Turkey used car market

Japan is one of the important sources of automobile industry and its various brands are exported to almost all parts of the globe. Japan has consequently gained the reputation by offering vehicles that are performance driven, safe, and high on quality. The popularity of Japanese used vehicles has spread to all countries across the world. Turkey situated in Anatolia and the Balkans, bordering the Black Sea also import large numbers of used vehicles from Japan.


The development in the technology has made the process of importation an easy process. It is easy to import a used vehicle from Japan to any country across the world. While importing a vehicle, importer should be aware of all rules and regulations for vehicle importation in the country. Importation of left-hand drive vehicles is permitted in Turkey.

Used cars have attracted large numbers of citizens of Turkey. Easy importation, affordable prices, and quality vehicle are some of the reasons for the increasing popularity of Japanese used vehicles. Toyota is a popular Japanese model in the country.

The auto industry of Japan is one of the well-known and largest industries in the world. Along with new vehicles, popularity of Japanese used vehicles is also increasing at a faster pace. Large numbers of new and used vehicles from Japan imported into Turkey. The market offers fair opportunities to Japanese used vehicle exporters to thrive their business.

Import rules and regulations-
Not only new vehicles, even used automobile sector of the country is famous among masses across the world. People are willing to buy a used vehicle as even though the vehicle is second-hand, but still its overall condition is excellent and are available at practical prices. Large numbers of used vehicles from Japan are imported in the country every year. While importing, importer should be aware of import regulation of its country to make the process of customs clearance smooth.

Left-Hand Drive vehicles:-
The country permits importation of only left-hand drive vehicles.

Only one car per family is allowed to be imported in Turkey. There are restrictions on importing motor vehicles older than three years old. Minibuses are not allowed to be imported in Turkey regardless of make and origin. Dual nationals are not allowed to import vehicle in Turkey on a permanent basis.

Required Documents:-

  • Importer’s passport
  • Residence permit
  • Original Bill of Lading
  • Original Purchase/ Commercial Invoice
  • Bank guarantee- supplied by local bank in Turkey
  • Original Certificate of Title and Registration
  • Original Proof of Insurance and driver’s license
  • “Carnet de Passage”
  • Power of Attorney(produced and notarized in Turkey)- giving authority for Destination Agent to arrange customs clearance

Import Tax Rate:-
A non-Turkish National may avoid import duty provided there is a Letter of Guarantee. However, it is necessary to pay local Taxes.

Shipping Information:-
Freight rate

  • Port- Derince
  • 0-14 m3 – US $ 99
    14-20 m3- US $ 114

  • Port- Izmir
  • 0-14 m3 – US $ 99
    14-20 m3- US $ 114

    Major ports- Derince, Izmir and Istanbul port

    Popular car models:-
    Toyota Hiace Van, BMW 3-series, Toyota Gaia, Toyota Mark-X, Toyota Noah, Toyota Supra, Porsche 911, Subaru Forester, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Prius