Our goal at Export Car is to do business with integrity. Unlike many exporters, we have detailedTerms of Business. These have been written clearly and carefully so that as a customer you know exactly where you stand. So, please read these Terms of Business carefully and if you have a question, please contact us so we can help you.
1. This Contract These Terms of Business (hereafter “Terms”) cover all business transactions between Export Car (hereafter “the Company”) and the individual or legal entity who indicates agreement to be bound by these Terms by completing an application form (hereafter “the Customer”). These Terms are the full and sole expression of all rights and obligations between the Company and the Customer.
2. Changes to These Terms of Business The Company can make changes to these Terms. However, in the event that changes are made, the Company will notify the Customer at least 1 calendar month before they are going to come into effect. If the Customer continues transacting business with the Company on or after the date on which the changes are coming into effect, the Customer is deemed to have fully accepted these changes from this date. The Customer does not have the right to make changes to these Terms. However, the Company may consider making changes on the basis of suggestions from the Customer.
3. The Application Form A Customer can be either an individual, or a legal entity such as a company. When an individual or legal entity completes an application form, they warrant that they have the legal capacity to enter contracts. An individual or legal entity becomes a Customer when they complete the application form, pay the deposit and are accepted by the Company as a Customer. The Company can reject any application in its sole discretion. By completing and signing the Application form that the Company provides, the Customer is agreeing to abide by and be bound by these Terms.
4. Information Supplied by the Customer The Customer has an obligation to ensure that he / she supplies the Company with accurate information required to transact business in a timely manner. Failure to do so can result in loss or extra charges. The Company is not liable for any losses or damages resulting from such a failure. These are the sole responsibility of the Customer.
5. Deposit The purpose of the deposit is so that the Company can ensure that the Customer is a serious individual or legal entity who intends to honor these Terms. The Company will not consider proxy bids from the Customer unless the Company has a deposit on hand from the Customer. The standard deposit amount is 100,000 Japanese Yen and must be paid to the Company through bank transfer, or other electronic means as offered by the Company. If the Customer wishes to purchase a vehicle with an auction price of 1 million Yen or more, the Company reserves the right to ask the customer to pay a larger deposit prior to the Company bidding on vehicles to buy for the Customer. The Company shall inform the customer whether this is required and how much this larger deposit will be on a case-by-case basis. The deposit is fully refundable if the Customer has bought more than 2 vehicles and is not in breach of these Terms. If the Customer has bought 2 or fewer vehicles, then the Company shall retain 50,000 Yen of the deposit and refund the remainder. If the Customer is in breach of these Terms, then no refund will be made while the breach is ongoing. A deposit refund can be done either using a bank transfer, or by putting this amount towards payment due on a vehicle. If the Customer elects to have the Company make the refund using a bank telegraphic transfer, the Company will cover the remittance cost of returning the deposit. However, the Company will not cover intermediary bank charges, or recipient bank charges. In some cases this may result in the final amount received being less than the deposit amount remitted. If the Customer is not in breach of these Terms and is eligible for a refund of this deposit, the refund will be sent within 14 days of receiving this request in written form.
6. The Website and Online Auction System The Company will make every reasonable effort to ensure that its website (integrityexports.com) and associated online car auction system are operational and available for the Customer to access. The Company also makes every reasonable effort to ensure that the online facilities it provides are secure and that the information displayed there is accurate. It is the Customer's responsibility to ensure that he / she has access to a computer and Internet connection
suitable for accessing and using these facilities. The Customer is only permitted to use the Company's
online auction system for the purpose of doing business with the Company. The Customer is responsible for the security of his / her log in and password details. Anytime the Company's online facilities are accessed with the Customer's user name and password, this shall be taken to be an action that the Customer him / herself is carrying out and the Customer will be solely liable for the results of these actions. So it is vitally important to keep your password and user name safe and confidential.
The Company carries out its business online and therefore the Customer needs to ensure that he / she
accesses these facilities regularly to receive and input new information. All exchanges about specific proxy bids prior to bidding on a vehicle must be carried out through the Company's online system and not by other means such as email or phone.
7. Basic FOB Charges Unlike many other exporters, Integrity Exports tries to avoid complex charging schemes and hidden costs. The basic FOB (Free On Board – does not include international shipping) charge for a vehicle is made up
of the following four factors:
• The “raw” auction price of the vehicle.
• The internal transport cost to bring it from the auction to the port.
• The cost of passing the car through Japanese customs (customs fee and custom broker charge)
• The Company's commission.
The “raw” auction price does not include Japanese sales tax, bidding fee, recycle fee or other costs which the Company does not pass on to the Customer.
