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HOW TO BUY A USED CAR IN KENYA SECURELY

Used Cars

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 Biashara.co.ke.

Procedures for seeking a Tax Compliance Certificate in Kenya

The following procedures should be observed by the taxpayers seeking TCC.

  • Application for a Tax Compliance Certificate shall be on the prescribed form “Tax Compliance Certificate Application Form” (Form TCC1). This can be downloaded from KRA website (at http:/www.kra.go.ke) or obtained from the nearest Domestic Taxes Department Station.
  • The completed TCC Application form should contain the correct Personal Identification Number (PIN). In case of limited liability companies and partnerships, the names and PIN of the Directors or Partners as the case may be, shall also be provided.
  • The completed Application Form should be submitted to the KRA station where the applicant is registered for tax purposes. An applicant who may not be conversant with his/her domicile station should seek assistance from the nearest Domestic Taxes Department Station.
  • The applicant shall ensure that all self assessment returns for tax obligations registered for are submitted and all outstanding tax liabilities settled. The same applies to directors or partners in case the applicant is a Limited Liability Company or Partnership.
  • An application should be submitted at least thirty (30) days before the intended date of use.
  • The TCCs are system generated and signed by the Station Manager, the Deputy Station Manager or the Compliance Programme Manager.

How to verify a Tax Compliance Certificate in Kenya

Tax compliance has become one of the major requirement for businesses to trade in Kenya. To subscribe to tenders and business opportunities, business and their directors need to be tax complaint.

A Tax Compliance Certificate shall be issued to taxpayers who are compliant with the tax obligations as per the tax laws. These obligations are:-

  • Filing of tax returns for the registered tax obligations
    Payment of the assessed taxes
    Declaring the correct income.

Before checking for your tax compliance, you must apply for it through the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). Once you apply, a number will be assigned to you that you can use to check the status of your tax compliance.

To verify or check tax compliance, KRA provides a tool called the Tax Compliance Certificate Checker which allows you to confirm the validity of a Tax Compliance Certificate (TCC).

The tool can be used even by third parties to confirm the tax compliance of a business or individual.