Japanese Mini Trucks also known as, 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.
Japanese mini trucks are being imported into the US for On & off-road usage. More than half these trucks are purchased by farmers and hunters, however they are not limited to just these categories. Mini trucks are also being widely used as school campus maintenance vehicles, on golf courses, in and around factories, in camps and camp grounds, as maintenance vehicles for large property developments and as an ATV/UTV alternative for the outdoors man, hunter, rancher, farmer and fisherman. Mini trucks are unparalleled when compared to all other off road vehicles.
Due to Japanese laws that regulate the surplus of the older minis, importers bring more used Kei trucks into the US than new. They are shipped from Japan by sea, in containers for sale at prices ranging from US $6,000 to $25,000.
The Japanese mini truck is a tiny but practical pickup available in 2WD and/or 4WD versions, with high/low transmissions, and electronic differential lock options, also. They all have fully a enclosed cab, windows, seat belts, windshield wipers, AM radio, cigarette lighter, heater/air vents, lights, signals, and get up to 40 mpg. Some are equipped with A/C too. They generally have 6 ft. long beds with fold-down/removable sides (dump and scissor lift beds are an option). The truck length limitation of just around 10’ 6”, makes all of these models into a cab forward design with the engine under the seats and bed.
They generally have 6 ft. long beds with fold-down/removable sides (dump and scissor lift beds are an option). The truck length limitation of just around 10’ 6”, makes all of these models into a cab forward design with the engine under the seats and bed.
We are currently selling All Makes & Models of Mini Trucks. Our Goal is to purchase vehicles with a very low number of miles. All trucks have heat and only some have air conditioning, which is a highly sought after option. Air conditioning is a rare however, imagine being in your air conditioned mini truck in the heat of summer while your friends are swatting mosquitoes in their John Deere Gator. The windows roll down, the bed sides and tailgate fold down to give you a platform to stack on, while still getting full use of the six foot bed.
These trucks typically go for a long time, it really depends on how well you care for them. They are shipped here straight from Japan and are not someone’s beat up unit, most are in great shape but please do pay attention to the grading system as that will give you an idea of the exterior and interior condition.
Exterior condition is rated 5 through 1 with 5 being Like New
Interior condition is rated A through D with A being Like New
Most trucks will get upwards of 40 mpg, will run up to 60 mph. They all have 4 wheel drive with a high-low range selector. You’ll love all the power packed into these great trucks! All Makes trucks have a three cylinder gas engine. With the exception of Subaru which is 4 cylinder. For those who don’t know, Daihatsu is the truck division of Toyota & Mazda's trucks are all made by Suzuki. They all average between 38 - 43 horsepower, which is directly applied to the wheels. These trucks will climb the most steep hill imaginable even while loaded down with firewood or sacks of feed without breaking the slightest traction because of the 4×4, differential lock (optional) and Low range gear selector all working together. Put it in high gear and you’ll be ready for the road.
For those who don’t know, Daihatsu is the truck division of Toyota & Mazda's trucks are all made by Suzuki. They all average between 38 - 43 horsepower, which is directly applied to the wheels.
These trucks will climb the most steep hill imaginable even while loaded down with firewood or sacks of feed without breaking the slightest traction because of the 4×4, differential lock (optional) and Low range gear selector all working together. Put it in high gear and you’ll be ready for the road.
These units will put to shame the best UTV & ATV's on the market. Compare the payload capacity, the axles, transmission, top speed, frame construction, hydraulic brakes, turn signals, and windshield wipers with washer, granny low gears 1 through 5 with Reverse and High range gears 1 through 5, to a Kubota, Mule or any other UTV and the mini truck will run circles around them in every single aspect. The axles, transmission, frame, suspension and everything else is designed for day after day use on or off road.
Diff Lock & Axle Lock Explained
The diff lock acts on the rear differential and makes both left and right rear axles turn together even if one wheel is not in contact with the ground and cannot find traction.
The axle lock button locks the front wheels to the front axle. It’s basically a free-wheeling hub system that you lock and unlock using the axle lock button in the cab, rather than having to get out of the vehicle to turn the front hub locks manually.
So, if you put the truck in 4WD but do not select axle lock to lock the front hubs, you will still have only 2WD.
