HPI Check: How to Avoid Buying a Stolen Vehicle from the UK

Do you know how to check for stolen vehicles or even insurance write-offs?

HPI Check: How to Avoid Buying a Stolen Vehicle from the UK

Do you know how to check for stolen vehicles or even insurance write-offs?
HPI Check: How to Avoid Importing a Stolen Car from the UK - Insurance write off vehicle

Importing a car is always cheaper than buying one from a showroom, particularly used cars. As the demand for secondhand cars increases, some car importers look elsewhere to satisfy the demand while they gain a bigger profit margin. “Stolen BMWs, Range Rovers and bicycles found in containers bound for Kenya and Cyprus” screams a Daily Mail article. While this is last year’s (February 2015) news, the deed is ongoing and has been for a long time.

Now, anyone can fall prey to these unscrupulous deals if you are not careful. So how can you avoid importing a stolen car from the UK?

Pre-shipment Inspections

There are several inspections a car is supposed to undergo before it is shipped to its new owner’s destination. We listed the standard inspections a car destined for Kenya from the UK undergoes, in this article about the CIF cost of a vehicle. All these inspections should be verifiable; otherwise, the [...]

What to Look for When Buying a Car

Car Shopping Check List - Exporter of New & Used Vehicles from the UK
What to Look for When Buying a Car

Everyone wants to buy a car for themselves eventually but might be unaware as to what the qualities that they should look out for in a car are. In short, what does makes a car good?

Good cars are attractive, safe, fast, economical to operate, reliable, comfortable, and affordable to purchase. Some of these attributes may seem like a juxtaposition: is it possible to have a fast car which is safe? Short answer, yes. Long answer, the only thing that makes a fast car unsafe is a crazy, inconsiderate fool behind the wheel. A well-designed fast car can accelerate and steer away from trouble and brake to a stop from getting into trouble.

So what requirements fit the bill for determining what makes the absolute best car?


People are most attracted towards a car if the sales strategies and the marketing campaigns by the car manufacturers [...]

CIF Explained: 4 Charges Car Importers Ought To Know

The CIF price is the actual cost of importing a car, but what exactly does it entail?
A 2009 Discovery by Vehicle Exports
The cost of importing a car

The most common questions we are asked by our clients is “How much is the car?”, “What does that cost include?” or “what is the total cost of importing this car?”. When you are buying your vehicle from a car importer, you will notice the dealer will always quote the price as “CIF port of destination”. So today, we have decided to break down the CIF cost. This way you know exactly what is covered by these charges.

For normal importers, CIF is an abbreviation for Cost, Insurance, and Freight. In the automotive industry, this charge covers much more – the vehicle inspection charges. Simply put, CIF is the cost of importing a car. Although they are bunched together, these services differ from each other and they are provided by separate entities.


The cost, also known as Free On Board (FOB), is the actual cost of the [...]

Importing a Car from the UK to Kenya

Buyer Guide: The process of importing an ex-Uk vehicle to Kenya.

Have you ever wanted to import a car to Kenya from the UK but had no worldly understanding on where to begin? We have decided to help you out by providing you with the relevant information to ease your decision on importing a car from the UK.

There are conditions that have to be fulfilled first before a car can be imported into Kenya.

  • It has to be a right-hand drive,
  • The date of manufacture should be up to 7 years but not exceed 8 years
  • The car has to be shipped via Roll on Roll off (like a ferry)


2009 Nissan Pathfinder

Once all the conditions are satisfied, the following steps are taken to successfully import a car from the UK to Kenya.

Step 1. Visit www.vehicleexports.co.uk and identify the car you want to buy.

Step 2. Identify the Car that you want e.g. Brand name, Year of Manufacture etc. It’s [...]

Does RORO actually affect the cost of shipping your vehicle?

What really IS the difference between shipping your vehicle via a RORO vessel as opposed to a container?
Vehicles waiting to be loaded into a RORO ship. Image courtesy of World Shipping Council

Second-hand car importers to Kenya will now use the RORO vessels to ship their vehicles. The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) introduced this policy in June 2016 to curb tax evasion, after playing a game of cat and mouse with vehicle importers for ages. Initially, car importers had a choice of either shipping their vehicles in containers or through RORO vessels. We even advised our clients to use shipping containers for their cars, in our guide for importing used cars to Kenya. Hold your horses right there, what is RORO, you must be wondering, and how does it affect my overall cost of importing a vehicle (used or otherwise)?

What is a RORO vessel?

The Kenya Ports Authority defines a RORO vessel, which stands for Roll on Roll Off, as “a vessel, which has certain cargo decks accessible only by means of a ramp that is lowered onto the quayside and over which cargo is driven [...]

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