Car thieves getting smarter, they are using donkeys to smuggle cars across the border

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Aug16
Police in South Africa have foiled an attempt to smuggle a stolen luxury car into Zimbabwe using donkeys to pull it across the Limpopo river. The suspects fled into the bushes towards Zimbabwe after their efforts to free the car from the sand failed, local police say. Last December a

Seven ways cities around the world are tackling traffic

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Aug15
Cities that are experiencing rapid growth face a variety of challenges, as they expand and become increasingly complex. Traffic is one of the most significant challenges: congested roads are a strain on the environment, the economy and the overall quality of life. Finding smart ways to keep cities growing is

Car market catches election fever

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Aug14
General Motors East Africa (GMEA) maintained market leader position but recorded the biggest drop in total sales units among the major new vehicle dealers last year when the industry’s total order book closed at a four-year low of 13,869 units. This is the first time sales have plunged since 2009,

Is it ok to drive on bare feet?

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Aug06
A part from hands, feet are the only other part of your body used to control the car per se. It is for this reason that most racing shoes are crammed with more technology than most normal cars. The right shoe gives racing drivers the perfect amount of feel and

Forget Public Likes; Earn Real Money Doing a Real Job as an Online Ad Mobilizer

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Jul24
Online Ad Mobilizer will find people selling Cars and encourage them to post or post on their behalf on magaripoa.com. You don't pay anything to join. For each Ad successfully posted you will earn 2 points(Ksh 2) a will be paid via mpesa every time you hit 200 points( Ksh

What are some cheap ways to improve a car’s performance, acceleration, and speed?

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Jul17
-Reduce weight. Don’t carry around a load of junk in the trunk. -Properly inflate your tires. Get a tire gauge, and check the inflation every few weeks. Proper PSI should be listed in the owners manual, or on a sticker on the door jamb of the dirvers door. -Keep your

How do you deal with rude people while driving?

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Jul13
Use it as a learning experience. You don't say why this person flipped you off, but if it was because of something you did while driving, use it as a reminder to drive more carefully. If you did nothing wrong and he was just being unreasonable, take comfort in the

Finally a New Modern ‘Smart’ Digital Driving License

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Jul11
Left to us by the British colonial government, the Kenyan Driving License still maintains its original texture, colour and ‘sisal’ feel. Other countries in the world including our neighbours Tanzania, Uganda and Somalia adopted modern cards that resemble an ID card, but Kenya refused to budge. That is about to

Why are there so few car accidents on the German autobahn(highways without speed limit)?

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Jul11
Frank's reply... I once asked this question of a kenyan civil engineer I knew who had worked on government civil engineering projects after studying in Europe. Her answer was enlightening: In Germany, if the authorities notice a significant number of accidents on a certain portion of roadway, they call in

What happens when your engine is driven beyond the redline?

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Jul06
Patrick says.. The higher you rev an engine, the more stress it will suffer. If you rev it beyond the redline, it may have a serious faliure. Luckily almost all cars have electronic rev limiters that restrict the RPM once it reaches a certain stage by cutting off the fuel

What is the difference between 4WD and AWD?

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Jul04
Calvin replies... Great question, as there are a ton of common misconceptions around the differences between (as well as recommended applications of) 4WD and AWD systems. There are many answers here explaining the differences between the ideal application of each (e.g. 4wd is better off road, while AWD makes for

What’s the best course of action if a tire blows at 100km/h on a passenger car?

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Jul03
William's reply..... Boom! Your front right tire blows and you're hurtling down the highway at 110km/h... The WORST possible thing you can do it what most drivers would instinctively do: slam on the brakes. When a tire blows, it introduces a third force to the vehicle's direction of travel, in

At what speed is a spoiler effective on a car?

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Jun30
John's reply.... Spoilers and wings are different things, and from the question, I think you mean wing. A spoiler is a device used to “spoil” any turbulent airflow and reduce drag. This is what you find on NASCARS. A lot of passenger car spoilers are just there for the looks

If your car is out of control and the brakes have failed, will putting it in the reverse gear slow down the car?