The Company has the following two commission charge structures:
1. Advance Payment Commission Rate
If the Customer has sent funds to the Company in advance such that his / her account with the
Company is positive to at least the FOB value of the vehicle at the time of purchase, then the
commission amount will be 70,000 Yen total. (So, if a customer has sent money in advance and has 500,000 Yen as a positive balance in her account, if she then buys a car for 475,000 Yen FOB, this purchase is covered fully by her positive account balance and so this purchase is eligible for the Advance Payment Commission Rate of 70,000 Yen.)
2. Standard Commission Rate
If the Customer's purchase is not eligible for the Prepaid Commission Rate, then the following rate
will be charged as commission: (“Raw” auction price of vehicle * 5%) + 70,000 Yen
(For example, if a customer is paying the Standard Commission Rate on a car that was bought for
a raw auction price of 200,000 Yen, then the amount of commission charged would be: (200,000
Yen * 5%) + 70,000 Yen = 80,000 Yen.) The FOB charges above cover the basic purchase and export of a normally-functioning vehicle on a RORO ship: The purchase at the auction, the transport to the port and the process of deregistering the vehicle, passing it through Japan-side customs and getting it on a ship. In some circumstances, or for exporting vehicles to particular countries, extra work may be required in addition to the standard export. For example, some countries require a JEVIC or JAAI certificate in order to import a vehicle. Another possibility is that some countries do not have a RORO service available and so vehicles must be shipped by container, incurring additional loading, THC and drayage etc. costs. It is the Customer's responsibility to ask the Company in advance if additional information about particular charges for his / her vehicle purchases is required.
8. Purchasing The Customer uses the Company's online car auction system to search for vehicles to purchase and to get information about these vehicles. The Customer then places proxy bids telling the company which vehicles to bid on and how high to bid up to. The Company then bids live in the vehicle auctions throughout Japan, trying to get the vehicle at the best price within the Customer's maximum bid. By placing a proxy bid, the Customer commits to pay the full amount due for the vehicle itself and all related charges if the Company is successful in winning it at the auction. The Customer may cancel his / her proxy bid by entering a message in the Company's online car auction system clearly stating that the proxy bid should be canceled. The Customer must enter this message before 9AM Japan time (JST) on the day of the auction for the proxy bid cancellation to be valid. The Company will make every effort to keep within the Customer's bidding maximum. However, the nature of the vehicle auction bidding in Japan is such that close bidding near the Customer's maximum can sometimes result in vehicles being bought for a little more than the Customer's limit. If the Customer is not comfortable with this possibility, then the maximum bid limit he / she enters into the online auction system should be a little less than his / her full budget. The Company commits to charge the Customer the actual raw auction price of the vehicle. At the Customer's request, the Company will provide a scan of the invoice from the original vehicle auction showing the raw auction price with only sensitive information and information about other customer's cars disguised for privacy reasons.
9. Receiving Payments Under these Terms, a payment is considered as having been made by the Customer at the moment funds from the Customer arrive in the Company's bank account in Japan. The Customer should bear in mind that there is often a delay of several days between when funds are sent, and when they arrive in the Company's bank account. The Customer is responsible for ensuring payment is received by the Company on time.
10. Ownership of Vehicles Vehicles purchased for the Customer are the sole property of the Company until the Customer has paid the full price of the vehicle.
11. Canceling Purchases The Customer may cancel the purchase of a vehicle at any time between the moment the Company purchases this vehicle at auction for the customer until 10 working days prior to the estimated time of departure (ETD) of the ship on which the vehicle is booked to leave. After this time, the Customer cannot cancel the purchase of the vehicle and must pay the full amount due.
There will be a cancellation charge consisting of all the actual costs of re-auctioning the vehicle plus a
40,000 Yen fee. If the Customer cancels a vehicle and the Company then re-auctions this vehicle, the Company will then invoice the Customer with the above charges. The Customer must make full payment to the Company by the end of business (Japan time) on the Friday of the calendar week after the week in which the Customer was invoiced.
12. Vehicle Descriptions Data, photos and images of vehicles in the auctions around Japan are received from the auctions and displayed on the Company's website. This information is displayed as-is, and as such the Company does not give any warranty expressed or implied that this information reflects the actual condition of the vehicles.
