Mitsubishi Delica

Mitsubishi is known for making anything from pencils, air conditioning units, chemicals, materials and airplanes.

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As most of you know Mitsubishi also makes cars.  I would not say that they make top of the line vehicles compared to Toyota or Honda but there are models that I really like.  Especially the Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear.  This one is a 1997 model that is being sold at the Japanese auto auction.  In recent years we, Provide Cars Ltd., have been shipping them to Canada quite a bit.  The off road look makes you want to take it on a camping trip where there might be rough terrain.  I drove one a couple of years ago when I visited family in Okinawa, Japan.  The engine had plenty of power and the ride was very pleasant.

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Looking a few years back, if this was available back in the U.S. I would have purchased one.  I currently drive a Toyota Estima but it could be my next vehicle in the next couple of years.  The Japanese auto auction have plenty of Delica Space Gears available for sale.  If you want to get more information check out our website www.providecars.co.jp

The Mighty Jeep Wrangler

Jeep is a distinct on and off road vehicle.  It was used by the military in World War II.  According to sources the word “jeep” was used as a military slang for new recruits or vehicles.  Now, civilians around the world enjoy this unique form of transportation and entertainment.  You can find them at beaches, camping grounds, the country, towns and cities.  Jeep fans all over the world modify and upgrade their Jeeps  by slapping on unique stickers, putting on all terrain tires, adding lift kits for higher clearance, putting on tubular bumpers and so much more.  With so many options you can make your Jeep look totally different from anyone else’s.  Perhaps this is why Jeeps are so popular and holds it’s value than most vehicles.

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The Jeep has been imitated by many motor companies around the world.  The Land Rover was inspired by the Jeep.  Toyota, Mitsubishi, Delahaye and Hotchkiss have produced Jeeps as well.  Despite attempts by other companies the original Jeep is the most popular one that is still in production.  Of the Jeep brand the most popular model is the Jeep Wrangler.  The Jeep Wrangler is 100% manufactured in Toledo, Ohio.

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There is something unique about Jeeps that are imported into Japan.  After they have been driven for a few years here in Japan they find a new home somewhere overseas.  One might ask, “Why would I want to buy a used Jeep from Japan instead of the US?”  The answer is simple.  Vehicles are cared for more here in Japan.  They are inspected every two years as well because it is the law in Japan.  My good friend and client who lives in the UK purchases many Jeeps from Japan.  The prices are very reasonable and the quality is great.  Are you looking for a used Jeep?  Consider getting one from Japan.

Lexus the Best?

Lexus is considered to be one of the best car brand in the world.  It has also been considered to build one of the most reliable cars today.  Have you ever wondered where the name Lexus came from? It comes from Luxury EXport to the US. (L-EX-US).

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Lexus is made by Toyota Motor Company and is headquartered in Nagoya, Japan.  Nagoya is the third largest city in Japan.

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With new models coming out every year one might ask where all the used cars go to.  Many used Toyota automobiles are sold at the Nagoya auto auctions and shipped overseas.  The largest auto auction in Japan started in Nagoya.

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With increasing interest from customers all over the world the Japanese auto auctions continue to grow.  Full service and export companies such as Provide Cars Ltd. provide customers with a peace of mind from buying to shipping the car to the customer’s port of choice.  If you are looking for a right hand drive car that can only be found in Japan or looking to get a good deal on a Left Hand drive email or call Provide Cars.  Their agents will be happy to help you.  Cut out the middle man and import cars yourself to save money!

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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 www.providecars.co.jp

 

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 www.providecars.co.jp.  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.

 

 

The Revival of Electric Cars

It wasn’t until recently that I discovered that one-third of vehicles in the early 1900s were electric cars in the United States.  But in 1915 electric cars faded out because it was cheaper to own a gasoline operated car, the Ford Model T.  It’s been over a 100 years since then and it looks like the roles are going to be reversed as we see a revival in electric cars.

