Car Leasing Guide

Leasing a Car in Japan

Lease Japan will get you into the best car at the best price, and be there to assist from the time of delivery to the day the car is returned.

The Advantages of Leasing

Leasing offers attractive benefits over purchasing a car, especially for expats living in Japan for a relatively short period of two or three years.

  • Lower Monthly Payments
  • Less Cash Up-front
  • Fewer Maintenance Headaches
  • No Car-Selling Hassles
  • 24 Hour Emergency English Help Line
  • Gets you off the train!

Lower Monthly Payments

Monthly lease payments are generally 30%-60% lower than payments on a purchase loan of the same term.

Less Cash Upfront

Lease Japan requires no down payment, which makes getting into a new car a lot easier. This is especially true when first coming to Japan, and trying to set up your whole life at once. We ask for the first and last month’s lease payment in the first month, but that means that your last month of the lease (and probably your last month in Japan) will be covered.  You will not need to keep your bank account open to pay the last payment, and can worry about more important last-minute details; all while still driving your car till the very last day.

Fewer Maintenance Headaches

Most people lease for a term that coincides with the length, in months, of the manufacturer’s warranty coverage so that if something goes wrong with their car, it’s always covered. New car leases from Lease Japan also include free 6 / 12 / 18 / 24-month maintenance checks. We will collect the car from your place of work or residence at a time that suits you, take the car to have its maintenance check, and return the car the same day.

Fewer Administrative Headaches

Lease Japan will help to register your car, apply for insurance coverage, and handle all scheduled maintenance appointments for you.  We do everything we can to make it easy for you to get back on the road and living your life in Japan.

No Car-Selling Hassles

With Lease Japan, the headaches of selling a used car are eliminated. When your lease ends, you simply return it back to us and walk away.  If leaving Japan, you will appreciate driving your car until the very last minute so you can take care of more important details than selling your car!

ETC Card without Credit Card Hassles

When you lease a car from Lease Japan, we will supply you with an ETC card (ETC=Electronic Toll Collection System).  Normally, getting an ETC card requires you first apply for a credit card. The application process may take up to a month, and there is no guarantee that you will be approved in the end.  On top of that, before you return the lease car you must cancel the credit and ETC cards two months in advance. Lease Japan will provide you with a corporate ETC card in the first week of your lease that you can use until the day before you return your lease car for a small processing fee and deposit.

English Emergency Help Line

When you lease a car from Lease Japan, we will provide you access to our 24/7 English Emergency Help Line.  For Lease Japan’s clients, an English speaking consultant is only a phone call away at all hours; ready to provide immediate assistance in an emergency or to solve a problem with your car. They can assist with translating, contacting the police or road service, lodging Insurance claims, or organizing the car to be collected and be repaired if necessary.

How it Works

Leasing a Car from Lease Japan 

  1. Your request for an estimate is received by Lease Japan.
  2. An estimate is prepared and sent to you for verification.  Changes can be requested, or the estimate can be accepted as is.
  3. If accepted, sign the estimate for your car and send it back to Lease Japan.
  4. Once the signed estimate is received we begin the process of ordering and registering your car and your final contract is prepared.
  5. To complete the registration process Lease Japan will need:
    • A copy of your Alien Registration Card, or Residence Card
    • Original Resident Certificate (issued in last 3months)
    • Your signature or inkan stamp on registration documents
    • Car Park Certificate from the owner of the property or car park.
  6. Your new lease car is delivered to you, and a Lease Japan representative will fully explain your new car and its options.
  7. You sign the final contract, and get on the road!