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Jun26
Do not turn ignition off. On a car made in the last few decades, this will lock the steering wheel. Don't try to go into reverse gear. On a manual car, you'll grind the gears a bit and won't succeed. With automatic transmission, interlock won't let you shift into R.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR review

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Jun23
In the past year, more than 500,000 people have become millionaires in the United States alone, and that rate is being outstripped by the Chinese. There are now more people than ever before who have the means to afford cars like this Range Rover Sport SVR, the first Land Rover

Each time you overlap, everyone in the queue silently prays that you end up in a ‘mtaro’

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Jun21
While we May trust that majority of the people are considerate, reasonable drivers, the truth is, there are some people who should never ever be allowed to drive …not even a donkey cart. We however can do very little about them, apart from painting their malice and hope they will

Do pedestrians lack road-manners?

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Jun11
We are all pedestrians at some point, so please don’t write back complaining of driver arrogance. And I’m writing this as a concerned citizen, having seen the situation both as a pedestrian and as a driver. Basic as they may be, these tips are meant to prevent you from becoming

What’s the need for cigarette lighters in cars?

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Jun10
I recently came across a meme, which questioned the need for cigarette lighters in cars. This is confounding, as most smokers carry lighters or box of matches about their person at all times. In any case, smokers make up a tiny portion of the population. It therefore, seems pointless to

What’s the incentive for insurance company employees to investigate car accident claims thoroughly?

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Jun07
Craig answers...... I often tell new investigators that our job, as an investigator, is to deliver on our promises.  At its most basic an insurance policy is nothing but a promise; the insured promises to pay a premium (there are some other promises in there) and the insurer promises to

You May be Using the Wrong Windscreen Wipers

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Jun02
The rains are upon us again and wipers are something you should be thinking about. You may find it hard to believe it but a while back people used to drive around with a cloth and when visibility was impaired either by dust or rain, they would get out of

Should you allow a diesel engine to warm up before driving off?

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May18
No. You should depart immediately, but slowly. This is true for both diesel and petrol engines. Idling a cold engine and waiting to warm-up before departing reduces the engine life. Why? Precisely because the engine shouldn’t run cold. Let me explain. When idling at, say, 750 rpm, the engine warms

What does a flashing check engine mean?

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May15
A flashing check engine light means an urgent situation with the engine. Depending on your situation, you should shut down the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. There can be many different reasons for the light, one of the engine’s sensors has sent a signal to

Good News! Uber is Accepting Old Cars

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May02
Uber has developed a new product which is now accepting old cars. To enjoy this product you will still use your existing UberX service app. The low cost product costing KSh30 per kilometre, KSh2.50 per minute with the base and minimum fare at KSh60 and KSh150, respectively, is cheaper than

Car Noises Magaripoa

5 Car Noises That Should Make Your Hair Stand on End!

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Apr27
Strange car noises are usually an indicator that something isn't right with your car, so here are five car noises you ought not to overlook: 1) Engine Compartment Hisses like a Rattled Cobra During Driving or After Driving When you hear a hissing sound from the engine compartment while driving

5 things you should never ignore in your car

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Apr24
Brake Fluid Change Have you ever changed your brake fluid? Most drivers never do, until their vehicle needs brake work and hydraulic parts to be replaced because of internal erosion. Following many years of service, brake fluid becomes contaminated with moisture-it’s hygroscopic (absorbs water from the air). This brings down

Oil Change

Oil Change: How to Service Your Car

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Apr11
So your car is due for service and you are wondering whether to call your mechanic, or drive to the nearest petrol station or perform the service yourself at home. The first two options are easy and straight forward so I won't talk about them; I also don't know your

Engine Overheating “Mzee gari yangu radiator”

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Apr06
Is your engine overheating? Most engines are designed to operate within a "normal" temperature range of about 800C to 1050C. A relatively constant operating temperature is essential for proper emissions control, good fuel economy and performance. But problems can arise that cause the engine to run hotter than normal, resulting

Should I continue driving if the dashboard temperature warning light is ON?

