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Judiciary auctions top-of-the-range vehicles that having been gathering dust

Friday marked the D-day for the judiciary to sell away its top-of-the-range vehicles following years’ long search for an auction firm.

Hundreds of Kenyans showed up at the Judiciary’s car park as early as 6am to get themselves ‘cheap cars’ as visibly seen from the notice of the said auction which indicated the prices ranging between Sh 25,000 to Sh 455,000.

The 40 vehicles which are all fitted with GK number plates included Mercedes Benz, Peugeot 406s, Peugeot 504s, a Nissan X-Trail and a Land rover 110 among others.

Some of the sleek cars that were sold during the auction. PHOTO | MAUREEN KAKAH
Some of the sleek cars that were sold during the auction. PHOTO | MAUREEN KAKAH

The initial price range for the 27 Mercedes Benz was between Sh210, 000 to 390,000. However, they were sold at prices ranging between Sh 650,000 and Sh 1.7 million.

One of the cheapest Land Rover 110 was sold at Sh 310,000 while the initial price tag on it was Sh 75,000.

MOST EXPENSIVE

The most expensive Land Rover 110 that was rated at Sh 455,000 went away at a whooping Sh 2million making it as the most expensive vehicle in the auction. The only Nissan- X-Trail went away at Sh 410,000 from the initial Sh 200,000.

Bidders were required to pay a non-refundable fee of Sh 1,000 for a catalogue of the vehicles before Friday.

Some of the sleek cars that were sold during the auction. PHOTO | MAUREEN KAKAH
Some of the sleek cars that were sold during the auction. PHOTO | MAUREEN KAKAH

They were also required to pay a refundable cash deposit of Sh 10,000 to obtain a bidding number, which served as an entry pass to the auction, the Judiciary’s parking yard.

As the auction went on, those who turned out expressed discontent owing to the fact that the prices went higher than their expectations.

According to Judiciary’s Head of Public Communication Naim Bilal, the vehicles had been properly valued and the prices had considered the fact that their value had depreciated with time spent in the parking yard.