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Buying a Second hand Car? Things to check.

We all get excited about buying our first car or even replacing the old one. In the heat of the moment, one is likely to skip at least one or two of the basic precautions. However, there is no sprain allowed here. We invest quite a lot in this venture, and we want no regrets.
Therefore, during this venture, whether you deal with a professional or an individual owner, always stay on your guard. In particular, a good review of the documents required for this transaction is imperative.

Documents Required to Sell a Used Vehicle in Kenya

We all can list the documents whose checking is essential while buying a used car in Kenya. But in life, most of the things we do come as an emergency or some bit of excitement, thus we tend to forget all the rules.
There is a number of mandatory documents and a checklist for them that are required in any transaction where a used car is involved in Kenya. This checklist is officially called “Certificate of clearance status”. Usually dated less than fifteen days, it ensures you are able to transfer the Registration Certificate to your name. It also helps when the vehicle is pledged for any unpaid credit by the seller.
A copy of the Original Logbook from the user is another important document that proves ownership. The car history, including the true ownership information, can then be checked online on the Online Logbook Car Search website. Just input the car registration number and other necessary information will be made available. Never trust that seller who only provides an NOC (No Objection Certificate) only because it can easily be falsified.

Car History Check & Vehicle Report in Kenya

Signing a sale without knowledge of its service and repair history is to set out for trouble. You will call it evidence, but it is often neglected on the ground. The service book, backed by invoices is the surest way to ensure that the maintenance of the car has been sufficient, according to recommendations of its manufacturers, and no bad surprises await you.

Otherwise, let things go your way and never settle for a mere statement from the seller about, for instance, a replacement of the timing belt, with no supporting evidence. To note also is falsified history, where it is now possible to print fake invoices. Call the garage without hesitation in case you suspicious documents.

NTSA: Motor Vehicle Search & Inspection

The NTSA can save your time and effort. From their website, you can get the list of documents to require for the transaction and download some of their printouts.

You can also ensure that the car is not pledged, using items that are listed for asking the seller. Also check for number and date of registration appearing on the car’s Registration Certificate, first registration date, name of the first holder, and so on. You can then print the document, or use another method of retrieval.

If you still are not sure of the deal, a phone call can save you a lot of hustle. Take the serial number and contact the manufacturer’s headquarters to confirm. You will be able to establish the true service history of the car, and hence make your decision with full knowledge of the facts.

Used Vehicle Technical Inspection Checklist

In the same vein, do not buy the car without having its technical control report in your hands. It is mandatory for vehicles older than 4 years and must be dated less than 6 months from the date of application for registration. This document informs you about the condition of the car, the safety elements like brakes and steering, and allows you to be alerted about possible anomalies.

authentic partsauthentic partsThe seller has no obligation to repair any anomaly, but at least you sign with full knowledge of these facts. This can help you decide whether to pay for mandatory repair costs or avoid them if you do not need them.

Some Tips when Buying a Second-Hand Car in Nairobi

It is a must-do thing to try a car before you decide to buy it. If you are buying it from a trusted second-hand car dealer, you will find little or no problems getting behind that wheel. On the contrary, while buying from an individual who shows some reluctance against checking, for instance, by claiming fear of theft or the car has an insurance problem, you have to go your way.

To start with, check the exhaust fumes for these tell-tale signs:
• Blue smoke reveals that the engine is worn-out, hence it will be consuming too much of your oil.
• White smoke will indicate the presence of water vapor, which may mean there is a worn-out cylinder head gasket.
• Black smoke should not concern you that much since the engine might simply dirty or out of good check.
The second thing to check is the steering wheel and the wheels. There should not be too much delay between the turning of the steering wheel and the turning of the wheels. If so, it may mean there is something really wrong.

Another area to check is engine noise. Pay close attention to make sure it is regular. Knocking noises may result from internal play between some parts. This can lead to even breakage or degradation of those parts. Clicks at the wheels when steering may indicate suspension arms failure.

A high-pitch whistle in the engine may be suspicious too. It can translate to a rolling bearing that can lead to the timing belt releasing. This might cause beyond-repair damage to the pistons and valves in the engine.

Good Luck.


Car Wash

Forms of Car Wash: Their Pros and Cons

We’ve all experienced this. You are too busy to notice your car getting covered in mud, dirt, and salt. Your car needs washing. But how do you decide which car wash best suits it? There are different forms of car washing, each with its pros and cons. Let’s look at the most common types of car washes plus what to expect from each.

Automatic (or Tunnel) Car Wash

This is the most common type. It employs the use of high power blowers, hoses, and brushes. You just need to drive your car onto one end of a conveyor system where the automatic washing starts. Brushes clean the car and then blowers do a nice clean finish as the car is conveyed along the tunnel in stages.
Pros: Incredibly simple and quick and this is great if you are in a hurry.
Cons: No human involvement means it may not always leave your car sparkling clean. High power brushes and blowers may damage the car’s paint job.

Touchless (or Brushless) Car Wash

This type of car wash does a similar operation to the automatic car wash, only that no brushes are involved. High power water jets are used instead. Cleaning chemicals are also used. Your car is also guided through a conveyor system, similar to the automatic car wash.
Pros: No damage to your car’s paint or other delicate parts like antennas.
Cons: It may not always leave your car spotless.

Self Service Car Wash

This is an older form of car washing, where you pack your car and use a high-pressure hose to clean the outer surface of the car. You can first use the hose to wipe out any dirt or grime, then soap up all of it, and then use the hose to rinse it off.
Pros: Great if you want to meticulously clean your car by hand. Also suitable if you live in an apartment that does not have a driveway.
Cons: Can be quite tasking considering you have to do all the work yourself, you also need to have some skills in car cleaning, else you won’t get the best results.

Auto Detail Car Wash

This involves taking your car to a car wash shop, where a professional washer cleans the car by hand. The washer normally offers to clean both the interior and exterior of the car.
Pros: Your car gets meticulous attention to every detail hence it left super clean in the end.
Cons: Can be a costly option, so make sure you get reviews before taking your car to that shop.

Your choice of what form of car wash to use at any time depends on how you balance the pros and cons to realize the best value for your time and money. Good Luck.


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