If you are a Washington Buyer we deal with doing all paperwork for you along with collecting 8.7% Sales Tax.
All Mini Trucks less then 25 years old are sold for Off-Road Use only per Federal Law.
We can help bring any Japanese or other foreign imported vehicles that we sell into California compliance at an ARB certified lab. California has some specific requirements in order to be able to register an imported vehicle that was never EPA certified. So even if you buy a 25 year old vehicle from another state, California requires the vehicle meet EPA requirements for the year of the vehicle, and a smog test prior to registration. This cost can be anywhere from $4000, to $10000 for most JDM market vehicles. This cost is paid directly to the lab, we just help facilitate the process on vehicles that we sell.
Direct Import (or Gray Market) vehicles are vehicles that were manufactured outside the United States for which the original manufacturer did not obtain California or Federal certification. The EPA normally covers direct import vehicles under the ICI program, but if a vehicle is going to be registered in California, it needs to meet the California Direct Import requirements.
1967 model year vehicles and older:no modifications and testing are required to register the vehicle in California.
1968 model year to 1974 model year vehicles:California does not recommend the purchase or importation of these years of NON-USA vehicles, even if currently registered in another state. These vehicles require compliance with USEPA requirements in effect on the specific date of 11/15/1972. This provision when written, was considered by the California legislature as a gradual phase-out of very dirty "non-collectable" types of imports, as this specific requirement was understood to become increasingly difficult to meet. Today, this requirement, while not impossible to meet, would require testing expenses and modifications that far exceed most vehicles value and would make little sense from a collectors standpoint to attempt. Some limited exemptions apply to individuals moving to California with vehicles of these years registered in their home state for at least a year before moving to California. Contact us for more information.
1975 model year vehicles to the present:(EXCLUDING any vehicle obtained by a California resident within two years of its date of production) require a "Certificate of Conformance" issued by the ARB after a successful laboratory test. This test is administered to the same standards required of new vehicle manufacturers, and for the model year of the vehicle . However, unlike new vehicle manufacturers, as an individual you are not required to meet the full range of additional testing and equipment standards such as On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) requirements, durability testing, low emission fleet averaging, or Zero Emissions Vehicle testing (LEV and ZEV requirements). So while these standards reference what a manufacturer must do, when required by the Direct Import requirements they apply to individuals importing a used motor vehicle. Some limited exemptions apply to individuals moving to California with vehicles of these years registered in their home state for at least a year before moving to California. Contact us for more information.
Motorcycles and heavy-duty engines(used in trucks and buses) are required to comply with CA or USEPA from the date of manufacturer, no after-the-fact modification is permitted for products first sold outside the US market.
Diesel vehicles:1979 model year and older vehicles with original-equipment diesel engines are exempt from Direct Import lab testing requirements. Please note that any vehicle converted to operate on diesel fuel is subject to lab testing requirements if it is a 1968 model year vehicle or newer.
From theARB site.
Mini Trucks can be imported to the U.S. as off-road vehicles; however, they must be permanently modified to have a maximum speed of 25mph and be certified as meeting applicable non-road emission standards. They do not meet required North American safety or emission standards.Can you buy Kei trucks in the US? ›
Now, as you might already know, the United States forbids the importation and registration of any non-federalized, foreign-market vehicle that isn't at least 25 years old; a rule that applies to kei cars and most desirable JDM models as a whole.How much do mini trucks cost? ›
Mini trucks are amazing go-anywhere machines that are fun, durable, easy to maintain and extremely affordable (starting at $800 for a good condition 25 year old one and up to more than $5000 for those around 10 years old with dump boxes).Which is best mini truck? ›
|Tata Intra V30||₹ 7.30 - ₹ 7.62 Lakh|
|Ashok Leyland BADA DOST||₹ 8.72 - ₹ 9.25 Lakh|
|Mahindra Jeeto||₹ 4.38 - ₹ 5.26 Lakh|
|Maruti Suzuki Super Carry||₹ 4.73 - ₹ 5.93 Lakh|
You can legally drive mini-trucks as an all-terrain vehicle in all 50 states of the United States. They are widely used in farms, dirt roads, and private properties such as resorts and golf courses. Indiana allows mini-trucks on its public roads and highways with no speed limit.How fast will a mini-truck go? ›
|Mahindra Supro||59 mph|
|Honda Acty||60 mph|
|Suzuki Carry||75 mph|
|Subaru Sambar||87 mph|
The state of Texas does not allow the use of mini trucks on its roads.What kind of gas mileage does a Japanese mini truck get? ›
What is the Average Gas Mileage on a Japanese Mini Truck? With 45 mpg or more, the gas mileage is an advantage to the mini truck and makes it appealing for many purposes. This does not diminish the horsepower and they will climb a steep track even when carrying a load in four wheel drive.How long do Kei trucks last? ›
Average lifespan of kei trucks in Japan 2012-2021
In 2021, the average lifespan of light motor trucks (kei trucks) permanently returned in Japan was 17.63 years, increasing from 14.69 years a decade earlier. The average lifespan of regular trucks had increased as well over the last ten years.
