Drive Your Business with Japan Surplus Trucks
Are Japan surplus trucks the right fit for your business? In the Philippines, Japan surplus trucks are a big deal for businesses. They’re second-hand trucks from Japan and they prove to be a cost-effective way to get quality trucks for less. With the prices of commodities increasing, you may be wondering if buying a Japan surplus truck is a viable alternative than buying brand new ones for your business. To answer that, we’ll delve deeper into the Japan surplus truck scene.
What are Japan Surplus Trucks?
Japan surplus trucks are second-hand trucks from Japan that are sold and transported to other markets around the world. As vehicles in Japan gets older, they are required to undergo strict vehicle inspections, high depreciation, and higher taxes. Strict environmental protection regulations also make it very hard for Japanese owners to dispose of older trucks, so they find it better to sell them to buyers outside Japan instead. Due to the low cost and great condition of these vehicles, buyers from around the world are willing to buy and ship them to their country.
Japan surplus trucks are sold mainly through auctions, where owners are not known to the bidders and a 3rd party organization inspects and grades the condition of the vehicles being auctioned. Usually, the bidders in such auctions are also the exporters who coordinate with importers on the required trucks, budget, and shipping procedures.
The vehicles of Japan are configured for right-hand-drive (the driver’s seat is located on the right side of the vehicle), meaning that these vehicles won’t be able to drive on Philippine roads as they are. But truck locators, especially those in Subic, provide conversion services to make vehicles from Japan ready for Philippine roads.
What are the Benefits of Japan Surplus Trucks
Japan is well known for its superiority in terms of technological innovation, advancements and product quality. The same level of excellence is applied in the automotive industry. With the high competition among the various automotive companies in making newer and better models, plus the disadvantages of keeping older vehicles for too long, Japanese owners realized that it would be more economical to buy new trucks (And selling their old truck), rather than to keep using their old truck. Despite the more advanced features present in the newer models, the older models prove to be great equipment. Just because trucks are classified as surplus does not mean they are low-quality products. Japan surplus trucks prove to be popular with many countries across the world; especially in the Philippines. There are many benefits that Filipino business can accrue from using Japan surplus trucks.
One trait that has been part of the culture of Japan is that they’re careful with their possessions, especially those that are considered to be investments. That’s why vehicles that were from Japan are considered to be of excellent quality in the Philippines. For a lot of the units, its quality and performance are not far off from when it was still considered a brand new model.
Japanese vehicle owners take extra effort in maintaining and caring for their vehicles and its various components. In addition, it’s nice to know that the smooth roads in Japan help prevent any possible strains on the trucks when they were in Japan.
Trucks Are Evaluated Before Shipped
Before surplus vehicles are sold and exported from Japan during the auctions, numerous non-profit organization in Japan, such as the Japanese Auto Appraisal Institute (JAAI), assess and evaluate every part and facet of the vehicles. The members of the organization are trained mechanics who are highly knowledgeable in the automotive field and they evaluate and ensure that the vehicles are in excellent condition and are fit for exportation. Even the small components of the vehicles such as the lock of the steering wheel, the brakes, and other sub-systems are checked and evaluated.
Affordable Price Range
As automotive companies design and produce newer models, the inventory of surplus vehicles constantly expands. Such condition can provide consumers with a wide variety of vehicle choices. This allows importers to buy and transport vehicles in bulk. Due to the large economic scale in Japan, vehicle importers can still profit despite offering a low selling price. The price of the vehicles lowers further since some are already considered to be pre-loved vehicles.
Before Buying Japan Surplus Trucks
Now that we know that Japan surplus trucks are second-hand vehicles that of good quality and are affordable, you may be ready to dive in and buy one for your business. But as always, buying equipment for your business is still a big investment. Despite the lower prices for Japan surplus trucks compared to newer ones, buying a good basic truck will still require P500,000 or more. In order to ensure that you get the most out of your money when buying Japan surplus trucks in the Philippines, here are some guidelines to follow:
Know What Features That You Want
Defining the features you want in your truck has two great benefits. First, you’ll speed up the buying process to end up with an essential list of trucks from a handful of reputable dealerships. Second, it will be easier for you to choose the right vehicle for your business without wasting your money on extra features you don’t need. Knowing your truck is half the battle. This will help buyers from being swayed by dishonest salespeople in choosing a suboptimal unit.
Set a Budget
By setting a strict budget, not only will it help cut down the list of possible choices but also ensure that you have control over the financial aspect of the transaction. With a pre-indicated budget, you’ll be able to strictly follow it and choose a vehicle that will not go over the budget.
Don’t Choose the Oldest Model
Older vehicle models tend to be more enticing compared to the more recent ones due to their lower price range. But despite the relatively low price tag, remember that very old models will have their own set of headaches when it comes to wear and tear. If you’re willing to face the consequences, it is best if you know a good place with great parts and service coverage.
