Used Japanese Cars: Vadivostok’s New Religion
People from Vladivostok mysteriously love used Japanese cars with a right-hand drive. It is their religion, it is everything for them. A lot of businessmen deal with used cars or car parts from Japan. People from Vladivostok believe that any Japanese car is much better than any new Russian car. Despite the fact that Russian government tries hard to ban the right-hand drive and encourage people to buy Russian cars, residents of Vladivostok always manage to win the battle.
So imagine what happens if anyone buys a brand new Russian car? Hmm… it will simply fall apart and would need to be repaired every now and then.
Galina bought a Russian UAZ pickup for her business in Nakhodka (one of the neighboring towns). She decided to buy it because it is left-handed and would not cause any problems in the future if the government decides to ban right-handed cars.
She insisted the car would be inspected before she buys it, a salesperson insured her that everything was fine with the car, that it had been tested before. Within the first 100 kilometers the car’s drive shaft and brakes were slowly breaking down. Car’s cargo compartment rubbed against the passenger’s cabin thus destroying the paint. AC and amplifier did not work properly; back seat was not steady and kept moving sideways.
Galina decided to give this ‘lemon’ back to the dealer. However, the dealer ignored her calls and her claims making it clear that the company was not going to take the car back.
She was not really happy about this situation and decided to protest in front of the dealer’s office. This whole story went viral and became famous thus proving the point that used Japanese cars are the best for the people in the region.