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Questions About The Minitrucks

Why Daihatsu minitrucks?

Daihatsu is the premier minitruck manufacturer in the world. Founded in 1907, Daihatsu built their 30 millionth vehicle in 2020. Not only that, but 7 million of these have been Hijet minitrucks like the ones you can get here at Minitruck World.

Still not sure if Daihatsu is the best minitruck brand or not? Well, for a long time they were part-owned by Toyota, but recently Toyota has brought them 100% into the Toyota Group, so they have the same Toyota Group benefits as Lexus, for example.

And the Japanese public think Daihatsu is great too, which is why Daihatsu Hijets have dominated the minitruck market as the number 1 best seller for the last 10 years.

Do the lift kits come fitted to the minitrucks?

Both the free ($350-value) lift kit for 23" wheel / tire sets, and the extra-cost upgrade lift kit for 25" wheel / tire sets are provided in the form of parts. They do not come fitted to the vehicle. It is up to you to decide whether you want to fit a lift kit or not. If you are using the minitruck within a large manufacturing location, or a similar location where serious off-road ability is not really required, then you may well want to leave the standard suspension and wheel / tire set up.

If you do want to go ahead and fit a kit, then we strongly recommend you get the parts fitted by a professional mechanic following the instructions we provide.

Once fitted, the Basic, Farming, Jumbo and Dump minitrucks will be able to take larger off road 23" or 25" wheel / tire combinations. Please note that the Deckvan and Cargo models can only take 23" wheel / tire combinations, and not 25" ones. These wheel tire combinations are not included, but can be sourced easily from sellers in the United States.

What tires does the minitruck arrive with?

Your minitruck is shipped and will arrive with the standard issue Daihatsu wheel and tire combination. These are 12 inch tires and are quite narrow. This may suit your end use if, say, you are a farmer and want to be able to drive down between rows of crops. Or, say, you want to use the minitruck on the paved roads around a college campus. In these cases you may well find you want to keep these skinny tires.

Of course, if you want more rugged, grippier tires, then the best thing to do is to get the 3" lift kit fitted so it can take the 23" or 25" wheel and tire combination of your choice. (Please note that the Basic, Farming, Jumbo and Dump models can all take 23" or 25" wheel / tire combinations with the lift kit fitted, but Deckvan and Cargo models can only take the 23" ones.)

Even then, it's still recommended to keep these original wheels and tires to hand to use as spares just in case.

What is the load rating for a regular pickup style minitruck?

The BasicFarmingJumbo and Dump models are all rated at max 350KG, which is 770lbs.

What's the load rating for a Deckvan model?

As the Deckvan model has a crew cab in addition to the load bed at the rear, the load rating is 250KG (550lbs). Although this is 220lbs less than the pickup-style models (the Basic, Farming, Jumbo and Dump models), you do get an enclosed cab that seats four, or you can fold down the rear seats to turn that into an enclosed cargo area.

What's the load rating for a Cargo model?

The Cargo model has the same load rating as for the pickup-style models -- 350KG, which is 770lbs. The difference, of course, is that it is a van body, so the load area is enclosed.

Are these minitrucks righthand drive?

Unlike the US, Japan is a righthand drive country, meaning that the driver sits on the right side of the vehicle, and the vehicle drives on the left side of the road.

Now, all minitrucks sold by Minitruck World are sold for off road use only, so the fact that you will be driving from the opposite side of the vehicle is not going to have any highway safety implications -- such as being able to have good visibility at junctions, being able to see around vehicles when deciding whether to overtake or not etc. -- because you will not be using your minitruck on regular streets anyway.

When driving off road, you'll find that the excellent driving position, great visibility, standard mirrors, headlights and windshield wipers all work together to give you the great visibility you need to maneuver the minitruck easily.

Sure if you have no experience driving from the "wrong" side of the vehicle, you may want to do some practice in a more open area first -- and that's especially true if you get a manual model and need to get some practice in using your left hand to change gears.

But it's really not that difficult. Don't believe me? Just think about the over 3 million tourists from the UK that visit the US each year. They arrive blurry-eyed and jet-lagged from a righthand drive country, jump in a lefthand drive rental car, and zoom off to their hotels with half-asleep kids screaming in the back. Yes, all the controls are around the "wrong" way for them and the rules of the road are quite different. Yet you never hear stories about a seasonal slaughter on Florida's roads because of clueless UK tourist drivers.

