What documents required to buy a car in South Africa?

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What documents do I need to buy a car in South Africa?

Documents required to buy a car in South Africa: Right Hand Drive vehicles are only permitted for importation in South Africa and as per current legislation left-hand drive vehicles that were not registered in RSA before 23 July 2004 may not be registered, licensed, roadworthy and operated on a public road in South Africa. Durban is the maritime port in South Africa for importing used cars from Japan.

About importing a second-hand or used vehicle:

You can only import a second-hand vehicle into South Africa if you have been granted a permit to do so. The importation of used vehicles is restricted to protect the local motor vehicle manufacturing industry. Permits are only issued under specifically defined circumstances. Mainly returning South African nationals and immigrants who have permanent residence are permitted to bring vehicles registered in their names into the country.

Other cars that may be imported include racing cars, vintage passenger vehicles, specially designed vehicles, and inherited vehicles. Before you import a used vehicle, goods vehicle, or trailer you must first obtain a letter of authority from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). More information is available in the import guidelines on vehicles and components compiled by the International Trade Administration Commission (Itac).

Documents Required:

  1. Immigrants need their permanent residence permit issued by the Department of Home Affairs (or a copy)
  2. Returning South Africans must show proof of emigration from SA, proof they had permanent residence abroad, and evidence that the permanent residence has been withdrawn.
  3. A duly completed form DA304A.
  4. Purchase Documents (Invoice(s).
  5. Inspection Certificate (if mandatory).
  6. Registration Certificate/permit (Deregistration Certificate).

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