About Croton Motors

About Croton Motors

Croton Motors is a car dealership located in Karen Nairobi, Kenya.

We have been importing vehicles from Japan for our customers since 2005.
Utilizing the internet, our knowledge of Japanese auctions, and networks with domestic car dealers in Japan, we put thousands of Japanese cars at your fingertips. We then help you buy and import cars directly from Japan to Kenya at affordable prices stress-free. Our service includes locating your ideal vehicle, inspection, shipping, clearance, registration, and delivery to your doorstep. We also offer vehicle customization services depending on your preferences.


This seamless end-to-end service coupled with a comfortable payment schedule allows you to get a quality vehicle, make fantastic savings and avoid the nuisance and stress associated with car importation.


And now, to cater to the growing demand for locally available vehicles, we have opened a showroom along Karen Road, opposite the Waterfront Mall. Whether you are looking to import a car from Japan, purchase a new import already in the country or buy a locally used car, we will do our best to meet your requirements. We also offer local financing options for those funded by a bank, Sacco, or employer, as well as trade-in services.


The saying goes that a change is as good as a rest. Croton Motors previously operated as Jap Imports Ltd. We have since fully transitioned, and other than the name, our team and spirit of service remain the same.


We say Karibu Sana to our new showroom in Karen, and we look forward to meeting all your vehicle needs.

The Team

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Francis
Managing Director
Francis
Managing Director

Francis is the Managing Director of Croton Motors. In this capacity he oversees all business operations, offering strategic guidance to drive sales strategy and business generation.

He brings extensive automobile experience to this role, fueled by over 15 years in the field of ICT. Further, he reads and speaks fluent Japanese, having lived and worked in Japan for 10 years. This gives Croton Motors a unique advantage when buying vehicles from Japanese auctions, and negotiating with Japanese dealers and partners.

Francis previously worked for the Softbank Group in Tokyo, with his flagship project being the development of a B2C vehicle listing website (Trade Carview) which revolutionized online sales of Japanese cars to the rest of the world.

Before founding Croton Motors (formerly trading as Jap Imports Ltd), He established and run Excia E.A Ltd, a Japanese car import company that popularized Japanese auctions among dealers in the Kenyan automobile market.

He holds a Diploma in IT from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Media from the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Oita, Japan.

While not at work, Francis grows vegetables in Laikipia- both for the local market and for export. He also enjoys hiking, camping, planting trees, playing chess and watching nature programs.

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Sophie
Adminsitration Manager
Sophie
Adminsitration Manager

Sophie is the Admin Manager at Croton motors. In this capacity she handles vehicle logistics both for imports and local sales. She is also in charge of the day-to-day running of the company including liaising with clients as well as overseas and local partners.

Sophie obtained her bachelor’s degree from the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Oita, Japan. She later attended graduate school at the International University of Japan in Niigata, a place famously known as ‘snow country’.

During her 8-year stay in Japan she got the chance to interact with different cultures and travel to different parts of the world. Most importantly, working in Japan exposed her to the incomparable Japanese work ethic, from which she drew lasting life lessons. She strives to approach her work at Croton Motors the same way.

While not at work, Sophie enjoys jogging, hiking and camping with her family. She is not exactly sure when she crossed over to the ‘outdoorsy side’.  She spends way too much time watching baking shows with her kids, and trying out new recipes.

As far as dream cars go- she is still undecided but it has to be a car that won’t struggle with the numerous speed bumps on Kenyan roads.

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Grace
Sales Executive
Grace
Sales Executive

Grace is a sales & Marketing executive at Croton Motors. She has expertise in both importation of vehicles as well as local sales.  In this role, she acts as the main point of contact, matching clients with their dream rides while taking into account their personalities, desires and dreams. To reach a point of consensus she listens to the client, researches on all available options and makes recommendations.

She has a bachelor’s degree in International Business Management and is a people’s person. Her biggest strength is relationship management in order to satisfy her clients. Her greatest joy in the job is when happy clients recommend her to their family and friends.

When Grace is not selling you a car, she is spending time with her family and skating. She is an outgoing person and likes conversing with people.

She is working towards driving her own Range Rover Evoque and as we all know- this dream is valid!

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William
Sales Executive
William
Sales Executive

William is a Sales consultant at Croton Motors. He handles the local sales docket- all information and data for vehicles within the showroom, as well as those with clients. He provides information on locally used cars to prospective buyers, giving them the best available options depending on their needs and specifications.