If a huge number of jet-lagged British drivers can switch from RHD to LHD and deal with different driving rules without incident each year, you can be sure that you will be able to adapt to the driving position in your minitruck with a little practice in a short amount of time.

Can I get an LHD Daihatsu minitruck?

Sorry, these Daihatsu minitrucks are only sold in right-hand drive (RHD) format, and not LHD format. 

But don't worry! As thousands of British tourists coming to the US, or US tourists going to the UK know, switching to driving from the other side of the vehicle doesn't take much getting used to. And remember, since you'll be driving off road, you will be able to master this skill without worrying about other vehicles.

If you are still concerned, then consider buying an automatic model, rather than a manual model. Then, all you need to get used to is the driving position, as the steering wheel and pedal positions will be exactly the same as on your LHD vehicles.

Will I get used to sitting on the other side to drive?

It really does not take a lot of practice to get used to driving from the other side of the vehicle. 

Sure if you have no experience driving from the "wrong" side of the vehicle, you may want to do some practice in a more open area first -- and that is especially true if you get a manual model and need to get some practice in using your left hand to change gears.

But it's really not that difficult. And if you don't believe me, just think about the over 3 million tourists from the UK that visit the US each year. They arrive blurry-eyed and jet-lagged from a righthand drive country, jump straight in a lefthand drive rental car, and drive off to their hotels. All the controls are around the "wrong" way, the rules of the road are quite different. And yet you never hear stories about the seasonal slaughter on Florida's roads because of clueless UK drivers.

If you are concerned, then think about ordering an automatic model so all the controls are the same, just on the other side from where you are used to driving. But, to be honest, I really don't think you will have any difficulties if you give yourself a little time and space to practice.

What about the resale value when the time comes?

You may not be thinking about it right now, but you do want to invest your money wisely, so what can you expect from one of our minitrucks in terms of resale value?

Of course, there are many factors, such as age, wear and tear, and mileage, but when the time comes a Daihatsu minitruck is going to hold its value at least as well and maybe better than a lot of the alternatives for these reasons.

First, the minitruck market is expanding. As more people find out about these great vehicles, they are switching too them in ever increasing numbers, but the supply is somewhat limited when compared with UTVs, for example. Tight supply makes for greater demand, which will help keep used model pricing buoyant.

Secondly, even if the rate of depreciation is the same, with a minitruck, you are starting from a much lower price-point than with most UTVs. A 25% depreciation on a $30,000 UTV is a lot more dollars than the same 25% depreciation on a $20,000 minitruck.

Finally, in buying a Daihatsu, you are investing the the most trusted name in the minitruck world. There is a good reason Daihatsu has had the #1 best selling minitruck every year for over 10 years now. That brand power will help you get a better price if you come to sell your minitruck later.

(And if you do sell it on, make sure you come back to us to get your next brand new one first!)

What's the difference between kei trucks and minitrucks?

So you may have heard about these small Japanese kei ("kay") trucks, and then you have been wondering how they are related to or different from Japanese minitrucks, like the Daihatsu Hijets we sell.

And the answer is that they are one and the same! "Kei" means "light" (as in not heavy) in Japanese, and designates the class these vehicles belong to. So, in Japan, they refer to Daihatsu Hijets as "kei trucks", whereas in the US, it is more common to refer to these same models as "minitrucks" or "mini trucks".

How big are these minitruck engines?

Daihatsu Hijet engines have a capacity of 658CC. This may seem small, but remember that these vehicles are light and road-legal in Japan for highway speeds, so there's more than enough power for the lower speed off road situations you will be using your minitruck in.

(Remember that these minitrucks are sold in the US for off road use only, as per Federal requirements.)

Can you get diesel minitrucks?

No. Daihatsu Hijet minitrucks, like all Japanese minitrucks, have gasoline engines, not diesel engines.

What safety equipment do minitrucks have?

Unlike your typical UTV side-by-side, these Daihatsu Hijet minitrucks come with the basic safety equipment that you would usually expect on a road car -- ABS, airbags etc. Some models even have the collision avoidance systems only seen in modern cars, but these are of limited use when driving off road. Unless a bear jumps out from behind a tree. But that's pretty unlikely.

What creature comforts do these minitrucks have?

