Auction Access Japan Online History
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Everyone thinks that car exporting from Japan started from their own country and thats about the extent of it. The reality could not be further away from what you think.
Here is the real oil from what we know
Back in the early 1980’s a few ingenious Australians or Aussies as we are known popped up to Japan to have a look around and check the place out. Along the way they stumbled across some car auctions. What they saw was late model cars with low mileage and great quality.
At this time Australia had already started to solidly embrace Japanese cars and accepting imports from Japan should not prove to be a challenge for the boys. Australia set the ball rolling and not only helped expand Japanese Auction House but contributed to the global expansion of Japanese Exported Cars.
I am well and truly part of this story and my name is Mark
Our Small History
Yep the birth. Not the website but the owner. Mark was born in 1962 in Sydney Australia. My father loved cars and there was never a shortage of work to be done on them as they were always breaking down. I dont think he ever owned a new car.
Move to Brisbane
Upon to moving to Brisbane in the early 1970's the cars in the garage were constantly changing from the odd Mini to Hilman Imps and then one day a lovely near new 1975 Toyota Corolla appeared. The love affair began.
Australia and Becoming a Car salesperson
Always having been around cars and seeing the guy down the road who was the local Ford dealer. This guy always came home with brand new cars all the time, I became restless to be in the motor industry. This was no easy task in the late 70's and early 80's as you had to know someone who knew someone who knew someone else. I was young and only knew young people. It was hopeless. I had to wait nearly 18 years for my big break.
During this young period in Australia 1970 to 1990
As the average Aussie was not earning a great deal of money and we had many government restrictions there were still plenty of old cars on the roads. These cars came mostly from the UK, here in Oz, USA and Japan, but in that order. These cars were quite simple back then but they did require a fair bit of maintenance. Luckily as a young guy and a father who loved to teach me about cars this maintenance proved not to be overly difficult for me. I was rarely late to work and always managed to keep my cars going but it was challenging at times.
1988 and my first motorcycle job
In 1988 I landed my first sales person role at Honda motorcycles. It was a great introduction and a real nosedive into the basic tactics of selling items in a white hat style (good, clean sales tactics) No hard sell and good fun. Bikers are very down to earth types normally. I still had a yearning for cars burning inside and would frequently read the situations vacant in the newspaper. (yes a news paper)
Mitsubishi declined me and Ford accepted me
As the fire burnt more steadily I needed a job with cars. There was a great position at a Mitsubishi dealer in the coast of Brisbane and I was invited for an interview. They watched me ride up on the motorbike and I could see the disappointment on their faces that the voice on the phone arrived on a bike. After a 5 minute interview and a hand shake I was dispatched back to my bike. Funnily enough some 5 years later I was employed as Sales Manager at the exact same Mitsubishi dealer that turned me away 🙂 It was 1990 and a position for sales person was available at a Ford dealership again on the Brisbane coast. Again I jumped on the bike and rode on over. Upon walking in the door a good looking guy named Bill walked up and said " Look mate if you want the job just tell the old man that you love running and he will employ you" I had the tactic and was employed. I thought the motorbikes had taught me enough but it was Bill that taught me more. Cheeky, savvy, tenacity, take no prisoners. I loved selling cars. Being a little yard we had to do everything from cleaning to finance and obviously selling new and used cars. The fun started and at the same time I noticed something happening on the cars yard.
Funny little Japanese Cars started appearing
1991 After learning to run long distances and putting up with my new buddy Bills wise cracks and puns I had become a pro sales person of sorts, by Australian standards anyway. One day the old man (Boss) came out and said "Boys we have some new stock arriving today so make some room on the yard. The yard was small anyway with space for about 50 cars and 30 more were arriving on a truck. The afternoon was upon us and a truck appeared with all these strange Japanese cars on the back. Models we had not seen in Australia. Some were driving school cars with extra pedals and mirrors everywhere, not to mention the stripe over the center of the car. Others were possibly old Tokyo taxi's and maybe some odd cars from companies etc. Every car arrived with a dead battery and a radio that would not work on the Oz frequency. We could sell the cars with the extra pedals as they were for a while until it became obvious they we dangerous :-). A quick clean, new battery and radio and a low price tag plus a 2 year after sales warranty these cars flew out the door. I was selling Japanese Imported cars at a Ford dealer and it was great and at that time unheard of. I now had a fire burning for Japan but it would be many years before I made it there.
