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How Quality is Assured in Exported Japanese Used Cars

If you import a Japanese used car, you want to be sure that you are buying a car of certified quality. However, you will really not be too sure about that unless you know that the car you are buying has undergone all the mandatory checks, and passed. The first thing to find out is whether the car meets the age limit that is allowed in your country by the law. While many countries in Africa do not have an age limit on used car imports, some have. For example, used cars imported to Kenya should not be more than 8 years old.

Here are a few things that should help put your mind at peace, once you know that the car you are going to import from Japan is safe.

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JAAI certification

The Japanese Auto Appraisal Institute is a not-for-profit organization that is mandated with the task of ensuring that all vehicles manufactured in Japan are roadworthy and safe. They use the latest technology for inspection leaving nothing to chance. It does not matter whether it is a secondhand car destined for export to Africa, Asia or wherever, but if it does not pass the test, it will not be exported. Since JAAI is a not-for-profit organization, they are incorruptible. When you import that car, be sure that it has been tested and certified. No car leaves Japan without the JAAI certificate.

Japanese Used Car Exports to Africa

Despite all the recalls that you have heard about Corolla cars, the Japanese are very serious about road safety and that is why they act fast whenever there is a fault with any of the cars released into the market. They are even more careful about the secondhand cars that they export to Africa. Before each car can be certified fit for export, it must pass all of the 80-point tests! If it fails any one test, it will have to be repaired and retested.

From the lighting to the wipers, the interior and exterior, parts like the steering wheel lock, the braking system to every other detail, nothing is left to chance when the cars are being tested for export. That is why the Japanese used car exports are used for many years in Africa. Their resilience is amazing because for used cars, they can last many years on end.

As much as JAAI is good, for BE FORWARD, the inspection does not stop there. That is why they have their onsite mechanics who inspect all the cars that are intended to be exported to Africa, to ensure that they are safe, before they are rolled onto the ship. With decades worth of experience in exporting used cars to Africa, they have learned not to take chances. Since most of their business is done online, they depend largely on referrals.

After you select your desired second-hand vehicle, the car is sent to the dealer’s center in Japan where any mechanical hitches are fixed quickly at no extra fees. You are then sent the photos of the vehicle. The entire process from purchasing a vehicle until you possess it as a buyer takes an average of 2 months. You are only allowed to pay the exact cost as agreed from the initial process.

Buy your used Japanese car without fear

This settles the debate of to buy or not to buy used cars from Japan. Do not hesitate if you want to import a Japanese used car. The quality is assured.

Lastly, not to mention that JAAI inspectors are handpicked from the best, most qualified people in the industry and even then, they have to pass the strictest testing? That is not all. They have to keep upgrading their skills.

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Auto Trade through the Port of Mombasa in Kenya

Kenya is the largest importer of Japanese secondhand vehicles in East Africa. Most of her trade via the sea happens through the port of Mombasa, a very busy port that serves not only mainland Kenya, but also landlocked countries like South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Uganda.

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Six Reasons Why You Should Buy A Used Toyota

No matter how much we hear it, no one can overemphasize how good buying a used Toyota car is. It is sensible and amazingly affordable. There are many reasons why buying a used car is better than buying a new car. Of course, in Africa, it is all about the price.

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Nissan Datsun Truck Car Review

The Nissan Datsun truck is a common sight in Africa, especially in the remote villages. It is hard to find a new variety, as most of them must have been produced several years ago, when Datsun was still in business. Resiliently tackling the unpaved, muddy roads of Africa, this truck is to an African what a horse was to a cowboy in the Wild West.

Whenever I think of the Nissan Datsun pickup truck, I think mostly of the features that I would like to see in a truck, you know, features that would make the car last in the harsh, hot tropical climate of Africa. In addition, I think of the features that would make the vehicle withstand the abuse that it will endure.

