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Before you buy a Mercedes-Benz B-Class in Uganda

by Edwin

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class is a compact luxury car produced by German automaker Mercedes-Benz since 2005. Mercedes-Benz markets it as a sports compact tourer. It is similar to the A-Class, though bigger and with bigger engines. The European New Car Assessment Programme classifies it as a small MPV (multi-purpose vehicle). As of December 20, 2013, delivery of B-Class vehicles reached 1 million since the launch of the B-Class in 2005.

Before you buy a Mercedes-Benz B-Class in Uganda

The quality and comfort boxes are well and truly ticked, as are (somewhat unexpectedly) the dynamic and road-holding boxes. The B-Class has better steering and a far more soothing ride quality than you might expect. But the high price tag and lack of a seven seat option hold it back a bit, even if the available engine choice is usefully vast. Electric option is an interesting one, but most families will choose a far simpler petrol or diesel and just savour the boot space and that desirable badge on the nose.

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Buying a foreign used Mercedes-Benz B-Class from a local Ugandan car bond

You can use a number buy a Mercedes-Benz B-Class in Uganda today and one of the simple ways is through a local car bond. Here, everything has been done by your car bond dealer like shipping, clearing the taxes, the cost, insurance and freight. 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 Land Rover Defenders have only been cleared the CIF fees only.

This would mean that if you want a Mercedes-Benz B-Class then you will have to clear the rest of the taxes. Alternatively, you can buy a Mercedes-Benz B-Class 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.

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Importing a foreign Used Mercedes-Benz B-Class from Japan or other parts of the world

In case if you prefer to import you own Mercedes-Benz B-Class from say Japan or from Europe, 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 Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

You can find the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) of a Mercedes-Benz B-Class 2010 model (that is from abroad to Kampala) to be around $ 5,000 or even above as stated by the car bond dealers. The total sum of the CIF can change due to year of manufacture, condition of the car, mileage and the dealer you choose to buy your Mercedes-Benz B-Class from.

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 Mercedes-Benz B-Class from Japan.

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.

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General Mercedes-Benz B-Class reviews for Uganda

The B-Class Mercedes shares a front-wheel-drive platform and the same petrol and diesel engines as the smaller A-Class hatchback (it’s all technology that features on Renault, Nissan and Infiniti, models too). What the B-Class adds into the equation is space and a much bigger boot. In essence, the B-Class tries to exploit the gap in the Venn diagram where premium appeal, high quality, comfort and family-oriented spaciousness all converge.

Taking a look at the interior and design, you will discover that almost every surface is made of properly high-grade materials (as long as you don’t go digging too far down around the base of the doors or dash) and the switches and buttons are all solid and stolid to touch and use. The single column stalk, which controls the lights and indicators, may prove a challenge at first those unfamiliar with the ways of Mercedes, but actually it’s quite an elegant solution, and leaves space on the other side of the column for the gear-shifter on automatic models, something that really frees up some useful extra space on the centre console.

Getting into the boot, the B’s boxy, upright shape means you can make the most of every space. Fold the seats flat and you get enough space, which is a pretty remarkable for a car as short as this.

The EASY-VARIO PLUS system means that the rear seats can be slid back and forth to maximise luggage space, there’s a ski-hatch for long, slim items and an adjustable boot floor.

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class competitors in Uganda

Well, lets face it, the b-class Benz faces competiton from most of it’s Toyota rivals. Not because of the quality but because of its maintenance costs. Toyota hatchbacks like the Spacio, Raum, Allex have provide to be deep thorn in the B-Class’ share in the auto-market here in Uganda.

Our verdict

Believe it or not, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class is a class a head as compared to its rivals in Uganda. With the new design and technology make the Mercedes-Benz B-Class a premium compact MPV that majors in quality and comfort as well as space

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