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

Japanese Used Car

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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