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Just missed out on one . . .

Discussion in 'Autozam' started by KeiEye, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. KeiEye

    KeiEye Member

    I've been lurking about for a month or so & have learned a great deal about minitrucks. Thanx to all the Moderators & contributors, great job!!
    Anyhoo, I'm weighing pros & cons of several different trucks available. One supplier offered me a choice of four, one of which was an AUTOZAM!
    Since I'm ambivalent about which make will do a better job based on my needs, the "cool" factor of having an AUTOZAM was the deciding factor! I wanted that truck!
    Unfortunately a fella who expressed interest earlier has resurfaced & apparently has first dibs. Just my luck!:frustration:
    Just for the record, the AUTOZAM I refer to is registered in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
    The quest continues . . .
  2. jtpc

    jtpc Member

    Aww, I'm sorry to hear ya didn't get your truck. Hopefully you'll find what you are looking for soon though.
  3. Windmill

    Windmill Member

    Hang in there. Send us a picture when you get one.
  4. Don't know where your located but if you let me know exactly what you're after I can probably find it. We can still import from Japan for another year while we get some trucks certified, so if you tell me exactly what you're after I can specially order from Japan and add it to one of our containers.
  5. KeiEye

    KeiEye Member

    Location, location, location!

    I'm located in New Brunswick on Canada's east coast which is just about as far away from Japan as U can go without getting wet again.
    Distance & time = $$$
    I've researched a lot & since I'm only buying one truck, I can't afford to look any farther afield than Ontario, Canada since transportation costs are prohibitive.
    In the past, I've bought vehicles from Texas & Florida because I could buy them cheaper there than here including the cost of transport, but US prices on these trucks aren't any better than prices here.
    So it looks like I'll just be patient & keep looking.
    Having said that, I'm open to ridiculously low prices from US dealers!!!
  6. Meesho

    Meesho Member

    Don't forget that when you buy a Mini Truck from USA you will have to pay 6.2% Duty (on top of the GST/PST) + customs brokerage when you bring it back to Canada.

    FYI: I just shipped a Carry from Winnipeg to Halifax. It was under USD $1000 including door pickup.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2009
  7. pop

    pop New Member


    I am located in NL and wanting a mini but cost are prohibitive...well high...anyway why did u buy in Winnipeg vs the two dealers in Halifax and one in NB? Was it cost? Mind telling me how much u saved? Thanks....
  8. KeiEye

    KeiEye Member

    I ended up not buying from Winnepeg - again, the cost of transport was prohibitive. I didn't know about any "dealers" in NB or NS untill about a week ago. Apparently there's a guy in Lunenburg - Blockhouse Motors or something. I heard he has 17 trucks on his lot.
    Anyhoo, I managed to find one locally which I could look at, kick the tires & drive. U can't do that over the phone or the internet & from what I've read & learned, there's LOTS of folks looking to make quick bucks on these toys.
    Perhaps I would have been OK buying sight unseen, but when U buy over the phone from a curbsider, there are no guarantees or protection for the buyer.
  9. kahonwes

    kahonwes New Member

    Have you tried this guy in Quebec he has alot of them forsale..


    I'm sure he might have something he has about 20 I think
  10. Meesho

    Meesho Member

    We sold-out the last 6 mini trucks we imported very fast. Buyers from all over Canada are telling me even with shipping costs ($350 to $1250) included, the prices were CAD $2000 to $3500 cheaper for similar condition/milage trucks in their local area. The trucks all had 20 to 54kms and are completely rust-free.

    We post a minimum of 24 high resolution 800x600 pixel photos and do a detailed condition report noting any cosmetic defects. The trucks are mechanically inspected and repaired as needed. They are given a fresh oil, lube and filter change.... Then it's off to the new customer by Rail or Open car carrier!
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2009
  11. Kei King

    Kei King Member

    For more information about the trucks meesho mentioned above, you can visit www.keiking.com

    We have clean, low milage trucks starting at USD $3495! FOB Vancouver. Shipping ranges between $50 and $1250.