He also advises importation clients on what is available in the auctions in Japan, and guides them on the import process.

William attended Egerton University Nakuru Town Campus and attained a Bachelor Degree in Sales and Marketing. He loves selling cars and has deep knowledge on the trends and updates of the Automotive Field.

When not at work, he likes watching football, listening to music, watching movies and hiking.  

His dream car of the moment is the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado TX-L model, an epic piece of technology that sets a high bar in the automobile industry.

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Patrick
Sales Executive
Patrick
Sales Executive

Patrick brings over 10 years sales experience to his role as a local market sales consultant at Croton Motors. He has previously worked with reputable brands such as Safaricom and Kevian Kenya Ltd.

Over the years he has developed a high sense of customer satisfaction and efficient marketing strategies resulting in organic growth and financial success. At Croton Motors, he is responsible for welcoming visitors to the showroom, showing them the locally available vehicles and going on test drives. He also receives and logs in vehicles coming to the showroom. He utilizes his vast networks in the automobile industry to connect sellers with buyers. If you are looking for a specific locally used car, or you would like to sell your car- Patrick will sort you out.

Away from car sales he enjoys watching religious movies, landscaping and travelling. Currently, his car of choice is a Toyota Cami – often underestimated but a fun car that can still get him out of any sticky situation.

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Sharon
Sales Executive
Sharon
Sales Executive

Sharon is a dedicated vehicle sales representative in the import department. Her main drive is to meet and exceed expectations, which she does by ensuring that she finds just the right car for each of her customers.

Sharon has an undergraduate degree in Procurement and Logistics Management from the Multimedia University of Kenya. Her training there gives her an upper hand in global sourcing and network development.

She is skilled at working under pressure and adapting new situations to ensure that her clients are happy. She attributes her success to customer engagement and understanding clients’ needs.

When not at work, Sharon finds pleasure in serving the community through Shield for the Young, a charitable community-based organization she co-founded that aims at promoting menstrual hygiene and girl’s empowerment.

At Croton Motors, Sharon will help make your dream of finding a car that suits your needs come true.

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Charity
Sales Executive
Charity
Sales Executive

Charity is a sales executive at Croton Motors. In this role she talks to customers, understands their vehicle needs and wants, and ensures that they are met.

She has a degree in Education Arts from The University of Eldoret and a Diploma in Digital Marketing. Her expertise comes in handy as she manages the company’s Social Media pages. She is outgoing and loves interacting with people.

Aside from work, she is a mom and enjoys spending quality time with her family, baking and having friends over for a glass of wine.

She would one day if not soon want to own a beautiful black Mercedes Benz G Wagon. A girl can dream right?

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Peter
Driver/Caretaker
Peter
Driver/Caretaker

As the company driver, Peter is in charge of all vehicle movement in the showroom. He is responsible for picking up and delivering vehicles to and from customers. He also takes prospective buyers on test drives and runs all official errands.

Around the showroom, Peter ensures that all vehicles are clean, fueled and ready for viewing by customers. He also ensures that the office space is clean and in order. The team relies on his agility and helpful nature to keep things moving behind the scenes.

While not at work, Peter enjoys going to the gym and playing football.

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David
I.T Consultant
David
I.T Consultant

David ensures all our company systems are operational. He also works on improving the Croton Motors website; making it easier for customers to find and use. Feel free to address him with any improvement suggestions or bug reports.

David is a Sysadmin, Digital Marketing and Search Engine Optimization expert, and a specialist in PHP, JavaScript, HTML and CSS languages.

An avid Arsenal supporter since 2002, David copes with this choice by listening to music, playing videogames, camping, hiking, learning new programming techniques and the occasional cold Guinness.

David’s dream car is the Lexus LC500, in red, but he’ll settle for a Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Partners (KENYA)

Unique Check Auto Garage

Car Garage
Langata Road, Karen, Nairobi

St Austins Service Centre Ltd

Car Garage
Details

Soneva Enterprises

Clearing agent
Details

Mitchell Cotts Freight - Logistics Centre (MT2)

Port terminal
Website

Regional Logistics Centre LTD.

Container Freight Station
Website

Forefront Media

I.T Support
Website

Partners (JAPAN)

Keihin Group

Shipping Company
Website

SEALS Co., Ltd.

