By: Farraj Ali
PEOPLE PREFER TO BUY USED JAPANESE CARS AS COMPARED TO LOCALLY MANUFACTURED CARS. BUT WHY? BIG QUESTION MARK ON LOCAL MANUFACTURERS!
Pakistan is one the biggest emerging market in the automobile industry. The rise of automotive industry started in 1950 and is continuously rising till now.
As per the population, out of 1000 individuals 10 own a motor vehicle in Pakistan. In the developing countries, an average individual saves money from his/her income to buy a suitable car for his/her family.
In view of the above scenario, the local manufacturers grabbed this opportunity and, according to the income level and economic situation, they started producing and offering cars to the consumers.
With the passage of time, the local manufacturers have increased the prices and now they are overcharging the price from the consumers comparatively the worth of the vehicle. If we observe the economic cars, the price they are charging from consumers are very high as it does not have the safety precautions even like;
- Air bag
- Anti-lock braking system
- Fog lights.
These features are extremely important in order to minimize injuries caused during the car accidents.
Keeping in mind the above aspect, the Japanese companies introduced their used cars to Pakistan. This is why demand for the Japanese cars is increasing day by day. Previously, minimum model year consumers were allowed to import was past 10 years and this opportunity was taken for granted. As a result you can see that the used Japanese cars are more common than the local manufactured cars because of:
- More safety precautions features.
- Attractive features like back camera.
- Cruise control.
- Effective fuel consumption.
- Spare parts availability.
The “PRICE WAR” is still on between the used Japanese cars VS local manufactured cars as the price of the used Japanese cars more or less equals the price of brand new local cars but still most people prefer to buy used Japanese cars because of their attractive features.
Before 2006, the local manufacturers were playing monopoly in the market but when the Toyota Vitz 2006 was introduced, as a used Japanese car, it grabbed the market well and dissolved the local manufacturing cars as people preferred to buy Toyota Vitz comparatively to other cars. This became a great opportunity and motivated the Japanese firms to introduce more used cars in the Pakistani market and since then different cars are being offered day to day in the market.
Every day you observe a new shape of the used Japanese cars, which looks very attractive on the road and is motivating the people to switch to used Japanese cars.
In view of the above aspect, recently the government of Pakistan has restricted the import of the vehicles; only the vehicles less than 3 years for small cars up to 1000cc and up to past 5 years for 1000cc above are allowed to be imported.
Buying a car is a big decision. Whether it’s a used car, or a new car, there are many things you will need to consider before the concrete decision is made.
So you found a car you are interested in? What next?
Well, if the car is local, go and test drive the darn thing. Look at the car, make sure it’s mechanically sound, and check all of the features, you know the usual checks.
But what if you are buying a Japanese used car online from us, Kansai Group, or any other online car dealer?
Step 1 – Check the car, and get information
Well, there are a few things to keep in mind. Because the transaction is electronic, and you cannot physically check the car. Make sure you get as much information as possible. It may be a hassle for the sales representative, but in the long run, your satisfaction is what is most important to the stakeholders. So feel free to make those requests to check what you would check in person. Do whatever it takes to ensure you are buying what you think you are buying. But please be reasonable about it. If you would not do it yourself if you were in person, please don’t try to get someone else to do it for you.
Now you have received all the information you wanted, and you are ready for the purchase.
Step 2 – Make sure it isn’t a scam
Like any other internet purchase, you want to be sure that who you are buying from is not going to scam you. Fraud and all that stuff is pretty rampant on the internet, so just be careful and protect yourself from fraud. Only purchase from reputable sources and make sure to pay to exporter company name account as nominated by the exporter.
Step 3 – Make the payment
Most Japanese used car exporters will only accept telegraphic transfer. When you make a telegraphic transfer, make sure you take a reference to the vehicle if possible, and the sales representative. After you have completed the process, keep a copy of the telegraphic transfer slip for your records, just in case something happens in the processing of the transfer.
Step 4 – Receive your documents
After you have paid for the car and it has been shipped, you should receive documentation for the car. This should include any required certificates, the bill of lading and invoice. You will need these documents for tax purposes, as well as clearing your vehicle from the port.
Step 5 – Clear your car and register
Now that your vehicle has arrived, you will now need to clear the car at the port, and register it with the authorities to legally drive. At this point, you will most likely need to pay any taxes, and duties on the imported car. The amount differs depending on the car and country you are registering it in.
Step 6 – Perform necessary checks at receipt of Cars
Now, it is the time you will see the car probably the first time physically. Before making a long drive, make sure to check the cooling radiator fluid and the lubricant oil. Better if the oil and the radiator coolant is changed which is recommended by most of the exporters.
Step 7 – Enjoy your new vehicle
So now you have taken care of all the technicalities, you can just sit in the driver’s seat, and vroom vroom to your heart’s content. Don’t forget to maintain your vehicle. Check up on your vehicle’s health often, and try to keep it in good mechanical condition.
The dealers are taking this opportunity as granted, as there is no inspection required in order to import in Pakistan, so they have started importing cars which have gone through accidents and what they do is to repair them and offer to the customers. This scenario is spoiling the image of the Japanese cars so in order to deal with this situation, the Japanese companies are opening their regional offices in different areas of Pakistan.
The regional offices of Japanese companies are offering excellent quality cars to the end user and dealers both to generate marginal satisfaction to the consumers from both ends.
Kansai Group Co. Ltd. is playing an effective role as they are buying only best units from auction house which is superior grades which are:
- S grade
- 6 grade
- 5 grade
- 5 grade
- 4 grade
The main aim of the Kansai group is to meet the need of the consumer and provide the car at a price according to the worth of the vehicle.