In my recent history it seems that at the beginning of every year I promise myself I am going to learn how to drive…
This year is no different.
I have located a driving school, but haven’t registered, because of course I have to do what’s most important first –
Research the car I’m going to buy.
Then, I’ll learn how to drive.
I recently had a conversation with a colleague on the pros and cons of purchasing a car in Ghana.
Here’s a quick pro and con list based partly on the conversation we had. I hope you find it useful in deciding whether to buy your car in Ghana or ship it.
Pros of buying cars in Ghana
- You save on shipping costs
- Some purchases will come with an added warranty
- You can physically inspect the car and make sure it’s what you want before purchase
- You have the car at the point of purchase, no waiting for shipping and duty
- You avoid shipping and duty costs.
- While you may be able to get a decent deal on shipping costs the duty at Ghana’s ports are based on (i) the age of your car – the older it is, the more you pay (ii) the size of the engine (iii) the value of the car
Cons of buying cars in Ghana
- The basic-level cars are really stripped down in comparison to a basic model oversees so that they can be more affordable in the Ghanaian market (think possibly no/limited cushions, no central locking systems, no automated windows etc.)
This list is just a starting point to deciding if you should to buy cars in Ghana. If you have anything to add to the list please add them in the comments below!
Until then, I should probably start with some lessons… Probably…
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