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Apr04
Driving with the temperature warning light on can increase the risk expensive engine damage! When the temperature light comes on, it means your engine is overheating (running too hot). An engine should not overheat if the cooling system is properly filled and is working normally -- even during hot weather

African Robocop

Meet the African Robocop

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Apr03
Can giant robots with a booming voice and monstrous arms be the solution to traffic disorder? It's already happening in the DRC. A small group of engineers, which built up the novel solution and is trying two robots at key junctions, thinks this is the way to go - and

When the Check Oil Light turns on

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Mar31
If the engine oil pressure warning light is on, it may mean your engine has lost normal oil pressure. STOP driving immediately and turn the engine off. The engine can be severely damaged if oil pressure is lost. Possible Causes of Low Oil Pressure Warning Light: A low oil level

What to do with the Check Engine light

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Mar30
Depending on the nature of the problem, the Check Engine Light may come on and remain on continuously or flash. Some intermittent problems will make the Check Engine Light come on only while the fault is occurring (such as engine misfire). The Check Engine light usually remains on once a

Why don’t they make airless car tyres?

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Mar29
Humwee NPT from Resilient Technologies and Wisconsin Madison research center on polymer engineering. Also Michelin does them. Airless tires have the advantages of Being pierce proof Lasting more, so fewer replacements are needed No need to inflate them Maintenance free Disadvantages include Higher weight to have same amortization. Not suitable

To get a van changed over into a matatu on a specific route, you needed to deal with the gang that set up the route or the individuals who run it, without which the matatu crew would be subjected to terror and harassment.

Changing Faces of the Matatu Industry

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Mar28
1966 BUSES VS MATATUS The old timers of Nairobi narrate with nostalgia of a period when there was an organized transport in the capital, a system that had clean buses that kept running on a timetable and could be depended upon even when it rained. The disarray on Nairobi's roads

What are different car brands known for?

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Mar23
AUDI Accelerates Under Demonic Influence Always Unsafe Designs Implemented All Un-informed Drivers Insulted All Unnecessary Devices Installed BMW Baba Mama & Watoto Brutal Money Waster CHEVROLET Can Hear Every Valve Rap On Long Extended Trips Cheap, Hardly Efficient, Virtually Runs On Luck Every Time FORD Fix Or Repair Daily Found

Uber raises cab prices

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Mar16
After a series of strikes by uber drivers complaining of low returns, the on-demand taxi technology giant has finally bowed to pressure. Below is the memo circulated to all their correspondents: As a technology company, our strength is that we can move and adapt quickly, based on what works best

Wheel comes off

Oops! When your wheel comes off

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Mar13
When one of the wheels "tumbles off" a vehicle going at speed, it reacts to this freedom with the eagerness of a circular millstone weighing in the vicinity of 20 and 40 kilos, spinning at in the speed of 10 and 20 times each second, and all the bouncing of

Crazy Driving

Driving in Nairobi is a test of will and one of many causes of high blood pressure

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Mar11
Driving in Nairobi is a test of will and one of many causes of high blood pressure. The only cities in Africa that have worse traffic and worse driving are Accra and Cairo. PEDESTRIAN PROBLEMS Then there are pedestrians, the ones who walk so slowly on the road that you

Odometer Fraud

So you have bought an 8yr old used car with a mileage of just 50,000km? Well, you may have been conned

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Mar10
So you have bought an eight-year- old used car with a mileage of just 50,000km? Well, you may have been conned. Unscrupulous motor traders keen on satisfying Kenyans’ quest for vehicles with low mileage are hoodwinking thousands of motorists by rewinding odometer readings. Known as “clocking” in the motoring industry,

Kenyans in Pain: Until they change their attitudes and learn how to drive

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Mar09
There is no denying that traffic gridlocks are annoying and cause road rage. Motorists hoot, sweat, make calls, curse, swear and throw tantrums as they inch forward or abruptly apply the brakes to avoid hitting vehicles whose drivers have dozed off. At such times, motorists blame everything and anything on

Bikers: bad boys, totem for rebellion, risk takers and very cool

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Mar08
From popular culture, literature, to the extensive movies and television shows, bikers have always been portrayed as the stereotypical bad boys, totem for rebellion, risk takers and by and large, very cool. With a history that dates back to the 19th century and largely dominated by men, biking, undertaken both

Show me the inside of your car and I’ll tell your character

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Mar07
Never judge a person’s character by the make of the car without looking inside. From the outside, the make, model, colour, extras and cleanliness only tell you how much money he has got and whether the water supply on his housing estate works. But the inside of a car? Aha!

