Like most African nations, used cars from Japan are a favorite for Tanzanians. They are reliable, easy to maintain, and very economical. However, before importing a car to Tanzania, one needs to understand the import regulations and the cost involved.
Imported cars from Japan will be shipped to the maritime port of Dar es Salaam. If you buy your car from BE FORWARD, they will arrange for the export and shipping of your car from Japan to Dar es Salaam.
There is no limit on the age of the used vehicles that you can import from Japan to Tanzania. However, note that different taxation will be levied, depending on the age of the vehicle. For example, the older a car is, the higher the taxation it will attract. Cars older than 10 years attract higher fees and therefore the importer should ensure that they import cars that are under ten years old.
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With the price of gasoline almost on a continuous rise, the world market for small sedans have never been better, and suppliers of compact cars have been battling it out for supremacy on the world scene. The Toyota Corolla is known as the world's best-selling vehicle, having sold over 40 million units since its introduction.
1990 Toyota Corolla Sedan
1990 Toyota Sprinter Sedan
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Among a fleet of more economical Toyota, Volkswagen, and Ford vehicles, which are the best-selling vehicles today in Africa, you'll also find luxury cars becoming more common. Rich Africans are looking more and more to separate themselves from drivers of lesser vehicles, by buying luxury vehicles that are out of reach of the average African. New models from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Land Rover, and Porsche, to name a few, are sometimes selling within 24 hours of being displayed on the dealership's showroom floors. Africans know what they want in a luxury car and those who have the cash on hand don't waste any time in getting their very own stately luxury vehicle.
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Designed as light commercial fleet vehicles, the Nissan Caravan and Toyota HiAce vans certainly look the part, with simple and functional design features, making them useful and practical. Looking at the two vehicles, you'll note they share a similar boxy shape, made to maximize interior space for cargo, whether that cargo is goods stacked on pallets, or passengers. The cab-over design makes for a highly maneuverable vehicle, yet does present safety challenges for both vehicles, since the driver sits basically right on top of the engine and front wheels.
The flexibility of the two platforms has made these two vehicles essential equipment for many companies. Whether the vehicle is being used domestic or abroad, new or second-hand, it is found that these vehicles are most commonly put to use as people movers (a term used for vehicles used for transporting large groups of people). Continue reading “People Mover Comparison – Nissan Caravan vs Toyota HiAce” »
For a long time, for those who needed something a little bit more than a sedan, there was really only one choice, the station wagon. Of course, you could have gone for a pickup truck, sacrificing passenger room for cargo space. On the other hand, you could have gone for a sport-utility vehicle (SUV), which were far too big. Then, in the mid-1990s, one automaker had an epiphany, and made something that was somewhere in between the huge SUVs and the sedans and station wagons. Thus, the crossover, or compact SUV, was born, and it was good. Today, depending on where you live, you may find that crossover SUVs are more popular than any other vehicle type. Continue reading “Crossover Used SUVs Under $3,000” »
Africa is the second largest continent in the world in terms of size and population. Did you know that more than 15% of the global population are living there? This forms a very lucrative market for used cars in Africa. Africa is served by the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and the west. These waterways are the main trade routes that connect Africa and her trade partners around the world. It is no wonder then that this continent has emerged as the largest importer of Japanese second hand cars.
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Before the crossover SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle), there was really nothing in between the full-size SUV and the sedan. People liked the flexibility of the SUV, but not necessarily the hugeness and the clunkiness associated with full-size SUVs that were on the market at the time. After all, SUVs were built to tackle forests and streams, and they would certainly be overkill for the average urban pothole. Something in between would certainly be a great model, with the convenience of a sedan and the sure-footed stance of an SUV, the crossover SUV was born. Of course, just as there are different levels of the sedan, like the difference between a Toyota Camry and a Mercedes Benz C-Class, there are different levels of a crossover SUV, like the Toyota RAV4 and the Lexus RX, also known as the Toyota Harrier (in Japan).
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In the late 90s, South Africa made great strides, as a nation just liberated from colonialism, emerging from the entrapment of their political situation, and searching for a new national identity. However, somewhere along the way, it rose to the top of the list as the most crime-ridden country in the world and carjacking in South Africa was at an all time high. This serious security risk on the roads led to the invention of the 1998 BMW Blaster, also known as the Flamethrower.
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Peter Andrews (1998)
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According to some sources, the roads in Africa range from “pretty good” to “impassible,” part of which depends on what vehicle you drive. A decent sedan is enough to handle all the “pretty good” roads in the city and suburbs, the occasional pothole, or even some of the rougher patches in undeveloped areas. Go any further, and you need a vehicle with a little more ground clearance, bigger tires, maybe all-wheel drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD), and an engine to match.
Before you quickly jump into the first full-size SUV you can get your hands on, you should be aware that these things use a lot of fuel and take up a lot of space. Of course, if you spend the majority of your time on roads that consist of more hard-packed dirt and mud than pavement, a full-size SUV may be your only option. On the other hand, a properly -equipped crossover SUV might be the perfect companion for around town or the occasional excursion to less-traveled territories.
Interestingly, some of today's crossover SUVs have become just about as capable as a comparable sedan, as they are often equipped with front-wheel drive (FWD) and tires that are made for fuel economy. They do have better ground clearance, which helps in some situations, but you have to look hard for an AWD option if you need to do anything out-of-town. If you're in the market for a crossover SUV, and you need more than the typical hatchback or sedan, then you will do well to take a look at some of the best-selling crossover SUVs in Africa.
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Have you ever looked at the description for a vehicle in a commercial, classified ad, or the sales brochure, and asked yourself, “What are all the abbreviations, initialisms, and acronyms?” Every automaker uses automotive-speak and, like all abbreviations, it makes it easier to describe things in shorter terms. For example, isn't it easier to say “ABS” in conversation than “Anti-Lock Braking System?” In an automobile, to save space on the dashboard, an “ABS” light may illuminate to let you know the system is activating or is malfunctioning. “ABS” is much quicker to recognize than, and takes up much less space than, the entire “Anti-Lock Braking System” spelled out on the dashboard. Here are a few common automotive-related abbreviations, initialisms, and acronyms and what they mean.
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