Originating from Japan, a mini- or micro-truck is a very practical tiny and light truck, which fall under the category of sub-1000cc engines. Mini trucks are generally available in 4WD or RWD versions. They are typically used on farms or by smaller business to transport light cargo.
|Mini Trucks||Max. Speed||Tow Capacity|
|Daihatsu Hijet||81 mph||1323 lb|
|Mahindra Supro||59 mph||1620 lb|
|Tata Ace Mega||50 mph||1433 lb|
|Suzuki Carry||75 mph||1933 lb|
Mini truck, also called a micro-truck, are tiny but practical light trucks, available in RWD or 4WD version, originally built to satisfy the Japanese keijidōsha (軽自動車) statutory class of light vehicles. Generally they fall under sub 1000cc engine category.What is the capacity of mini truck? ›
DESIGN & BUILD.
|GVW / GCW (Kgs)||2545|
|Wheelbase (mm)||2350 mm|
|Payload (Kgs)||1250 Kgs|
|Body Option||Deck Body|
|Name of the Model||Mileage|
|Mahindra Supro Profit Truck (Mini)||23.30 kmpl|
|Maruti Suzuki Super Carry||21 to 23 kmpl|
|Ashok Leyland Dost+||17.6 kmpl|
|Mahindra Bolero Maxitruck Plus||17.2 kmpl|
Mini trucks are easy to drive, especially when used for short distances. This is why farmers and gardeners love them – great small turns on small premises. The pickup-like nature of these small trucks makes them good options for small-distance delivery.Are mini-trucks street legal in Florida? ›
(a) A low-speed vehicle or mini truck may be operated only on streets where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less. This does not prohibit a low-speed vehicle or mini truck from crossing a road or street at an intersection where the road or street has a posted speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour.Are Subaru Sambars reliable? ›
In terms of reliability, the Sambar is decent enough. Over the years it has garnered praise for its durability and affordability. Its popularity is reflected in the fact that Subaru is still producing this microvan.What engine is in a Mitsubishi mini truck? ›
It was powered by Mitsubishi's own 3G83-type engine, which was a 3-cylinder, single overhead cam 12-valve gasoline engine that hit its peak power at a lofty 6,000 RPM, with peak torque arriving much earlier at 4,000 RPM.Does Subaru still make the sambar? ›
Introduced in 1961 in microvan and Kei pickup configurations, the Sambar remains in production, now in its eighth generation — beginning with the sixth generation as a rebadged Daihatsu Hijet.How much weight can a kei truck carry? ›
Typically, Kei trucks weigh no more than 1,800 pounds and have a payload capacity of 400 to 1,400 pounds.