13. Auction Sheet Translations Customers may request human translations of the auction sheet (the auction inspector's report) for vehicles that they are seriously considering bidding on in English. The Company will have translations done by a person with the ability to do this work to a high standard of accuracy. The Company warrants that human translations are accurate. We strongly advise you to request a translation prior to entering a proxy bid. Translations are provided at no charge to customers who are permitted to enter proxy bids on vehicles. However, the Company has the right to refuse to provide a translation, or it may not be able to provide a translation if a suitable translator is not available at that time (for example, due to sudden illness). The translation will cover comments written in Japanese on the auction sheet by the inspector that pertain to those negative and positive features of the vehicle that are likely to influence the customer's decision to enter a proxy bid or not.
(For example, the translator will translate a comment such as “rust underneath”. However, the
translator will not translate a comment such as “Recycle fee 12,780 Yen” since this is something that has no bearing on the quality of the vehicle itself and will not affect the cost of the vehicle to the Customer.) Some things the translation will not include are:
• Anything in the data about the car displayed on the online car auction system.
(For example, the data will often already show information such as “air conditioning”, “power
windows” etc. that the translator will not the enter into the translation as well.)
• Anything written in Roman letters and Arabic numerals on the auction sheet.
(For example, if the auction sheet has “2WD” (two-wheel drive) written on it, the translator will
not enter this in the translation as well.)
• Anything written on the “car map” (the diagram on the auction sheet which shows the exterior
condition of the car) in Roman letters and Arabic numerals. However, anything written in
Japanese on the car map will be entered into the translation. The Company will supply
information to assist the Customer in decoding the information written on the car map in letters
14. Language of Communication The Company will communicate with the Customer in English. The Company will make every effort to communicate clearly in written and spoken English, using standard internationally recognized business English as much as possible. The Customer is responsible for his / her understanding of the Company's communications. The Company will bear no responsibility for the Customer's failure to understand these communications. Similarly, it is the Customer's responsibility to make sure that his / her communications with the Company are in clear, standard, internationally-recognized English. We strongly advise the Customer to avoid slang and other non-standard expressions. The Company will bear no responsibility for its failure to understand and act on non-standard English used by the Customer. (For example, if you want to cancel a proxy bid, you should input a message such as, “Please cancel this proxy bid.” In the same situation, you should not enter a message such as, “Scrub it”, and hope that we will understand that you really want to cancel.)
15. Advice The Company may offer advice to the Customer sometimes. This advice will be given honestly and in good faith. However, it is the Customer's responsibility to consider and weigh this advice. The final decision made is the sole responsibility of the Customer. The Company will not be liable for any direct or indirect losses that may result from the Customer's reliance on this advice.
16. Maintenance The Customer should carry out maintenance on vehicles as soon as they arrive. At a minimum, the Company recommends giving vehicles a full service and replacing perishable items such as oil, oil filters, brake pads, tires etc as required.
17. Liability for Damage and Defects Integrity Exports makes every effort to deal with reputable and careful sub-contractors and suppliers, as well as making every effort itself to be careful and conscientious it the work it does. The Company will be responsible for applicable damage or defects caused while vehicles are in the possession of the Company or its sub-contractors up to the point it passes through customs clearance in Japan. Damage and defects that were caused by third parties before or after the vehicle is in the possession of the Company or its sub-contractors are not the responsibility of the Company. The company will also not be responsible for damage or defects that were not disclosed by third parties before the Company won the vehicle at auction.
18. How to Make Claims Claims must be made in writing and must be received by the Company within 14 days of the vehicle arriving in the foreign destination port. The Customer should describe the damage or defect in question in as much detail as possible and, where appropriate, provide photos as well. The Company also has the right to ask the customer to supply an independent registered mechanic's report in English before it will consider the claim. The Company will not consider any claim from a Customer who is in breach of these Terms at the time of the claim.
19. Vehicles Excluded from Claims Claims will not be considered for the following:
1. Vehicles graded with a grade of 3 or lower by the auction at the time of purchase at auction.
2. Vehicles 10 years old or older at the time of the claim.
3. Vehicles with 100,000KM or more of total mileage at the time of purchase at auction.
4. Vehicles stated one the auction sheet to have had their odometers changed at the time of purchase
5. Any items from a vehicle that are not firmly affixed to the vehicle.
6. Car stereos, navigation systems, monitor screens and similar items.
7. Any item for which the claims procedure in section 18 has not been followed.
20. Settling Claims The Company and the Customer agree to settle claims in good faith through negotiation, with the decision of the Company being final. If the claim is in the Customer's favor, the Company will credit the agreed amount to the Customer's account with the Company up to a maximum of half of the full FOB value of the vehicle.
