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Many of us have fallen into the trap of car sellers/brokers who over emphasize on how the car they are selling has “low mileage”.

So why do most of us fall into this trap? We are accustomed to concentrate on the following items whenever they are going to buy a car:

  • Low mileage of the vehicle of choice
  • Color of the vehicle (mostly silver or white are common)
  • Model of the vehicle (Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen, Mazda etc)
  • Body & Tire condition
  • Condition of the vehicle (salvage, used, new)
  • Engine Size

Why do we believe what we are told without checking or investigating on the authenticity of that information? Here is a three step guide on how you can know if the mileage of your vehicle is genuine.

1. Conduct a quick interior and exterior inspection

This are the items you need to check on your vehicle to  make sure you dont get a raw deal.

  • Wear and tear of the interior floor carpet, door panels, roof panel and the seats.
  • Check for visible scratches in the trunk sill and the condition of the trunk/boot.
  • Check on condition of the gas and brake pedal.
  • Tire condition.
  • Condition of exterior body panels and presence of any bumps or scratches that may be alarming to you.

It is possible that you may forget to carry out some of this steps. It is therefore advisable to take a mechanic with you to assist you.

2. Check the dashboard area

The most important items to check on the dashboard are the following:

  • Condition of the dashboard, check for wear and tear.
  • Check if there are any screws missing or visible scratches and damage around the steering area. If any, there is a high possibility that your mileage was tampered with.
  • Ask for recent oil change or service reports. Mechanics usually hang them on the indicator knobs. The information on the leaflets contain last mileage during service and the mileage required for the next service to be conducted.

3. Check online for the correct mileage if it has been imported

The Kenya Bureau of Standards(KEBS) has mandated Quality Inspection Services Inc. Japan with the collection of data relating to all vehicles imported into Kenya. Apart from this they also offer a database with information regarding your vehicle. All you need is your Chassis Number/Vehicle Identification Number. If you have any issues finding where your VIN/Chassis Number is, this is how you can find it.

  • On your right/left passenger door
  • In your engine bay
  • On the bottom of your windscreen (in some models)

Use this image to find potential areas in your vehicle

Here is a detailed explanation of what each number and letter represent.

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Finally, once you have your VIN/Chassis Number, you can verify it on

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