Buying a car in Kenya is a huge move, it is not one that you jump right into. If you want the process to be less frustrating, here are a few considerations you should make:
Budget/ payment plan
Cars do not come cheap. For this reason, you have to think through the costs involved, including servicing, documentation, taxes and the likes. If you saved up for it, try and stay within the initial budget. If you are taking a loan, have a viable repayment plan so you do not regret your decision.
New/ second hand
This is a very important consideration to make. Most Kenyans prefer importing second-hand vehicles whose age limit was to be lowered to five from eight years. Most people find the importing option cheaper than purchasing from local dealers. Be in the know of import laws and bans and how they translate financially before making a decision.
Why you need a car
Determining why you need a car will help you make a lot of decisions, including the model of the car and the amount to spend. If you need a car for business purposes, say for ferrying your goods from Point A to B, focus away from luxury models. Instead, check the build and fuel consumption. If you need a car for your family, check on how much space the car comes with. If you want to make a statement, you have a whole range to pick from.
Once you have settled on a model based on why you need the car, do your market research. As you compare prices, make sure you factor in all the costs, pros and cons.
When buying a car in Kenya, make sure you buy models whose spare parts are readily available in the country. At the same time, make sure there are professional mechanics who can service you car when trouble occurs. You do not want your car to remain grounded for weeks or have to drive across the country whenever your car develops a mechanical problem.