How it Works

Honda Acty 770lbs payload capacity (900lbs pictured)

It starts with relationships

Our established relationships with English speaking Japanese auto-exporters ensures we get quality cars with no surprises. We also have great working relationships with multiple part vendors to provide full vehicle support.  

Getting our trucks

Our trucks are all personally selected from Japanese auto auctions by me. I use my experience having bought, owned, maintained, and sold over 50 different automobiles, a dozen or more motorcycles, and almost 20 CARBURETED aircraft to get the best vehicles we can. I search for the best trucks available at auction in Japan and send the auction sheet to my Japanese speaking export team located in Japan, to translate all vehicle information into English. After I review the translated information, pictures, and condition diagram we make a decision to buy or not. If the truck meets our stringent criteria we bid a fair amount on the carefully selected trucks and try to win them at auction. 

Our Standards

I don't need to sell these trucks I do it because they are cool, and people who enjoy them are cool. I don't want to deal with junk cars or junk people. Over 80% of the trucks I see at auction are eliminated for heavy rust, cracked windshields, corrosion, engine smoke, strange noises, or other pitfalls. Any cars that don't meet our standards are not bid on. 

Customs and Paperwork

All paperwork needed to register and title your truck in Texas will be included with your purchase. We comply with current federal and state laws regarding importation and sales of cars. For your safety and protection we have a dealership bond in the state of Texas. TWIC Certified, we are also a registered importer with Customs and Border Protection. All documents needed to register your vehicle will be translated from Japanese to English, have proper stamps, and notarization. Let us handle the hard part. We make it simple to register your new truck to legally drive on Texas roads. 

Parts and Service

After your purchase we can provide parts and service to keep your Honda Acty or Subaru Sambar running in top condition. We usually have common parts like air-filters, spark plugs, tires, wheels, some gaskets, and oil filters in stock. We have completed projects for our customers involving custom wheels and tires, custom upholstery, and exterior wraps. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly Asked Questions

 

Q: Are all the trucks manual transmission?

A: Yes, All 4WD trucks are manual transmission. 2WD trucks can come with AUTO trans, special order is required. 


Q: Are parts hard to get?

A: No, Subaru and Honda factory or aftermarket parts are easily obtained domestically or from Japan. 


Q: Can you help me find parts for my Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Cushman, China-Brand, or Daihatsu? 

A: No. These brands of mini trucks do not have readily available parts. 


Q: Can I trade you my RZR, Commander, SIde-by-Side, golf cart for an enclosed cab Japanese minitruck?

A: No Thanks, maybe try to sell it on craigslist. 


Q: How are the trucks street legal?

A: All of our trucks are 25 years or older and are federally exempt from DOT and EPA standards. The import paperwork is prepared properly and is included with each truck. The trucks  can be had with a normal blue Texas title, that can be used to transfer ownership in your state or municipality like any other used car. I don't title all the vehicles as most will be used off-road, but any of our trucks can come with a clear Texas Title. 


Q: How long can I expect my truck to last?

A: If maintained properly there is no reason your truck cannot last years or decades more. These are built to last.


Q. I found a japanese mini truck for sale from another seller and the price is cheaper than yours, how come?

A: I offer the cleanest trucks for the best prices. All of our trucks come fully serviced and ready to run. I personally select and win each truck individually at auctions in Japan. Each truck has between $500-$1200 dollars of maintenance, upholstery, detailing, parts, and paint and body work. We provide ALL import paperwork. Other sellers are selling trucks right out of the shipping container with incomplete paperwork. U.S. Customs can confiscate and impound vehicles not imported properly, BUYER BEWARE.  I'm sure you can find lesser trucks for lesser money. You won't be able to find cleaner, better maintained trucks, for less money.   


Q: Did any of your trucks flood in the hurricane or heavy rainfall?

A: No, fortunately our lot does not flood. 

   

Q: Where can I get my vehicle inspected for the VTR-68a inspection?

A: It is specific to each county, and local jurisdiction. This is a list of some of the nearby jurisdictions 


Travis County and 17 surrounding counties:

https://www.tcsheriff.org/auto-theft/inspections

Fort Bend County: 

http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=1914

Montgomery County:

http://www.mctx.org/document_center/Auto%20Theft/68A.pdf

City of Houston:

http://www.houstontx.gov/police/auto_theft/pdfs/68-A-Instruction-Procedures.pdf

Dallas County:

https://www.dallascounty.org/Assets/uploads/docs/sheriff/68-A_InspectionFlyer.pdf

Galveston County:

http://www.galvestoncountytx.gov/actf/Pages/VinVerification.aspx


Q: How do I get insurance to drive on the streets or putting around town? 

A: For street legal use, you would insure similar to any other car. Carriers that have offered quotes were Progressive, Allstate, Haggerty, and the Farm Bureau insurance. Due to the nature of the trucks, I've found some carriers deny coverage or consider them commercial vehicles, as they have the ability for a flatbed (Geico, Amica). This is not a complete list and can change so be sure you can get coverage before you buy. 


Q: Do you have a discrimination policy?

A: US Mini Trucks does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, cultural background, political beliefs, or marital status. We do however have the right to refuse service to rude people, disrespectful people, bad pet owners, and nincompoops. 

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