The Lady, Her Fries and The Christian – Ma3 Drama

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Feb09
You are a prudent christian who fasts once in a while. You decide to fast. However, this fast unlike all others is different because you have to travel. So you pack your water which is your only companion during this time and you are good to go. You also pour

What the hell is Shell V-Power?

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Feb07
Is more costly fuel better for your auto? You've seen the Television commercials and recoiled at the pumps prices. However are top of the line fuels like Shell V-Power worth the additional expense? We took a gander at the science and dug-in more profoundly with an end goal to make

How to Apply for a P.S.V Licence

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Jan11
P.S.V Licence (Matatu) 1. Original Logbook and Photocopy 2. Application form XIV duly endorsed by a police Superintendent. 3. Obtain Advance tax receipt from Income Tax Office 4. Fees payable depends on passenger capacity P.S.V. Licence (Ordinary) 1. Original Logbook and Photocopy 2. Application form XIV duly endorsed by a

Carjacker Tricks Exposed: Number Plate Robbery

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Jan09
There is a new number plate hijacking trend. Everything happens very quickly. Carjackers follow you to a parking lot, after you leave your vehicle, they remove your number plate and wait. When you come back and drive off, they follow you. They then overtake you, displaying your number plate out

How to Replace a Defaced Driving Licence

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Jan04
Defaced Driving Licence 1. Application form XI 2. The Defaced Licence 3. Two Passport size Photographs of the applicant 4. Photocopy of the ID 5. Payable fees of Kshs. 875/= if the licence has less than 3 months expiry period or Kshs 375/= if the expiry period has more than

How to Replace a Lost Driving Licence

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Dec28
Lost Driving Licence Application for Duplicate Driving Licence is now on TIMS, available on the NTSA website. The National Transport and Safety Authority has replaced the old driving licence with the new Smart DL for purposes of issuing duplicate driving licences. How to apply Step 1 Go to www.ntsa.go.ke and

How to Apply for Ownership After Auction

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Dec21
Auction Cases 1. Vehicle inspection report 2. Sworn affidavit 3. NTSA Application Sign in to the online system(see how to log in) if you haven't signed up see How to register 4. Purchase receipts 5. Newspaper advertisement for sale 6. Warrants of attachment and sale 7. Specific court order (where applicable) 8. Lawyers

How to Apply for NTSA Change of Car Engine

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Dec14
Change of Engine, Fuel and Rating (cc) Log in to NTSA TIMS online system(see how to log in) if you haven't signed up see How to register After successful login, on the left hand column click on "Apply for change of particulars". On the right hand column click on 'create

How to Change Vehicle Body Type and Class

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Dec07
Change of Body and Class 1. Original Logbook 2. Vehicle inspection report 3. Application form XI 4. Copy of ID/ Certificate of incorporation /Business Registration Certificate 5. Application fee of Kshs. 1100/- being or Kshs. 500/= for duplicate logbook, Kshs 300/= for class and Kshs 300/= for body.

How to Apply for Change of Car Color

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Nov30
Change of Color Log in to NTSA TIMS online system(see how to log in) if you haven't signed up see How to register 1.  After successful login, on the left hand column click on "Apply for change of particulars". 2. On the right hand column click on 'create new' 3.

How to Replace a Defaced or Lost Logbook

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Nov23
Replacement of filled up / defaced /Lost Logbook 1. Original Logbook 2. NTSA Application form XI 3. Copy of ID/ Certificate of incorporation /Business Registration Certificate 4. A fee of Kshs. 500/- for filled-up, Kshs. 2,500/= defaced or lost Logbook 5. A police abstract and official / receipt for same

6 Things That Will Make Your Car Last Long

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Nov14
We have gathered best practices, amazing tweaks, and support tips to prolong the life of your car; [tweetthis display_mode="button_link"]How to Maintain Your Car [/tweetthis] 1. Buy petrol at reputable petrol stations Ask whether the petrol you purchase is filtered at the pump and if the station has a strategy about