Shipping Company
Website

USS

Car Auction
Website

IAUC Japan

Car Auction
Website

Autohub Japan

Logistics
Website

QISJ

Vehicle Inspection
Website

Yahoo Auction Japan

Car Parts
Website

Rakuten Japan

Car Parts
Website

Reviews

Victor Nkiiri
Received my car in perfect condition. Very low millage at 30,000 closest I have come to owning a showroom car. Very good service i received from Francis from beginning to the end.
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Timothy Okech
Jap Imports offers excellent services. I received timely updates about my Kluger, the car was shipped on time as agreed and all the charges were as agreed without any variations. The payments were made to KRA and receipts provided for purposes accountability and transparency. I highly recommend Jap Imports for anybody who would like to import a car.
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Abdiwahab Abdinoor
dependable and trustworthy team
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Eugene Wanyama
Very reliable. Top notch service.
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Timothy Okech
Jap Imports offers excellent services. I received timely updates about my Kluger, the car was shipped on time as agreed and all the charges were as agreed without any variations. The payments were made to KRA and receipts provided for purposes accountability and transparency. I highly recommend Jap Imports for anybody who would like to import a car.
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Antony Mwai
I have Jap Imports Ltd to bring in 3 cars (2 from Japan and 1 from The UK). The process was honest, swift and transparent. I have not heard any issues with this compnay or the source of the Vehicles. I would fully recommend Jap Imports Ltd to anyone.
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Sarah Chepkemoi
I had a wonderful experience with Francis, very professional. I would recommend Jap Imports Ltd to anyone especially for beginners who even have no idea of the type of car they want to purchase. The cars are low mileage and smooth ride plus no mechanical defects. Keep it up.
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Sylvia Makungu
They are very swift and experienced. I would say they are really good at what they do. They don't have any hidden charges! The car u see in Japan is what will be delivered. I could praise them a whole day! I met them online and no one gave me a referal, I read their profile,visited their offices n trusted them to get me a car, it took about 3months to get the car i wanted with exact specs and once identified in 6 weaks I had my car. Anytime I would recommend them to anybody, to date my car has nèver given me issues 2years down the line not even a puncture! Still using the tyres the car came with. Francis I say kudos! keep up the good customer service.
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123backspacetab
My experience with Jap import was fabulous! Dealt with them remotely which can be a challenge on itself but their prompt response to my numerous emails/calls did help ease this challenge. They kept me posted on each stage & were proactive in notifying me if there was any change to the schedule. Their website which was my first contact with them is outstanding & helped a lot when I was researching on the different CRV specs/models available in Japan. I would highly recommend their services!
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James Whistler
Highly reliable and efficient when it comes to prices and delivery time.
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Stephen Ngigy
It was a seamless process - from identification of available vehicles in the auction, bidding and finally processing the payment and shipment. The support provided during the whole process is fabulous and I did not know the car importation process can be that smooth and timely. Feedback on shipment schedule, port clearance and transportation to Nairobi was forthcoming and hence there was less anxiety. Finally, the car was received in the same condition as provided in the auction report. Francis' masterly of Japanese language also makes it easier to understand car details and conditions. It saves money and time, and finally once gets a perfect car. Keep it up!
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Ulrika Molin
My experience with Jap Imports was great! The information through the whole process was very good and everything went smooth. I am very happy with the car and highly recommend Jap Imports if you would like to import a car to Kenya.
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Nderitu Simon
Fantastic service, my Escudo and Toyota Succeed are here. Keep it Up JAP Imports.
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Andrew Ojodeh
Innovative web based tracking app,
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Croton Motors Advantage

Proven Track Record

We have been importing cars for close since 2005. We have thousands of happy customers to show for it.

Access to Japanese Auctions

We have access to all major Japanese auctions and as such will be picking your car from a very large pool. This ensures that we get exactly what you are looking for as opposed to limiting you to a few choices.

Full Service Record

We rely on the auction sheet to advise you on the real condition of the car, including its service record. We only buy accident free vehicles and concentrate on low mileage units.

Genuine Mileage

We do not fiddle with the odometer for any reason as we allow you to choose the mileage you are comfortable with based on your budget.

Six Months warranty

We give a 6 month warranty on engine, gear box and differential for all cars imported through us.

Auction to doorstep service

We do everything from buying, shipping, clearing, registration and other logistics up to delivery of your car to your door step.

Japanese language expertise

One of our biggest strengths is our Director, Francis, who reads and speaks fluent Japanese having lived and worked in Japan for 10 years. He not only brings a wealth of experience and professionalism from working in Japanese companies to the table but is also able to negotiate directly with dealers in Japan on your behalf if need be.