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When Experience And Reputation Count, Think Best Used Tractors For Mini Trucks.
SUZUKI CARRY DAIHATSU HIJET NISSAN CLIPPER
MITSUBISHI MINICAB MAZDA SCRUM SUBARU SAMBAR
(THESE TRUCKS ARE THE CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE TO
NEW & USED UTILITY VEHICLES)
Left Hand Drive Mini Trucks Now Available Too - Converted in Japan
Why Not Finally Market Something You and Your Buyers Can Get Excited About?
Help farmers and ranchers switch from gas-guzzling, full-sized pickups to high mpg mini trucks.
The Japanese have been making right-hand drive, light-duty trucks for decades. Best Used Tractors can import these used minitrucks in containers to the US, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, and to many other countries around the globe. All we need is an English speaking contact person. These used kei trucks can be utilized off road here in the US, Canada, and elsewhere like farm utility vehicles, as ranch trucks, as off-road trail vehicles for hunters and rescue teams, as wholesale nursery stock transporters, as compact maintenance vehicles for golf courses, schools and universities, municipalities, parks, and zoos. They can be used at automobile wrecking yards, airports, docks & harbors, lumber yards, manufacturers, mines, parking garages, stadiums, warehouses, dairies, orchards, stables, cemeteries, hotels, marinas, campgrounds, orchards, resorts, theme parks, corporate campuses, factories, oil refineries, coal mines, movie sets, fish farms, chicken processors, and as transporters of endless other types of equipment within large storage yards. One company is even turning them into mini trash trucks. Survivalists are buying them too. By far, the largest number of these great little units end up being used as versatile little farm trucks and go-anywhere hunting trucks. Every couple of days or so, for years now, owners literally rave to us about their great little farm/ranch service trucks. Some states permit them on public roads.
These extremely useful little trucks can do a lot of the same hauling jobs that off road, used utility vehicles can do, but with a more solid cab and a longer truck bed – all at very high miles per gallon of gas. They are also less expensive than typical utility vehicles. Like utility vehicles, 4X4 kei trucks can do their work in the dirt. Mini trucks are less expensive than regular pick-up trucks, can drive through narrower places, and tear up the land far less than their larger counterparts. The number of off road functions these small trucks can perform is almost endless. Hunters who have gotten cold and wet riding their utility vehicles, their ATVs, and their jacked-up golf carts in the fall, find they are much more comfortable sitting in heated truck cabs. Some units also come with air conditioning for comfort on hot, humid, summer days.
Starting in the sixties, the Japanese manufactured what they termed “Kei class” vehicles (now generally called “K-class”). Kei means “light weight”. These were built as a less expensive, fuel efficient, shorter, narrower, and lighter alternative to the standard size and weight vehicles termed “joyousha”. The K-class vehicles have included passenger cars, vans, and trucks. Best Used Tractors imports used K-class trucks, the extended cab trucks, the vans, and the deck vans, but not the passenger cars. The Japanese have used these small, off-road trucks to perform a myriad of burden carrier tasks. They have often equipped the rear truck beds of these little trucks with specialized industry specific equipment. When people consider their special-purpose vehicle options, they often find these pint-sized trucks from Japan to be their best choice. Some US buyers have done the same with their little all-terrain trucks. Some have made them into field spray vehicles. A friend in the business makes some into mini fire trucks. .
The 80’s had mostly 40 horsepower 550cc engines, and the 90’s onward had mostly 45 horsepower 660cc engines. The average number of miles driven per year in Japan is only about 6,000, so these vehicles usually have a lot of remaining usability. K trucks have changed in size over the years, but for comparison purposes, units from the 80’s and 90’s are typically about two thirds the length and three quarters of the width of a Dodge Dakota. K-class vehicle regulations have upgraded repeatedly over the years, mainly to meet ever-tightening emissions standards and crashworthiness requirements. That means over the decades of production, the Japanese manufacturers have really perfected these great little trucks. For more on the history of these great little trucks go to Kei Truck History.