Almost all of our models come with the whole suite of creature comforts that you would expect from your full-size pickup truck -- power steering, power windows, AC and heat, power door locking, remote door locking, comfortable hard-wearing seats etc.

The exception is the cheapest Basic model -- it has wind-up windows, and no AC, but does have heat and all the same rugged versatility of its more comfort-oriented siblings. So, if sophistication is a lower priority than price, then this model may be right for you.

But even if you opt for that cheapest Basic model, at the end of the day, you need to ask yourself. Do I want to pay for more for a less-comfortable UTV side-by-side?

What size rims and tires can you put on these minitrucks?

Minitruck World Daihatsu Hijet minitruck imports come with 12 inch wheels with 145/80 tires. Yes, they are small. Yes, they are skinny. But, get the free lift kit fitted, and you'll be able to fit 23" 6-ply tires. And if you opt for the upgraded lift kit, then you will be able to fit 25" 10-ply tires on the BasicFarmingJumbo and Dump models. (Unfortunately, the Deckvan and Cargo models cannot take 25" tires.) You'll have to source these rims and tires separately, but what this means is that you can choose the exact combination that is best for the way you plan on using the minitruck, and how you want it to look.

Okay, so let's get into some specifics. In terms of wheels and tires, ITP tires and ITP wheels are popular. Particularly ITP Ultracross tires, which are good for a mixture of off-road and hard packed surfaces. Maxxis Ceros are popular for those who want a more aggressive tread. Overall the ITP Ultracross are more popular. The tire sizes are 23x8x12 and 25x8x12.

But when you are looking at tires, just make sure you avoid the tires with the biggest knobs -- aggressive truck tires are better for minitrucks.

As for wheels you need 12x7 rims with 4+3 offset. Vision 393 Lockout rims are good. Another popular option are the ITP Hurricane series wheels.

However, just make sure you order lug nuts that match the rims as they do not ship with ones that match the wheels. You would have to use the original Daihatsu ones, which would not be as nice looking.

Now, if you do switch to these larger wheels and tires, make sure you keep the original ones stowed away somewhere, as you never know when they may be useful -- for example, as backup spares, or to put back on the minitruck if you decide to resell it later.

The great thing is that you can choose the best wheel / tire combination for your particular mini truck to make it look and drive exactly how you want.

What's the ground clearance of these minitrucks?

First of all, Minitruck World Daihatsu Hijet minitrucks running on the factory wheels and skinny tires have 6.3" ground clearance at the lowest point (where the suspension joins the wheels), and 8.5" clearance under the center of the vehicle.

Check out this diagram to see what I mean:

Daihtsu Hijet Japanese mini truck ground clearance

However adding a lift kit and off-road tires and you can increase this ground clearance as follows:

2" lift with 23" tires
This increases those numbers to 8.1 inches at the lowest point under the suspension, and 10.3 inches under the center of the vehicle.

3" lift with 25" tires

With these added, the numbers are 10.1 inches and 11.9 inches respectively.

As you can see, these mini trucks may be small, but they are not toys!

What's the difference between PTO and electric dump lifts?

Minitruck World sells several different kinds of dump minitrucks (Multipurpose PTO Dump, Multipurpose Electric Motor Dump, and Low Dump models), so what's the difference between the way the dump bed is powered for each of these models?

Well, the Multipurpose Electric Motor Dump and the Low Dump models both use electric motors to lift their dump beds, whereas the Multipurpose PTO dump uses a PTO (Power Take Off) to power it.

OK, so the PTO takes the power to raise the dump bed directly from the engine itself. What this means in practice is that the PTO model will have relatively greater lifting power ... but has to be stationary while the dump bed is being operated. On the other hand, the electric mechanism isn't as powerful, but can be used while your minitruck is moving.

It all depends on what you want to do with your dump minitruck. Do you want to move a lot of heavy earth or gravel, for example? In that case, the Multipurpose PTO is more likely to be the best fit for you. Or, let's say you are a farmer and you want to load up with feed and spread it evenly across a field. Well, for that situation, having an electrically powered dump bed and being able to lift it to a slight tilt while driving across the field, letting a steady stream of feed slide out of the back may well be the best solution.

There are so many possibilities for these minitrucks. It's all about finding the right tool for the job.

Can I register my minitruck for on road use?

