JAAI Explained: How Japan Always Exports Quality Cars

If you are importing a used car, you want to be sure that you are buying a car of certified quality. One way to be sure of this is understanding that the car you are buying has undergone and passed a number of quality assurance checks. If there is only one thing the Japanese are renowned for it is their stringent quality standards, which is also reflected in their exhaustive automotive export testing that guarantees a quality car every time.

About the 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 any other country; if it does not pass the test, it will not be exported. Since the 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 can legally leave Japan without a JAAI certificate.

The JAAI Certification Process

Despite recalls that have occurred in the past, 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 undertaken. If it fails even one test, it will have to be repaired and retested.

JAAI Inspection Certificate - BE FORWARD

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. JAAI inspectors are handpicked from the best, most qualified people in the industry and even then, they have to pass the strictest testing to become an inspector in addition to continuous study to upgrade their skills. That is why Japanese used car exports can be used for many years in Africa. Their resilience is amazing, because even as used cars they can last for many years.

BE FORWARD’S Inspection Process

In addition to a JAAI certification, for BE FORWARD the inspection does not stop there. They have permanent onsite mechanics who inspect all the cars that are intended to be exported to Africa and other countries 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.

JAAI Inspection Sheet - BE FORWARD

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 additional photos of the vehicle. The entire process from purchasing a vehicle until you possess it as a buyer takes an average of 2 months. In spite of any additional repairs or changes that may occur before the final exportation, you are only allowed to pay the exact cost as agreed within the initial process.

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