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
Operations Director
Sophie
Operations Director

Sophie is the Operations Director 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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Charity
Sales Manager
Charity
Sales Manager

Meet Charity, the Sales Manager who knows how to get things done. She is known for her exceptional leadership skills, her ability to motivate her team and her extensive knowledge of the car sales industry.
As a Sales Manager, Charity is responsible for overseeing the sales team and ensuring that thedealership meets its sales goals. She leads by example and is always willing to roll up her sleeves and help out when needed.

Charity’s sales tactics are unique. She doesn’t believe in high pressure sales tactics or pushing customers into buying a car they don’t want. Instead, she encourages her team to take the time to get to know their customers and their needs. She believes that building a relationship with customers is the key to
making a sale.

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 is an outgoing and interactive person.

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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Sharon
Sales Consultant
Sharon
Sales Consultant

Selling cars has transcended being merely a profession for Sharon Rutoh; it is a testament to her faith that dreams have no boundaries. Growing up in an environment where donkeys were the primary mode of transportation, she embraces the challenge of car sales with honor and determination to fulfill her clients’ needs.

Sharon is a certified supply chain professional, accredited by the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM). Her expertise lies in vehicle imports, leveraging her market knowledge and global sourcing abilities acquired during her undergraduate studies in Procurement and Logistics Management at the Multimedia University.

What sets Sharon apart is her exceptional customer engagement. She genuinely takes the time to listen and understand her clients’ requirements, budget constraints, and preferences. Building strong relationships based on trust and understanding is of utmost importance to her. By tailoring her recommendations and providing personalized solutions, Sharon ensures that her customers’ needs are met to the fullest.

With an outstanding track record of success, Sharon has established herself as a go-to sales consultant in the industry. Her dedication, professionalism, and remarkable conversion rates make her an invaluable asset. She envisions herself behind the wheel of a Land Rover Range Rover Vogue, the ultimate cherry on top of her automotive aspirations.

In her spare time, Sharon finds joy in serving the community through Shield for the Young, a charitable organization she helped establish. The organization focuses on promoting menstrual hygiene and empowering teenage girls.

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Kelvin
Sales Executive
Kelvin
Sales Executive

Kelvin Kiarie is a sales Executive at Croton motors, handling both the import and local vehicle sales department. He has a natural instinct of understanding clientele vehicle needs, exploring options and arriving at the perfect client preference as far as vehicles are concerned. His greatest joy is meeting customer needs in a satisfactory manner while achieving value for money for the clients.

Kelvin has a bachelors degree in Finance from The Catholic University of Eastern Africa main Campus, and an ACCA certificate from Strathmore University.

When not selling cars, Kelvin enjoys trading in the different financial markets, reading scholar books, watching and playing football, swimming, hiking, travelling and making the best cuisines the world has not tasted yet!

His dream car is the epitome of the automobile evolution in the 21st century, The Lamborghini Urus; a dream deeply etched at the bottom of his heart.

Ooh, he is an avid Chelsea FC fan too.

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Christine
Sales Executive
Christine
Sales Executive

Christine Karimi thrives as a Sales Executive in the exciting world of cars. In the fast-paced and dynamic environment of the automotive industry, she has discovered her passion for connecting with people.

As a Sales Executive, Christine understands that the role is not just about selling cars; it’s about understanding the needs and desires of individuals, guiding them through the process, and ensuring they drive away with more than just a vehicle—a satisfying experience.

Beyond her professional role, Christine is inherently social. She finds joy in building connections and believes in the power of encouragement and motivation. Whether it’s assisting a customer in finding the perfect car or lifting someone’s spirits with a few uplifting words, she sees the value in positive interactions.

In Christine’s journey, she has learned that success isn’t just about transactions; it’s about the relationships we build and the positive impact we make on others. She looks forward to continuing this journey, connecting with each of you, and sharing the enthusiasm that fuels her work every day.

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Luka
Sales Consultant
Luka
Sales Consultant

In the world where numbers dance and algorithms waltz, Luka Gitau emerges as the maestro, a virtuoso in the symphony of data. A distinguished alum of Egerton University, Luka dons the robes of Economics and Sociology, wielding the power of insight through the lens of statistics.

