Logbook Imitation and 3 Other Tricks Conmen Use to Dupe New Car Buyers

  • For decades, Kenyans looking to buy a new car have fallen victim to unscrupulous car brokers who, at times, end up conning them money running into millions of shillings.

    Fred Daudi, a car dealer, however, spoke exclusively to Kenyans.co.ke on how Kenyans can avoid being losing money while buying a car.

    He warned car buyers to do due diligence before buying a car – cautioning that the transaction could cost the buyer their hard-earned money or they may end up purchasing a stolen car.

    Here are four tricks that the conmen use to outsmart unsuspecting buyers

    Used Car odometer

    A photo collage of an Odometer and a Used car yard.



    Daudi revealed that car brokers were using sneaky ways to fake the car mileage.

    “Some brokers will lie to you that the car has a mileage of 10,000 kilometres only to realize later that it has over 200,000-kilometre mileage,” he told Kenyans.co.ke.

    He explained how to determine a car’s true mileage, “You can use Quality Inspection Services Japan (QISJ) to know the right mileage of the vehicle you are planning to buy.”

    QISJ is a free website where you enter the chassis number of the vehicle and it provides you with the vehicle’s true mileage.

    Apart from mileage, QISJ can also give you a vehicle roadworthiness inspection, vehicle history check and odometer verification.

    Bill of landing

    Daudi identified a new trick brokers use to sell locally used cars.

    “Nowadays brokers will take a locally used car to a showroom in Mombasa and lie it has been recently imported,” he cautioned

    He, therefore, advised Kenyans to always ask for the bill of landing to ascertain when the car was imported into the country.

    “The bill of landing will give you comprehensive information about the type of the car, where it was imported from and the date it was cleared at the port,” he clarified.

    Logbook imitation

    According to Daudi, a logbook is a most commonly used document to con naïve Kenyans.

    “Brokers will give you a logbook and when you scan, it gives the right description of the car as well as its owner.

    “Since you have done an independent search, it increases your trust in the deal, making it easier to get scammed,” he warned

    He added that some brokers will give you a cloned logbook whereas the real one has been used as a loan guarantor or is from a stolen car.

    On how to avoid logbook imitation he advised, “If you are buying a car in cash, make sure that you immediately transfer the logbook to your name. Do not fall into the trap of paying first with the promise of changing the logbook later.”

    When buying a car on loan, the logbook is left with the dealer but Daudi revealed ways you can avoid logbook imitation in such instances.

    “Make sure that the details on the logbook tally with those on the bill of landing. Most importantly, make sure when making payment, the recipient matches the one on the two documents,” he enlightened.


    Daudi explained to Kenyans.co.ke that you can do all the due diligence and still get conned at the payment stage.

    “Brokers will walk into a showroom and make you believe they are the owners of the whole establishment.

    “If you fall for that trap, you will end up paying money into their personal bank account and they vanish,” he warns.

    Daudi advises that you should never make a payment to a car dealer if the payment details do not match that of the business establishment.

    Imported Cars

    Imported cars being unloaded from a ship that docked at a port of entry.


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Beryl Onyango

Beryl Onyango is a CPA and economics degree holder who has dedicated her career to helping others navigate the complex world of finance. Beryl has spent the past 3 years working as a finance specialist in a fintech company and has 6 years of experience in finance, working with a diverse range of clients and industries. Beryl's expertise lies in budgeting, saving, investing, and retirement planning, but she also has a deep understanding of various other areas of finance. She is interested in financial technology and how it changes how we manage our finances. As a finance writer, Beryl has been sharing her insights and knowledge through her writing, covering various finance and personal finance topics. Her goal is to educate and empower individuals to take control of their finances and achieve their financial goals. In addition to her professional experience, Beryl is a lifelong learner, always seeking to expand her knowledge and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in finance. She is also a strong communicator, able to explain complex financial concepts in a clear and easy-to-understand manner. Beryl believes that financial literacy is the key to achieving financial success, and she is dedicated to helping others achieve their financial goals.

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