When the government put up 2,000 cars for sale in 2008, many were snapped up at throwaway prices. Luxury cars valued at up to ten million shillings were sold for a few hundred thousand. There was even one car that went for five hundred shillings! Public outrage at the blatant rip-off seems to have had the desired effect: the auction of 99 excess vehicles this year has seen the introduction of fixed reserve prices. Buyers interested in vehicles formerly used by top government officials turned up in numbers for an auction in industrial area. At the end of the day, however, only eleven vehicles had been sold.