Buying a vehicle

When purchasing a vehicle of any kind, pre-owned or new, there are several steps you can take to help ensure a smooth purchasing process.
Inspect and test drive the vehicle
  • A personal and professional inspection is essential, especially when purchasing a used vehicle. Ideally, consult with a mechanic that you know and trust. A test drive is also important to help you determine if the vehicle is in good condition and will meet your needs.

  • Purchasing vehicles sight-unseen is never advised and is done at the buyer's own risk.

Transferring ownership and payment
  • Certain paperwork will need to be filed when you buy a vehicle. If you're working with a dealership, they'll typically help with the process. If you're working with a private seller, be especially aware of the necessary steps to ensure everything is complete.
  • Ensure that the engine and chassis numbers on the documents corresponds with those on the motor vehicle.
  • Ensure that there is a title for the vehicle to be purchased.
  • Requirements for the transfer of motor vehicle include:
    • Certificate of title stamped on the reverse side.
    • Valid Certificate of Fitness
    • Valid Insurance Certificate or Cover note
    • Valid ID (Passport, Driver's Licence or National ID)
    • Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN)
    • Completed application for Motor Vehicle transaction form(MVO1)
    • Paying applicable fees
    • An authorization letter from the individual or company accompanied with a valid ID (Passport, Driver's Licence, or National ID) is required if a bearer is completing transaction. The letter must be stamped at the Stamp Office and registered at the Registrar General's Department (RGD).

If buying from a dealership
  • When purchasing a car from a dealership, take care to review all fees and contracts prior to purchase.
If buying from a private seller
  • Prior to payment, ensure that the seller has properly transferred ownership. Request vehicle documentation for review.
  • When purchasing a car from a private seller, have your bank issue a certified cashier's check or pay with cash. Other forms of payment (i.e. electronic/wire transfers, gift cards, or other vouchers) are not recommended.
  • Make sure to meet in a safe, public place for high-value transactions.
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