You could buy an FJ for sale on Ebay. We link to some good ones below. Or you can get a diesel version (B + H engines) by importing one from Costa Rica. I can help you import a vintage Land Cruiser to the States. We export several Land Cruisers each year. Where can we send yours?
Tell us what you want
It all starts with an email. What type of Toyota Land Cruiser are you looking for? We only find the diesels down here, BJ40s, HJ45’s, etc. Let us know and we can be on the lookout for you. Contact Us Here
Driving a Land Cruiser isn’t for everyone. We know it’s cool but it can also be expensive. If you want to save money, buy a gas version (FJ) cruiser pre-1976. FJs are the least expensive, Jeep-style, Land Cruisers you can find in the States. Diesels can cost $8-10k more than the gas versions.
We Can Find One!
We go on two to three buying trips annually. If you would like one, let us know by contacting us. During our trip, we can send back photos and give you information about what we’re seeing.
We Photograph Them
During our buying trips we take lots and lots of photos of the vehicles. If you need a certain part photographed, then please let us know. We’re happy to take what you need to make a decision.
FJ40 For Sale – Land Cruisers for Sale on eBay
- Current Price: $30,000.00
- Ends: Oct 3, 2016 22:43:53 UTC
- Current Price: $30,000.00
- Ends: Sep 26, 2016 15:44:44 UTC
- Current Price: $15,900.00
- Ends: Sep 28, 2016 12:09:14 UTC
BJ40 For Sale – Used Land Cruisers for import
I love Toyota Land Cruisers. And you’re on this site because you do too. You may be searching for an FJ40 for sale or other Land Cruisers for sale. I live down here in Costa Rica and see a lot of the off-road oriented BJ40s (FJ40 in the States with gasoline engines). We buy and export FJ40s with the bullet-proof “B” diesel engines for clients in the US. They are called BJ40s here. If you really want the gas version FJ40, you can find a lot of them on eBay. On the left are a few that I found. Click them and take a look.
Why buy an imported Diesel Land Cruiser?
*Unlike Jeep Wranglers or other 4x4s, Land Cruiser values increase rather than decrease. *You can run these on biodiesel, vegetable oil or diesel. *Options! Top is removable! That is very cool and envy invoking. *Easy to find parts for these vehicles. *These diesel engines are engineered for a half a million miles or more!! *Mileage!! They can get 30+ MPG. Tell that to your Jeep dealer! *This is a rare vehicle! Diesels weren’t imported to the US….until now! *Use this to show off your business!! Want to get noticed? Park one of these babies outside!
Here is the process we follow to get your vehicle from Costa Rica to you in the States.
Tell us what you're looking for
You start the process by reaching out to us using our contact form below. Tell us what you’re looking for, condition, engine type, year(s), etc. We will email you back to get more details and start the search. Please be as specific as possible in your description as that will allow us to target our search for your Cruiser. Every year, we make 2-3 buying trips to buy them for our clients. We can narrow down the search and zero in on the Land Cruiser you want.
The Money Talk
These vehicles cost a minimum of $13,000. As mentioned above, you can get an FJ cruiser for much less because it has a gas-powered engine. Typically the diesels will be $8,000+ more than the gas ones. If you’re wanting us to purchase a specific vehicle for you, then we will have to have most of the cost up front. We have to pay the seller, legal fees and export fees in advance.
Photos and Reports
While on our buying trips to Costa Rica, we can send you back reports, our opinions and lots of photos. This way, if you want a specific vehicle, you will know what to expect far in advance. We like to give you as much information about the vehicle prior to making a decision.
Decide on Land Cruiser
Decision time. After reading the reports, and getting more detailed photos, it’s time to make a decision. Once you decide, we will secure the vehicle and begin the paperwork to transfer ownership. (It’s a tricky process here which involves an attorney) Differing from the States, ownership transfer of a vehicle requires the hiring of an attorney. We hire one here to make sure that all of our paperwork is legally in order so that we can properly export the vehicle.
