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.
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.
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.