Mashujaa Jamhuri Quotes

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Oct19
Magari poa wishes all Kenya a[tweetthis display_mode="button_link"] Happy Mashujaa[/tweetthis] Day, Enjoy the following quotes by Kenyans and about Kenya: “We’re small because when they took them (Africans) into slavery, they took the big ones.” – Mwanasiti, a Kenyan woman, accounting for the small size and height of Kenyans “In Kenya

How to Make Your Car Unbreakable

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Oct14
When the car is new everyone drives with care and pampers it like a new born baby; Then what happens after the first 60,000 miles? Being considerate shouldn’t stop after the break-in. Drive carefully consistently and your auto will reward you with longer intervals between repairs. This is how to

The Top 6 Proven Techniques For Saving Fuel

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Oct11
How you drive dictates how much petrol your vehicle will devour and over the long haul determines how fast your own car depletes your pockets faster than a gold digger. Luckily, there are a few very simple tricks that can help you to save petrol. When you start developing these

Surviving Night Time Driving: The Dos and Donts

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Oct07
Driving at twilight can be a daunting task to new drivers who are not used to the conditions. Even the more established drivers whose eyes adjust slowly to darkness find it difficult. (We can describe 'night' as the hours between dusk and dawn). Nonetheless, you can do several things to

Long Term Car Storage: Protect your car during long storage

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Oct05
If you are not going to use your car for over a month, store it appropriately to avoid unnecessary damages when you return. Follow the following steps to ensure your car remains in top condition:[tweetthis display_mode="button_link"]Protect your car during long storage [/tweetthis] ? Fill the gas tank to prevent condensation

How to break-in a newly overhauled engine

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Oct03
You just overhauled your engine and you don’t want to go back to your mechanic after a few weeks.  Or you’ve finally purchased your dream car, it’s brand new, zero mileage and now you need to keep it going at long as possible in top condition. Be patient during the

Killed by Interest Rates

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Aug11
Muiruri Gachoka took a loan of kshs 6million from Bank of Baronda in 1979. In 2014, the bank was demanding Kshs200million from his estate (possibly he could not survive the demands and died). Having borrowed at 14% interest to begin with, the interest was raised to 45% without reference to

Rumor: Car Thieves Clone Remote Keyless Entry Codes to Unlock Vehicle Doors

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Aug04
[tweetthis]Thieves hacking into keyless-entry systems to unlock cars.[/tweetthis] We got an e-mail warning us about thieves hacking into keyless-entry systems to unlock cars. According to the scenario in the e-mail, thieves lurk near the victim’s car with equipment that intercepts and steals the transmitted code from the key fob as

HowTo Reduce Road Accidents

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Jul14
[tweetthis display_mode="box"]63 Kenyans every week[/tweetthis] Did you know we lose 63 Kenyans every week to road accidents. This simply means we are our own worst enemies. Who causes them? the usual suspects of course: Speeding Driver distraction: eating, radio tuning, phoning, texting Drivers who are physically, mentally or psychologically incompetent

HowTo Clear an Imported Car: Requirements & Duty Calculation

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Jul13
Importation of second hand motor vehicles Duties and Taxes payable Import duty at 25%, Excise duty at 20% and VAT at 16% are payable cumulatively and in that order. i.e, Import duty is 25% of the Customs value (CIF) of the vehicle i.e. 25% of (Invoice value + Insurance +

Commuters’ Diary: Drama in a Ma3

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Jun10
I love traveling by PSV because you can never miss drama especially if you look for it. So I board this one and sit next to a fly guy. A fly guy for a seatmate on a long journey is actually like an epic book (which I forgot on the

Driving With the Hand Brake On: See What Happens

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Jun03
What happens when you drive without lowering the hand brake lever? When you drive with the handbrake you weaken its grip. The tension cable it may even snap making the hand brake unusable. How do you tell that the hand brake engaged? If you notice that the hand brake indicator

The 7 Steps of Buying a Used Car

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May27
What’s the process of buying a used car locally? STEP 1: view/test as many cars of the same model (viewing/testing different models will clutter your judgment and complicate comparison) STEP2: on the car you've liked and want to buy, ask to see the log-book (original), if the owner begins giving

The #Girl on the Passenger Seat of Jacob Juma’s Mercedes S500

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May26
Dear Cheryl Kitonga. This is one among hundreds of letters written to you that you might or might never read but nevertheless, I feel obliged to contribute to the raging debate so here are my few nuggets. One, I choose empathy. You are not dead yet so you still stand

Worn Out Brakes? Spot The Warning Signs Before Its Too Late!

