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Before you buy a Nissan Navara pick-Up in Uganda

by Edwin

The Nissan Navara is the name for the D22 and D40 generations of Nissan pickup trucks sold in Asia and Europe; and the name for all generations of the vehicles in Australia. In North, Central and South America it is sold as the Nissan Frontier. The D22 line began in 1997, replacing the D21 Nissan Navara truck.

Before you buy a Nissan Navara pick-Up in Uganda

If you're looking for a one-tonne 4x4 pick-up, your decision has gotten quite a bit harder in recent times. New models from several different brands have been sprouting out like weeds, and manufacturers are marketing them more like glamorous lifestyle vehicles than just workman’s tools.

But a glamorous lifestyle vehicle will be quickly laughed off the building site if it can't handle more than a sprinkling of mud, and as Nissan has been making pick-ups for more than 80 years, it would be poor form if the latest Navara couldn't handle itself. Recent successes with the Qashqai, Juke and X-Trail means that the Navara pick-up is said to be a combination of these two knowledge bases: a tough, off-roading, working truck with the refined road manners of a crossover.

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Buying a foreign used Nissan Navara Pick-Up from a Ugandan car bond

There are a number of ways you can buy a Navara pick-up in Uganda today and one of the simple ways is through a car bond. Here, everything 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 Navara pick-ups have only been cleared the CIF fees only. So it would mean that if you want a Subaru Outback then you will have to clear the rest of the taxes. You can find the Cost, Insurance and Freight of a Navara pick-up (that is from Japan to Kampala) to be around $ 16,000 or even above as stated by the car bond dealers.

However, 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 the car from.

Importing a foreign used Nissan Navara Pick-Up from Japan

If you prefer to import you own Nissan Navara Pick-Up from say Japan, the things would change a bit. First it would require you to find a trusted dealer or seller in that regard, 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 Nissan Navara Pick-Up.

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 Nissan Navara Pick-Up from Japan. For example a Nissan Navara Pick-Up 2010 at a price of $16,451 will have a fee of Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) totaling to $20,072 to Kampala, Uganda with no Local taxes paid yet. Pick-up trucks are generally expensive in Uganda.

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General Nissan Navara Pick-Up reviews for Uganda

MPG and Running Costs. The best Navara for fuel economy is the 2WD King-Cab with a 46.3mpg combined cycle showing, but you could throw a blanket over the whole range as even the 4x4 Double-Cab with the dCi 190 (187bhp) engine manages 44.8mpg and 167g/km of CO2. The 7-speed auto does blunt economy, although 40.9mpg and 183g/km with this gearbox fitted is hardly a disaster for a two-tonne pick-up truck.

When it gets to the load space and practicability, the choice between the Double-Cab and King-Cab models comes down to the kind of usage you have in store for your Navara. The King-Cab is purely a working vehicle with its less sophisticated suspension and lower specifications.

By choosing the King-Cab you gain a little bit of load length with 1,750mm on offer compared to 1,537mm in the Double-Cab, but you lose the ability to take adult-sized rear-seat passengers in anything approaching comfort. The neat half-size rear suicide doors on the King-Cab open to reveal two cinema-style folding seats that you can just about squeeze an adult into. It’s more likely that the space will be used as a secure area to carry tools or other items, with the seats kept for emergencies.

That brings us to the Double-Cab that 95 per cent of Ugandan buyers choose. Rear seat accommodation is surprisingly good for a pick-up with enough space for a six-foot adult to sit behind a six-foot driver in some comfort. The rear bench could take a third passenger in the middle, but space will be tight and there is a transmission tunnel that gets in the way of your feet.

The payload penalty for choosing the Navara Double-Cab is non-existent, with the 4x4 model rated at up to 1,059kg and the King-Cab able to carry only slightly more, at 1,074kg. The best load-carrying Navara, however, is the 2WD King-Cab model: this can cope with 1,156kg.

Getting to the cab and interior, the somewhat agricultural feel many pick-up trucks have on the road is often replicated in the cabin, but Nissan has gone to great lengths to make the Navara feel like a passenger car inside – and this has paid off.

To a great extent, the interior fixtures and fittings from the X-Trail passenger car seem to have been dropped into the Navara’s interior. Build quality is strong as you’d need it to be in a working vehicle, but the higher-spec models get some shiny trim finishes that do much to raise the tone. Some will feel there’s an over-reliance on piano black trim on the Tekna models, but Nissan has generally done a very good job.

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Availability of Nissan Navara Pick-Up spare parts in Uganda

Nissan Navara Pick-Up spare parts are readily available here in Uganda. Any navara pick-up spare parts can be easily be found in auto markets around Kampala.

Nissan Navara Pick-Up competitors in Uganda

The new Navara needs to be good; the Mitusbishi L200, Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger are thorns in its side and we'll soon see the Fiat Fullback joining the fray.

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My Conclusion

You can get a Navara in King Cab or Double Cab form, while a chassis cab option is offered if you need something tailored to your needs. Both the King and Double Cab offer rear seats, but while the Double-Cab has a traditional bench in the back and four proper doors, the King-Cab has two cinema-style folding rear seats and small back doors hinged on the rearmost edge.

With all these specifications designed for you by Nissan, you definitely have to see your needs met by the Nissan Navara Pick-Up.

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