REFORM OF THE JAPANESE CAR INSPECTION SYSTEM
The system of Japanese car inspection ( shaken ) has been reformed and
simplified. There are four principle changes, each of which is listed
FROM JULY 1995
- Abolition of the mandatory six-monthly check-up.
Up to now it has been mandatory to have your car checked-up at
intervals of 6, 12 and 24 months. As a result of the reform however
the mandatory six-monthly check-up has been abolished, thus making
clear that responsibility for the care and maintenance of the car now
falls more on the individual owner.
- Halving of the number of items liable for inspection.
As the quality and durability of autoparts has improved breakdown and
wear has become less common. In addition there are a number of
autoparts whose condition can be judged by the owners themselves.
Both of these factors have led to the halving of the number of items
liable to inspection in the 12 and 24 monthly check-ups. For the 12
monthly check-up the number has been reduced from 60 to 26 items, in
the case of the 24 monthly check-up from 102 to 60 items.
- Greater freedom of choice within the shaken system.
Up to now it was obligatory to have the 24 monthly check-up before
submitting you car to the shaken inspection, but from now on it is
possible to regard these two procedures as separate entities
altogether. As it is now possible to have the 24 monthly check-up
after the shaken inspection, it will be easier to make use of the "
user shaken " system. The fixed price for shaken inspection,
including inspection fee, tax, and automobile damage liability
insurance, comes to 70,400 yen. In addition repair and maintenance
charges on average amount to about 59,000 yen, making a grand total of
129,400 yen. In the event that you can repair any defective parts
yourself you will at least be able to save about 59,000 yen.
- Extension of the 2 year shaken validity period to cars
which are over 11 years old.
From now on cars which are over 11 years old will be subject to the
same 2 year shaken validity period as more recent models, not 1 year
as before. As aresult of this reform many much loved cars which would
have been scrapped on reaching their tenth birthday will now be able
to live out their natural life-span. For the general public this is
probably the most welcome reform.
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