While it is true that in their home country of Japan, these vehicles are registered for highway use, when it comes to the United States, Federal law requires that they are restricted to off road use only. As a result, Minitruck World will not provide assistance to help any customer register their minitruck for on road use. Sorry. That's Federal law, and we we're going to abide by it.

I'm a big guy. Will I be comfortable in a minitruck?

I know what you're thinking: You've got these minitrucks, built in Japan, for Japanese people. Sure, Japan has some sumo wrestlers, but these trucks are built for your average Japanese Mr. or Mrs. Tanaka. So how's a minitruck going to work for me -- a big tough American guy?

Well, you may be surprised. First of all, Japanese people aren't all that small. There's a range of body types and sizes, just like in any country. And these minitrucks are built for a whole range of users as well -- some small, but some big too.

Remember that these minitrucks are already a big hit in the US as well -- even with big guys. Guys who are farmers or ranchers, for example. Sure, you don't see as many minitrucks as you do UTVs. (Well not yet....) But you know you wouldn't see any if they could only handle 5 foot, 80lb ladies. In fact, talking of height, the tallest US minitruck buyer we know of has been 6" 5'. So they work well for tall people as well.

How do these compare with Chinese minitrucks?

Here at Minitruck World, we only sell factory-fresh Daihatsu minitrucks sourced direct from Japan for good reasons. 

First, the whole concept of minitrucks -- called kei ("kay") trucks in Japanese -- originated in Japan. Yes, it's the home of the minitruck. And then, out of all the minitruck manufacturers in Japan, it is clear that Daihatsu leads the pack. After all, they've been in business since 1907, since when they have sold over 30 million vehicles, 7 million of which have been Hijets, the model we sell. On top of this, their Hijet minitrucks have been the #1 bestselling minitruck in Japan for the last 10 years. Finally, they are part of the Toyota Corporation, in the same way Lexus is.

Let's just put it this way. Imagine you were looking to buy a full-size pickup truck and the choice came down to a Chinese brand you had never heard of before, or a Ford F150. Which would you choose? It's pretty obvious, right?

Well, it's the same in the world of minitrucks -- get some Chinese brand you have never heard of, or perennial favorite, and clear market leader, Daihatsu?

That's why you choose Daihatsu, and order your Daihatsu Hijet fresh from the factory through Minitruck World.

What gas mileage do these minitrucks get?

Running on standard wheels and tires, the typical real-world gas mileage for the manual model is 33.4 miles per gallon, and for the automatic, it's 30.6 miles per gallon. (The official government test figures are actually better, but it makes more sense to use data from real-world users, right?)

This is much better than a typical UTV. A typical 2020 UTV side-by-side will average around 20 miles per gallon. So, head-to-head, typical minitruck v. typical UTV, and the minitruck wins by about 50%. That's a lot of saved gas and a lot of saved money, particularly if you're using your minitruck for work day in, day out.

Of course, figures for both minitrucks and UTVs are going to vary with use but, even so, it's pretty clear that the money you spend on gas is going to go a lot further in a minitruck than it will in a typical UTV.

Questions About Ordering Process

How do I decide which minitruck is best for me?

First, decide which body type you need. That's right, with minitrucks, you have real choices.

Want a traditional pickup style? Well, you still need to choose between the standard cab (Basic and Farming models) and extended cab (Jumbo models). Or, if you need a dumping bed then (surprise) take a look at the Dump models.

But what if you need more enclosed load carrying space, or space for more people? The Deckvan and Cargo models have you covered... literally!

So, now you have that decided on the body type, is that it? Not so fast. As you can see on each of the model pages, there are  (not for the Dump models, sorry) different color options to choose from, as well as manual or automatic transmissions.

Another thing you can do is to play around with different minitruck configurations in the online configurator here. Make your selections and the configurator will tell you what it will cost. You can go ahead and place your order right away if you are ready. But if you're still not 100% decided, you can have it email you the spec and pricing so you can take a bit more time to think.

If you need to, ask us a question. We're ready to get you a great minitruck as soon as you are.

How do I spec and order a minitruck?

Ready to spec your minitruck? Even if you're not sure if you're quite ready to buy yet, go here right away and try some different options until you get the spec which is just right for you.

You'll find the online configurator easy to use as it follows the same kinds of steps as you will have seen if you have been to any auto manufacturer's website in recent years.

