ZAMBIANS have been advised to be cautious when purchasing used motor vehicles from online dealers purporting to be operating in Japan.
The caution comes in the wake of numerous complaints from Zambian citizens who have been swindled or shortchanged by unscrupulous individuals running websites purporting to sell used motor vehicles when in fact not.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Public Relations Officer Chansa Kabwela said in a statement that the Ministry is aware of cases involving Zambians who have not had their vehicles delivered despite having made payment.
She encouraged people wishing to purchase used motor vehicles from Japan to contact the Zambian Embassy in Tokyo.
“All individuals wishing to purchase used motor vehicles from Japan are encouraged to contact the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia in Tokyo on Tokyo@grz.gov.zm for guidance on the legitimate sources to avoid loss of funds and personal inconvenience,” advised Ms. Kabwela.
She also encouraged Zambians to alternatively use the Zambia Postal Services Corporation which has signed agreements with a number of car traders in Japan.
Ms. Kabwela stated that the Ministry through its missions abroad has officially brought the matter to the attention of the relevant authorities in Japan.