City of Kobe

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “Kobe”?  Beef or the basketball player?  Well, in case you didn’t know Kobe Bryant got his name from Kobe beef supposedly.  One source says that his parents saw “Kobe” in a restaurant menu before he was born.  I guess if people pronounced his name exactly the way the Japanese pronounce it would have been more obvious.

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Kobe is the name of a city in Hyogo Prefecture in Japan.  It is a port city and is the sixth largest in Japan.

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On January 17, 1995 the city was hit by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake which was one of the deadliest in Japanese history.  The city recovered

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Kobe in Japanese is 神戸.  It is translated as God’s door.  The city has been a hub for many years and an important port for international trade.  Today, many corporations are located in the Kobe area.

For soccer fans Vissel Kobe is the home team that has world class stars such as Podolski and Iniesta.

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Last but not least the Kobe area is where a lot of used cars are exported to other countries. It only makes sense to have auction houses when you have a constant flow of ships going in and out.

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The Japanese auto auctions carry the best used cars on the planet.  They are reliable and cheap.  If you are looking for a full service export company look no further.  Give Provide Cars Ltd a chance to provide you with the best export service there is in Japan.  We ship world wide.  Check us out at


How to avoid fees in ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone)

ULEZ!  It sounds like my sister in-laws name, who I  don’t care for much, but it stands for Ultra Low Emission Zone.  This is a new law that is going to be passed next year, April 2018, in Central London in efforts to improve air quality.  Vehicles that go through ULE Zone will have to pay fees.  How much you ask?  It depends on the size of the vehicle.  Motorcycles, cars and mini vans will pay 12.50 GBP.  Lorries and Buses will be paying 100 GBP…..Ouch!

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So, how do you avoid the fees?  Get a hybrid or electric car!

If your petrol car is more than 13 years old in 2019, then you’ll probably be affected by the ULEZ, but it shouldn’t be expensive to find a car less than that age, which does meet the required Euro 4 standard.


Alternatively, you may want to consider an electric car if you rarely take long-distance journeys.  A used Nissan Leaf can be purchased relatively cheap at the auctions in Japan.  All you need to do is find a trusted all service export company like Provide Cars Ltd. who is located near Kobe, Japan.

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Let’s face it.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that electric cars are going to rule the automotive industry in the near future.  In my last blog I explained that battery technology is advancing and is getting cheaper.  I am a huge fan of electric cars and can not wait to see the day when every car on the road is an electric.  Cleaner air and quite roads mean better environment for children, our pets and everyone.

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Are you looking for a used hybrid or electric vehicle?  The best place is to get one from the Japanese auto auctions.  We can help.  Check us out at  We will give you a free trial account.  It won’t cost you a penny, pence, yen or a single euro.  We will walk you through the simple process of buying a car in Japan.