scare-mongering and tut-tutting at this legitimate method of purchasing a car. For a humorous and biased definition of what a "Japanese Grey Import" is and how to recognise them, see this BBC page.

The Word IQ Encyclopedia has a good definition of the term "Grey Market" at this page.... ".... grey market goods are not illegal. Instead, they are being sold outside of normal distribution channels ....."

There is a good definition of the "grey market" for Japanese Imported cars at the British Independent Motor Trade (BIMTA) website. Also defines exactly what is an import and has definitions for the SVA and ESVA tests - a useful website.

So, get the information you need, buy wisely and make the Japanese "Grey Market" for used cars work for you!

See the Import / Export FAQ Page for information on grey market imports and likely costs to import a car from Japan.


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