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Welcome to the wonderful world of Kei vehicles!
After the Second World War there were little resources in war-torn countries that needed to rebuild. Small and cheap cars for daily use were highly sought after. Germany gave the world the VW beetle, and Japan brought us the Kei!
Early Kei vehicles were even smaller than they are today with an engine displacement of 330cc or less! As they still are today, Kei trucks were workhorses on the farm, at construction sites, at fish markets, on golf courses, and for every tradesman imaginable. As average households began to prosper post-war, Kei vans and cars were produced to meet the demands of families across the country.
From 1990, the restrictions were modified for Kei vehicles and 660cc engines became legal. The Japanese auto makers didn’t stop there as they added turbos, intercoolers, multi-valve engines, safety features, and all the comforts of a family sedan. Certain tax and insurance regulations make them much cheaper to run than regular vehicles in Japan as well. Whether hauling or hunting, racing or shopping there is a Kei made for every need.
The Kei was the start of Japan’s growth into an international auto manufacturing powerhouse. However, the vehicles that brought on this auto revolution were only manufactured for the Japanese market. As a result JDM and Kei fans are importing these unique and reliable machines. Markets like Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the US are loving Kei engineering, performance, and design.
When looking for a Kei to import you will find that the companies that pioneered Kei technology still run the show today. Suzuki has produced over 20 models of Kei vehicles over the years, including the Carry Truck, Every Wagon van, and the high-performance Alto Works to name a few. Suzuki still produces spare parts for older models making for cheap and easy repairs. Daihatsu (Toyota) is known for power and class, producing 30 models over the years. Their showpieces include the Hijet truck, Atrai van. and Mira TR-XX Avanzato. Mitsubishi, Honda, and Subaru all have amazing machines of their own too!
Contact us today, and let’s find an amazing Kei vehicle that meets or beats your expectations!
Just picked up my car that I bought through JCD. I was a complete newbie about buying a car overseas and Mathew was kind enough to basically hold my... read moreTK Mad6/18/2022
I worked with Mathew on getting my first Japanese Kei truck. The process and communication were great. For me the back-and-forth communication was the reason why I decided to go... read moreJohn Penny6/12/2022
Taylor at JCD has been incredibly helpful in my search for a couple of unique rigs from overseas -- We've scored one, and are looking forward to finding another.
Taylor's professinoalism,... read morecamden lindsay5/31/2022
After seeing quite a few Kei Trucks on the road, I was intrigued. Seeing the local retail prices gave me sticker shock, so I immediately thought there has to be... read moreChris Okano5/24/2022
Can't fault these guys - this was the first time I've bought a car at any auction, let alone one in Japan. The support from Yoshiro was brilliant, very patient... read morePhil Stebbing4/14/2022
Japan Car Direct helped me find my dream car. We found a great deal on an ST205. Yoshiro was fantastic and super responsive and patient with all of my questions.... read moreBrandon Moore4/11/2022
So pleased with our companies new Japanese mini-truck import. Japan Car Direct made it all too easy. We made a few first-timer mistakes on the paperwork but the next import... read moreMARKNADEN Studio4/08/2022
Great dependable business! Highly recommended! Thank you Mathew for all your hard work!Dmitri Gordei3/30/2022
Yoshiro and the folks over at JapanCarDirect are the best! They were super helpful with my first time importing a vehicle to the US and were quick to answer all... read moreMike McD3/20/2022
This was our first time importing a vehicle and we would hands down use Japan Car Direct again. Taylor made everything so simple and stress free. We would our Toyota... read moreJennifer Morgan2/07/2022
First time importing a vehicle and Taylor did a great job guiding me the entire way! 5 star service! Excited about my new mini truck!Ryan White1/18/2022
Good experience throughout the entire process. They had the patience to help me find what I was looking for, when it arrived it was in great condition as I expected... read moreMichael Jones1/13/2022
First time customer review:
All around a great company to work with. Mathew was very responsive and helped me throughout the entire process. With this being the first time importing a... read moreAdam Fifield1/10/2022
My sales rep at JCD, Taylor, was amazing. He was quick to get me auction info, provided me good insights on possible price points, and was ready to answer any... read moreDerek Rucker12/15/2021
Mathew was extremely patient with me from start to finish, during a time when COVID backlogs and the Suez canal blockage happened - can only imagine this being mega stressful... read moreAdam Delaney11/24/2021