EricaHartmann wrote:Shakken is the twice yearly car inspection to check that it's road worthy I think, someone else who actually owns a car should clarify this.
Not twice yearly (I have a car). When you buy a car off your pred, make sure to ask if it has any shakken left on it so you can figure that into the price. Shakken costs about 80,000￥ for a yellow plate and is good for 2 yrs. You don't want to be surprised buying a car from your pred and find out it has no shakken left.
I think after the first year of shakken, you have to get it inspected again for a smaller fee- around 10,000?
I'm not sure which inspection you're talking about other than recommending people get their car inspected at least once in the 2 years. I get a quick once over when I get the tires changed, so twice a year.
Also it's worth noting if you own a white plate (a real car
) Your shakken will be closer to 100 000 yen and possibly more if it's older. The cost depends on the state of the car.
I definitely agree about asking your pred about the shakken though. A friend of mine agreed to pay 80 000 for an old car under the pretense it was a good car. She knew the shakken would be up in October but was assured that it would only be around 100 000 yen.
Before the shakken was even up she had to have 3 major, expensive, repairs done (one of which should have been apparent/a problem for the pred as well). Then shakken was almost 200 000 yen not 100 000.
On top of that the car then died a year later and she had to get a new one.