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How Used Vans are Changing Passenger Transport in Africa

Used vans are big in the passenger transport business in Africa. Only a small portion of the 1 billion plus people in the continent own private cars. The rest depend on the public transport system to travel from one point to another, mostly for work. Although much of the transport system is underdeveloped, people still have to move.

As Africa grows economically, keeping mobile has become very important. The affordable, used Japanese vehicles have filled in the vacuum beautifully. However, the underdeveloped rail system, with the exception of South Africa and few other countries doesn’t help much. Therefore, the private sector players have been allowed fill in the vacuum in the public transport. Today, in all nations in Africa, the passenger transport industry is one of the biggest employers, directly and indirectly.

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Toyota Corolla – Some Cars Just Sell Better than Others

Looking over the last few decades of best-selling vehicles, it becomes easy to see why certain vehicles sell better than others. For example, the best-selling vehicle in the United States is the Ford F-Series pickup truck. The reasons are varied, but easily calculable. The price is right for the quality and durability, and the Ford F-Series is quite capable as a work truck and is just as great for transportation. Clearly, messing with such a winning combination isn't any part of Ford Motor Company's plans, and the truck has maintained this best-selling status in the United States for over thirty years!

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Automobiles – Why Should You Consider Buying Used

There are some things that you would naturally hesitate to buy used. For example, a used mattress or swimsuit. Even a good mattress only lasts eight or ten years, anyway, and a used swimsuit, well, that may be a bit gross. Automobiles, being mostly mechanical objects, don't suffer from the same issues that these other things do as they age, which is a great reason why you should consider buying a used car over a new car.

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BE FORWARD at Carnival de Maputo 2014 in Mozambique

The second annual "Carnival de Maputo 2014" held in Mozambique, March 1st and 2nd, was bigger than ever this year, with around 9,000 people who came out to enjoy the festivities. Around 3,000 dancers from 16 local junior high schools took place in a competition to see who presented the most creativity and best dance choreography. BE FORWARD supported the ’Secundaria Francisco Manyanga’ school's dance team in the competition.

BE FORWARD also took part in the carnival as one of the main sponsors this year. And provided the grand prize of Maputo's carnival, a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado to one lucky winner as part of an online draw, in conjunction with the local TV channel and the carnival organization.

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Best-Selling Luxury SUVs in Africa

Growth is good, and economic growth in Africa has been very good in the last few years. And how do the wealthy spend their money? Apparently, it isn't on houses. After all, who's going to see you in your house? Today, it's 4×4 or nothing, luxury 4×4s to be exact. Actually, you'll find most luxury SUVs to be equipped with AWD (All-Wheel Drive). However, for the past four years, as a matter of fact, the Luxury Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment has been steadily growing. It's no longer shocking to see wealthy young drivers in their tall luxury SUVs cruising the same streets where older cars are rusting away. At the same time, economy cars scurry about like mice around an elephant's feet, a beautiful elephant's feet, that is.

True, luxury sedans are also seeing a rise in popularity, but nothing says “look at me” like a shiny luxury SUV, and a number of automakers have stepped up to supply them. After Toyota practically invented the Crossover SUV, the Toyota RAV4, Range Rover took it one step further and invented the Luxury SUV. Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Jeep, Lexus, Porsche, Volvo, and Volkswagen, have followed in their tire tracks, producing a number of luxurious SUVs. Here are some of the best-selling luxury SUVs in Africa.

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BE FORWARD Holds First Student Internship Program

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For the first time BE FORWARD held a 5-day student internship program, February 24th – March 7th. We invited five students from India who are currently studying at the Chiba University of Commerce in Japan through a partnership with Sir Padampat Singhania University in Udaipur, India.

During the internship they were able to spend time in our office learning about our car exporting business, with direct job shadowing of our sales and marketing teams. The interns also spent a day in the field at both the Kawasaki and Yokohama ports where we handle all of the logistics of shipping to overseas.

We were happy to have the students here and we hope they could take away some useful skills that will be valuable in their future careers. Continue reading “BE FORWARD Holds First Student Internship Program” »

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