First, choose a body style by clicking on the photo of the one you like. If you choose a Dump, it will then ask you which particular kind of Dump minitruck you want.

Next, select the transmission -- automatic or manual.

Then, choose the body color you want. Again, just click the image of the color to make your selection (unless you want a Dump, then you can only choose white).

After that, you can choose to add the free 3" lift kit, or not.

And that's it for building your spec. Now, as soon as you have this done you can either have this spec sent to you by email, or you can continue with the order by entering your details and your delivery address and clicking the order button.

We will contact you and take it from there. Easy!

Do you have any inventory minitrucks?

Yes, absolutely. We have a rolling inventory of the most popular minitrucks, with the most popular transmissions, in the most popular colors.

You can see the different options here and then click to reserve yours.

Do you take other UTVs as trade-ins?

Sorry, we do not take trade-ins. If you have another UTV or minitruck you want to replace with one of our Daihatsu minitrucks, please sell it and use the proceeds towards your purchase with us.

Can I change details of the minitruck I spec?

Each model comes with a broad range of standard equipment that goes far beyond the standard equipment you will find on any UTV side-by-side and you can read about this on each models' page.

However, you can't make micro-changes to the specification. For example, you can't choose to delete central locking, or add a diff lock on a case-by-case basis. These individual items come as packages which are reflected in the different models you can see at Minitruck World.

What happens when I hit that order button?

So, you get to the end of the ordering process on our website and hit the button to place your order ... is that it?

Well, first of all, it's not like buying a new TV on Amazon. You won't be asked for your credit card information to click and pay right then and there.

What happens next is this: As soon as you click that order button, you and we will get an email confirming the details of the minitruck you just ordered. So, the first thing you will want to do is go check that email and make all the details of the model, your name, delivery address etc. in there are as you want them to be. (And if you find the email stuck in your spam folder, make sure your mark it as safe and add the address as a contact so you won't miss any of our communications with you.)

Happy with your order in the email? Great. We get the same email at the same time, so our next move is to say thank you (of course!) and send you the Purchase Agreement for you to sign. Buying a minitruck isn't a small-ticket Internet transaction. We do things right. But we make it easy for you by allowing you to sign the Purchase Agreement electronically, so you can get it done right away. (Don't worry! Electronic signing is used by all kinds of businesses now, including our lawyers who wrote this document for us. It's just as legally binding as if you print it out, sign it by hand and send it to us in the mail -- which you can do, if that's what you prefer.)

Then there's just one thing left before we initiate the order with the Daihatsu factory, and that is that you will need to send at least the deposit amount of $2,000. You can send more if you want. You can send the whole amount if you want to save the time and hassle of partial payments. But you don't have to. Just wire transfer the deposit from your bank to our bank (based in Alabama) and as soon as we get that in, we can start the process on getting your minitruck built.

Do you keep me up to date with what's happening with my order?

Customer service is our top priority. The wait between ordering and your minitruck arriving can be filled with anticipation and excitement, but we also know that it is important to make sure you know what is happening. 

While we cannot update you with every micro-step along Daihatsu's production line, for example, we do reach out to you when milestones are being reached, such as when you minitruck is completed, when we have a booking for shipping etc.

If you ever have a question or concern, please contact us so we can sort that out for you.

What are your prices?

There are two ways to get pricing. The first is for to-order minitrucks, and that is done by clicking here and speccing a minitruck model to the exact configuration you want. The price will depend on how you spec the minitruck.

(Don't worry, the configurator will tell you the price before asking you whether you want to buy it, so if you aren't ready to order yet, you can still try out different specs to see what they will end up costing.)

The other way is to buy from our new minitruck inventory here. The prices are listed along with the details of each vehicle.

Remember that the prices you see there cover the vehicle itself and getting it all the way from Japan to your delivery address in the US. Just bear in mind that they do not include any sales tax that we may have to charge you.

Do I have to sign a Purchase Agreement?

Here at Minitruck World, we believe in doing things the right way, which is why we have worked hard with our legal team to make sure that we have a proper contracts with our customers.

After all, these minitrucks aren't cheap. Sure, they're cheaper than a similarly-specced UTV side-by-side, but when you buy one, it's not exactly the same as going to Walmart and dropping some cash to get groceries. You're handing over a significant amount of money, and you want the transaction to be handled right.

