Why Japanese cars are Popular and in high Demand

Updated: July 6, 2010

Japanese automobiles are world famous for their high quality as well as impeccable performance. . Despite the high cost of transport, the sale of used cars and other vehicles to other countries is still profitable, due to the relatively low cost and good condition of the vehicles being purchased. Contributing factors to the viability of the vehicles for export, include:

  • Strict motor vehicle inspections
  • High depreciation, which make such vehicles, after six years, worth very little.
  • Strict environmental laws, that make vehicle disposal very expensive

All Japanese Used Automobiles have to follow the strict rules laid down by Japanese road regulations. Thus, all Japanese used vehicles are well maintained. Because of its excellent quality used Japanese vehicles are in big demand worldwide. East & South African countries in particular have a big demand for used Japanese automobiles.

In most countries of the African continent, roads are not up to the mark or are rather in bad conditions. So they require vehicles which can handle extreme bad terrains and still be able to deliver good performance. Japanese vehicles come as boon as they are not only good in performance but can survive in this worst road conditions. Toyota Hiace is one of the most popular cars in East and South African countries. Toyota Hiace is a tough van & extreme reliable; it can work smoothly on different types of road conditions. Department of Transport in South Africa rightly estimates 80% of taxis are Hi-Aces.

Some other vehicles which are also as popular as Toyota Hiace are Toyota Corolla, Toyota Hilux 4WD, and Toyota Camry sedans. Nissan (especially Nissan Bluebird) & Honda are also popular in Africa. Isuzu & Hino are popular brands for used Japanese  buses and Japanese Used Trucks.

Generally, most exporters are responsible for the organization and completion of the vehicle’s transportation till it arrives at the importer’s Port of Destination (POD). At the POD, possession of the vehicle, and the responsibility of possession, is laid on the importer. Financial responsibility, on the other hand, is transferred when ownership is handed over. Ownership is switched after the car has been purchased and before being exported. In the case of damage or losses occurring during shipping, the buyer is the one bears all financial loss.

Adopted From: usedjapanesecarsafrica.weebly.com/

One Comment

  1. Admin

    July 29, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I completely agree with this post, but nonetheless, I would only import Japanese cars from Japan and source for European cars from Europe. Although the UK is good for expensive European cars (i.e. Merc, Audi, VW, Range Rover), it has a couple of disadvantages concerning used cars.
    1. - Grading Mode - there is no standard grading system… for used cars in the UK (i.e. 5.0, 4.5, 4.0 ,3.5, R, etc) as it is done in Japan.
    2. - Freight Charges - The freight cost for an average saloon car in UK is around Ksh. 120,000 while in Japan it is around US$ 1000. Singapore and Dubai are much cheaper than both due to their proximity to the Mombasa Port.

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