Illegal to drive foreign car on SA roads?

Maniefer

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Hi everyone. I hope somebody can advise me. I am in the process of importing a "drive from wheelchair" car from the UK. The import permit was issued two days ago. The car will leave Southhampton soon and will arrive in Durban in a few weeks.

I live in Mpumalanga so I have to get the car home and also drive it to the testing grounds for roadworthy and Police Station for Police clearance and the like - but apparantly I may not drive it on a public road until it had been registered in SA.

To put it on a lowbed from Durban will cost me an arm and a leg and it will be impractical to lowbed it to the testing grounds etc.

Apparantly one cannot even obtain a temporary permit because only cars registered in SA can get such a permit

Any advise?
 

Venomous

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On a goods train? Then flat bed towtruck from train station to testing station?
 

Pitbull

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Just go to a dealership and purchase a permit...

Edit: nvm, read the rest of your post. Just get one anyway :p
 

WireFree

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I friend of my returned to South Africa more than 10 years ago and brought the Passat he was driving with him.

Alternatively, register the car in a neighboring country like Botswana or Swaziland.
 

SauRoNZA

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You are shipping it across the world at great expense and you consider the local transport to be an arm and a leg?

You don’t need to use a single car flatbed. Simply use one of the multitude of companies who specialise in shipping cars on big trucks.


Costs a couple of grand at best.
 

Suspect99

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You are shipping it across the world at great expense and you consider the local transport to be an arm and a leg?

You don’t need to use a single car flatbed. Simply use one of the multitude of companies who specialise in shipping cars on big trucks.


Costs a couple of grand at best.
This. It cost me 5k last time I did it.
 

Sean008

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You are shipping it across the world at great expense and you consider the local transport to be an arm and a leg?

You don’t need to use a single car flatbed. Simply use one of the multitude of companies who specialise in shipping cars on big trucks.


Costs a couple of grand at best.

Agree, Cost me R6,000 Pretoria to Capetown in February this year
 
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