The Informer (Monrovia)

1 February 2013

Liberia: 'Rogue Traders' Importing Toyota Vehicles - Users Urged to Be Aware

An independent survey conducted over the weekend by has revealed that a gang of "rogue traders" under the impression of doing business in the country are reportedly importing Toyota vehicles without the necessary financial backings.

Speaking in a rather aggrieved mood, one of the respondents interviewed one Mr. Stephen Kanneh, told journalists that these Toyota vehicles are sold without Custom duty obligations to the Government of Liberia, and there is absolutely no support for after-sales repair issues. "The upkeep of these vehicles depends heavily on untrained local mechanics that depend on "trial and error" technical manipulations.

Mr. Kanneh, who owns and uses the widely distributed Toyota vehicle brands, further expressed his frustration by urging other Toyota product users and would-be-buyers to be mindful, as some unscrupulous and criminally minded Toyota vehicle importers are importing sub-standard Toyota vehicle products into the Liberian market.

Besides, Mr. Kanneh said, these "rogue traders" are completely unconcerned with the sustainability of the vehicles they import, especially taking into consideration the issue of genuine spare parts. "They are completely irresponsible; for any event beyond the initial sale, they continue to import unleaded gasoline vehicles that are unsuitable for this market", Mr. Kanneh observed.

Mr. Kanneh said he has further noticed that some of these Toyota vehicles imported by these "mafias" do not only have spare parts, but also associated with heavy trouble shooting.

He further asserted that these side-walk mechanics often access non-genuine parts, which he said adversely affect the life span of these vehicles including their owners and users.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kanneh is alerting and strongly advising people and institutions wishing to purchase Toyota vehicles to be careful, as these "rogues traders" are importing vehicles that will create financial burden on the users.

The Management of Reelin (Lib), known as the major importer of Toyota vehicles in Liberia for several years ago could not be reached for comments. Investigation continues.

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