21. Shipping The Company will arrange shipping on the earliest possible available ship. The Company will not consider requests to postpone shipping for any reason. It is the Customer's sole responsibility to ensure that the Company has the correct shipping information (port, consignee details etc.) in good time. Failure to do so can result in delays and potentially additional costs, which will be charged to the Customer. In the case where shipping costs have to be paid on the Japan side (in other words, CIF terms), the Company will calculate the shipping cost at the appropriate rates at the time of purchasing the car at the auction. This CIF final price will be notified to the Customer at that time and will not change. In the case where container shipping is required, the company will arrange loading using reputable loading companies. All additional charges associated with container shipping (loading fees, THC, drayage etc) will be borne by the Customer, who will be charged at the appropriate rates.
22. Documentation The following basic set of documents will be supplied to the Customer with each purchase:
1. First Bill of Lading (hereafter “BL”).
2. A paper invoice
3. The deregistration certificate (in Japanese)
The Company will retain the Second and Third BLs in case the First is lost in transit. If additional documentation is required for importing, the Customer is solely responsible to inform the Company of this as soon as possible after the vehicle is acquired at auction. Any delay that results in
documentation becoming unobtainable is the sole responsibility of the Customer. Documentation will be sent to the Customer by Japanese Post Office tracked EMS airmail as a single package. There will be no charge for this. However, there may be additional charges if the Customer requests a different method to send the documents (such as DHL etc) or if Customer requires more than one package of documents to be sent for the same vehicle. The Customer may request changes to be made to the BL. However, the Company cannot guarantee that the shipping company will make these changes. In this case, the Company will not be held responsible for this failure. There will also be a charge to the Customer of 10,000 Yen for any change made, irrespective of the extent of that change.
23. Import Regulations Compliance with import and other regulations for the country into which the vehicle is being imported or discharged from the ship to transit overland to third country is Customer's sole responsibility. Integrity Exports, strongly advises its customers to use professional service providers to ensure compliance with import procedures. In the case that particular documentation is required for importing or related procedures, the Customer should refer to section 22 above to see how to obtain this.
24. Charges Incurred After Leaving Japan Once a vehicle clears customs in Japan, it is deemed to have left Japan and any fees / charges incurred after this point are the sole responsibility of the Customer.
25. Payment Terms For vehicles acquired for the Customer under FOB terms, the full FOB amount must be received by the Friday of the week following the week in which the vehicle was acquired at auction. Similarly, for vehicles acquired for the Customer under CIF terms, the full CIF amount must be received by the Friday of the week following the week in which the vehicle was acquired at auction.
Payment is considered as having been received when it appears as a positive credit in the Company's bank account. All amounts due are quoted in Japanese Yen. It is the Customer's sole responsibility to ensure the Company receives the correct amount of Japanese Yen by the correct time.
26. Making Payments Payments for vehicles must be made by Bank Telegraphic Transfer. It is the Company's responsibility to supply the Customer with current and accurate bank details for the account to which payment should be sent. The Company can receive payments in Japanese Yen, or in US Dollars. However, if payment is received in US dollars, it is converted to Yen at the time it is received and the customer's account is credited with this Yen amount. The conversion of US Dollars to Japanese Yen is done through the Company's bank, whose prevailing rates and charges at that time will be applied. The Customer is solely responsible for all charges related to the transfer of funds to the Company. This includes all bank charges of the sending bank, intermediary banks (if any) and the Company's own bank.
27. Late Payment and Non-Payment Penalties If payment from the Customer is late under these Terms, the Company in its sole discretion may take any
or all of the following actions:
1. Suspend the customer's access to the online auction system.
2. Cease processing vehicles acquired for the Customer for shipment.
3. Retain paperwork for vehicles that have been shipped.
4. Offer vehicles acquired for this customer for sale to other parties at whatever price the Company
determines with the sole purpose of recouping the overdue amount.
5. Take any legal action or other action open to it to recoup the overdue amount.
6. In its discretion, the company may also charge a late payment penalty for each day the payment is
overdue. This daily amount may be up to the equivalent of 1% of the FOB value of the vehicle for
which payment is late.
28. Breaches of these Terms In addition to the penalties mentioned above, the Company in its sole discretion may suspend the Customer's access to the online auction system and related online systems while the Customer is in breach of any of these Terms. Where the Customer has been in breach of these Terms and the breach has since been rectified, the Company in its sole discretion may decide to cease doing business with the Customer.
29. Resolution of Disputes The Company and the Customer agree to resolve any disputes following the provisions of these Terms of Business through mutual negotiation in good faith. If reasonable efforts at negotiation have failed and one or both parties decide to take recourse to legal action, this legal action shall be conducted in a venue of the company's choosing under Japanese law.