Kenya Biggest Importer of Japanese Used Cars

Updated: June 15, 2010
Cars at the Port of Mombasa

Cars at the Port of Mombasa

In August 2009, Kenya has become the biggest importer of Japanese used vehicles, overtaking Chile and Russia. Despite major recession and its effects on Auto industry, Kenya could achieve this feat proving the fact that buying Japanese Used Cars are way better than the new and used cars available locally.

Last year, South Africa was the biggest destination for importing used Japanese cars in Africa, but in April 2009, South Africa suffered a decline of 34% in Used Japanese Car imports. Other countries which are heavy importers of used Japanese cars such as New Zealand and UAE also suffered drop in demand of about 45% as compared to last year. Moreover, recently Russia has changed its driving style from RHD to LHD putting restrictions on importing used Japanese cars which are right handed. All the above mentioned factors have together contributed to make Kenya the biggest importer of Used Vehicle from Japan.

In Kenya and most parts of Africa roads are not in good condition and to deal with this situation Kenyans prefer vehicles which are sturdy and reliable than fancy looking vehicles. Used Japanese cars are in great demand all over the world for their performance and reliability. For the same reason, Japanese used cars are very popular in Kenya. These days, due to high demand for used cars from Japan, there is lots of competition amongst the used car dealers in Kenya and this has led to over saturation of the used car market. Apart from used car dealers, there are many private individuals who import Japanese used vehicles and sell them off at relatively lower rates as they save on the dealers fees.

In Kenya, destination port being used for importing used vehicles is Mombasa. To import used Japanese car in Kenya,  some criteria should be fulfilled. According to the Kenya Import regulations, any used vehicles being imported should be less than 8 years, the vehicle should be RHD and all used vehicles should passes JEVIC (Japan Export Vehicle Inspection Center) inspection which checks vehicle for safety, and road worthiness.

We have many satisfied customers from Kenya and other parts of Africa  who also visit us regularly for buying car at used auto auctions in Osaka and Kobe.  If you are interested, please send us information about your arrival in advance, so that we can make sure your stay is pleasant and fruitful.

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  1. Martin mutinda

    November 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Hi’i wannt to import a premio 1.6 or 1.8 how much it will cost me please reply the soonest,thanks

  2. The Editor

    November 25, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Hello Martin,
    Following up on your request, we have a duty calculation page where you can be able to enter the details for the car you need duty calculated on. Please follow the link below.


    February 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm


  4. Angela

    February 22, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Hi Richard,

    Did you mean Ksh 120,000? Am afraid that will be too low, but if you do get a car at that price, it will probably be a very old one. But I really doubt it. Would you like to discuss with us what kind of car you are looking for so we can help you out? Please contact us if you need any help making a choice. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


  5. kevin

    March 8, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    is it possible to get toyota car of 350k. And list 4 me the,5door,kb*

  6. Angela

    March 17, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Hi Kevin,

    Please visit our website and use the search tool to find the car of your choice. Enter the car make, lowest and highest cost and this will give you a list of vehicles for the price you are interested in. In case of need for further assistance, do not hesitate to contact us.


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  8. James

    February 2, 2012 at 6:51 am

    I need a Toyota Runx ,rear of manufacture above 2002.of between ksh500-600K.Please contact me Urgently

  9. Admin

    February 3, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Hi James, we do have a 2003 RunX that is available, it is silver in color, the registration is KBL and it is being sold at Ksh. 680,000/-. You can reach us on 0722400920 to follow up on this

  10. Immerqulate

    February 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    i need, an NZE KBQ urgently, i have 550k please advice if it is possible to get one

  11. MrJob N. Okemwa

    February 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Hi Immerqulate,
    Following the conversation earlier on and considering your budget, it would be quit tricky to get one. At the moment we do have other models meeting your budget. I would be Glad to assist you in any case.

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  13. Michael maina

    October 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I want to import a car from royal trading the company exist and is it certified? Can i trust it?

  14. Edwin

    October 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm


    I would like to buy a toyota carina (KBE & above) in good condition. My budget is KES 500,000/=

    Please let me if my plans are within market forces. Also, you may advise on the best alternative car if not Carina,


  15. Jean claude

    January 1, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Happy New Year

    Iwould like to get Toyata voxy in good shape at price 800/=,please if you have one you can reach me at 0723295760 or on my mail.

  16. Ndirangu.

    January 26, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Hi.I need a nissan vanatte van less than 1800cc.It should start from kbq or even new one provided it wont surpase ksh600k.

  17. carguru

    November 16, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Hi there, please do visit online and search for your perfect car then you can get your duty calculations completed online through our new duty calculation app that is free and it provides you with the complete cost of duty and clearing immediately. Try it out here: and leave a comment at the bottom.

  18. Admin

    November 19, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Hi Michael, I have just done a quick online search and here is a link for you:

    Seems like you have to be more careful out there when looking for a car to import. Why not engage us in your car search for peace of mind and security of your savings?

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