So, yes, we do require you to sign a Purchase Agreement. You can take a few days to look it over and ask us questions about it if you want. That's no problem! But, remember, we cannot proceed with your order, so you don't want to delay too long.

The great thing is that we make the signing process easy as you can do it electronically online in about 1 minute or so.

How long do I have to get the deposit to you?

So, you've hit the order button and signed the Purchase Agreement. Next thing to do is to get us the deposit.

Remember, we need to at least have the $2,000 deposit from you before we can put in the order with Daihatsu. I'm sure you'll want to get this started right away so you don't add unnecessary delay to getting your minitruck delivered. But if you do need a little more time, the period for paying the deposit is 7 days.

(If you think you will need an extra day or two because of public holidays or something like Christmas or Thanksgiving, make sure you contact us as soon as possible and we should be able to work something out.)

Does the price cover shipping etc.?

Spec your minitruck in our online configurator, and you will have the pricing automatically emailed to you. So what does this price include? Is it just the cost of the minitruck itself? 

No, this price gets you the minitruck and has it delivered to your desired delivery address within the contiguous 48 states + Hawaii. It covers the truck itself, Japan-side customs, EPA compliance work, US import customs clearing, and trucking to your delivery address.

(And, of course, it includes the free, $350-value custom lift kit for 23 inch tires if you request this in the order process.)

Do I have to pay for the whole minitruck up front?

If you want to, sure that's fine. But we know not everyone wants to do this.

So, we actually have a 3 stage payment schedule which will be in the first invoice you receive. It goes like this:

First, you pay a deposit of $2,000. This gets the process rolling. No deposit, and we won't start working on your order.

Next, payment two, which is due another 30 days after that.

Then there is the third and final payment. We get the Sea Waybill (which shows your minitruck is loaded on the ship and with you as the consignee) and send it off to you when we invoice you for this last amount. You then have 7 days to send this final payment to us.

Is there a proper contract?

We have thought long and hard, and spent many hours with our legal team honing the best contract for our Purchase Agreement so that it is clear exactly what our obligations are, what your obligations are, how much you need to pay and when, and how we deliver the minitruck to you.

Once you spec your minitruck and click that order button, the first thing we do is to send you that Purchase Agreement and have you sign it. (That can be done electronically, as many legal documents are signed these days.)

No money changes hands, and no orders are made until that has been done. This is so you know you have the protection of a clear legal framework for your purchase from us.

Questions About Getting Minitrucks To You

Do you handle the shipping from Japan, or do I have to figure that out?

Don't worry! When you buy your factory-fresh minitruck from Minitruck World, you aren't just getting the minitruck itself. You're getting the whole package -- from the order with Daihatsu in Japan, trucking the minitruck to the port, preparing it for shipping, booking shipping, clearing Japan-side customs, US customs processing, and trucking the address you tell us.

There will be some minor paperwork you need to fill in a couple of things on and electronically sign so we can have the US customs processing sorted out for you, but that's it. 

We give you the whole concierge package, and keep you in the loop along the way to make the process seamless and smooth for you.

How long does it take to get the minitruck to me?

When ordering a new Daihatsu minitruck fresh from the factory, the manufacturing time varies depending on the model, so please contact us for more details about particular models.

Your minitruck has to be prepared for shipping and be shipped out. Typically, it will take between 2 and 4 weeks to prepare it for export and get it on a ship. Then the voyage time is around 35 to 45 days to the East Coast, and 16 to 21 days for the West Coast. After that, the minitruck has to clear customs and be trucked to you, which would typically be another 7 to 10 days.

The Purchase Agreement says that it will take an estimated 90 to 110 days from getting your deposit to your truck arriving with you, but as you can see, there are lots of variables that can change the delivery time.

But don't worry, because we aren't going to go silent on you and leave you wondering what's going on. Don't expect daily updates, but we will do our best to keep you informed about how things are progressing. And if you ever need to ask for more details, go ahead and contact us. We are always happy to help.

What sort of ship does my minitruck go on?

You may think that our minitrucks are imported in containers, but that's not the case. We use the same kind of shipping that all the major auto manufacturers use. These ships are called Ro-Ro ships (Roll-On Roll-Off), and are essentially like giant car ferries, or floating parking lots, that carry hundreds, or even thousands of vehicles across the oceans. If you are curious about what they look like, check out this photo.