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May20
Symptoms of impending brake failure Brakes operate on a hydraulic system; for the system to work effectively there must be fluid in the hydraulic pipes. If the fluid starts to leak from the system the brake pedal will feel ‘softer’ and will often travel further when pressed. If your brake

From 100 to Zero Without Brakes

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May13
What Should I do if my brakes fail? Total brake failure is rare, however, if you need to stop ‘NOW!’ use the handbrake in an on-off pumping motion, keep the release button pressed as you do this. If there’s time, change to second gear (Manual Transmission) and bring the clutch

How We Survived Labour Day Eve in the Wilderness

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May06
Initially Kenol - Kambiti traffic snarl up, but now spilling over to Karatina and beyond Kenol!! How a minor RTA between a lorry and a personal car brushing and the owners being stubborn to solve the issue amicably would cost hundreds night on the road with a blink hope for

The Will He Left Almost Caused Bloodshed

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Apr10
A father left 17 Camels as an Asset for his Three Sons. When the Father passed away, his sons opened up the will. The Will of the Father stated that the Eldest son should get Half of 17 Camels, The Middle Son should be given 1/3rd of 17 Camels, Youngest

Is it a Copycat?

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Jan05
An entrepreneur understands that it is innovation that makes his business exceptional. This is the concept of doing things differently that identifies the business in the mind of a customer. It doesn't have to be complicated. It simply means doing things in a new way. It can be applied in

Safety Tips for Girls

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Dec15
1) What should a woman do if she finds herself alone in the company of a strange male as she enters a lift in a high-rise apartment or building late at night? Experts say: Enter the lift. If you need to reach the 13th floor, press all the buttons up

Become a Car Salesman by doing nothing

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Nov09
Car salesmen were an exceptional breed of people, talented persuasive and with the stamina of a workhorse to move around trying to find a prospective buyer. But that was in the past, it was so once upon a time. If you still think you've to be exceptional and a marathoner

Speed doesn’t kill, really!

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Oct24
The whole idea when you leave your family is for you tocome back to them - speeding is dangerous via @SafeDrivingKE How dangerous is speeding anyway? here is a short breakdown: Longer Braking Distance The stopping distance is dependent on two factors: Thinking distance - It takes time before a

Who is responsible?

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Oct22
Somebody must be accountable for something, otherwise everybody's responsibility is nobody's responsibility. An entrepreneur understands the need to organize his business through clearly defined roles assigned to various individuals. The best way to achieve this is by preparing an organization structure.This ensures that he knows the work that should be

No More Oops! I sent cash to wrong Mpesa

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Oct16
Hakikisha is a new feature by Safaricom enabling subscribers to make sure the name of the intended receiver before money is sent through M-Pesa. This ensures that subscribers will no longer lose money by sending to the wrong number. There’s an average of over 12,000 calls to Safaricom by subscribers seeking MPESA transactions

Who are your customers?

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Oct06
If an entrepreneur sells to everyone and anyone, he'll most likely sell to none and if he doesn't know to whom he's selling, neither will he know how to. An entrepreneur understands that not everyone can benefit from their services or products. He therefore aims at reaching to a specific

Is your business viable?

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Oct01
If a business is not viable, it doesn't matter how interesting it is to the entrepreneur because even passion for it cannot amount to its sustainability. One of the most important standards that an entrepreneur must achieve is revenue generation. He must set targets for gross revenues and gross profits

Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain

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Oct01
The rainy season is one of the most tricky for motorist and will test your driving skills to the "t". However, it is during the same season that when you really appreciate the blessing of a car - a usable car for that matter. Here are a few tips to
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