This also applies to any car part from Japan, especially motors. Even if they offer no benefit over those available elsewhere (or are actually worse due to parts availability and shady importers) ricers will pay HUGE amounts of money for them. The tax is only increased if the motor was ever mentioned in an anime or used for early drifting.
You could build a B20 frankenstein motor with 225hp using parts from a CR-V and Integra for junkyard prices, but ricers STILL pay thousands for a worn out, probably stolen 200hp "JDM" motor.
Then there's the JDM wheels and body parts, which can cost thousands for no benefit at all. Ricer Tax is especially huge for JDM wheels, even if they're tiny, ugly and offer no benefit over a decent set of aftermarket wheels.
When an old Japanese car becomes popular amongst the ricers, buying one becomes a nightmare because these idiots hold even the biggest heaps of box on wheels to such a high regard, they add an invisible tax to boost the price of the selling car far more than it should ever be, despite extremely high mileage and severe body damage. And then of course try to justify it by saying something like "It's a Honda, bro". Honda, of course, being the biggest example of this insane price rape.
I was looking online at old Hondas and Nissans because I enjoy these cars, but unfortunately even the ones with 200,000+ plus were retarded expensive because of the ricer tax. And because these idiots think it's a badge of honor that their car hasn't exploded yet , they really think an intelligent person is really going to pay $5,000 for their 435,000 miles driven 1984 Civic Wagovan with the ripped seats.
Person: Decent looking Integra, how much?
Person: It's a 25 year old car with heavy miles, are you retarded?
Ricer: It's a Honda, bro, value stays strong.
Person: It's in Acura, jackass, you're not in Japan. I'm not paying ricer tax for a car thats basically a beater.