Do you handle the import paperwork for me?

Yes... or should I say, almost all. The reason we cannot handle literally every single little thing, is that because the vehicle is being shipped in your name (you or your company are the consignee), we can only have the process handled with your permission. But we make it as easy as we can, and provide you with the papers you need to complete with full instructions about what to do and how to do it electronically. The small amount of paperwork you need to complete is very easy and quick to do. And don't worry, the cost of processing the paperwork for the import is all included.

How long does it take to get through US customs?

Typically, the clearance process will take a day or two. Of course, this is not something that we have control over, but we do everything we need to do to make sure all the paperwork is correct and in place so that US Customs can do their work as easily and efficiently as possible.

Remember, the team working in the background has experience bringing literally thousands of vehicles of all kinds, including mintrucks, from Japan to the US.

Does my minitruck go straight from the the Daihatsu factory to the port?

Your minitruck cannot get on a ship right away after leaving the factory, as there are a number of modifications required to bring it into compliance with US EPA rules. This work cannot be skipped. Without this work being done, your minitruck would not be able to enter the US.

But don't worry! Our export partners in Japan have a good idea about how long each step takes, so as soon as they know when the minitruck is going to be delivered, they can make a booking on a ship based on when they expect this extra EPA work to be completed. As, you can see, we try to minimize any wait time so we can get the vehicle out on a ship to you as soon as possible.

Which ports do you ship to in the US?

Currently, we have our minitrucks shipped to two ports in the contiguous US -- Baltimore on the East Coast, and Long Beach, California on the West Coast. If you are buying a minitruck for Hawaii, then we will ship to Honolulu.

Which one we use for your minitruck will depend on where you are located. If you are in the middle and wonder which it will be, don't worry as we will figure all this out for you.

How does my minitruck get from the port to my address?

So your minitruck has arrived in the port in the US. How long will it take to get to your delivery address?

Well, first of all, just like when you fly back to the US from overseas, you can't just walk down the jetway and step right into a waiting taxi, so in the same way cargo entering the US also goes through an entry process before it can go on its way.

With your minitruck, the main thing will be getting it through customs (don't worry we have this covered with our partners), and this can take a couple of days. After all, your minitruck isn't the only cargo arriving at these ports, so it takes a bit of time to get processed.

Once we know it is through, we can tell the trucking company that it's ready to be picked up. They go get it, put it on a truck, and bring it to you. That usually would take another 5 to 7 days after arrival. Of course, we do everything we can to make this a speedy process. We know that after waiting for a while, you will be excited about getting your minitruck in hand.

What is a waybill and what does it mean that I am the consignee?

When your minitruck ships out, we get something called a waybill from the shipping company. This waybill is a legal document. At the top, it will state the shipper (the Japanese export company) and the consignee (you, or your company if you are buying as a business). Being the consignee shows that the cargo is being sent to you.

This is the shipping document we send you at around the same time the ship is leaving. With this final proof that your vehicle has been built and is on its way, the final payment is triggered, which then must be made within 7 days.

Does Minitruck World have a license from the EPA to import these mintrucks?

No, Minitruck World LLC does not have a license from the EPA to import these minitrucks from Japan. However, we work together with a US company that does have the required legal permissions, so it is this company that clears these requirements for each of the minitrucks we import for our customers.

The cost of this is included in the price of your minitruck.

My friend told me something called an ISF has to be filed just before the ship leaves. What is this?

That's true that a document called the ISF has to be filed with US Customs by 24 hours prior to shipment. But ... this isn't something you have to worry about. Just as with all the Japan export and US import documents, you don't have to worry about this filing as we have all this covered for you.

How does my minitruck get from the port in the US to my address?

Getting your minitruck to you is a multi-step process, but don't worry, because we have you covered: We arrange trucking from the port to your delivery location and keep you up-to-date with the expected arrival time so you can be there to meet it.

Other Questions

Why Minitruck World?

Unfortunately, we Minitruck World LLC did not perform at the hoped for level and was dissolved in December 2021.

Is Minitruck World a US company?

Unfortunately, we Minitruck World LLC did not perform at the hoped for level and was dissolved in December 2021.

Do you offer financing?

Sorry, we do not offer financing at this time.

Why get a minitruck instead of a UTV side-by-side?

There are so many reasons why a Japanese minitruck beats a UTV side-by-side, but here are a few.