A person must be licensed to drive a kei vehicle. The registration costs $15, specific ownership tax is $3, and the kei vehicle is issued a license plate. Kei vehicles must follow the rules of the road and cannot be driven on limited-access highways or roads with a speed limit that is greater than 55 miles per hour.Are mini-trucks legal in Ohio? ›
A mini-truck is legal, however, for off-road operation. Ohio law does not address the operation of mini-trucks on public roads; therefore they cannot be operated on the public roads of this state.Are Kei trucks legal in Hawaii? ›
Kei-class vehicles are Japanese-made mini automobiles and they can only be imported to Hawaii if they are a quarter century or older. “So they are legal in the United States, but if it's less than 25 years, you're not allowed to import them,” said Department of Transportation spokesman Jai Cunningham.How long will a mini truck last? ›
Mini trucks will typically last around 150,000 miles when properly cared for. If the vehicle is mainly used for transportation and not carrying load it can often last close to 200,000 miles. When buying a mini-truck, the manufacturers usually include life expectancy as part of the vehicle information.How fast can a Honda ACTY go? ›
The Street could reach a top speed of 115 km/h (71 mph), while the four-wheel drive version only could attain 105 km/h (65 mph). Trucks received the HA3/HA4 chassis numbers depending on whether they are two- or four-wheel drive, while vans/Streets are called HH3/HH4.How many miles per gallon does a Subaru Sambar get? ›
|Engine Type - Number of Cylinders||water cooling 4 cylinder SOHC|
|Fuel Type||Regular gasoline|
|Fuel Consumption (60 km/h mode)||56 mpg US 67.2 mpg UK 4.2 L/100km|
|SUBARU SAMBAR 660 DIAS CLASSIC SUSPENSION|
There are several reasons kei car ownership is now so high. Gas prices are a large influence, and with a CVT and stop/start-equipped Wagon R achieving a staggering 58mpg on Japan's "10.15 Mode" fuel economy test you can see the appeal.Are mini trucks hard to get parts for? ›
One thing to keep in mind is that it will be harder to find some parts for a mini truck than for the common vehicles you see on the street.Do mini trucks come in automatic? ›
Capability and convenience, automatic mini trucks are perfect for personal and professional use in many different settings. Though most kei class mini trucks are fitted with manual transmissions, newer models are increasingly being equipped with automatic transmissions.Do they make new mini trucks? ›
Luckily, there are two economically friendly and capable mini trucks available on the U.S market today. One of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz which Torque News had the privilege to test drive, and the other mini truck, the 2022 Ford Maverik.
They generally have 1.8 m (6 ft) pickup beds with fold-down sides; dump and scissor-lift beds are also available, as are van bodies.Can a small truck pull a camper? ›
Weekend warriors love compact trucks. They're great for hauling small campers, boats, and motorcycles with maximum towing capacities ranging from 5,000 to 7,700 pounds.
Truck Height: 1835 mm/6.02 ft. Width Front Tires: 1305 mm/4.28 ft. Width at Rear Tires: 1300 mm/4.26 ft. Vehicle Weight: 1,010kg/2226 lbs.How many MPG does a Honda ACTY get? ›
The Acty comes available in a RWD or Real Time 4WD drivetrain that can be paired with a 4 speed automatic or 5 speed manual transmission. Approximately 45 hp is put out through a fuel efficient 600cc engine that can achieve up to 45 mpg.Does Toyota make a mini truck? ›
The Pixis is Toyota's kei class mini truck that has been in production since 2011. It is based on the Daihatsu Hijet, and is almost identical to the model.Does Suzuki still make mini trucks? ›
1st Generation Carry Truck and Every Van Chassis Codes.
Ford Motor Company in 1980 sold 77,375 Courier minitrucks, imported from Toyo Kogyo, Japanese maker of the Mazda, while GM sold 88,447 Isuzu-built LUV minitrucks through its Chevrolet dealerships and Chrysler marketed 18,416 Mitsubishi-built Plymouth Arrow minipickups and 44,640 Ram 50s through its Dodge dealerships.Which truck is best for hill station? ›
Tata Yodha Pickup – the perfect choice for hilly terrains
The Yodha Plus 1500 is currently the best pick-up available in the market. It is powered by a Tata 4SPCR TCIC 4 cylinder BSIV engine that belts out 85 HP and a Torque of 250 Nm. The ground clearance ability is excellent at 210 mm.
|Suzuki carry||10.6 ft||4.9 ft|
|Subaru Sambar||10.9 ft||4.6 ft|
|Mitsubishi Minicab||11.2 ft||4.9 ft|
|Mahindra Supro||12.4 ft||5.1 ft|
Many cars have reached a million miles with a few engines swapped. But it is extremely rare for a car to reach this mark with the original engine. That's why later when we will list some of our picks we are going to list some of these cars that have achieved this benchmark with only one engine.
