Dealers importing Japanese cars say that buyers who have already purchased the cars, demand en masse the return of the paid amount for vehicles.
The reason is a possible ban on the registration of right-hand drive vehicles from March 2016. According to the head of the japancars.ge company Mari Gabidauri, after the reports on a possible ban, clients immediately began to massively abandon cars and demand money back, including those who ordered a car 2-3 weeks prior to the spread information on a possible ban.
“We have no possibility to return the money to them, as they has been transferred to Japan. Only in our company clients demand to return at least $ 20 000. We are in a terrible situation, we simply don’t have such amount,” she says.
In her words, the company imported about 30 cars a month only from Japan, and it is impossible to replace them with cars from the US and Europe, since they are of much lower quality and more expensive.
She notes that many Georgian car dealers will have to stop working because of the ban on imports of right-hand drive cars. Another importer of used Japanese cars Beforward faces similar problems.
According to the company’s Director Nikolai Arushinov, they decided to suspend the work and will resume operating if the government abandons its intention. He adds left hand drive cars are manufactured in Japan as well, but it does not make sense to buy them because of their high price.