First of all, cost. Let's face it, we can get you a much higher specced minitruck delivered to your door for literally thousands of dollars less than a brand new side-by-side. AC, heat, wipers, lights, doors, ABS, airbags, comfortable seats, power windows, power steering and more come as standard* for our minitrucks, when they are considered luxury extra-cost equipment on a UTV.

So, minitrucks are better value to buy. But then there's the running costs as well. A typical UTV is going to get you 20MPG. But a typical manual minitruck hits around 34MPG -- over 50% better! Gas may be cheap now, but that much better mileage is going to save you more thousands over years of use.

But there are more reasons than the purely financial. You want a better product. You want a minitruck with an automotive grade frame. With cup holders and power windows. With a glove box and storage bins. With a cab that really is weather-proof. With sophisticated suspension that soaks up the bumps.

What it comes down to is that you want to be comfortable -- to get around the farm, ranch or other large property easily without getting shaken to the bone. And with a minitruck you can do this. You can have quality and comfort -- and save yourself money into the bargain.

In our (humble) opinion, when it comes to choosing between a side-by-side and a Daihatsu minitruck, there really isn't any competition.

* With the exception of the Basic model, which does not have AC or power windows, which is why it is "Basic" ... and even cheaper.

Can I buy my minitruck without paying sales tax?

Whether we have to charge you sales tax or not depends on whether we have something called a sales tax nexus in your state. You don't have to worry about the details, as we figure all this out with our tax advisor partner.

We can determine whether you will need to be charged or not by checking your delivery address. (Yes, it's your delivery address, rather than your home address, which is relevant.) It is also possible that you may be able to buy without paying sales tax if you are purchasing for a business or if you have an Ag number.

So why don't you click here to send us your delivery address now? We will then check to see what the legal requirements for sales tax for your minitruck purchase, along with how much you will be able to save.

Can I tow my minitruck behind my vehicle?

The short answer to this is "yes", but read on to make sure you understand exactly which models this applies to and how to do it.

So, the situation is that you want to tow your minitruck behind your vehicle with all four wheels rolling on the ground. In other words, just in the same way you see vehicles like Jeeps being towed behind motorhomes on the freeway.

You can do this with your minitruck as well -- but only if your minitruck has the hi-lo range with manual transmission. Not all our models have this, so make sure you choose one that does -- check out the Farming, Jumbo and Dump models.

Hook up your minitruck and make sure it is in neutral, and that the hi-lo range selector is also in neutral. This way, the transfer case is not engaged, so you have a true free-wheeling situation.

Why get a to-order minitruck when I can get a 25-year-old one for less? 

The obvious answer is that a 25-year-old minitruck is 25 years old. It has already had a long, hard life on the road in Japan before it arrives in the US. How long will it keep running? You just don't know.

That's what you call false economy. Get a brand new to-order minitruck from Minitruck World, and you know it is factory-fresh with a whole life of use ahead of it. And, since you're counting the pennies, you can still enjoy the fact that it is many thousands of dollars less than any similarly configured side-by-side UTV. In other words, a brand new minitruck isn't just a great bargain -- it's also a wise investment.

Can you remove the speedlimiter for me?

Although minitrucks in Japan can be used on roads at highway speeds, they are usually used to move rice harvesting equipment, fishing gear, landscaping tools and similar on smaller, low-speed backroads.

However, minitrucks sold through Minitruck World for use in the US have all been speed limited to 25 MPH comply with US EPA Federal laws. Minitruck World will not remove speed limiters from the minitrucks we sell, nor will we assist buyers in doing so either.

Even at up to 25 MPH, users are expected to take care to ensure that their speed is always suitable for the driving conditions.

Do you sell used minitrucks?

Minitruck World focuses exclusively on providing the best way to source to-order, factory-fresh Japanese minitrucks from Daihatsu. We do not sell used vehicles. 

With the price of one of our to-order minitrucks being so much lower than the equivalent UTV, you can treat yourself to a brand new vehicle, while still saving thousands. So why not get started here?

Do you have any cool Minitruck World merchandise?

Great question! Let's just say not yet. But watch this space!

Can you get me parts for my minitruck?

We don't offer a parts service at the present time, but we will be happy to provide you with information for a reputable specialist Japanese parts supplier from whom you can order from directly using English.

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