So, you are thinking of buying a second hand / used car in Zambia, but you do not know where to start, what to look out for, and how much you should spend on what. Remember, to find that perfect second hand / used car you need to have patience and some knowledge- it will take effort to source a good second hand car in Zambia and you will need to restrain yourself until you find the right car at the right price.
Never rush into buying a used car in Zambia. This part is where the patience comes in! You need to start with a list of cars you would like and then start finding car sales and used car dealers across Zambia. Make sure to not only look for a used car dealer in the city you will be residing, but also look in other major cities like Lusaka, Ndola and Kitwe- in the end you must be sure that you know exactly what the Zambian car market has to offer.
Now, the question is where will you start looking for a used car in Zambia? If you’ve already checked the major car dealerships, the next step would be to take a look at the local newspapers like the Times of Zambia, Post Newspaper Zambia and the Daily Mail(specifically the classified sections) and surf the Internet for used cars by just going to one of the major search engines and typing in “car sales Zambia”, “used cars Zambia” or “second hand cars Zambia”. You can also contact local auction houses who are selling bank repossessed cars.
Some newspapers or publications we recommend include the Times of Zambia look out for the Post Newspaper Zambia. The Times of Zambia in Lusaka or the Goleka.com, which is also available online, will have plenty of cars to choose from. The Post Newspaper Zambia have a pull out weekly called Sangwapo all have sections where you can look for second hand cars and used car sales.
As the new owner of a used car you should enquire as to the costs for repairs and availability of spare parts. This will all give you an idea as to what the first service will put you back. Foreigners also need to apply for a Traffic register number before being able to register or licence their new car. For this you will need two colour passport size photographs and a copy of your Passport.
Always remember that when you are buying a used car you should read through the sales documentation carefully. In most cases the car is bought or sold without any warranty at all and in the condition as is.
This in effect means that you have to buy the right car. Buying a cheap car that isn’t in a good condition and will break in 3 months just is not worth the time and hassle.