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Dealers decry proposed car age limit

Second hand motor vehicle dealers have rejected the planned reduction of age limit for imported cars from eight to five years.

The dealers have termed the plan as an attempt to deny Kenyans chances to own cars and warned that this could result to loss of revenue for the government.

Data from Car Importers Association Kenya (CIAK) shows that Kenya imports about 24,123 used units of motor vehicle per month and about Sh162 billion is generated annually.

The statistics further shows that 98 per cent of Kenyans buy cars aged between seven to eight years while 1.5 per cent purchase vehicles aged between six to seven years. Only 0.5 per cent of Kenyans can afford vehicles aged between zero to five years.

CIAK national chairman Peter Otieno said yesterday that by reducing the age limit, the prices of motor vehicles will increase thus locking out potential motor vehicle owners.

“We are going back to the old system where ownership of motor vehicle was for a few rich individuals, the price of vehicles will be too high and unaffordable to majority of Kenyans,” said Otieno.

He said people employed to work in the 400 showrooms across the country will be rendered jobless and the reduction of age limit is likely to lead to closure of some of the showrooms.

The association has accused Trade Cabinet secretary Aden Mohammed of failing to involve importers of motor vehicle in drafting the changes.

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