You have been eying that car for the longest time with plans to buy it. Today, you are thinking of taking a closer step and are now looking for a used car checklist… This is your post because it outlines exactly what things to check and look for before and while purchasing a second-hand car from a private seller or public dealership in Kenya.Factors to Consider when Buying a Used Car in Kenya – 2020 Guide Click To Tweet
Buying a Used Car Checklist
Here is a list of the 7 most basic car features, factors, and things to know before or when buying a used car in Kenya.
- Car Model
- Car Type
- Driver position
- Fuel type
Description of the Used Car Checklist
Car Model: This refers to the different types of makes that range from Mercedes, Toyota, BMW, Range Rover, etc.
Car Type: Ranges from SUV, Hatchback, Crossover, Hybrid, Sedan, Sports Car, etc.
Driver position: Where is the wheel is located, only right and left.
Cc: This is basically the fuel-air ratio pumped to the engine by the cylinders Interior Range from leather, silk, all according to your preferences/
Price: When buying a second-hand car, it is not just about the pricing of the car, it’s all about car maintenance. If you don’t have the funds to service your car regularly and buy the spare parts and fuel it. That ain’t the car for you.
Fuel type: Fuel type ranges from diesel and petrol.
Mileage: Simply the number of miles covered by the car.
Transmission: Ranges from automatic to manual.Here is a list of the 7 most basic car features, factors, and things to know before or when buying a used car in Kenya. Click To Tweet
After you’re familiar with these specifications, look for a trusted car dealer. A car dealer should link you directly with the seller of the car with no brokers involved. After the car dealer has sent you the photos of the car you asked for, set up a date to go view the car with both parties present, and have a physical road test.
Negotiate with the owner about the price. After agreeing on the day of transaction/transfer, go with a trusted competent mechanic to inspect the car for you plus at least one friend. Do another road test together with the mechanic, your friend, and the seller on board. Take your time for this and don’t allow the seller/ dealer to hurry you or intimidate you. Go up hills, downhills, highway, bumped roads (to test ground clearance and suspension), off-road, etc.
Next, ask the owner to give you the original logbook and verify from it using his ID card that he’s the actual owner. After that log in to your NTSA TIMS account using your phone. If you don’t have an account then create one. If you have difficulties going about it you can go to the nearest cyber and get assisted. With the TIMS account, conduct an online search of the vehicle using its plate number. The search costs KSH 550.
Verify the NTSA online details with what is in the logbook. The search should also tell you whether the car has outstanding unpaid duties. Also, confirm the engine number and the chassis number of the car match with the logbook and the NTSA database. After verification and everything thing is OK then download a sales agreement form from the Google kra website and print a hard copy and fill in all the required details. Then after that head to the bank together with the seller and make payment through bank transfer.
Bank transaction receipts act as third party proof of payment. Avoid cash payments. Then next the owner of the vehicle should log in to their TIMS account and initiate an online transfer. The amount payable for that process depends on the car’s engine cc. Then log in to your TIMS account and accept and complete the transfer process. After you are done now the car is yours you can drive home and wait for not more than 1 month for your logbook to be processed by NTSA. Also, make sure the seller gives you the old logbook plus a copy of the sales agreement form because NTSA will require them in exchange for the new logbook.Top Buying Tips – A Car Buyer's Guide in Choosing the Right Car Click To Tweet