With all these car bonds strategically located along major roads going into the city, a choice of what car to buy could not be any harder. As you cruise by, windows half way down and Capital FM on the radio in your 1999 Toyota Premio, a bond will have a 2004 model on display at a price that’s not too far from what you bought yours last week.
Of course the numerous bonds also mean that one has various options to choose from, and various salesmen to disappoint as you hop from one bond to another until you find a deal within the budget. Finding a deal within the budget is one thing, finding the right car for that deal is the another.
Driving in Kampala is a very frustrating exercise. You have to look out for reckless bodaboda cyclists, taxi drivers that just want to kill you with their aggressive impatience, and now, you have to look out for the numerous potholes and half repaired roads. The potholes and half repaired roads mean that you have to take that into accountability when buying a car. We also have extravagantly high humps and curbs.
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A lot of times you’ll notice someone calculatedly going into a pothole; yes, going into one. Some of these potholes are so big, you drive into one, do about 10 seconds of 10 km/h and then drive out of it.
The biggest victims of these calculated maneuvers are drivers that choose greater ground force for speed. Mark X owners being the most affected. One can literally read the pain in these drivers’ eyes every time they scratch the car over a hump or on their way into or out of a pothole.
The Mark X is a beautiful car built and accessorized with great bumpers. These bumpers however make it an extreme low rider, a disadvantage on the bad roads but a great advantage for speed and maximized grip on the road.
All the above leave you with one viable option; A RAISED CAR. A mid range SUV, a Van or a sedan that boosts a certain more than average ground clearance. The state of our roads does not favor cars that sit at a certain height above the ground, if your son’s football cannot roll under your car and safely cross to the other side, your car just might be at a disadvantage with these Kampala roads.
What choices are you looking at? Toyota Harrier, Rav 4, Kluger, Nadia, Ipsum, Noah, Honda CRV, Nissan X Trail, Mitsubishi Pajero; all these are affordable options for anyone looking to comfortably glide through the city. On a more robust budget, one can explore Mercedes Benz’ ML, Land Rover, Jeep, BMW X3 or 5 and Volkswagen Toureg, Tuguan etc…
Author: Ian Paul Byamugisha
Ian Paul Byamugisha is a writer/author/novelist and car journalist. As a writer for Newslibre, he writes car reviews, cars news, tech news and anything that one might find interesting to read. Currently working on a spy novel collection titled “Arthur Vintage.”