This is a topic that keeps coming up, and popular on all import forums.
MiniTruckCanada.com asked Carson from CarsonExports which insurance companies he’s been able to work with. Here’s his list:
- The Personal
- Facility underwriters
Getting insurance depends a lot on who you talk to on the phone. If you have other companies that you know offer insurance for right hand drive minitrucks and minivans, please let us know.
There are now a huge amount of variations of Mini Trucks (Kei Trucks) available from Japan. Body variations include Long Wheelbase, Short Wheelbase, Refrigerated, Freezer, Lift, Crane, Bike Carrier ….
Click on the links below to see some of the variations available in new Mini Trucks:
SUZUKI CARRY LWB SWB Dump Refrigerated & Freezer Lift Bike Carrier Cab Chassis
DAIHATSU HIJET Truck Dump Lift Refrigerated & Freezer Delivery
HONDA ACTY Truck Dump Lift Refrigerated & Freezer
MITSUBISHI MINICAB Truck Silver Refrigerated Freezer Dump Lift Roar
SUBARU SAMBAR Full Lineup
Even if you’re looking for a used Mini Truck these variations might give you some ideas for customizations of your own truck.
Kevin from Saskatchewan writes to us:
“I am a die hard Saskatchewan Roughrider fan and have done up my 92 Daihatsu to show my Rider Pride!”
RightDrive Parts & Service Center is now open and we are offering an oil change blowout that is too good to pass up. Read the rest of this entry »
RightDrive has a very unique mini on route. It is a ‘94 Sambar Dias Classic (VW) badged model with a rear crane. There are not many Sambars with cranes running around, especially in Canada. The crane is capable of lifting up to 500lbs and is situated right behind the passengers seat. It is also running a CVT auto trans with the supercharged 660cc 4 cylinder.
Expected delivery date: April 2010
Photo courtesy of Wheels.ca
Our friends at Right Drive were featured in “Driving on the other side of the vehicle” in the Dec 17, 2009 edition of The Toronto Star’s Wheels section.
Mark Toljagic talks about how imported vehicles from Japan are filling the needs of some Canadians faced with limited domestic options. He also discusses some of the issues surrounding the temporary banning of RHD vehicles in Quebec.
Read the entire story at Wheels.ca.
The relative light weight of a 2WD MiniTruck with no load can make it difficult to get out of slippery situations on ice or thick snow. Therefore a 4×4 is recommended for true Canadian winter driving through snow, sleet and ice.
Hondas and Subarus tend to do better in the snow because the rear placement of their engines helps with weight distribution and traction of the rear wheels. Those with Suzukis and Mitsubishis may benefit from loading sand bags, patio stones, cement mix etc. in the bed over the rear axle.
If you’re driving with a load of lumber, firewood or a deer from a hunting excursion, there shouldn’t be any issue.
Please share with all of us what YOU do to help with heavy winter conditions.
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“Thought you might be interested in 13″wheels for the Hijets. I found out that certain earlier Mazda models used 4 on 110 bolt patterns. In particular the 1980 GLS and the 1981/82 626. There are also some of the RX2’s and RX3’s but I’m not sure of the years for those last two. I lucked out and got a set of 13X5″ multi fit rims (possibly the last in Canada and possibly North America).”
You should always continue regular maintenance of all mechanical and electrical systems of your MiniTruck. But now is the time to check if you have any existing problems. If you do have any issues, it’s only going to get worse with cold weather.
Following is a list of items to check as you are winterizing your MiniTruck.
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