Thoughts and news about the automotive industry
22 May 2019
Buying a car import used to mean having the cash to pay for it. So we approached the Kenyan banks to set up finance partnerships which would allow our clients to apply for finance for the cars they buy with us. Now NIC Bank, CBA and I&M Bank will offer up to 80% finance to help you spread the payments of your car. No additional security required
22 May 2019
The time it takes to import a car can vary widely between the different people you speak to. It can be so unhelpful when people make promises that aren’t realistic. At MHH International we believe in being clear from the outset so you can plan your life around that. So here it is, in a simple understandable format.
16 May 2019
One aspect of the automotive world that concerns us here at MHH International as much as it concerns every other car owner is the matter of vehicle theft. It seems as if no sooner than car manufacturers develop some form of additional security, so the criminal fraternity get one jump ahead of them. Just recently, though car brands have been working on further ways to secure our cars and make ownership more of a personal identity in the sense of our automotive lifestyle. They are developing the digital smartphone car key.
15 May 2019
To be sure you are saving every dollar you can when importing a car, you need to know about UK VAT reclaim for exports. The biggest single saving you can make is buying a car VAT free from the UK. You can get a 20% saving off the advertised price of a car if it is a ‘gross vat qualifying’ car. This means it has been owned by a business and not privately in its life. But not all vat qualifying cars are advertised as such and many dealers are not prepared to reclaim the VAT for you.
14 May 2019
When choosing your next car, buying the best car for your money is the top priority. But buying your next car is a leap of faith. How can you be certain the car is genuine and hasn’t been clocked?
09 May 2019
Getting the best deal for your money can feel like an overwhelming task when buying an import car. When importing your car, you have the world at your feet, but the work is very involved. We have some essentials checks that will help you to know you are getting the best deal for your car.
07 May 2019
Everyone has heard stories about bad experiences with car imports. If you’re not convinced that buying locally is getting you the best car your money can buy, then you should allow a reputable importer help you to import your next car for you.
02 May 2019
Whether we like it or not electricity will be the primary source of automotive power and performance over the next decade, unless someone comes up with a miracle form of energy to replace the oil-based fossil fuels of today. All manufacturers seem to working towards this aim and Audi is no exception.
24 April 2019
Quotes from car importers vary significantly from each other which can be very confusing and even misleading. Some seem very low, but aren’t including anything other than the cost of your car. Knowing the costs of importing a car makes the experience much easier to understand. This check list shows you the seven key fixed and optional costs you need to know about so you can confidently compare the quotes you are given and know the questions to ask to see you final costs from each importer.
23 April 2019
The window to import a car older than 5 years is closing very fast. The deadline for 2012 – 2014 cars to be imported has been set as 1st July 2019. After then car imports must be 5 years or younger. So, if you have been planning on importing a 6 / 7 year old car, you have just this week to buy it from the UK or Japan to be sure the boat will reach Mombasa ahead of the deadline.
18 April 2019
With the rise of the ubiquitous SUV the motoring world has witnessed the slow decline in popularity of the large family hatchback and saloon. Whether with a traditional boot or a rising hatch this sector of cars, once so familiar on our roads, are something of a rare breed now and in many ways that is a shame. Therefore it is good to see that the French manufacturer Peugeot has not yet given up on this type of model and have introduced the 508 Fastback, seen here in range-topping GT guise. MHH are pleased to say we have driven this car at some length and found it to be a truly excellent vehicle.
15 April 2019
The window to import a car older than 5 years is closing very fast. The deadline for 2012 – 2014 cars to be imported has been set as 1st July 2019. After then car imports must be 5 years or younger. So, if you have been planning on importing a 6 / 7 year old car, you have two weeks to buy it from the UK or Japan to be sure the boat will reach Mombasa ahead of the deadline.
11 April 2019
Most people are put off importing a car because of the worry about being mis-sold your car. But if you could feel 100% confident that your imported car was definitely going to be a genuine showroom quality car, wouldn’t that make importing so much easier? At MHH International we have heard all the stories, and know that trust is critical to confident, stress free car importing.
08 April 2019
The SUV bandwagon rolls on, seemingly unstoppable. Mercedes-Benz have now taken the sector another stage further with, it has be said, the rather exciting performance-based Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+, packed with even more power and precision, yet with just 212g/km of emissions.
29 March 2019
No sooner does one automotive advance take place when another one follows on right behind, like buses. The latest breakthrough is for electric cars. A company called GKN Automotive has, hot off the press, introduced yet another world first; an EV with a two-speed transmission and torque vectoring on the front axle.
08 March 2019
The science of electric cars has moved forward substantially in the last couple of years and, up to a point, range anxiety is not quite what it was. It seems like new battery technology is coming on fast to deliver more miles per charge. Sadly the world’s EV public charging infrastructure has not followed suit and it remains an issue unless the car can be charged at home or at work.
24 February 2019
The jury remains constantly out on the name of this car which fails to capture any Italian magic or flair but, after all, it is just a name. The Lamborghini Urus, considered to be the first Super Sport Utility Vehicle (SSUV), although don’t let Bentley hear you say it, creates yet another new niche in the luxury segment. To be fair, it is astonishingly good for such a large vehicle, offering power, performance and excellent driving dynamics on and off road.
21 February 2019
Once in a while a car comes along that leaves lasting lingering memories in the minds of car enthusiasts. Supra is one such name and now it’s back. The all-new Toyota GR Supra, the fifth generation of the Japanese brand’s legendary sports car, is the first global model to be produced by Toyota Gazoo Racing. With much fanfare the car made its debut last month to instant acclaim.
26 January 2019
Not a new model to the forecourts, the Aston Martin Vanquish has been consistently a top seller for the brand and it is easy to see why. The British manufacturer turned up the dial to a maximum ten when it created the recent Vanquish S. It truly is the ultimate GT car.
08 January 2019
The Range Rover Evoque from Land Rover could be said to be the first SUV of its type to drag the mud-plugger of old into the modern world of mainstream motoring. It is one of the brand’s best sellers and deservedly so, but times move on and the new Range Rover Evoque has now made a first public appearance.
06 December 2018
Over just a few short decades the Skoda name has been transformed from a butt of jokes to a tried and trusted brand, backed up by the might of Volkswagen. With a length of nearly five metres, five or seven seats and the largest boot within its class, the tried and tested Skoda Kodiaq is the Czech brand’s largest SUV and it has proved to be a great all-rounder, built for every terrain.
21 November 2018
2019 will see some interesting new cars coming to market, not least the Skoda Kodiaq, which has now been revealed in GT form, making it arguably the biggest performance SUV. Right now though the merits of autonomous car technology are still under discussion and Ford have announced their latest breakthrough, further heralding the arrival of the true driverless car.