    It can be very exciting buying a mini truck but don't let anyone talk you into paying thousands more than you have to!
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2009
  12. minitruck.ca

    minitruck.ca Gold Supporting Member

    Do you tell your customers that the trucks come direct from Japan and they will need to do work to them before they can be registered for road use in Canada? Do you also tell them that you are not a BC registered Vehicle Dealer and not otherized to sell Minitrucks in BC?
  13. Kei King

    Kei King Member

    Most of our trucks have between 20,000 to 40,000kms. They are all hand picked in Japan and carefully inspected by our team once they arrive in Canada. This means that little or no mechanical work is needed.

    Kei King selects only the best, low milage, rust free trucks.

    The last 5 I sold, required less than $100 in parts each to pass the provincial inspections.

    We also sell: dot lights, dot tires & reflectors if customers need those to pass in their province (varies).

    We are a fully registered business in Manitoba. Sorry, we do not provide retail sales in BC.

    Dealers welcome in BC or anywhere in Canada. Top commission is paid.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2009
  14. Mr. T.

    Mr. T. New Member

    Why in heck are you talking USD. We don't give a heck about USD here in Canada, nor do we care about Yens, Kopeks, or Rubles. The only time I care about those currencies is if I visit those countries. Then I respect their currencies and customs, and do my darndest to respect their citizens. I don't go to Italy and spend US or CDN Dollars, or expect CDN dollars in change, nor do I expect service in English.
    Are you an American doing business in Canada, and therefore find it hard to think that Canadian dollars are worth something. Every time you quote shipping in US $, on has to check the current exchange rate to figure out what the heck your talking about.
    Canadian Trucking Companies, CN and CP don't quote shipping cost in in US dollars, so why do you.
    MR. T.
  15. jtpc

    jtpc Member

    In Meesho's defense, his last post did quote "CAD" (canadian dollars) on how much he saved seeing that is the question he was addressing. Also not that the post is nearly 5 months old, so I doubt you'll get a reply.
  16. KeiEye

    KeiEye Member

    I'm with you Mr. T. If you're Canadian selling to Canadians, then the currency is Canadian $$ Pretty simple from where I come from!
    There's a lot of shady people in the used car business, that's why they're on the same level of trust as politicians.
    When I was first looking for a truck, I looked at Meesho's offerings & they looked good, but when you're buying sight unseen, without a test drive, the seller better make you feel very good about things. Meesho didn't. No sale.
    Kei King? Refused to sell me parts for the truck I did end up purchasing because I didn't buy my truck from them. Not only that, but he was rude about it. Must be nice to have that strong of a customer base!
    Having said that about these guys, there's a whole lot of GREAT people here, very friendly, very helpful. Just like in regular car sales, there's danger lurking in the sales department, buyer beware - always!!
  17. B-Edwards

    B-Edwards New Member

    I Pity da Fool that says USD! :D
  18. Kei King

    Kei King Member

    I wish I caught this cheap-shot sooner. Sounds like you are just sour because the "dealer" you ended up buying from has NO parts support but this doesn't give you the right to defame my company.

    Anyways, we have a standard reply we send for all parts inquiries. Nothing unique about it considering most importers have a similar policy:

    Last edited: Nov 24, 2009
  19. Kei King

    Kei King Member

    PS: You have obviously never run a business or met a payroll in your life.

    Currency fluctuation is accounted for in all contracts with multi-national companies (such as CN or CF) or one that trade across the border (import/ export companies).
  20. zardoz

    zardoz Member

    "We will happily supply replacement and upgrade parts to our previous customers only. Parts are sold with little or no mark-up as an added benefit of doing business with Kei King. Common replacement parts are in usually in-stock and hard-to-find parts can be shipped directly from Japan by Fedex or slowboat depending on the urgency. Most upgrade parts are dropped shipped directly from the USA manufacture and if you prefer we can supply their contact information so you can order directly from them."

    Personally I don't think this a very reasonable policy... what happens if/when the sales of your own vehicles wains?

    To me it sounds like you are shooting yourself in the foot!

    To refuse to sell repair parts to anyone other than folks that bought their truck from you is not financially responsible IMHO.

    Hey I know.... I'll put up a poll and see who can buy parts from OTHER than who they bought their truck from.... :)


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