Where do your vehicles come from?
We look for rare and unique 4×4’s in all corners of the world. There have been many great vehicle platforms that were never available here in the US. Our primary source is Japan, but we also deal with vehicles from Australia, Europe and South America.
What's involved in importing a vehicle from a foreign country?
The short answer is, a lot! Finding the vehicles, inspecting them before purchase, facilitating the transaction, arranging shipping and insurance, obtaining customs clearance, port retrieval, and US titling and licensing are just some of the steps involved. But we do all the hard work for you! From purchase to delivery, we can handle everything in between and make it fun and enjoyable to find and buy a non-US vehicle. There are many companies that can import a vehicle for you. The LCD difference is our resources, our access, our experience and our ability to find the best Land Cruisers available.
Is it legal to own, license and drive a non-US market vehicle in my state?
The vehicles we import are 100% legal across the US. If you can’t register it in your state, we’ll buy it back guaranteed. California customers must complete an emissions compliance test performed by California Environmental Engineering in Santa Anna, CA. Please contact us for more information.
Is it hard to drive a right hand drive vehicle, and is it legal?
It is completely legal and easy to adjust to driving a right hand drive vehicle. A few minutes behind the wheel and you can become completely comfortable with driving “on the wrong side”.
Will you sell me a vehicle that is currently on its way, or "on the water"?
No. We prefer to get the vehicles, perform an inspection, complete our standard maintenance and then make sure the vehicle is priced appropriately. We like to be sure you know what you’re getting, and that you’re getting a fair deal. We want to be your lifetime source for imported vehicles, not to lose a customer over having not met your expectations about a vehicle. While we can learn a lot about a vehicle from photographs and auction data, we’re aware that we can’t really “know” a vehicle until we’ve put our hands on it.
What makes you different from other importers?
After over a decade of experience in the classic and collectible car market, we bring a special perspective and skill set to the import vehicle industry. We feel we are different in two primary ways. First, we like to have plenty of inventory on hand to immediately supply vehicles for every taste. Second, we’re more interested in long term relationships than quick profits. We want to be your importer for life, and we try to treat every customer like we treat our friends and family. We guarantee our vehicles to be free of wreck/repair history, radiation contamination and odometer discrepancy. Watch out for flippers and used car lots trying to cash in on the popularity of import Land Cruisers. We buy only the best vehicles available. Our exclusive resources, access and experience allow us to filter out trucks with questionable history or mechanical problems. There are many importers who can source you a vehicle, but only LCD knows cruisers like we do. It’s all we do.
How do you determine vehicle pricing?
When a vehicle is first listed, a preliminary price is listed as a general guideline. Once a vehicle arrives and is processed, the final price is set based on the costs, condition and features of the vehicle. Cost is based on many factors including acquisition cost, currency exchange rate, shipping costs, upgrades and maintenance costs.
Will you find a vehicle for me based on my criteria?
If you’re looking for a nice, clean Land Cruiser with low miles, we’re already looking for those. Check here for our inventory. If you’re looking for something else, you can contact us about finding something specific for you.
What's the process for finding a vehicle specifically for me?
We start with a complete consultation to tailor the search to your needs and situation. We make sure to clearly define the costs, the time and the conditions required. We want to make sure you are completely satisfied with the vehicle you get, so we try to manage everyone’s expectations accordingly. Executing a search contract requires a $500 fee and a fully refundable 25% deposit (based on total expected costs). Then, based on your parameters, we begin the search. From there, we find candidates, give you a chance to request further inspection and make a yes or no decision. Then begin the import process. Once the vehicle is purchased, we require full payment for the remaining balance based on actual costs of transport, shipping and import. The final invoice will include any adjustments and a final $1000 administrative fee.
Will you import vehicles other than Land Cruisers or Toyota 4x4's?
We can import anything on your behalf. But we specialize in Land Cruisers and other Toyota 4×4’s.
Do you ever have any left hand drive Land Cruisers?
Left hand drive vehicles were only available in select markets worldwide. Some South American countries, Europe and the Middle East are examples where left hand drives were available. However, these vehicles are few and far between, and when they become available they command a premium price. Check our inventory to see what we have available.
Do you provide vehicle financing?
We do not do financing, however we will work with you and your lending institution to secure financing whenever necessary. You’re best option is your local bank or credit union. You can also try specialty financing companies that focus on classic and collectible vehicle purchases such as JJ Best Banc & Company. We can help provide inspections and appraisal data to get you the loan you need.
Is it hard to find parts for non-US Land Cruisers?
The short answer is no, but it depends on what you’re looking for. Most drivetrain components are still available from Toyota and can be ordered from any dealership as long as you have the part number. Electronics, trim and interior are harder to find, but there are healthy used parts markets in Canada and Australia where these vehicles have been available for many years. A great place to start looking is our partners at Cruiser Outfitters. If you ultimately can’t find something you need, LCD provides lifetime parts locating help for as long as you own your truck.
Are accessories and aftermarket upgrades like lift-kits available?
Absolutely yes. Land Cruisers have a dedicated following and aftermarket support worldwide. There are many providers of aftermarket accessories, performance upgrades and replacement parts. We recommend talking to our partners at Cruiser Outfitters for all your parts and accessory needs. We can also build your truck using parts from Cruiser Outfitters and other vendors.
Can US mechanics and service shops work on these vehicles?
Absolutely yes. Any good diesel shop can service and rebuild the engines and fuel systems. Other drivetrain components are similar to the US spec Land Cruisers and can be serviced and rebuilt at almost any professional shop specializing in those items. But if you’re having trouble with something, LCD offers lifetime tech support for as long as you own your truck.
Are you open on the weekend?
No. We are not available on weekends. We work hard during the work and appreciate time with our families on the weekend. If you’re picking up a truck you’ve purchased, weekend arrangements can be made advance notice.
Can you do maintenance or upgrades based on my requests?
Yes! We are a full service shop that can do everything from basic maintenance to a full-blown restoration. Just ask!
Do you work on Land Cruisers other than the ones you import?
Yes! We can do any type of maintenance, build, or restoration project. However, our availability is limited. If you have a Cruiser that needs some work, contact us to see how we can help.
Do you have inventory other than what's on your website?
We do sell vehicles direct to customers when there is a backlog of requests for a particular type. Many trucks never appear on the website and are sold to waiting customers after they complete the process. When vehicles are available for sale, they will be posted in our inventory.
What is landcruisers-direct.com?
Unfortunately, the success of Land Cruisers Direct has created copy-cats and scammers who try to exploit the interest in imported Land Cruisers. Landcruisers-direct.com is operated by a court-proven scammer who advertises vehicles for sale in Japan. This individual also uses the names Papp Brothers Automotive, Unusual Auto, JDM Dreams and possibly others. Avoid scammers, rollbacks and hidden problems, buy from the REAL Land Cruisers Direct.