Affordable Fast Cars

When you hear the word “cars” what do you think of?  The movie, “Cars”?

Image result for cars lightning mcqueen

OK, what else?  SPEED!  Racing!   So which car is currently the fastest street legal car in the world?

According to sources the Hennessey Venom F5`s top speed was 301 mph.  But the Hennessey has yet to confirm the speed with the Guinness Book of World Records.  What can tell you is that it costs $1.6 million US dollars.  I’m sure many of us can afford it?  I don’t think so.

Image result for hennessey venom f5

But let’s not get discouraged yet.  There are affordable and fast cars out there.  Here’s a list of them.

1. Toyota Celsior

Considered to be one of the most reliable cars on the market.  A 1994 model with under 84,000 miles sold for $650 USD at the Japanese auto auction.

Image result for トヨタ セルシオ.

2. Volvo V70R

Don’t be fooled by it’s station wagon look.  This baby produces 300 horse power!  Was sold for less than $1000 USD at Japanese auto auction.

Image result for volvo V70 R

 

3.  Nissan Fairlady Z

You can snag one for less than $4000 USD in great condition.  I remember doing almost 120mph on the highway once.  Don’t do it on a rainy day like I did.  Always drive safe ; )

Image result for nissan fairlady z

4.  Nissan Skyline 350GT

Another Nissan that gives you speed for the best bang for your buck. How much you ask?  You can get one for less than $1000 USD at the Japanese auto auction.

Image result for 日産スカイライン350gt

This is a short list of some of the affordable cars that are available.  However, there are dozens and dozens of more affordable and fast cars at the auto auctions.  Some of you are probably skeptical of the prices quoted in this blog.  I don’t see any point of lying but If you want to find out for yourself sign up for a free trial with Provide Cars Ltd.  Go to www.providecars.co.jp and click on the Sign Up tab.  You will be assigned to one of the staff members so feel free to ask as many questions as you like.

Car Stickers for Safety

If you have been to Japan you have probably seen the following stickers on cars.  Each sticker has specific meanings and helps new and experienced drivers on the road. Knowing who you are driving behind could help drivers become more aware and cautious.  Who knows, it could probably help road rage as too.

Image result for 初心者マーク高齢者マーク

 

 

1. Wakaba/Shoshinsha Mark – Beginner’s sticker

 Image result for 初心者マーク

When you first obtain a driver’s license, you are required to place this mark on both the front and back side of your vehicle for one year. It’s called the 若葉(wakaba – green leaf) or 初心者(shoshinsha – beginner) mark in Japanese.

 

2. Koreisha/Momiji/Yotsuba Mark – Senior Driver Sticker

Image result for 高齢者マーク

It is recommended that drivers over the age of 70 or older should attach this sticker, but anyone over age 75 is required to attach this sticker to their vehicle. The tear-drop shaped version is called the 紅葉(Momiji – or “Autumn leaves”) in Japanese and was instituted in 1997. In 2011, the 四葉 (Yotsuba – four-leaf clover) version was introduced to replace the previous Momiji sticker.

 

3. Choukaku Shougai Mark – Hearing Impaired Driver Sticker

Image result for 聴覚マーク車

Hearing impaired drivers should attach this sticker to their vehicles. It is called a 聴覚障害 (choukaku shougai – hearing impaired) mark in Japanese.

 

4. Shintai Shougai Mark – Handicapped Driver Sticker

Image result for 障害者マーク車

Handicapped drivers should attach this sticker to their vehicles. It is called the 身体障害 (shintai shougai – physical impairment) mark in Japanese.

Mitsubishi Delica

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

Image result for mitsubishi pencilImage result for mitsubishi air conditionerImage result for mitsubishi materialsImage result for mitsubishi airplane

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.

Image result for 三菱デリカスペースギアキャンピング

front of car PD6W - 1997 Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear - white

back of car PD6W - 1997 Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear - white

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.

Image result for jeep wrangler off road

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.

Image result for jeep wrangler manufacturing plant toledo ohio

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).

Image result for LEXUS logo

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

Image result for nagoya japan

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.

Related image

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!

Continue reading

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.

Image result for kobe beef vs kobe bryant

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

Image result for Kobe City

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

Image result for kobe earthquake

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.

Image result for podolski iniesta

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.

Image result for 神戸中古車オークションImage result for vehicle vessel

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!

Image result for ultra low emission zone

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.

Image result for how far can an electric car go?

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.

Image result for London emission

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.