Before you buy a Hino Rainbow bus in Uganda

by Edwin

Hino Rainbow
The Hino Rainbow is a medium-duty single-decker bus marketed by the Japanese manufacturer Hino since 1980. The range can be built as either a complete bus or a bus chassis. It was also available for the city bus for the minibus and the tourist coach for the minibus. Asia Motors (now Kia Motors) released as a badge engineered version called the Cosmos. It is built by J-Bus.

Before you buy a Hino Rainbow bus in Uganda

The HINO Rainbow is a medium-duty bus most commonly used in Japan as city buses or local tour buses. Given its intended use, these buses typically seat around 30 passengers in a linear layout with select models featuring fold-out aisle seats (U-RB1WGAA). Examples that were previously used as tour/city buses will also tend to include a full PA system as well as individual window curtains. Most HINO RAINBOW's can be found equipped with large diesel engines (U-RR3HJAA) and come with a choice of automatic and manual gearboxes.

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Buying foreign used Hino Rainbow bus from a local car bond in Uganda

In case you choose to buy a foreign used truck from a car bond makes life a lot easier to acquire yourself a vehicle. There is basically no need to go to Japan or order for the vehicle from Japan or any other part of the world. In short one just walks to the car bond and arrange for a purchase and within a short time, the car is paid for and handled over to you as the owner.

However, you can also find that some trucks have only cleared the cost, insurance and freight (CIF) fees only. So it would mean that if you want a Hino Rainbow bus then you will have to clear the rest of the taxes. You can find the CIF of the Hino Rainbow bus 1999 (that’s up Kampala from Japan) to be around $ 7,000 or more for latest models in very good condition.

However, the cost of the CIF can change due to year of manufacture, condition of the car, mileage and the dealer. Now the Hino Rainbow bus is more expensive as compared to most the cars we have discussed. In general, the Hino Rainbow bus can cost you around UGX 60,000,000 or even more for a premium class.

Importing a foreign used Hino Rainbow bus from Japan

Now this is different from buying from car from the car bond here in Kampala. Some people prefer to import their own cars directly from Japan or from any other part of the world. You have to follow a procedure similar to the one stated below.

Search and select vehicle to buy from Japanese Used Car Portal Websites. Send Inquiry for price, condition, etc of the truck. The Japanese Dealers will respond you directly by Email.

Watch out for fake e-mails as many scams may con you for money. After that you negotiate with the Japanese dealer for a conducive price that fits your budget.

Request for a proforma invoice, place your order and make payment which may be either through bank wire or VISA. The seller will inform you about the following things like the Payment Confirmation, Shipping Schedule, B/L copy, Original Document and then you receive the order in this case the truck.

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Alternatives of Hino Rainbow bus in Uganda

One of the prominent alternatives in Uganda is the Mitsubishi coaster. The coaster is very common on the Ugandan roads.

Availability of the Hino Rainbow bus spare parts in Uganda

Spares are readily available and affordable.

Reasons why people buy the Hino Rainbow bus in Uganda

People buy the Hino Rainbow bus for commercial purposes like for car hire purposes and public transportation purposes.

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Our verdict

The Hino Rainbow bus has also stood the test of time on Ugandan roads. It really deserves some credit. Check on the Masaka road and you will not miss out on the Hino Rainbow bus.

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