Important Notice on Online Purchase of Used Cars

The Embassy of Japan has received many reports of problems related to importing used cars to Tanzania, from Japan or through companies claiming to be situated in Japan. In certain cases, online advertisements for the sale of used cars may be fraudulent. Prospective buyers are advised to exercise caution when entering into online purchase transactions, which hold certain risks, including limitations to take legal action because of insufficient evidence to constitute a fraud case.
The Embassy of Japan cautions all prospective buyers that the Embassy, as a third party, is not in a position to assist, investigate or intervene in commercial disputes.
Some Japanese used cars dealers are aware of the problem and are taking voluntary preventive actions. In an effort to ease the process of identifying vehicle exporters, Japan Used Motor Vehicles Exporters Association (JUMVEA), which is a nonprofit government recognized business association approved by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) , publishes its members’ list. JUMVEA has a Safe Trade system. Prospective buyers of used cars from Japan may find the JUMVEA members’ list useful, though the Embassy of Japan is not in a position to guarantee the authenticity of each member.