Post by jellythepancake on May 21, 2020 11:05:27 GMT -8
Hey guys! So for me I grew up playing Gran Turismo and saw all those cool cars from Japan that we never had. The tiny ones always got me really excited. Typically here in the US the small cars are not very great. No ac. Fall apart. Slow. Boring. But then you have the Kei cars. They cram so much tech into an even smaller package and even outperforms most of the compact cars available in the US. Japan seems to really take care of there cars. So you get a low mileage well looked after car for a great price. I just can't... Tiny! Turbo!! 4wd!!!! Manual!!!!! Gimme
My wife and I went on our honeymoon to Japan, because we both love the culture. Seeing all the kei cars on the road in Tokyo just blew my mind, and I absolutely had to have one. Been searching for the right one for years. They're so unique and interesting!
Post by t4t3hybrid on May 21, 2020 23:01:43 GMT -8
For me it was simple... fair price point was great, mid-grade auction prices of $4-5k plus US importation fees/docs/broker fees + Hawaii recon/title/reg and the time of getting it titled and registered. Unfortunately, I sold my keis as they were both without cold AC in the hot island mid-90s heat all year around, so the Acty and the Sambar had to go. Plus with a toddler the wifey didn't feel it was safe to go on the freeway without LATCH shackles for the car seat. Later in time when baby is older there'll be another kei! I promise!
My daily commute is 70 miles round trip, so I’ve always had a reasonable car to drive to work. A couple years ago I started looking at classic JDM cars at a couple of the dealer websites here in Virginia, (Japanese Classics and Duncan Imports). I was obsessed with a Nissan Pao, and thought that if I ever were to buy an old import, that would be it. Finally, we had an opportunity to go to a Japanese Classics open house and we saw a Sambar. At that point, I knew I wanted a Kei van. Over the past year, I finally felt comfortable purchasing a third car that was going to be a toy and the wait began. I missed out on a ‘94 Acty and a couple of really low mileage Daihatsu Atrais. I finally bought my JoyPop in October. It’s just around town car that is used once or twice a week. I have a greyhound that loves it, so I keep the seats folded down and a dog bed in the back. For what I use it for, the low horsepower and size doesn’t bother me at all. I enjoy driving it every time I get behind the wheel. The form factor is fantastic, and if I had the opportunity to buy a brand new Kei van here in the US, I’d do it in a heartbeat.