What Is A JDM Car?

Amongst JDM enthusiasts and fans of Japanese culture, JDM cars are ever-growing in popularity, so if you’re curious about what a JDM car is, make sure to read on. We examine the marvellous world of Japanese domestic market cars and answer some common questions.

What, Exactly, Is A JDM Car?

JDM stands for Japanese Domestic Market, which references cars made for the Japanese public. Japanese car makers have created cult classics over the years, hugely popular amongst car enthusiasts across the UK.

It is a common misconception that all Japanese cars are JDM, however, this is not the case. Many Japanese cars are produced especially for countries outside of Japan.

Are JDM Cars Legal on UK Roads?

Typically, JDM Cars are legal on UK roads. So, you are free to import a JDM Car into the UK, as long as the vehicle passes the Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) test to deem it as road legal.

If your new car does not pass this test, you will need to make appropriate modifications before it can be driven.

What Are Popular JDM Cars in the UK?

There are many different JDM cars popular in the UK, most commonly:

  • Subaru Impreza STi,
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R,
  • Mazda RX-7,
  • Toyota Supra,
  • Honda Civic Type R,
  • Honda Integra Type R,
  • Toyota Corolla,
  • Nissan Fairlady.

What Classifies As A JDM Car?

A JDM Car is a vehicle manufactured in Japan for the Japanese market. Most common Japanese manufacturers include Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi.

Are All Japanese Cars From The Japanese Domestic Market?

Not all Japanese cars will be JDM cars. They are not all made for the Japanese domestic market, as some will be produced simply to be exported to the rest of the world.

Will All Japanese Cars Be Right-Hand Drive?

Yes, all JDM vehicles are right-hand drive, as Japan drives on the left like the UK. This makes them perfect for UK drivers.

Are JDM Cars Reliable?

JDM vehicles are commonly considered to be very reliable, due to the manufacturing process in Japan. They are focused on reducing waste and maximising efficiency, where should there be a problem, all equipment is stopped to prevent long-term issues.

Should You Buy A JDM Car?

Finding Japanese imports can seem time-consuming at first. However, if you’re willing to put the time and money that is involved in importing JDM cars, the reliability, looks and fuel efficiency of a Japanese vehicle are worth it.

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