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Kenya car ordeals

Thursday, 29 December 2011 11:18 Published in Expat to Expat Blog

- Buying a car in Kenya -

If you have been an expat in Kenya and you drive your own car, you may have experienced the hassle of having to find a car from one of the car bazaars or sale yards, e.g. along Ngong Road. If on top of that you are also a Mzungu(1) and even if you know something about cars, you may still have felt treated like a complete idiot. In my experience – even when showing off with my modest knowledge of cars – the bottom price a sales persons would quote for me, always turns out to be 100-200,000 Kshs higher than when my Kenyan friends inquire about the very same car. The irony is that even my Kenyan friends are never sure if they are being ripped off.

Pay for a car, get junk and a bonus beer instead

Tuesday, 20 December 2011 13:06 Published in Expat to Expat Blog

- Kenya is a free land -

Kenya’s capital offered opportunity and adventure – two things sadly lacking in Sussex. Fresh off the boat in Nairobi I borrowed a friend of a friends car to get about – a beaten up old Mitsubishi, a bit like driving a rusty tin can on four oversized wheels.

Keen to have something a bit safer to get around in, I started shopping for a car. I wanted a 4X4 – but found them criminally overpriced everywhere I went. I then dropped into a seemingly reputable land rover garage in Karen – which marketed itself as an official dealer and specialist in 4X4’s. The manager was polite and seemingly reputable and recommended I take the 2004 FreeLander for sale for Ksh700,000. The car was relatively young and they had a full servicing history which I took a copy of. I test drove it – had someone look under the bonnet, checked the chassis numbers etc and then parted with my hard earned cash in good faith.

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