Where one cannot afford a new car, they opt to buy second-hand cars that have been used abroad but are still in good working condition.
Where one cannot afford a new car, they opt to buy second-hand cars that have been used abroad but are still in good working condition. [Photo/ Courtesy]

In the modern world, car ownership is slowly moving from being a luxury to a necessity, owing to the unreliable nature of public transport in Kenya.

However, despite being a necessity, arguably, it remains an expensive necessity that cannot be afforded by everyone. Even those who can afford it have to save for some time or buy it using loans.

Where one cannot afford a new car, they opt to buy second-hand cars that have been used abroad but are still in good working condition.

The issue of taxation is also proving to be a hindrance to car ownership in Kenya, with most people buying locally used cars or “third-hand” cars.

“Third-hand” cars come with a lot of risks and are not a guarantee to a good service to the buyer, hence he/she has to check several issues before buying the car.

Here are some of the things you should check before buying a locally-used car:-

  1. Mechanical Condition

Mechanical wellness is not all about an engine roaring to life. It entails all aspects of the car including tyres, body, the engine, and even lights. Most cars that lack mechanical wellness have been deprived of proper and timely service, and at times lack some basic parts.

As a first-time car owner, you might not be able to check all these. It is therefore advisable to have a trusted mechanic accompany you and test the car for you, before making a decision to buy.

2. Logbook

A logbook is proof of ownership and is verifiable through the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA). With it, you will be able to check some details such as previous ownership, current ownership and even the loan status of the car.

3. Loans

Several people lose their cars immediately after buying them since they bought cars that were used as security to loans.

If the seller is unable to provide a logbook, it means that it could have been used as a security by lenders.

A search on the NTSA portal will give you details such as vehicle make, model, chassis number, engine number, year of manufacture, name of the current and previous owner, address, and caveat.

4. Fuel Consumption

Buying a second-hand car means you do not have the financial muscle to spend a lot, including on fuel. Make sure you are comfortable with the fuel consumption of the car you are buying.

5. Vehicle History

Get as much information about the car as possible. Know if some basic parts like the engine have been changed, as this affects the efficiency of the car. Also, gather as much information as possible about a*******s.

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