Shipping to a PortWe need to know your preferred port in the States where we can ship your Toyota Land Cruiser. The least expensive way to ship them is on a roll-on/roll-off ship. These are ships with a deck specifically for vehicles. Since they can be driven on and off, prices are lower. At this time, we begin the paperwork and everything on this end. You become the “receiver” on the US side and will have to clear customs. (Very easy) It is also time to pay the balance for the vehicle because it is leaving Costa Rica and heading your way.
Receive Shipment & Transport Home
It’s time to bring your new baby home. It is up to you to receive your shipment and get it back home with you. We have links to the customs forms you will NEED when you receive the vehicle. We will help you know what to do, but it really is simple to import a vehicle that is 25+ years old. We would LOVE to receive photos of your Land Cruiser as you work on it, take it on adventures and fix it up. We’d also like to get feedback and testimonials from you. Bottom line, keep in touch and send us photos!!
We lived in Costa Rica for a year and know our way around. We find the vehicles, prepare them for export, doing all of the legal paperwork, and ship them to the port of your choice. (Fees Vary)
We Export Toyota Land Cruisers
We help you import them into the US so that you can have the sweetest 4x4 ever made.
What will it cost?
Are you looking for an FJ40 for sale? We don’t have a lot of of the gas versions down here in Costa Rica, but we have a lot of the diesels — BJ40. We can locate you a BJ40 (diesel) and get it shipped to Miami, FL fora minimum of $13,000. Some are higher than that by up to $3,000.
FJ45/BJ45 PickupLots of people are trying to find the FJ45 Pickup for sale. There are lots of old Land Cruisers for sale here in CR, but we can find the Diesel version (BJ45) Price would be $20k+.
I have only seen a couple of Troopies here in CR, but that tells me that they’re here. Just gotta keep looking. Let me know if you’re serious about buying one. Probably run over $25,000 to Miami.
It is possible to find nearly any model Land Cruiser for sale here in Costa Rica. I saw this FJ55 for sale several months ago. If we see them, we’ll probably buy them.
We moved to Costa Rica for lots of reasons. When we got here, I immediately noticed the generous amount of Toyota Land Cruisers roaming the streets and used by coffee farmers here in the Central Valley. I literally make my wife look at every one that I see parked somewhere or as we drive around town. It got me thinking. How many more Toyota Land Cruiser lovers are in the States and simply cannot find one because Toyota NEVER IMPORTED THE DIESEL VERSION DURING THOSE YEARS? Or how many would love to have an FJ40 hard top or an FJ40 soft top but can’t get one because of the limited imports. That’s why I formed this company… to help you find the Land Cruiser that you’re looking for. Our perfect client has some money and wants what he wants. He may also have a little bit of “let’s make everyone else jealous” inside of him. I can tell you that if you have one of these and you’re out and about, leave yourself a bit of extra time to speak to all of the people drooling over your rig.
Ready to Get Started?
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most asked questions we get here. These should help you understand the process of getting a Toyota Land Cruiser to you in the States.
What Forms Are Needed In The US?
- DOT HS-7 -- Because the BJ40 will be over 25 years old, you will declare #1 on the form.
- EPA Form 3520-1 -- Because the vehicle is over 21 years old, you will declare code "E" on the form.
- CBP Form 7501 -- You will need your ownership documentation, DOT HS-7 and EPA form 3520-1. The CBP form 7501 will be filled out at the port of entry when the vehicle is cleared and that will be your official evidence of import to the US. Form link
- You will need a "Importer Number" to bring anything into the United States. This can be your social security number or an EIN number. Here is a link to the new requirement. If you're uncomfortable giving out your SSN, then you can use an Employer Identification Number from the IRS. The process of getting an EIN is fast and free. Here is where you apply - https://sa.www4.irs.gov/modiein/individual/index.jsp
- Customs Form 3299 -- You may want to look at whether you need this form too.
- If you have one, bring your passport. State-issued driver's licenses are great, but when dealing with the US government, you might want to bring your US issued ID. (i.e. passport)
- DMV Forms - The department of motor vehicles varies state by state. You will need to contact your local DMV to see if there are any additional forms you may need. Remember, if you plan on driving your vehicle from the port, you'll need a temporary permit from your state to put in on the vehicle so that you can legally drive it. (probably need insurance as well)
Are there import fees in the US?