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These days more and more major players in the auto industry are coming out with new and innovative electric cars.  Motor companies that are not preparing to put out electric cars in the next few years will have little to no future in the auto industry.  Many countries are pushing for zero emissions.  In some Asian countries they are planning to ban gasoline vehicles completely by 2030.

Formula E is an upcoming popular sport that I have got into recently.  But obviously I will probably never own a Formula E race car.  But owning a Tesla is not that far fetched.  Tesla’s acceleration is impressive against other gasoline operated sports cars.

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Above:  Formula E (Electric) Racing cars

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Above: Tesla racing against a McLaren

One reason I enjoy E racing is because it reminds me of my Mini Yonku(ミニ四駆), a plastic car with a battery driven motor, when I was a kid.  I used to modify my car and enter into neighborhood races.

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So what are the benefits of electric cars?  Electric cars have few moving parts than a petrol car and requires little preventative maintenance.  Oil changes are not needed with electric cars.  Some other obvious benefits is the cost on fuel.  You will spend a third or less in fuel cost compared to a gasoline car.  Some cities are offering cheaper taxation on vehicles that run on electricity as well.  Electric cars are safer as well. Due to the battery’s position electric cars have a better center of gravity.  This makes the car more stable.  Let’s not forget that it’s better for the environment.  No emission means that we can enjoy better health.

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With the advancement of new battery technology the price will continue to decrease and charging time will be significantly reduced.  Lithium-ion battery prices are still above $200/kWh but by 2030 it’s predicted to be at around $73/kWh.  What does that mean for consumers?  Affordable electric cars.  .

 

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Here are some examples of top rated electric cars.

Tesla Model 3

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Chevrolet Bolt EV

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Nissan Leaf

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BMW I3

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Want to own an electric car but the prices are still a little too steep for you?  Well, you just might be able to find a deal at the Japanese auto auctions.  Used cars in Japan are one of if not the best quality vehicles you can own in the world.  Get a no obligation free trial account at www.providecars.com.  Provide Cars is approved by the Japanese Used Motor Vehicle Export Association with over 20 years of experience.  Got questions?  We have answers.  Contact us at [email protected]

Reasons to buy Used not new (Part 2)

Some of the finest and most reliable cars are made in Japan.  Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Daihatsu, Isuzu.  For years domestic buyers have been trading their older vehicles for new ones on after a few years.  What prompts people to trade in a perfectly good car?  Shaken (車検)or motor vehicle inspection.  When you buy a new car you can drive it for three years without having to go through Shaken.  Afterwards every car must go through Shaken every two years.  Shaken cost anywhere from 100,000 yen to 200,000 yen. ( approximately 900 dollars to 1800 dollars)  As a result most people decide to get a newer car rather than go through another inspection.

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The market value of vehicles in Japan drop drastically after 70,000 km or 10 years in Japan.  For most people in other countries 70,000 km or 43,500 miles is not high at all.  Most people in other countries are not deterred by a 10 year old car either.  As long as it’s in good working condition and can be purchased at a fair price most cars have no issues finding a new owner.

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(Many foreign made cars are available at the Japanese auto auctions as well)

One thing I find interesting are the foreign made cars making it’s way either back to the country they were made or being transported to another one.  For instance, a lot of German made cars such as Mercedes Benz, BMW and Volkswagen make their way back to Germany.  I believe this is due to many German car owners in Japan keeping their used cars in great condition.  What I also find interesting is customers in Europe that import American cars.  You would think that American cars would be imported from the United States of America but many buyers prefer to buy them from Japan.  Why?  Because cars are well cared for in Japan.

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The auto auctions sell thousands daily.  Some of the larger auction sell 1000 to 1500 cars every hour!  Importing a car may seem difficult but with a little research anyone can do it.  Whether you want a sports car or family car we can help.  We also arrange purchasing and shipping of heavy equipment and construction vehicles.  We are happy to provide services to individuals and businesses.  Just sign up at www.providecars.co.jp or email me at [email protected]