If you’re living in Ghana and are on the hunt for a car, it can be hard to find a good deal. While there are a little over two dozen major dealerships throughout cities like Accra, inventory and pricing may both be more limited than if you were purchasing a car from a different dealership overseas. If you’re looking for a way to expand your options as you shop for a used car, it may be worth finding an automotive auction website. Many of these businesses will allow you to purchase a vehicle from the United States then export it overseas to Ghana. Here’s how the import and export process makes buying a car in Ghana easy.
Understand how car importing and exporting works
Put in its simplest terms, the importing and exporting of a vehicle is similar to sending a package to another country. To do so, the sender, in this case an automotive dealership, must fill out a customs form. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency generally requests that this be done a minimum of 72 hours prior to the vehicle being exported. There’s also some other paperwork required if the car is titled in the United States so that its VIN and other distinguishing characteristics can be validated and verified prior to it being sent overseas. All of this information is shared at the port of entry that the vehicle will be leaving the country from and is generally usually taken care of by the dealership or business you have purchased the car from.
Thanks to online databases and dealership websites, it’s possible to search for and purchase a car without ever having driven it; however, it’s recommended that if you know someone who lives in the United States and is able to assess the vehicle prior to your purchase that you do so. If you’re unable to have a friend or family member inspect the vehicle, make sure that you read everything on the dealership’s listing about the car and talk extensively with any salespeople you interact with.
Find a good deal on a car
If you’re looking for a low-priced car for sale in Ghana, there are plenty of US-based vehicles to consider. Surfing the web for automotive auctions is one way to identify bargains on used cars, as most sites allow you to search for cars at a variety of price points to fit your budget. Best of all, automotive auctions don’t discriminate their listings based on location or manufacturer, meaning that you have a wide pool to assess as you hunt for the best deal. If you’re looking for a used Toyota to purchase, you’ll be able to access databases that source vehicles from the midwest, east coast, and west coast, offering you plenty of options. If you’re looking for cars by price point, you’ll receive a similarly freeing number of listings, without needing to head to the local Honda dealer, then to a Ford dealership, and then to a Chrysler shop just to compare prices on sedans.
Buying from online auto auctions has benefits beyond selection, too. For example, in an auto auction, you are bidding on cars against other buyers, meaning that if a car isn’t as popular as another model, you may be able to get it for a price much lower than its MSRP. Before bidding on a car, make sure you get a good deal by mentally deciding the highest price you’re willing to pay for it. You can calculate a fair price by researching its Kelley Blue Book value and then taking a look at the listing to compare and analyze what features are included and what wear-and-tear it may have. By doing so, you’ll have the opportunity to save money and still get a great vehicle.
Once you’ve made your purchase, it’s a relatively simple task to have the vehicle imported to your location, whether you live in Ghana, Botswana, or Zimbabwe.