Yes. The US. Duty rates for automobiles* (excluding trucks) is 2.5% of the current blue book value. Total is 2.5% tariff +0.3464% processing fee so right around 2.85%.
In my opinion, it would be better to overstate the value a bit than to try to save money at this juncture. Imagine getting some really angry government official stamping a paper holding your import because you're trying to save $30 bucks. If you think that your rig is worth $10k then state it that way or find a way to justify your value via an official source. (KBB, etc.)
Is it legal to import a vehicle from another country?
Absolutely. There is a ton involved in importing a vehicle from another country, but we take care of the hard work for you. We guarantee that your vintage Land Cruiser will be 100% legal to register or we'll buy it back from you.
What exactly does US Customs need to import my Land Cruiser?
US Customs would like to help you if at all possible. You have to do your part. It is not difficult, but there are regulations that HAVE to be followed to make sure you get your vehicle out of customs. Here is the link to the information you'll need. (See the first FAQ for forms)
What is ||Filing and Entry|| with US Customs
US Customs is charged with protecting the United States of America from harmful shipments. That being said, they have rules and regulations to follow to receive your vehicle shipped from another country.
Follow this set of instructions PRIOR to your vehicle hitting the ship and you'll have no problems at all.
Can't I Just Come To Costa Rica and Find One Myself?
Costa Rica has lots of Land Cruisers for sale. Used in coffee farms around the country, many of these are in great shape and could be used as a driver right now. You could make a trip yourself to Costa Rica to purchase a used Land Cruiser. The processes and details (after finding the FJ40 at the right price) will probably drive you completely nuts.
Realistically, you would need to do the following to find a FJ40 here for sale.
- Find the right car on Craigslist or www.crautos.com
- Travel down here to see it ($500 plane ticket, car rental, hotel stay) Probably cost you about $1,500+ total.
- See the vehicle and have it inspected by a mechanic
- Make a deal on the car. It's weird, but most Ticos don't barter. So, offering them less most likely won't work.
- You'll probably get a MUCH HIGHER price on the vehicle because Ticos will charge you for being a Gringo. Don't get angry, it's just the way it works here. (we use a Tico buyer to negotiate our purchases)
- Buy the car. Transferring ownership on a vehicle here involves attorneys. You'll have to pay for the attorney to do the required paperwork
- NOW THAT YOU OWN THE CAR you can start the export process. You'll need to go to the national registry and get the car officially ready for export. Do you speak Spanish? It helps a LOT at this stage.
- Once you have the authorizations from the Registro, you can take them to your customs broker. He or she will prepare the shipping paperwork called the DUA.
- You'll need to locate a trusted shipper to get an official bill of lading B/L
- You will need a bill of sale
- And you'll need to create an invoice/packing list
- You may want to get insurance on your shipment through Loyds of London to cover damage and loss of the export. (Optional)
We are very successful at exporting vehicles because we live here. Our buyer is a Tico which helps us secure vehicles at a price that allows us to export them. If I were trying to negotiate a deal on a vehicle myself, I would NOT get the prices that my buyer can get. It is a Gringo price increase that is added to many things here in Costa Rica, that I cannot avoid.
By living here, we can survey lots of different vehicles to identify the best ones. We don't solely rely on Craigslist. We are able to use word of mouth to find vehicles. You see, real Costa Rican coffee farmers don't use Craigslist. If they did, they would bump the prices to a point where it would make exporting much too expensive.
What about cars that are newer than 25 years old?
You will have an extremely difficult time importing vehicles to the US that are not at least 25 years old. Can it be done? In theory, yes. But I have read extensively about the process and it is very, very expensive and difficult -- if not impossible.
That being said, you can contact us, to look for any vehicle that is 25+ years old. Maybe you found this site accidentally and want to get a different vehicle. Shoot us an email (using the contact form above) and let us know what you're looking for. Maybe we have it here.
What are the total shipping fees?
Shipping FROM Costa Rica is more expensive than shipping TO Costa Rica. Miami is the least expensive port we can ship to because the boat has a level specifically for vehicles. The shipper is able to drive the vehicle onto the boat without the use of a shipping container, lashing, and expensive moving equipment.
