Buying a used car is an easy way of getting a car for your needs, especially if you have a limited budget.

The process is always easy but not so secure. With an increase in the use of classified, ecommerce and social media websites, finding a used car is as easy as clicking a button.

You will want to buy with confidence. Here are some steps that you can take to ensure that your purchase from a vehicle seller in Kenya is authentic. Take all the necessary measures to avoid loosing your money.

1. If you are buying from a Private Seller, make sure you obtain copy of the logbook (Proof of ownership) from the owner.
2. Go to NTSA and, with a fee of Ksh. 500/-, undergo a search for the vehicle. This ensures that the all duty has been paid in full. – Also makes sure that the car has not been stolen or used for something illegal.
3. Write an Agreement of Sale, which will be signed by you, the owner and a witness.
4. It is advisable to pay in the form of a bankers cheque, which will in turn act as a receipt.
5. Obtain a copy of the previous owner’s PIN number and a copy of his/her ID card (The more information the better)
6. Fill the Log Book Transfer Form.
7. Go to NTSA to register the changes on the logbook.
8. Pay the Purchase Tax and the Transfer Fee at the KRA.
9. Get your own car insurance.

Good news about the NTSA taking over the functions above from KRA is that you can do some of those activities online through the E-Citizen Platform. The NTSA is currently piloting a system that will centralize all vehicle related functions in the country. Check out the system here.

We urge to take the following steps even when buying from classifieds on