If you are still new to the import-export world, then you must be having some questions on whether you should import from abroad or just buy from the local dealer. If you are eyeing a mini truck then chances are that your local dealer is importing mini trucks from Japan and selling them to you at a higher price. As much as it would be a buy-and-drive to buy from the dealer, there are many other advantages that you are missing had you opted to import it yourself. Importing directly gives you a wide variety of mini trucks to choose from and also take advantage of things such as open car auctions.
And if you thought that importing a mini truck was a lengthy process and a big hassle, then you’ll be amazed once you get into it. We have prepared this guide to help you buy your preferred mini truck at an affordable cost from Japan. Here are the tips to follow;
Stick To your Budget
One big mistake that many people make when shopping— not only with mini trucks or imported vehicles, is that they get carried away when they come across something else that they think is better. You will end up forgetting about the set budget and could soon blow your finances.
It is thus important to always stick to your budget and only shop for the mini truck within your set limits. With the fact that there are hundreds of mini trucks to choose from when importing, it is easy to find one that fits within your budget.
Inquire to Know as much info as possible
The next thing that you’d want to know before making a purchase on a mini truck is to dig deep and know what is under the hood on that vehicle. Many people make the wrong choice of not researching about the vehicle, only to end up with something that is faulty.
Do not fall for the appearance and rush to close the deal. If you would like to get the best value for your money, then you should make sure that the vehicle you are getting meets all your requirements and expectations. The only way to do this is by inquiring and gathering as much info on the vehicle as possible.
Understand The Import Process And What Is Involved
Although it isn’t anything to worry about much, for the purpose of tracking and incase of anything, it is good to understand the importation process if you are still new to it.
To give you just a simple idea of how the process goes is to first find your desired mini truck by shopping around used Japanese car dealer websites. Then you will file an “Entry” with the import authorities of your country to get approval and assurance that the vehicle meets your country or state standards. After that you will close the deal with the dealer and arrange for shipment. After shipping is done, you can pick your vehicle at the destined port, clear it and head over with the registration process.
Negotiate Your Vehicle Purchase
Unless you’ve got loads of cash to shell out, negotiating a vehicle is something that you should consider. And before you start wondering how a negotiation can be done through the internet or whether you need to be present physically, you’ll be surprised at how many deals are smoothly done through the email. Email and other chat bots that are found on dealer’s websites are meant to help you enhance your communication in which you can ask anything you’d like to know.
With the help of these programs and scripts, you can do almost any kind of negotiation just as you would physically. If you feel that’s not enough video calls like Skype could even serve you better.
You can check out a good example of a chat system in place on our website where you can make inquiries with us and even negotiate.
Seal The Deal And Make Arrangements With The Dealer
When you have finally decided that you are going to get the vehicle from that particular dealer and you have agreed on the price, it is now time to make the purchase and organize for the shipment. Something that is very important and worth mentioning concerning the costs is that there are costs which the dealer included everything which is called Freight On Board (FOB). Here shipping and clearance is done for you but you will be charged by the dealer. Your next role will be to pick up your vehicle at the port and do clearance.
The other option is commonly known as the CIF and here you will handle every other expenditure and procedure. You may need to have some prior experience with this to handle it smoothly and get the shipment fast. There is also the option of having a local broker from your country help you in the shipping and clearance process. It is the recommended option for those who have no import and shipping experience.
The Bottom Line
If you flinch at the thought of acquiring a mini truck or a UTV from your local dealer due to the crazy price quotations, then your best option is to import it from Japanese dealers. Beyond being affordable, used Japanese mini trucks have a reputation of being highly cost effective, high performing and reliable.
Please take some time to go through our mini truck listing page and go through the tons of our inventory. You will find almost every kind of used Japanese mini truck at a good price. All the vehicles in our inventory are also professionally vetted to ensure that they are of the best quality and meet the required standards.
Having worked with thousands of online car buyers from around the world over the years, we are certain that we will also help you find that car you are looking for. If you do not find any vehicle in our listings page then get in touch with us and we can arrange for you to get the best deal out of auctions.