The Mazda RX-8 is a sports car that was manufactured by Mazda between 2003 and 2012. It was first shown in 2001 at the North American International Auto Show. It is the successor to the RX-7 and, like its predecessors in the RX range, it is powered by a Wankel engine. The RX-8 began North American sales in the 2004 model year.
Mazda announced on August 23, 2011, that the RX-8 was to be discontinued citing the 2011 model as the last line of production. The RX-8 was removed from the European market in 2010 after the car failed to meet emissions standards. In spite of that, people still buy and drive them in Uganda.
Before you buy a Mazda RX-8 in Uganda
The Mazda RX-8 is known to represent the new generation of rotary sports. It has emphasis on both performance and comfort thanks to its unique features. The sports car design makes it seem that it's a 2-door beauty, but in fact it's a 4-door sedan that has enough room for 4-5 adults without sacrificing comfort. Its unique clamshell doors have a large opening so entry and exit won't be a problem. Under the hood, you'll find a naturally-aspirated rotary engine that delivers performance when you need it. It's available in AT or MT. The RX-8 comes with a rear-wheel drive system.
Buying a foreign used Mazda RX-8 from a local Ugandan car bond
There are a number of ways you can buy a Mazda RX-8 in Uganda today and one of the simple ways is through a local car bond. Here, every work has been done by your car bond dealer. All you have to do is simply pay for the car from the car bond and drive home. However, you can also find that some Mazda RX-8 have only been cleared the CIF fees only.
This would mean that if you want a Mazda RX-8 then you will have to clear the rest of the taxes. Alternatively, you can buy a Mazda RX-8 from a local car bond in Uganda with all the due tax charges and fees paid. All you have to do is to pay the whole price of the car and then the car is transferred to you as the new owner.
You can find the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) of a Mazda RX-8 that is from abroad to Kampala to be around $ 1,000 or even above as stated by the car bond dealers. The total sum of the CIF to Kampala Uganda can change due to year of manufacture, condition of the car, mileage and the dealer you choose to buy your Mazda RX-8 from.
Importing a foreign Used Mazda RX-8 from Japan or other parts of the world
In case if you prefer to import you own Mazda RX-8 from say Japan, the things would 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 Mazda RX-8.
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 Mazda RX-8 from Japan. For example a Mazda RX-8 2006 can be got at a price of USD 2,800 and will have a fee of Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) totaling to USD 4,910 to Kampala, Uganda with no Local taxes paid yet.
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. You will also notice the some of these charges or fees differ from other vehicles.
Some of the taxes charged by the Uganda Revenue Authority for motor vehicles include Import Duty, Value added (VAT), Withholding Tax, Environmental Levy, Infrastructure Levy, and Registration Fees.
The Mazda RX-8 stopped traffic with its distinctive looks when it was launched in 2003. Its futuristic design still looks fresh today, and gives the car an unmistakable appearance. It's compact dimensions are part of the appeal, but that doesn't mean Mazda has overlooked the car' detailing. Inside there are bucket seats, complete with rotary piston shaped inserts in the headrests, plus piano black detailing on the dash. The unusual four door design is more than just a gimmick. There really is a surprising amount of space inside.
Looking at the boot space and comfort, the Mazda RX-8 is a coupe that you could use as a family car. The interior is spacious with plenty of storage space, the instruments and controls are all well positioned in a style familiar to Mazda's more recent offerings like the 6. Prices are low and equipment is high, making the RX-8 an appealing proposition.
Mazda RX-8 complaints basing on model year comparison in Uganda
Mazda's rotary engine might look like a work of genius on paper, but in the real world its high fuel consumption makes it expensive to run. Parts are reasonably priced in auto markets in down town. Secondly, it has a low ground clearance level something that makes it had to go through upcountry roads.
The four-door Mazda RX-8 breaks convention with a rotary engine and distinctive styling. It comes with Smart looks, enjoyable drive, and practical four-seat interior. If you have those extra bucks for a super car the RX-8, then go for it..