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Driving versus Hauling Your Car: Which is More Pocket Friendly?

Driving versus Hauling Your Car: Which is More Pocket Friendly? 2021-05-11 09:51:46
Post By : Car Carriers Kenya

Driving versus Hauling Your Car: Which is More Pocket Friendly?

It is common practice in Kenya for vehicle owners to go for their imported vehicles at the port of Mombasa and then drive them to their destinations rather than having them carried by a car carrier. One of the major reasons behind this trend is the idea that it is cheaper to drive a car than to have it carried. When you consider fueling costs alone, it is much cheaper to drive than to haul but when you factor in additional factors, such as accommodation, food, safety, and most, importantly, the time taken away from productive work to drive, then hauling becomes the better option. Driving long distances also contributes to wear and tear of the vehicle as well as safety concerns. Wear and tear is a major concern, particularly, when you are moving a vehicle with the intention of selling it. In this article, we compare driving and hauling across four factors:

  • Cost
  • Safety
  • Wear and Tear
  • Time


As already indicated earlier, in terms of fueling cost on the basis of cost of a litre of fuel per kilometres covered, it is generally cheaper to drive than to haul particularly if you are driving the car yourself thereby avoiding having to hire a driver. Nevertheless, it is important to consider the hidden costs involved in driving over long distances. First, as an example, before you drive a new car from the port of Mombasa to Nairobi, you need to ensure the car is insured. The least period of vehicle insurance that most insurers in Kenya offer is one month at an average of KES 2,000. A litre of super petrol in Mombasa is around KES 120 and the distance from there to Nairobi is around 500KM. Thus, if you drive a fuel efficient car from Mombasa to Nairobi at an average speed of 80KM/Hr, it will likely consume a litre of petrol for every 10KM. This translates to around KES 6,000 on fuel. If you food and accommodation costs as well as the cost of travelling from Nairobi to Mombasa to pick your car, the total costs will get to at least KES 12,000 and much more if you are extravagant in your spending. Thus, depending on the type of vehicle, the minimum cost of driving yourself could just be a couple of thousands short of what you would spend on Car Carriers Kenya to have your car hauled and then wait in comfort in Nairobi for your car to be delivered to you.    

Wear and Tear

Before purchasing a second-hand vehicle, among the first places that the typical Kenyan inspects is the mileage meter as a way of estimating how much wear and tear the vehicle has undergone. Driving long distances within a short period of time is the greatest cause of vehicle wear and tear. Of course, every few hundreds of kilometres driven bring your car closer to the next mandatory servicing (which is usually every 3,000KM) if you are to maintain the vehicle in optimum condition. Thus, a few thousands saved now while opting for self-driving rather than hauling could just be a cost that is postponed for not more than a month. The costs of wear and tear could be worse if you are driving yourself from Mombasa to Nairobi and are unfamiliar with the road resulting in hitting rumble strips and potholes at high speeds.


Among the most common causes of accidents in Kenya is driving on unfamiliar roads. Familiarity is among the main reasons the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) authorizes public transport saccos to drive on specific routes and penalizes them when they drive on routes that have not been authorized. This is because familiarity with a road alerts a driver to the black spot areas, sections of the roads where there are potholes or recently erected bumps, and sections where wild animals, for instance, cross the road without much warning. This familiarity enables the drivers to apply defensive driving, particularly on the most risky sections of the roads, thereby enhancing their safety. If, on the other hand, you are unfamiliar with a road and have to drive over long distances, then the combination of unfamiliarity and the fatigue that sometimes accompanies long-distance driving might put your safety at risk. In such instances, it would be much safer to have your car hauled to your neighborhood.    


If you are not a professional driver hired to do a driving job, then time spent driving long distances just to move a car is time spent away from your productive work. Car carriers Kenya allow you to focus on the more productive work as we concentrate on getting your car to you within the shortest time possible and in its original condition.  


This article has demonstrated that while it much be cheaper in the short-term to self-drive, the costs of hauling are much lower in the long-term when you factor in servicing, wear and tear, safety, and time. At Car Carriers Kenya, we are always looking at technological and emerging ways of making our service the most pocket-friendly for our customers. You can reach us on +254 794 222 860 or info@carcarrierskenya.co.ke