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5 Factors to Consider Before Importing a Japanese Used Car in Kenya



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Why do people import vehicles, when they can easily buy them locally? For some, it’s because they can’t find a suitable choice for themselves locally, while for others, it’s the good condition vehicles that are missing from the domestic market. Moreover for some, importing a car is much cheaper comparing to buying one from a car dealer near their town.

And how about getting all these benefits together, while going for a Japanese used vehicle?

A couple of decades ago, importing a vehicle directly from Japan was a daunting experience for many of us out there. However, with the advance trading methodologies at a global scale, it’s pretty easy for customers to import their desired vehicle to any part of the world directly from Japan. Similarly, prospective car owners in Kenya could easily get an ideal vehicle from the ports of Japan without experiencing any hassles. Especially, taking services of an established car dealer who stocks quality Japanese used cars for sale in Kenya.

But, do we need to consider some factors before importing a second-hand Japanese vehicle? Certainly, as long as you put the following key factors into consideration you’ll benefit more importing your vehicle from Japan.

1.    Examine the Car

The physical appearance and shiny exteriors of the vehicle may perhaps lead you to a quick decision, which could later fill you with remorse, realizing later that it doesn’t offer you the features you want.

Don’t simply get into the rush of making a purchase decision based on what you see. Rather it’s crucial to examine the details of the vehicle before you make your mind to actually go for it at the very first place.

Simply go through the details provided by your car dealer to examine the quality and features that it’s actually offering. Remember, knowing what you are actually getting will help you assist in getting the best value for money.

2.    Getting the Right Car Dealer

It’s equally important to know your car dealer, just as the vehicle you are interested to import. There may be many cars dealers which are offering the vehicle of your interest, but you need to have a little background check before you plan on purchasing from any of them.

Go through their banking details, approval rates, stock vehicles and history of their business, to learn whether they are genuinely operating in the industry or not.

3.    Car Import Costs and Taxes

Is there a point of getting excited after visiting a dealer’s website and see cars which are available for sale as low as $1000?

The actual price of the vehicle is not the only thing which you will need to pay for getting your vehicle from Japan to Kenya. There are other things you need to pay for before actually getting to drive your desired vehicle in a few weeks’ time.

Calculate the import duties and taxes which you need to pay getting your vehicle from Japan to your port in Kenya, before you even think to pay for the vehicle you are buying from your car dealer.

4.    Year of Manufacturing

Perhaps it may not in one’s mind to ask for the exact manufacturing date of the vehicle at the time of its purchase. But it’s quite an important fact to consider when going for a second-hand vehicle.

One could simply avoid paying a large sum of money on their maintenance costs over the years through buying a vehicle which has considerably low on mileage and not manufactured before five years of their purchase decision.

5.    Car Resale Value

You might be interested to import a vehicle and drive it for a few years before reselling it locally. So, to stand a chance of having a good deal. It’s good that you buy a vehicle which has a good resale value, considering your local market.

Meanwhile, if you are first-time car importer from Japan, it’s wise to buy a vehicle which is cheap to maintain and has the potential to give you a good resale value before you sell it after driving it for a few thousand miles.


Although importing a Japanese vehicle directly from Japan has its own advantage. However, it’s quite crucial to take your steps after knowing the nitty-gritty of importing one.

Not only buying a suitable car is important, it’s equally vital to know all the import duties and taxes which you need to pay before you finalize your decision of actually purchasing one.

Author Bio:

Martin Lewis is an experienced car sales agent currently associated with an established car dealer in Japan. In his time he writes educating his readers regarding the benefits of purchasing used cars from Japan and importing them in different countries across Africa.

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Rain or Shine, These Semitruck Accessories Are a Must for Spring




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The warmer weather and longer days signal the arrival of spring, but with spring also comes unpredictable weather patterns. To maintain your truck’s top shape, it is important to have the right equipment to protect it in any kind of weather. The following accessories will keep your truck running whether the sky is clear or stormy.

Rear Moon Axle Covers 

Prevent your rear axles from getting rusted and stained with these unique truck axle covers. They are made of high-quality and heavy-duty chrome and, like their name says, are rounded like the moon. The covers are smooth and classy with a vintage feel. Each kit includes one axle cover, ten 33 millimeter thread-on nut covers and a cap. You can also purchase the same covers for your front axles.

Kenworth T800, W900B Smoke Aeroshield II 

The Kenworth T800, W900B Smoke Aeroshield II is one of the best rain guards for trucks. It is almost 11 inches wide, so it will effectively keep rain and dirt from collecting on your windshield and impacting your visibility. It attaches easily, and all the mounting tools come with the shield. It comes with the manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty as well.  You can be assured that the shield is long-lasting because it is made from polycarbonate materials and has an aluminum extrusion for its base.

Magnum Marker Lights 

If you’re looking for sleek LED marker lights, then check out the Magnum brand. Each oval-shaped light has a double-bullet plug, four LED bulbs and a chrome ring that surrounds the light. You can customize the colors of each the LED bulbs and the lens, allowing you to personalize your truck. Because each light is more than six inches long and more than two inches wide, your truck will be visible even on a pitch black highway.

