It’s always best to seek expert advice when buying a car, cars are expensive and making that much financial commitment and getting ripped off can be devastating. Luckily after witnessing many cars being bought and sold I have come up with certain things to look out for before buying a car in ghana.
Things to look out for before buying a car in Ghana
#1 Check for the original owner
Every month hundreds of cars are stolen and sold with fake documents. The first thing to check when you want to buy a car is the document of the seller, verify to see if it’s the real owner or stolen car. You can visit the DVLA office to verify the documents. Normally if the seller refuses to go to the DVLA office to verify the ownership of the car this could be seen as a red flag. Always make sure the seller has the original documents and not a photocopy.
#2 Check for hidden fault
This is perhaps one of the trickiest parts of buying a car in Ghana. A lot of sellers hide faults in the car and won’t disclose it to the buyer. It is also very difficult to find faults on the car when you are not an expert and so I always advise you to go with a professional mechanic to check the car before buying. A professional mechanic will be able to discover most hidden faults on a car. A lot of cars sold on the market have been flooded or had accidents before shipped to Ghana, finding hidden faults will save you lots of money on repairs in the future.
#3 Check if duty has been paid
This is very important especially when the car you want to purchase has not been registered yet. Sometimes this sneaky car importer avoids paying duties by shipping the car through togo. If you buy a car that has not been duly registered at the customs mind you, you will have to pay custom fees before the car can be registered by DVLA.
It’s very important to take caution when purchasing a car in Ghana as there are many swindlers, always go through the proper avenues when buying and registering your car to avoid being scammed. That was an article on the things to look out for before purchasing a car in ghana. Thanks for reading and see you soon.