Prince Johnson is a Nakuru-based car dealer who forged a very successful career in the automobile sector at a very young age.
The IT expert who also sells laptops revamps abandoned cars which he buys at a very low amount and sells them for millions. Johnson sources the cars from various parts of the country before turning them into classic machines.
He revealed he bought his first car for Ksh40,000 in Form Two at 16, a move that shocked his family. Johnson added that the car business gives him more money than his actual job, noting that he had bought at least 100 cars for his venture.
“I am an IT expert, and cars have been my passion from a young age. But interestingly, I get more money from my passion compared to my actual hustle,” he stated, as quoted by Kenyans.
The cheapest car Johnson bought cost him Sh35,000, which he spent Sh150,000 to renovate, while the most expensive car cost Sh700,000, which he revamped for about Sh300,000 and sold for Sh1.3 million.
Most of his cars are painted yellow similar to sports cars and have been featured in various music videos owing to their elegance.
According to him, his venture thrived in myriad challenges, among them the scarcity of spare parts. He said he sometimes buys different cars to source parts for one automobile.
He noted that the car revamp business is too demanding, and anyone looking to step into it should be well-conversant with cars.
“It is an expensive and demanding affair as it can also take a whole year to get a car ready. This is not (a venture) for everyone (or feint-hearted),” he added.
“For anyone planning to join this venture, it is advisable to understand why you want to do it. Is it commercially or as a hobby,” he advised.