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mom looking to purchase a MKIV Supra from a guy in one of my Facebook groups but he doesn’t have the title yet and the vin plate he gave me only has 12 #’s, he claims it’s because it’s from Japan but my bank can’t loan me money without a proper vin! Anyone had the same problem?
Thank you for the help
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JDM cars don't have North American Vins.

Tell you mother it's normal. However be careful with JDM cars! (I personally avoid all right hand drive cars due to my aggressive animalistic second nature driving style that can't account for Blind spots in a LHD country.) :(

You'll more likely have to finance via other means, unfortunately. Unless someone can chime in and state a JDM car friendly lender. (wish i could help.)
 

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Totally normal, not sure how you get a bank to loan you money on a car with no VIN. I’m sure an importer would know a friendly financier for something like this. Right Hand drive cars usually don’t have a standard US market VIN and that can be challenging for a variety of reasons.
 

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JDM cars don't have North American Vins.

Tell you mother it's normal. However be careful with JDM cars! (I personally avoid all right hand drive cars due to my aggressive animalistic second nature driving style that can't account for Blind spots in a LHD country.) :(

You'll more likely have to finance via other means, unfortunately. Unless someone can chime in and state a JDM car friendly lender. (wish i could help.)
I would assume the same that there would be a niche market for JDM financing, right?

It could just be an all cash business... I see dudes on Facebook advertising high end watches in trade for MKIV’s but I assume that’s a scam because I’m poor 😂
 

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I would assume the same that there would be a niche market for JDM financing, right?

It could just be an all cash business... I see dudes on Facebook advertising high end watches in trade for MKIV’s but I assume that’s a scam because I’m poor 😂
Pham,

Buying an old toyota especially a old turbo supra Is more a wise cash choice.

But I could see financing a NA 5 speed as a good financial move. Parts are cheap if you keep it NA and 5 speed and safe. They never break. And they're "cool" enough and gets you into the platform.

New owners will never have the testosterone fueled crazyness we had 10 years ago but that was a different time and lifetime buddy.

These watch flexers and fb people aren't my people hahaha!

Just the whole RHD thing with blind spots is being a cool guy while brown isn't a wise move for me. I get pulled over a lot.
 

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If it's imported PROPERLY it should have an Americanized VIN with paperwork. If not...stay away.
Best bet is to wait for the title to come. It'll have the new VIN on it.
 

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Hi all,

mom looking to purchase a MKIV Supra from a guy in one of my Facebook groups but he doesn’t have the title yet and the vin plate he gave me only has 12 #’s, he claims it’s because it’s from Japan but my bank can’t loan me money without a proper vin! Anyone had the same problem?
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This from japan. Frame number is the vin.
If he imported he would have a blue paper in Japanese and one white paper in English. That would be the title. If he doesn't. Its a very hard process to ever get again. Several hundred dollars and Lot of waiting to get new one. Probaly best to avoid this purchase unless its a great condition and you have all the money already to purchase it.
 

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I have a JDM Supra that was titled before I purchased it. The VIN is the frame number. My car does not have an American vin. Pentagon Federal Credit Union will finance an imported car as long as it's already titled in the US.
 

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My friend bought an R32 GTR while stationed in Italy and had it imported when he came back stateside. The persons who handled the titling of the vehicle issued it a normal, US vin number and all of the proper paperwork. Registered it in New Mexico (his new base) with no issues whatsoever.

Another friend also bought an R32 GTR in Canada and imported it himself. During all of the paperwork for the vehicle at the border, it was also issued a vin number. No issues registering it in New York state either.

Like mentioned above i'd wait until its been properly imported so you'll have a correct vin number and/or take out a cash loan instead of a vehicle loan.
 
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To be honest this purchase sounds more complicated then its worth.
 

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Just a point to be noted, your mom is badass to want to buy a MKIV.

Cheers.

Ps: Lightstream Bank and J. j. Banc definitely finance JDM cars as long they are already stateside.

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Mr Gill beat me to it, we financed ours through JJ Best Banc. Pretty easy process overall, I'd recommend them.

Just make sure you have enough left over for a set of metric wrenches / sockets and a multimeter and a jack and jack stands. :)
 
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Have you tried vin search service to view EpicVIN reports? Perhaps this will be useful to you in the future
 
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