When we talk about Mini Trucks always means Japanese Mini Trucks or Kei Trucks. (Kei meaning tiny, small or mini) have been made in Japan for over fifty years. In Japan, these vehicles are mainly used for family farms. They are also used daily for personal and business purposes on their roads. These versatile little vehicles are widely utilized throughout Asia, in agriculture, fisheries, construction and even for firefighting.

1.    Make and Models available in US market

2.    Availability of parts

3.    Utility functions

4.    Specifications

5.    Options and customization's

6.    Mileage

7.    Condition of the chassis and bed

8.    Condition of the tires

9.    Interior Condition

10.  Licensing & Regulations


1      Make and Models available in US market

l  Suzuki Carry

l  Daihatsu Hijet

l  Honda Acty

l  Subaru Sambar

l  Mitsubishi Minicab

l  Mazda Scrum


2      Availability of parts

As our search many parts companies are selling Mini Truck Parts in US.


3      Utility functions

l  Mini Truck

l  Dump Truck

l  Box Truck

l  Canopy Truck

l  Fire Fighter Truck

l  Mini van

l  Deck van


4      Specifications

l  Engine CC: 550 to 660

l  Cylinder: 3 and only Subaru Sambar comes with 4 cylinder

l  Fuel: Gasoline

l  Transmission: 4Speed, 5Speed and Automatic

l  EL (Extra low gear) only comes in Suzuki Carry 4x4 with 5Speed transmission

and in certain Subaru Sambar 4x4 models.

l  UL/UR (Ultra low gear and ultra low reverse gear) comes only in Honda Acty 4x4 Attack version

l  Transfer case 2x4: Only Honda Acty comes with All Time 4 wheel drive and all others 4x4 have an transfer case to convert them into 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive

l  Lo and Hi Liver: Suzuki Carry with 4Speed transmission, Mitsubishi Minicab with 4 and 5Speed transmissions, Daihatsu Hijet with 4 and 5Speed transmissions,

Honda Acty and Subaru Sambar don't have this option.

l  Axle Lock: Honda Acty and Subaru Sambar don't have this option.

l  Diff Lock: Mitsubishi Minicab U42T don't have this option and all others have and don't have.


5      Options and customizations: For options people prefer to get air Conditioned truck

and go further to customize the truck according to their needs like.

l  Lift Kit:

l  Redial Tires

l  Snow Plow

l  Hitches


6      Mileage: Some older models have 5 digits ODO meter so be careful and confirm it.


7      Condition of the chassis and bed: Check the condition of cargo bed of the truck which shows the previous use of truck, must be clean and rust free. Chassis also have to be clean and rust free.
In addition ask your dealer to provide the (Japanese Auction Inspection Sheet) which was the vehicle condition report inspected by Auto Auction Inspector, will help you to know you more about the vehicle you are planning to buy.


8      Condition of the tires: Should be in good condition.


9      Interior Condition: Dash, seats and door trims should be clean.


10   Licensing and Regulations: Some dealers are selling the trucks with title and some provide you with all the paperwork you may need to get it registered, you may also check with your local DMV for registration options.


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In the world of compact vehicles, Japanese mini trucks stand out as versatile workhorses that have been gaining popularity worldwide. These pint-sized powerhouses, often referred to as "Kei trucks" in Japan, offer a unique blend of practicality, efficiency, and ruggedness that make them perfect for a wide range of tasks. In this blog, we'll delve into the world of Japanese mini trucks, exploring their history, features, and the reasons why they have become such a sensation in various parts of the world.

A Brief History

Japanese mini trucks have been a staple of Japanese industry for decades. They were initially designed to comply with Japan's strict Kei car regulations, which dictate small vehicle dimensions and engine sizes to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. These regulations led to the creation of compact, fuel-efficient vehicles, including mini trucks.

The first mini trucks appeared in the 1960s and were primarily used for agricultural purposes. Over time, they evolved into versatile vehicles capable of handling a wide range of tasks, from transportation and cargo hauling to off-road adventures.

Features that Make Japanese Mini Trucks Unique

  1. Compact Size: Japanese mini trucks are designed to be compact, making them easy to maneuver through tight spaces and navigate narrow trails. Their small size also allows for convenient parking and storage.

  2. Efficiency: Mini trucks are known for their fuel efficiency, which is crucial for both economic and environmental reasons. They typically feature small but efficient engines that sip fuel, making them cost-effective to operate.

  3. Durability: These trucks are built to withstand tough conditions. Many come equipped with robust four-wheel-drive systems, sturdy suspensions, and solid construction, making them suitable for off-road use and rugged terrain.

  4. Versatility: Japanese mini trucks come in various configurations, including flatbeds, dump beds, and enclosed cabins. This versatility allows them to handle a wide range of tasks, from transporting goods to serving as utility vehicles on farms and construction sites.

  5. Affordable Maintenance: Maintenance costs for mini trucks are generally lower than those for larger vehicles. The simplicity of their design and widespread availability of parts contribute to their affordability.

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