- S​o clean you could eat your dinner off it.

W​hy are Japanese imports so clean?

R​ust? What rust?

2y ago

I​f you're like me, and have spent far too many hours gawking at Japanese auctions for classic, 80's and 90's era models, you'll have noticed a trend - that a many (not all, of course) are exceptionally clean, and don't tend to suffer from the same rust problems that we get elsewhere in the western world.

H​ow can this be? Lets take a look at the UK. Winter comes round, local councils deploy the salt hounds which spray salt in such a bonkers manner that some probably ends up in the cracks of your living room sofa. Probably. Might want to keep that in case of Brexit (couldn't resist!).

I​t's also this time of year that those of us who have the luxury of ample garage space, store away our pride and joy for the winter while we drive around in something far more sensible, and usually newer too. After all, you'd be mad to let your shiny set of wheels get all that salt stuck underneath, or worse, end up on YouTube badly attempting to drift around a roundabout. Don't do that.

S​imilar things happen in Canada and parts of the USA known as the "rust belt". Winter comes, unleashes absolute havoc on anything metal (and usually anything human too), and we're all left to foot the expensive repair bill at the bodyshop. Or even worse, end up in a junkyard somewhere while manufacturers convince us to buy their shiny new model that doesn't harm trees and fields of daisies.

B​ring in the Japanese. They use a fairly simple, though intuitive system of sprinklers on both walk ways and main roads, in order to clear away snow. It's demonstrated fairly well in this video below:

M​ain roads have these built in on kerbs, facing horizontally.

T​his is not a universal solution, as some smaller towns still rely on salt spreading to get around during the winter. But considering how environmentally friendly it is, as well as preserving our precious pieces of metal and rubber, it's a wonder why more countries have yet to adapt such a system.

B​ut then again, the Japanese are far more advanced than just clearing away frozen H20.

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Comments (65)

  • Here in British Columbia I have an ex-Japan 1997 MGF roadster. It is absolutely rust free and every time my Brit friends complain about their rusty sills, subframes and suspensions I get to remind them that’s not an issue in mine. 😁

      2 years ago
    • Forgot the pic!

        2 years ago
    • Hey Rich , I live in British Columbia as well ( I live in Burnaby, Vancouver) and from the looks of it that looks like Kate’s park?

        2 years ago
  • Just today I saw an R34 JDM exactly like the one in photo

      2 years ago
  • because people take care of their things there and actually wash their cars even if they dont look really dirty?

      2 years ago
  • Cars don’t necessarily need to look like crap living in a place that has winters. You just need to take proper care of them. Rinse off the salt any chance you get. use a good quality wax, sealant or ceramic coat before and after winter. Ya your neighbours may think you’re insane washing your car in less than 0c temp but it will keep it looking good way longer. I live in Canada. Trust me i know a thing or 2 about winters.

      2 years ago
    • Absolutely! A little bit of effort goes a long way.

        2 years ago
  • In Alberta at -50 with windchill, a non-starter!

      2 years ago