It is relatively straightforward to buy a car in South Africa, either as a resident or as a non-resident. Cars can be bought privately, from a dealership or an auction. VAT is charged on taxable goods supplied by a trader, such as a car dealer, but this tax is normally included in the sale price. All cars purchased in South Africa must be registered in South Africa.
New cars can be bought from dealers or online from websites such as Autotrader. VAT, currently at 14 percent, is included in the sale price of new cars bought from dealerships.
To register a new vehicle it is necessary to go to the nearest motor vehicle registration authority with the following documents:
The fee for registering a vehicle depends on the province in which it is registered.
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