Buying a car in South Africa

A lot of foreigners staying in South Africa for over 3 months will buy a car to enjoy all the beautiful places this country has to offer. Buying a used car, you need to be fully informed about transfer of ownership, roadworthy and licensing.

Buying a used car can be as daunting a process as it can be exciting; owing to the large amount of used cars that are on the market today and the fact that many cars may not always be as well looked after as it may seem on the surface.

As always, when buying a car, exercise caution. A car salesmen will always exaggerate the good and downplay the bad, so be sure to keep your eyes open and check all the facts before signing on the dotted line. Also make sure the car dealer is in possession of the papers for the car. Many dubious car dealers sell cars to cash buyers, which still belong to the bank.

Finding a good second-hand car may be time-consuming, but is usually worth the effort. If you’re lucky, you could find a reasonable car for as little as R20 000, but a range of R90 000 to R110 000 is more likely for a reliable vehicle. Second hand luxury vehicles and 4×4’s will be likely to come with a price tag of about R200 000 and more.

Most expats and foreign language speakers seem to prefer looking for a vehicle on Gumtree or Junkmail, but do not limit yourself to them, also consider the AA, car magazine and

Here some tips to make the process smoother:

Where to find a used car?
How to inspect a used car
How to asses a second hand vehicles history
Drivers Licences in South Africa
Vehicle Registration in South Africa
Licensing your newly acquired vehicle
Protecting your car
Car Insurance in South Africa
Selling your old car

Should you have any questions with regard to buying a car in South Africa or immigrating to South Africa please feel free to contact one of our experienced immigration consultants.