We figure shipping into the costs of the vehicles and will quote you a price on a case-by-case basis.
Can you change the VIN number to fit into the 25 year rule?
No. See video to the left where Customs crushes a Land Rover Defender that was brought into the US illegally.
Do I have to pick up my Land Cruiser at a port? I live in Colorado?
You can arrange for a freight forwarder to send your vehicle to a more convenient CBP port. You'll need to contact the CBP to find the port that you want to use.
**Remember, some of this stuff sounds confusing, but it's not because your vehicle is over 25 years old. You're simply shipping the vehicle to a "port" that is near you. The word port can be a warehouse that CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) has to help you receive your shipment.
Customs doesn't want to keep your shipment. They want it moved out as quickly as possible, so having your ducks in a row, so to speak is the way to do it. Read the first FAQ and get the forms you need and get it done. It really isn't difficult.
How do I get started?
To get started, simply fill out our contact form above these FAQs. That will get the ball rolling.
Do you export other brand cars?
Yes. We will look at cars on a case-by-case basis. We are able to find gorgeous VW Beetles here for the discerning collectors. Contact us and let's get started.
How do I register my vehicle in my State?
Registering a vehicle differs from State to State. While the import process of a vehicle that is over 25 years old is relatively easy and strait forward, registering a vehicle may be a bit more challenging depending on your State's laws. We have started a page that links to the separate State's websites where you can get specific information on your State's requirements.
Vintage Land Cruisers For Sale
Not much will hold it's value like a vintage Toyota Land Cruiser. We would love to help you import yours to the US. Grab up a great Land Cruiser and be the envy of everyone in your city. If you want to stay local, here are a few eBay sales going on right now.
- Current Price: $34,995.00
- Ends: Oct 12, 2016 7:10:18 UTC
- Current Price: $30,000.00
- Ends: Sep 26, 2016 15:44:44 UTC
When do I own the car?
I have had a couple people ask when ownership changes. You own the car the moment we make the purchase here in Costa Rica. The export/import process takes some time, but the car is yours. I have written an entire post on the process if you'd like some deeper reading.
Can I see another car get crushed by Customs?
Importing Toyota Land Cruiser to USA
Why are Toyota Land Cruisers so highly sought after in the United States? Because there were an extremely LOW number of them imported by Toyota. But, here in Costa Rica, it is a different story. I can find them around the coffee farms in the central valley. For years and years, farmers here in the coffee region have used these vehicles to help on their farms. In the States, it is pretty easy to find the models prior to 1978. Those were imported in larger numbers. But try finding a BJ40 Diesel from 1978-1984. You won’t. Those vehicles fetch a hefty price in the States. We can get you a great-condition BJ40 and ship it to you in the US. We can find the even more rare Landcruiser II (Land Cruiser II) here. They cost more, but they’re even more rare. They were NEVER imported by Toyota into the states with the powerful diesel engine. They are more expensive than the ’78-84 40’s, but they can be found.
Here is some interesting information from Wikipedia about the 1978-1984 Toyota J-Series Land Cruisers.
- 1978 — The first BJ / FJ40 and FJ55 models were officially sold in West Germany with both diesel (BJ40) and petrol engines (FJ40 /55).
- 1979 — United States-version FJ40s were updated this year with a new wider, square bezel surrounding the headlights.
- Power steering and cooler were offered in FJ40s for the first time The diesel engine was improved, evolving into the 3.2 L 2B only in Japan.
- 1980 — The H diesel engine (HJ45) was replaced by the 4.0 L 2H engine (HJ47).
- 1981 — the Diesel version received front disc brakes and the more powerful 3.4 L 3B engine, and added LWB BJ45 with 3B.
- 1983 — the last FJ40s imported to the U.S. were 1983 models (mid-1982 to mid-1983). It is unknown how many were imported by Toyota, but many guess the number to be around 300. In 1983 FJ40s typically bring a premium for their rarity, though they are not much different from 1982 models (mid-1981 to mid-1982).
- 1984 — the North American market was limited to Canada with the BJ42, which had a 5-speed (overdrive) transmission that was widely sought. Originally around CA$14,000.
FJ40 for Sale