Japanese Laws Insure Availability Of Low Cost, High Quality Used Vehicles
In Japan, there are punitive costs involved in keeping older vehicles on the road. There is the “shaken” or registration fee, the “zeiken” or taxes, the “shakoshomei” or parking fees, and the “hokken” or insurance. The new vehicle “shaken” lasts for three years. Then the expensive “shaken” registration must be renewed every two years, coupled with mandatory periodic maintenance checks. Although these mandatory checks keep Japanese vehicles in good running condition, those same laws force heavy depreciation of perfectly fine used kei trucks. That means good prices on great quality used K trucks for buyers outside of Japan.
Major Japanese Vehicle Manufacturers Make These Terrific Small Trucks
The major Japanese mini truck manufacturers, in order of recent Japanese sales volumes are: the Suzuki Carry, the Daihatsu Hijet (Subsidiary of Toyota), the Honda Acty, the Subaru Sambar (Fuji Heavy Industries), the Mitsubishi Minicab, the Nissan Clipper (built by Mitsubishi), and the Mazda Scrum (Made by Suzuki). We no longer import the Honda trucks. Since most of these manufacturers market other vehicles in the US, importers have often acquired many parts for these off-road utility vehicles within the US. We sell a lot of parts for these versatile little trucks.
The specs on these little trucks vary from make to make and from year to year, but you may find the size averages below useful. These trucks are typically 10'10" in total length, about 4'6" in total width, and about 5'8" in height. The typical wheelbase on these mini trucks is 6'3", and the inside dimensions of the bed are 4'1" by 6'6". They run about 1,400 lbs. each. They have manual transmissions with 4 or 5 forward gears - occasionally 6 forward gears. Some also have high and low ranges or extra low 1st gear. These mini utility trucks start out with 5.80-12 tires, but some buyers switch to 6.00-12 mud and snow tires, ATV tires, or tractor tires or the off- road wheels and tires we sell. They usually come with radios. Occasionally they have air conditioning. Sometimes they have dump beds as well. Scissor lift kei trucks are very, very rare.
Used Japanese Mini Trucks Available From Best Used Tractors in Containers
Best Used Tractors sells these trucks in containers to wholesaler buyers and to others who need groups of them. Typically, seven of these small trucks will fit in a high cube 40’ container. When you order units newer than 1999, only six will fit into a shipping container. There are no import regulations on the use of Japanese kei trucks over 25 years old (these can be used on public roads). Our focus, however, is on units from the 90’s and newer since features improved over the years. Most buyers prefer the 660cc units from the 90's over the 550cc engines from the 80's. For a higher price we can provide units as new as 2013. Even though these units cannot be used on federal highways, there are innumerable possible uses for them off of the public roadways. 2WD and 4WD units are both available, but we normally sell only 4WD minitrucks. Once in a while, more expensive used kei dump trucks and deck vans are also available. Vans are not hard to get, but they take up a lot of space in the shipping container. Some dealers buy the standard units and convert them into little dump trucks over here in the U.S.
Americans need affordable farm and ranch vehicles. With today's high fuel prices, there is an opportunity to help our fellow Americans with farm and ranch vehicles that are cheaper to buy and less expensive to operate than regular pickup trucks. These small, used Japanese trucks are those vehicles. Meet the need for inexpensive, high miles per gallon vehicles. Take advantage of the demand for these trucks. Just make sure you get your containers of used mini trucks from a reputable supplier. If the economy goes downhill too far, it would be wise for you and your friends to have these little trucks since they are about the best vehicle you could have if you needed increasingly to hunt for your own food.
There are a lot of things out there we can invest in, but we especially like these trucks. Lifted and mounted with the right tires, these trucks can get around amazingly well in rough terrain. If you find a superior quality used kei truck supplier, and if you are in an excellent market, used Japanese minitrucks can do more than just make you money because outfitting them and selling them has also been very enjoyable for many.
Speed Control Governors Required By EPA For These Imported Trucks
Best Used Tractors imports these trucks with EPA approved governors. Although most kei truck importers usually do not have problems with their governors at customs inspections, we don't, since ours were the ones actually submitted to the EPA for approval. If other companies tell you that they can import these small used Japanese trucks without governors, they do so against the law. We suggest that you not put your hard earned funds at risk with such marketers. In the United States these trucks are primarily for off- road use. It is against federal law to license these trucks for use on US federal highways.
The Uses of Mini Trucks are Almost Endless.
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Contact: Rick McClain
Best-Used-Tractors is a U.S. based company located in the Eugene/Springfield part of Western Oregon.
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