Inquire About the Service History
Access to an actual and documented service history – service and repair records – will give you an idea of when the vehicle was last serviced and how long it will last without needing immediate repairs. It also indicates that the previous owner took good care of the vehicle and is usually a sign that it is in excellent shape. If you have taken interest in a vehicle that doesn’t have service records, then that’s fine, too. Sometimes owners just don’t care to keep records or have had them misplaced.
Inspect the Actual Unit
Despite the fact that these vehicles have already been screened and evaluated in Japan, a fresher set of eyes will be able to immediately detect any visible issues. Bring a trusted mechanic with you to check on the actual unit. In some dealerships, you can even ask for some improvements to be done on the unit for an additional fee. Never hesitate to ask about testing the vehicle. Find one that you’ll be happy with so that it can drive your business.
Must-Dos After Buying a Japan Surplus Truck
Just as there are things you must do when buying a Japan surplus truck, there are also things that must be done once the vehicle has actually been bought. Many buyers skip these must-dos and simply jump to the end where they freely use their Japan-surplus trucks in the Philippines. Often, it is what gets them in trouble. Either it causes their vehicle to malfunction after a few trips or they get heat from the government for not undergoing the right processes. To avoid trouble in any form, make sure to do the following things once you have free access to your truck:
Register the Vehicle
It should be pretty obvious that you have to register your newly-purchased vehicle but you’d be surprised at the number of people who “forget” to do so.
If you’re lucky, you can deal with all this at the dealer – starting from the registration to the acquisition of license plates and necessary documents. There are also dealers that will only help you apply but you’ll have to get the license plates on your own. A small number of dealers, however, will ask you to take a trip to the necessary government branch to finalize the registration.
Whatever kind of dealer you are stuck with and no matter how painfully annoying the process is – and it will be because, let’s face it, you’re in the Philippines – there is no excuse to not register your vehicle.
Driving around in an unregistered car will just land you in heaps of trouble, so don’t make the same mistake as the others.
The main reason you have to insure your vehicle is because second-hand cars aren’t exempt from accidents that can potentially drain all your money. So if it doesn’t already come with an insurance plan, purchase one for it before you use it to drive your business.
Insurance for a second-hand vehicle isn’t that different from an insurance plan for a new vehicle, prices still vary and depend on several factors including level of risk, repair and parts replacement costs, and safety.
Although common sense would suggest that the cost of having a second-hand car insured should be lower, that actually isn’t the case. It is only a possibility. In some cases, the prices can be fairly the same and in other instances, the cost could be more. It is important to keep this in mind so you don’t get taken aback once the insurance provider starts laying down insurance plans and prices.
Read the Instruction Manual
Vehicles in the Philippines are far from Japan surplus trucks and you will need to acquaint yourself with this new piece of machinery. There’s no better way to do this than to read the instruction manual, wouldn’t you agree?
A quick read should allow you to learn everything you need to know about the truck. Everything that your dealer may have forgotten to tell you or something you didn’t catch during the sales talk. Examples of these are the car’s service intervals, how to use its accessories, and overall handling of the vehicle.
Let a Professional Inspect It
We’ve mentioned this in the previous part but if for some wild reason, you didn’t do it before, then we suggest that you do it after. Actually, even if you did have it inspected prior to purchase, it would still benefit you to have someone look at it a second time. After all, a lot can happen between the time you first had it inspected to when you purchased it.
Getting that assurance that everything is in top condition should give you a bit of confidence and allow you to freely drive the vehicle without any worries. And if there are repairs that need to be made, then at least you had caught sight of them before you had the chance of driving it and getting into an accident.
Perform the Necessary Repairs
After a thorough inspection, you’d be lucky if nothing had to be done and everything is in great condition, but that is rarely the case. At times, minor repairs should be done and what use is having the vehicle inspected if you aren’t going to do what the professional has suggested?
You can do the simple fixes like the lights or spark plugs yourself and if it’s necessary. Other major repairs that aren’t within your capacity should then be left to the professionals. No matter how small you think the problem is, it is always better to fix it early to avoid dealing more damage to the vehicle and putting your life in danger.
Drive Your Business with Autokid Truck Solutions
Finding the best Japan surplus vehicles for your business may still seem like a difficult task to achieve. Luckily, Autokid Truck Solutions can help! Autokid Truck Solutions strives to provide you with effective, efficient, and economical truck solutions for your business. We provide a wide array of trucks under our belt, such as Japan surplus trucks from Isuzu, Mitsubishi, and Hino, as well as brand new truck options from Foton and Howo. Whatever you choose, we are confident in providing you with trucks that can drive your business!
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