Prepare your truck now before the spring showers hit. Check out these accessories so your truck can be ready to face whatever nature throws its way.

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How to Get Lost Car Keys Replaced with Lost Keys Insurance?




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Replacement car key insurance can be a good solution if you have lost your car key and need to get it replaced. Now replacement keys may equate to costly propositions and this is natural since the keys are the first barrier, preventing theft of the vehicle in question. However, if you wish to bypass the high costs of the same, you can always resort to lost key replacement insurance which will cover all expenditure in this regard.

You can always make a claim on your car insurance policy. Many experts feel that key replacement insurance is always a good option and highly convenient as well. Several insurance companies may offer a dedicated insurance policy for lost keys or key cover as a standard component of the whole car insurance policy. The replacement cost can thus be claimed from the policy in case of loss/theft of the car key. Leaving aside those who offer key cover as a standard component, other companies offer coverage only for stolen and lost keys as an add-on component. Always check your car key replacement insurance policy documents carefully in order to see whether this component is already present or not. If not, you should make sure that it is incorporated into the insurance policy at the time of renewal.

When it comes to a dedicated key cover policy offered by your insurance company, the whole procedure is more straightforward. There are a few policies which also have car hire coverage in case you are left stranded due to theft/loss of the car key and cannot drive the vehicle. However, you should always check the terms and conditions minutely since some policies may have provisions stating how keys should be missing/lost for a specific duration prior to the implementation of the coverage.

In other cases, if your keys have been mistakenly left inside the car and it is now locked, you should reach out to breakdown services that will help in retrieving the vehicle in case you have this component included in your insurance policy. Suppose the rescue team cannot open your vehicle. In such a situation, they will be arranging for a requisite service professional to check the situation although you may have to fork out the charges for this purpose. In case both options do not work at that moment, the car may be taken to the nearest service center or garage for fixing the problem. You will be given adequate transportation as well in this scenario. You may have coverage for the recovery cost of the spare key and several premium packages do have provisions for costs linked to retrieval of spare keys from your own home.

If all else fails, you will have to purchase a new car key set from your dealership and the high costs are attributed to the entire re-programming required for linking the new set to your vehicle which covers alarm control, keyless entry, remote locking and more. However, in some cases, this can take anywhere between 5-10 days. You may get faster service at a local garage that specializes in this job although you will have to pay up there since these are probably not covered under your insurance policy. You can however make a claim later on once the problem has been sorted out with relevant supporting documents. When you go to collect the new keys, you should have your vehicle registration and insurance documents with you along with the driving license or any other ID since you may have to prove car ownership.

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Are Cars Getting Way Too Big?




Cars Getting Way Too Big

It seems that there is one thing that most people love – big cars. Whether you live in a city, where it would be impractical to have one, or you do not even need a car yourself, you are still likely to fancy a larger vehicle. Come on, how awesome is the Ford F150, or Toyota Tundra, or any big SUV you would prefer! But aren’t things going a bit too far?

Today we are going to explore an interesting topic. We have asked our friends at Instacar Transport to share their opinion and expertise with vehicles. They are in the business of transporting cars, so they are directly affected by the growing size of modern day vehicles. Let’s go!

Does This Problem Even Exist?

If you have never considered the size of vehicles to be an issue, you are not alone. When changes are gradual, you are not very likely to notice them. It only takes an inch here and there, and all of a sudden the cars have grown by 2 feet. How did this happen?

In fact, most midsized cars nowadays would be considered rather big if you had them 20 years ago. Funny enough, we are even calling some SUVs “midsized”, even if they can transport 7 people! Obviously, the size of the cars is growing. But that does not mean this is an issue, right? Well…

How Much Trouble Is A Big Car?

There is the popular notion that the bigger the car the safer it is – at least for the people in it. So you have at least one benefit of big cars. They also look impressive. And they can take quite a lot of stuff in (and people, of course). So far so good, right? No problems on the horizon.

That being said, we want you to consider this for a second – is a bigger car really safer? How would you know that? It may sound intuitive, but that does not make it true. In fact, the safety of the car is determined by its systems and not by its size. You can check most lists of the safest cars out there, and you will notice plenty of sedans. Sure, there are many SUVs as well, but that may actually be worse. Why? Because the very reason we need more car safety is because cars are getting bigger. A truck is likely to cause much more damage than a Mini Cooper, is it not?

But What Can We Do About It?

Naturally, if big cars are a problem, you may wonder if there is an actual solution. We would argue that there is – just do not buy big cars. But that is easier said than done. And not because people would not want to do it, but because the options are not that many. Yes, there are smaller vehicle, but most are not of the standard of the bigger ones. Only a handful of companies make deliberately safe and highly equipped small vehicles.

So yes, in the end we can conclude that cars are getting too big. Can we do something about it? Probably not. But car companies can. Many European countries are beginning to incentivize smaller cars. There is hope!

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