Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) unveiled a short SMS code to help Kenyans seeking to buy motor vehicles to easily confirm their details.
According to the KEBS statement, buyers can confirm the authenticity of inspection details and full information regarding the vehicle they intend to purchase, whether brand new or used cars.
The short messaging code, 20023, also enables car buyers to verify mileage.
According to the government agency, the introduction of the short messaging platform follows a series of complaints raised by buyers over purchasing cars only to find out that car's mileages had been altered.
The code will also enable motorists to identify vehicles legally allowed to operate on Kenyan roads.
While working with other agencies such as the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA), the introduction of the SMS is meant to enforce the implementation of traffic rules.
How to Check
Buyers can confirm the car's inspection authenticity and mileage by sending the chassis number to 20023.
VIN, also known as the Chassis Number, is an exclusive car identification number allotted to a car by the manufacturer.
The 17-digit number, which distinguishes it from other models and makes, is used by the registration authorities to register a car.
It is usually encrypted on car boots, dashboard, rear wheel, registration certificate and the insurance policy certificate.
"Get to know how you can verify the authenticity of the vehicle inspection details and mileage by sending the chassis number to 20023," the KEBS statement stated.
The verification details come after KEBS banned the importation of used mini-buses, double-decker, and large buses into the country.
The directive which took effect on July 1, was meant to promote and protect local assemblers.