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Before you buy a 2009 Renault Kangoo in Uganda

by Edwin

The Renault Kangoo and the Kangoo Express are a range of leisure activity vehicles and light commercial vehicles manufactured and marketed by Renault across two generations since 1997. As of June 2016, the electric variant, the Renault Kangoo Z.E., is the world's top selling all electric light utility vehicles, with global sales of 23,219 units, since its inception in 2011.

Before you buy a 2009 Renault Kangoo in Uganda

Despite the fact that the small van market is very competitive, Renault had always known how to attract buyers due to the good compromise between price, performances and economy.

Thanks to the old Kangoo van that was a very good product, Renault had a very strong foundation to build up the new generation which has anything it needs to be considered a practical and efficient small van.

The new Renault Kangoo is available in Compact, Van and Maxi shapes offering a wide choice of body styles and engines which make it ideal for urban deliveries or other light transportations.

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Buying a foreign used 2009 Renault Kangoo from a local Ugandan car bond

You can find car bonds in Uganda specifically within Kampala from which you can buy your 2009 Renault Kangoo.

However, you have to do good research in order to find a reputable car bond or dealer who will be able to provide you with the van that will meet your needs and above all genuinely imported machinery into Uganda. You also to make sure that that the equipment has been thoroughly inspected, expertly repaired and backed by extended coverage options so that you're assured of the highest quality, productivity and availability.

You need to look out for prices and discounts. Local car bonds may not charge the same prices for the same van. Prices of a 2009 Renault Kangoo may be affected by mileage of the truck, condition of the truck, model, and year of manufacture.

A 2009 Renault Kangoo in a good condition can have a price of around USD 5,000 that is approximately 250,000,000 Ushs or above depending on your dealer. So this will also imply that you have to do thorough research and find an amicable truck dealer to sell you one that is in good condition.

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Importing a foreign Used 2009 Renault Kangoo from Japan or other parts of the world

In case if you prefer to import your own 2009 Renault Kangoo from say Japan, things change a bit. First it would require you to find a trusted dealer or seller in that regard, determine your specific car features and requirements, expected budget you plan to spend on buying the car and well calculated taxes to be paid to the tax authorities in order to clear Renault Premium.

Although Renault Premium are distributed and sold worldwide, they are mainly sold in Europe. You can get them in Britain, Germany and other countries within Europe. So in case you feel like importing one for yourself, at least those countries mentioned above shouldn’t miss on your list.

It is also very important to examine the truck upon arrival to check and see if all the 2009 Renault Kangoo components are included in the Renault Premium it was shown to you before buying it.

The taxes charged by the Uganda Revenue Authority include Import Duty, Value added (VAT), Withholding Tax, Environmental Levy, Infrastructure Levy, and Registration Fees basing on the CIF of the 2009 Renault Kangoo.

On arrival to Kampala, Uganda, you will have to clear the taxes at the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), apply and pay for a number plate and then the third party license.

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General 2009 Renault Kangoo reviews for Uganda

Considering the design, the radiator grille is placed low into the bumper. The big headlights look pretty modern and give the vehicle a purposeful look. Up front we also find a rugged plastic bumper which is fitted with two round headlights.

Moving on to the profile, the Kangoo features oversized wheel arches and sliding side doors which offer easy aces to the load area. There are also offered two asymmetric rear doors which open to an 180 degree angle.

Maximum payload ranges from 500kg to 800kg with load volumes starting at 2.3 cubic metres in the Compact and up to 4.6 cubic metres on the Maxi model. These dimensions will permit you to carry one euro pallet in the Van model and two euro pallets in the Maxi version. Unfortunately, the entire Renault Kangoo range is offered with only one roof height, which limits its versatility.

The Renault Kangoo interior looks pretty good and space is far from being a problem as there is plenty of leg and had room for both the driver and passenger.

The dashboard has a pretty interesting design, but still betrays the utilitarian character of the vehicle. The build quality is pretty poor too with cheap plastics and materials.

The good part however is that there is plenty of storage places for everyone and the cabin is fairly practical.

You won’t complain about the instrument cluster either, as it’s laid out in an intuitive way and its big gauges are easy to read. We especially like the dash mounted gear knob as it features an ergonomic design and offers a good grab, being easy to use.

Looking at the ride and handling, the Renault Kangoo rides pretty well, being able to deal well even with the worst surface imperfections. On the other hand, the body controls isn’t great, especially when you go into the corners with more aggressivity.

The Maxi version however has a more composed ride and handling than the compact models. On the other hand, the advantage of the smaller model is its superior agility offered by the small 9.7 turning circle.

On all models the power steering has a nice feel and offers a decent road feedback permitting you to control the vehicle pretty easy even when it’s fully loaded.

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Our Conclusion

More or less, the Renault Kangoo offers the same load volume as its rivals. The cabin is decent with plenty of room and an adequate ergonomy. On the other hand, comfort is far from being first class and the materials and build quality are doubtful.

While on road, the vehicle isn’t as engaging as other models found in this segment, mostly due to its big body roll. With the exception of the top of the range unit, all engines lack power and you’ll need a lot of patience to get your job done.

However, we’ll have to admit that we like the low fuel consumption and the comfortable ride.

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