How to Avoid Online Cons When Importing a Car from Japan

Since the used car export business is very lucrative, online cons have pervaded the business from all angles, seeking to make a quick buck out of unwary buyers. Of course, many people have realized that it is cheaper to buy Japanese secondhand cars online than from the local dealerships. Online, there will be more variety, more value, and better prices. The main risk however is that one may lose all their money if they fall into the hands of scammers.


Not only does the conning come in the form of buying cars from a swindler who later vanishes, but also the buyer could pay top dollar for a worthless secondhand car. The good thing is that after reading this, you will see just why it is so easy for you to buy a used car from Japan, safely.

A few things to guide you to a quality Japanese used car exporter

1. Do they have local offices? The most common advice that you will get when buying online is that you should always ensure you know the physical location of the seller. That way, should anything go wrong, you will know where to follow up. It is only common sense that a full-fledged Japanese used car exporter would have offices in a few capitals in Africa. For example, BE FORWARD has offices in Tanzania and Zambia, with services throughout many parts of East Africa. That makes the company feel more local than Japanese and that is the feeling that every African wants to experience when they are spending a huge chunk of money.

2. Research, research, and more research is the key! No one can overemphasize the importance of looking for customer reviews on the Internet. If you find that many people have reviewed a certain company negatively, back off and don’t look back. There is a very thin line between a fake and a real transaction online. Therefore, it will be to your interest to find out what other people say on the Internet about the sellers. If you find scanty information about the company you intend to use to import your used car from Japan to Africa, that is a red flag right there. Move on and find a better company.

3. Consider the general structure of the website from which you intend to buy your used car. For example, is the price indicated as FOB? If it is, you can buy because that indicates that there will be no arising costs. You should also consider features like the size, year, engine capacity (cc), the make and model and as many other details as possible.

4. Avoid buying from newbie companies that have just started exporting Japanese used cars to Africa. It is always better to use the well-established companies that have been in the business for some time. If the company has survived the cutthroat competition for the last 10 years, chances are that it is very good.

5. Avoid dirt-cheap cars online. You see, if you pay a dirt-cheap price, you will most likely get dirt-cheap quality. At least the price offered should be close to the standard price offered in the market. When you have to invest a good amount on a car that you have only seen online, it is better to be sure that you are investing with a good company.

6. Finally, ask around as much as possible. You must have friends who have imported cars before or colleagues at the office. Seek information widely. People perish due to lack of knowledge. In this case, if you buy your Japanese used car blindly, you will do much more than perish, you will lose a lot of money.


No one is too smart when they are buying Japanese used cars online. However, caution is advised. No matter what you do, never ever buy blindly.