I hope everyone out there in web land is fine today and thank you for reading the Etown
blog. I hope you find it useful and interesting.
In a few months my car will be due to go through its government safety inspection, or shaken
as it’s called in Japan. As my car is quite old (about 15yrs to be exact), I’m a little worried about the cost and have been thinking about replacing it before the shaken runs out. I live in Gunma prefecture, where owning a car is practically a necessity
, so I don’t really want to go back to using trains all the time.
Unfortunately I’m a bit of a car freak
, I guess you could say I’m a kuruma otaku
so I won’t be happy with just any car. Even though I almost never have to drive outside of the city and it would be much cheaper and more practical
to buy myself a cheap little compact, I’m afraid that just won’t make me happy. Nope, no K-car for me. Let me say it again, I LOVE cars. I always have, ever since I was a little kid. I inherited
this from my Dad who is also hopelessly addicted to cars. So, keeping this in mind I’m going to have to find myself something a little bit special. There are quite a few different models of car that I would like to own and that fall into my price range
, but the one that I’m most interested in is a Nissan Skyline GTR. You see, I’m from the UK and for some reason Nissan does not sell a lot of their more expensive cars there. The smaller, cheaper cars like the March (in the UK it’s called a Micra) and the Sunny are very common and you see them almost everywhere. The more up-market
cars are quite unusual and if you do see a Skyline in the UK it’s a sure bet
that it has not been imported by Nissan, but by a private owner or a specialist company. These kind of cars are called grey imports
. This means that while I live in Japan I have an opportunity to own one of the most famous Japanese cars ever built and I’d really like to get myself one.
Of course, new Skylines are very expensive cars and I’m afraid English instructors don’t make enough money to spend six million yen on a car. This means that I’ll have to try to find an older car in good condition. Whenever you are looking to buy a used car there are a lot of things you have to think about. I’ll need to check the mileage
and make sure that the engine runs well. Hopefully I’ll be able to find a car with a full service history
. Because I’m looking at sporty
cars, I’ll also have to check that the car has not been modified
as that could cause all kinds of complications
Anyway, please wish me luck in my search and hopefully I’ll find a bargain
. That’s all from me this week. Sorry if it’s a little shorter than usual but I’m quite busy. Can anyone recommend any good cars that I should look at? What kind of car do you drive? Are you happy with it? Why/Why not? As usual, let me know…
Gavin from Etown
runs out finishes, stops or expires. E.g. I had to go to the store because I had run out of milk.
a necessity Something that you need for your daily life.
freak A strange or unusual person. E.g. A baseball freak is someone who likes baseball a lot more than most people.
practical Sensible and useful.
inherited When an item or a characteristic is passed from an older member of a family to a younger one. E.g. He inherited his good looks from his father (He is very handsome and his father is also very handsome.)
price range Budget. The money that you are able to pay for something.
up-market Expensive and/or high quality.
a sure bet Something that you don’t have to worry about. It will definitely be true.
grey imports Cars that are not imported officially by the manufacturer (Toyota, Nissan etc.) but are brought to a country by a private owner or a specialist company.
mileage The total distance that a car has travelled.
full service history A record of all work that has been completed on a car.
complications Difficulties or problems.
modified Changed or upgraded. Many young men in Japan modify their cars to make them faster.
bargain A good deal or a good price for something.