I think the point of Japanese imports is the rust free bit. It would be optimistic to assume other used car rules don't apply even allowing for their apparently tougher MOT system.im a bit wary of jap Imports. I brought one from a specialist in york recently and its not been as smooth as i would have liked. the positives is the metal work is as new...a major plus, the negative is the cruise control ( unit, and throttle) needed replacing, many rubber parts are beyond there best, and there have been lots of other niggles to get it correct. my advice would be look at an import, but dont overpay or expect prsitine.