With a quiver of analytical arrows, Luka is a proficient archer in the domains of STATA, SPSS, and the harmonious chords of R-Programming. The digital tapestry of his skills extends into the world of programming, where he is an artisan of code and a sorcerer of software.

HTML, CSS, and JavaScript are his palette, painting the canvas of the web with the brushstrokes of creativity. jQuery, Ruby, NodeJS, and ExpressJS form the notes of his digital sonnet, while PHP and Laravel PHP weave the intricate patterns of his web wizardry. In the labyrinth of databases, Luka is a seasoned navigator, speaking the languages of structured information with the fluency of a polyglot.

Yet, beyond the binary expanse, Luka finds himself drawn to the terrestrial thrill of four-wheeled wonders. As a Sales Consultant at Croton Motors, he transforms his passion for cars and engines into an art form. His days are an ode to customer satisfaction, a melody of automotive expertise that resonates through every interaction.

In the kingdom of Croton Motors, Luka is not merely a consultant; he is the curator of dreams, the guide through the winding roads of choice. His love for the industry is palpable, a flame that fuels his commitment to providing unparalleled service.

And amidst the sea of dreams that automobiles inspire, Luka’s beacon shines brightest for the Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS. A car not just of metal and machinery, but a testament to dreams realized, a crescendo of opulence and sophistication.

Luka Gitau, the navigator of numbers, the architect of code, and the virtuoso of vehicles – his profile is not just a testament to skills, but a poetic saga of a soul intertwined with the world of data, code, and the symphony of luxurious engines.

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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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Felix
Accountant / Asst. Admin
Felix
Accountant / Asst. Admin

Meet Felix: Our Finance Maestro & Administration Extraordinaire! 💼

Felix is our talented accountant & administrative assistant at Croton Motors Ltd. With a background in CPA & a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science & Public Administration from The University of Nairobi, Felix brings a unique blend of expertise to our team.

While some may wonder about his transition from political science to finance, Felix sees a fascinating convergence between the two fields. He believes that political risk analysis plays a crucial role in assessing factors like political stability, policy changes, and geopolitical conflicts, which ultimately impact economic conditions. By leveraging his financial knowledge, Felix ensures that we incorporate these critical analyses into our investment strategies, safeguarding our clients’ interests.

He believes in integrity, professionalism, knowledge, & respect as key drivers in any career. Passionate about financial modeling & data analysis, Felix stays updated with podcasts on automotive, finance, & social life skills.

When you visit Croton Motors, experience Felix’s exceptional financial acumen & administrative prowess firsthand. Trust him to guide you through your car-buying journey with insightful advice.

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Nick
Social Media/Digital Marketing Specialist
Nick
Social Media/Digital Marketing Specialist

Meet Nick Likhanga, a versatile professional with a passion for creativity. As a Graphic Designer, 3D Animator, and Video Editor, Nick brings imagination to life, crafting stunning visuals and compelling content. With meticulous attention to detail and a keen eye for aesthetics, he consistently delivers exceptional work that surpasses expectations.

Nick’s journey began at Mt. Kenya University, studying Journalism and Mass Communication. He further expanded his horizons with a software engineering course at ALX, combining technical expertise with his creative talents.

As the Digital Marketing and Social Media Specialist at Croton Motors, Nick plays a pivotal role in establishing the brand’s online presence and driving growth. Through strategic planning, innovative content creation, and data-driven analysis, he ensures Croton Motors remains at the forefront of the automotive industry.

Outside of work, Nick is an ardent supporter of Arsenal and enjoys indulging in reading and exploring cinema. With his diverse skill set and unwavering dedication, Nick continues to make a mark in the digital landscape, contributing to Croton Motors’ success and connecting with customers in the ever-evolving world of digital marketing.

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David
I.T Consultant
David
I.T Consultant

David ensures all our company systems are operational. 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

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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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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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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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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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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James Whistler
Highly reliable and efficient when it comes to prices and delivery time.
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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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Eugene Wanyama
Very reliable. Top notch service.
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Andrew Ojodeh
Innovative web based tracking app,
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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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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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Abdiwahab Abdinoor
dependable and trustworthy team
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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.