9/10 Ford Maverick Hybrid
The Ford Maverick creates these incredible fuel economy numbers thanks to a 2.5L four-cylinder CVT hybrid engine with 191 horsepower. The Maverick is a truck with more than 30 MPG even in non-hybrid models and is faster than the hybrid version.
Newer light-duty pickups with Cummins, Power Stroke, and Duramax diesel engines have the best MPG for diesel trucks.What engine is in a kei truck? ›
Most eligible kei trucks feature a 550cc or 660cc engine, sometimes supercharged, due to Japanese government regulations on the size of a Keitora class. Combine this small, light package with 4wd and you have a nimble, fuel efficient but practical work truck.Are mini-trucks street legal in Florida? ›
(a) A low-speed vehicle or mini truck may be operated only on streets where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less. This does not prohibit a low-speed vehicle or mini truck from crossing a road or street at an intersection where the road or street has a posted speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour.Are mini-trucks legal in Colorado? ›
A person must be licensed to drive a kei vehicle. The registration costs $15, specific ownership tax is $3, and the kei vehicle is issued a license plate. Kei vehicles must follow the rules of the road and cannot be driven on limited-access highways or roads with a speed limit that is greater than 55 miles per hour.Are Japanese mini-trucks street legal in Ohio? ›
A mini-truck is legal, however, for off-road operation. Ohio law does not address the operation of mini-trucks on public roads; therefore they cannot be operated on the public roads of this state.Are mini-trucks legal in Virginia? ›
§ 46.2-916.4. Use of mini-trucks on highways. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person may operate a mini-truck on any public highway in the Commonwealth with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour or less.Why are mini-trucks not street legal? ›
This restriction is for safety reasons as most kei trucks can only make 65 mph which is lower than the speed limit on interstates. Also, mini trucks don't meet U.S road safety requirements and the older models use non-EPA engines that cannot pass emission tests for public roads.Can you register a mini-truck in Florida? ›
A low-speed vehicle or mini-truck must be registered and insured in accordance with section 320.02, Florida Statutes and titled pursuant to chapter 319, Florida Statutes. d. Any person operating a low-speed vehicle must have in his or her possession a valid driver license.Are mini trucks legal in Hawaii? ›
Kei-class vehicles are Japanese-made mini automobiles and they can only be imported to Hawaii if they are a quarter century or older. “So they are legal in the United States, but if it's less than 25 years, you're not allowed to import them,” said Department of Transportation spokesman Jai Cunningham.
Twenty-one states now allow Mini Trucks on specific portions of public roads. In Illinois and Missouri, Mini Trucks are allowed only by local ordinance. Mini Trucks must comply with federal safety standards for low-speed vehicles in five states (Illinois, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire and Tennessee).Are mini trucks street legal in Oregon? ›
They can be titled in Oregon, but cannot get registration because they were not primarily manufactured for U.S. roads or highways. Learn how to title your vehicle.
Introduced in 1961 in microvan and Kei pickup configurations, the Sambar remains in production, now in its eighth generation — beginning with the sixth generation as a rebadged Daihatsu Hijet.Are mini-trucks legal in Illinois? ›
Some states; Kansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Maine, and New Hampshire, require mini trucks to be classified as Low Speed Vehicles (LSV) and may require further modification or certification for street use.Are Subaru Sambars reliable? ›
In terms of reliability, the Sambar is decent enough. Over the years it has garnered praise for its durability and affordability. Its popularity is reflected in the fact that Subaru is still producing this microvan.What are mini trucks used for? ›
Mini trucks are generally available in 4WD or RWD versions. They are typically used on farms or by smaller business to transport light cargo.How fast can a Honda ACTY go? ›
The Street could reach a top speed of 115 km/h (71 mph), while the four-wheel drive version only could attain 105 km/h (65 mph). Trucks received the HA3/HA4 chassis numbers depending on whether they are two- or four-wheel drive, while vans/Streets are called HH3/HH4.Are mini trucks street legal in Maine? ›
A person operating a mini-truck must possess a valid Class A, Class B or Class C driver's license pursuant to section 1252. 2. Distance and road restrictions. A mini-truck may be operated only on a highway, road or street within 100 miles of the address at which the vehicle is registered.