You should definitely be careful about buying a used car in Ghana. There are a couple of things you should do before trusting the person selling you a car. These things would save you from heartache and possible financial loss. The first thing you should do is ask for the card key that comes with the car. This key is needed if you want to use the air conditioning or radio in your car. Without it, you cannot use these features and may be tempted to buy an already pre-set radio station or a preset temperature, which could lead to forgery or physical damage to your car.
The second thing you should do is find the VIN number (the car's serial number) and call the manufacturer in the country of origin. The chassis number can be found in the engine bay of a car. It will be on a metal plate, fixed to a metal bar that forms part of your car's chassis. The person that answers will tell you whether this car is registered under their brand or not. If it is, then it is probably not a fake car. The person that answers will also tell you whether any parts have been replaced on your car.
On another note, you need to make sure that your mechanic knows how to diagnose a VIN number and know who the manufacturer of the car is. If the mechanic does not know how to do this, then you could end up spending more money for service because you can't get your own parts when needed because he does not recognize the chassis number by himself.
If a mechanic does not know how to do this, then you could end up spending more money for service because you can't get your own parts when needed because he does not recognize the chassis number by himself.
The third thing you should do is ask the person selling you the car if they have insurance. If they don't, then I would say it is time to walk away. This is especially true if they don't even have a license to be dealing with cars which means that they are technically not a car dealer but an unlicensed mechanic or painter. These people are almost always high on drugs and have no idea what they are doing when it comes to cars. If you are a student and need to buy something cheap that will get you from point A to point B, then I can understand why you would go for an unlicensed person, but if you have the money to spare, I would advise against buying a car from these unlicensed individuals. They are not part of the car registry, and so they do not have any regulations to follow (including maintenance).
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