It has been said before that information is power and nowhere is this more relevant than when buying a car. Having the right information can save you money and get you a car that fits your requirements. If you are like me, then you are particular with your requirements. Things such as body color, interior trim, and the actual cost of the car matter a lot to me. I don’t want to buy a car and later realize I was shafted by a dealer and could easily have saved 300K had I imported the car myself.
Import from Japan or the UK
Over 90% of the cars sold in Kenya are imported either from Japan or the UK. These markets are highly transparent and much of the fraud we hear about is engineered by Kenyan and Pakistani middlemen. Buying a car from Japan and the UK is much easier than most people think and chances of losing your money are next to nil. Most car dealers in Kenya have never set foot in Japan and yet they import hundreds of cars every year and have never lost money. There is absolutely no reason why you should not buy your own car directly from Japan or the UK. It’s as simple as ordering a camera from Amazon and waiting for it to arrive at your doorstep.
How the Japanese Import Works
The process itself is really simple, cars in Japan are sold through auctions. The auctions are highly regulated and every detail about the car is recorded, from its accident history to minor details such as dents and scratches. The cars are graded using a scale of 1 to 5; where 1 star is the lowest grade and 5 star is the highest grade. Anything above 3 is OK but the best grade is usually 4 as it balances quality and price.
Empower Yourself with Information
Here at Topcar, we are driven by the need to bring transparency to the car buying process and to empower our readers. We invest a lot in research and we know that you can save anything up to 500k if you import your own car. I don’t understand why people are always in a hurry to buy the next car they see in a showroom, yet those cars are damn overpriced. Instant gratification is costly. If you have patiently saved money for a year to buy a car, then you can surely wait for a month for the car to be shipped.
If you are convinced that importing is the way to go, then write to us through firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0720-297-863 and we will put you in contact with the best Japanese and UK dealers. They have representatives here in Kenya and so far their services have been very good.