Africa the Largest Importer of Japanese Used Cars

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.


In the car export/import business, it is a case of demand versus supply. On one hand, we have Africa, the biggest consumer of second hand cars in the world and on the other hand, we have the Far East. We have Japanese used car exporters who are able to amply meet Africa’s needs for cars. It is indeed a very agreeable trade agreement between Japan and Africa.

Not only is Africa, as a continent, the largest importer of used cars, but owing to the global crisis that hit most parts of the world in 2008/2009, Kenya, (in East Africa) toppled Chile and Russia from the top, to become the largest importer of Japanese used cars in Africa and the world.

Top brands that find their way to Africa

In Africa, manual/heavy labor is very common. Actually, it is routine, and therefore Japanese used car exporters consider models like Nissan Primera, Toyota Crown, Premio, Prado, Mazda Atenza, Daihatsu, Hino, Toyota Dyna and others as top workhorses. Going by the number of the brands that we see on the road, Toyota has a near fanatical following in Africa, maybe there is something in a name or maybe people just happen to know it better than they know the other brands. When in Africa, don’t be surprised when you see a bumper sticker on the car ahead written that the car in front is always a Toyota, because it usually is! However, as of late, other names that have been inching their way to the top.

For family cars, the Japanese used car exporters usually consider a few key features that appeal to African buyers. One of them is fuel economy. One thing that all Africans have in common is their dislike for spending on fuel. Toyota Sedans, hatchbacks, station wagons and vans are very common on the roads of Africa and the Toyota Corolla definitely takes the top spot here.

Nissan comes second with sedans like the Primera. Other brands include Mazda, Mitsubishi and Daihatsu; as well as, high-end used Japanese cars in Africa such as the Land Cruiser Prado, Hilux Surf, Mitsubishi Airtrek, Pajero, Mini, Subaru, Isuzu Bighorn and Wizard. Honda has been making a steady climb to the top, but it is yet to hit the right notes as Toyota and Nissan have.

What fuels the love for Japanese cars?

With the tense political history between Africa and the West, it is easy to understand Africa’s gravitation towards the Far East. The non-interference policies of nations like Japan have been applauded and the no strings attached aid and loans have been warmly welcomed. This has made Japanese used cars easy to attain.

Their popularity makes it easy to find spare parts affordably and on the same note, most of the mechanics in Africa are likely to have apprenticed on a Japanese engine. With the advent of technology in Africa, it has become ever so easy to buy used cars online. Used car exporters like BE FORWARD have a website where people can view cars, select what they need, pay and then have it shipped to their port of entry. It is a process that is straightforward and hassle free.

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