4 x 4 Rental or to Buy

We often got asked if we are selling 4 x 4 vehicles or campers as well. In general, the purchase of a 4 x 4 vehicle is only interesting if you want to hire it for more than 6 months.

The reason you should consider buying one is if you would really like to have your own vehicle during the trip. In advance the financial risks are difficult to estimate.

It is true that an "older" 4 x 4 vehicle retains it value, however, if you decide to buy a vehicle on short notice you have to take in mind that most bargains are a mechanical risk. Also, prices might be much higher than they actually are. Once you decide to sell the vehicle again it might happen that you have to sell it for a much lower price than you actually bought it for. 

Some things to keep in mind:

- The insurance is compulsory and gives problems if you are not South African.

- Opening a bank account gives the same problem.

- The procedure at Traffic Department is a hassle.

- Ordinary procedures such as organizing a car license, money transfers etc. make it even more difficult.

In short, we do not recommend you buying a car unless you are using it more than one year and if you do not mind taking all kinds of obstacles. There can be negotiated when it comes to long term leases with older cars.