A brief stint driving Tour Coaches
Time for a change in 1993 I went driving tour coaches in New Zealand catering to mostly JTB (Japanes Tourists) This was fun and exciting and at one point or another I was one of the drivers for the All Blacks tour of New Zealand prior to the first Rugby World Cup in South Africa. Lots of fun and many hotels. Seeing all these tourists arrived gave me itchy feet for travel and in 1995 I went to Europe for some months for time out and plan my future. The buses were fun but there was no challenge for my tenacity and ambition. On the way back from Europe looking out the window of the plane as it banked left over Brisbane city I looked down at the buildings below and stated clearly to myself that I was going back into the car business down there below somewhere as a manager. The scene was set in my mind.
The Motor Industry was my career
Two days back in Australia I had a job interview at none other than a Mitsubishi dealer who promptly employed me into a position I was most certainly not skilled to do but my bluffing during the interview was superb. I was making great money quickly and learnt well the the system of my new role of Business Manager. My ambition was fierce for the next few years as I rose quickly through the ranks in the business to the point of becoming group general manager for a large Japanese Import company with 5 yards situated over the greater Brisbane area. The business like any had its ups and downs as I did also. But there was one great perk for me in the year 1999. This was the year I was offered my first buying trip to Japan.
Buying trips and Japan
A buying trip to Japan back then was actually very hard work. There were no websites to check cars and the auctions were scattered all over Japan on different days of the week. A day would normally consist of waking up at 4am then a quick meal at the 7/11 and a 2 hour drive to auction. We had to get there early to check the cars before the auction started so that we could be inside to bid. Upon arriving at the auction hall or house we grabbed a small book or multi page document that listed the cars for the day at auction. I was with an agent who basically did most of the work as I walked behind frantically trying to keep up with his pace. The cars are all in rows and we would walk these rows all morning circling the paper where the car was marked. On a good trip I would buy 50 to 80 cars in a week. The week would be Monday to Friday and fly back Saturday. Evernight was drinking plus a party here and there. After 55 trips to Japan over a period of 4 years the novelty for the parties had come to a close I decided it was time to decide if Australia was my home or to start fresh in Japan as I was really starting to like the place and felt the business opportunities were greater as Australia was becoming increasingly competitive at the top of the Automotive ladder. In 2004 I moved to Japan
Living in Japan and Exporting Cars
In 2006 I started exporting cars again via the services of a Tokyo based company. This was great fun and we had weekly trips to USS Tokyo to search stock and liaise with our individual customers. We were exporting to Canada, England, Australia, The Caribbean, and a few other locations but limited. By 2007 this company had out grown the size of the office and we had more sales staff than space to sit them all down properly. It was time for me to make a move. In late 2007 my wife and I started another little Export business. We have at times employed up to 12 people but in recent times have cut right back to a core of 3 full time and 5 extended part time employees. we have found by doing this we can keep he contact with our valued customers small and personal. We now run 3 to 4 different websites that offer different services. During this time from 2007 to current day we have sent cars to over 1,200 clients and more countries than I care to remember. Its been a great journey and one we aim to continue for some time. If you ever need more information dont hesitate to lift up the phone and contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for sticking with us.
New Goals and Focus
Having vast experience in this industry we have now decided to focus our business on some other regions of the world like Tanzania, Congo, Zambia, Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia, and Uganda. Our aim for this is to offer people in these developing countries quality cars at good prices and far better alternative to what some of the larger Japanese companies are offering on a personal level with a family touch.
Martin from PolandCar Lover
My E500 arrived last month and apart from a little trouble with the fuel pump the car has been as described. So far so happy.
Jackson BakerJDM Enthusiast
I have been buying with Mark over some years and he never fails to give me the best cars all the darn time.
Albert Monday, TanzaniaHappy Customer
It was great working wid these guys who helped me so much to save my money. Thank you
Sara Lisbonett, KenyaCustomer
My new car has arrived on my doorstep. I want to thank Tomoko especially who guided me 100% all the way and at the same time made sure I had no worries to think about.