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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…


This post has been sponsored by Tonaton.


About Combing for Curls

Ghanaian-Nigerian Accra-based natural hair blogger and vlogger. Creator/curator of African culture and political content.


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