Buying a car in Uganda


To be able to move in Uganda, a lot of expatriates think of buying a car, whether new or second-hand.

What are the formalities to buy a vehicle in Uganda: car registration, insurance, etc.?

What are the relevant authorities or organizations to contact?

How long does it take and what are the associated costs?

Thank you in advance for sharing your experience,


Hello Kenjee. Are you looking for a brand new car or a used reconditioned one? There are agencies for  well established manufacturers as well as car bonds that sell reconditioned cars especially from Japan. You can also look out for used cars from locals looking to sell. Please inbox for further details incase you're still interested.

Hello there Michaelgm,

Kenjee is a member of the Team. This topic has been launched to gather a maximum info on the subject so that expat and future expats could get all the required infos on this thread.

Thank you for your contribution,

Thanks for the calrification Bhavna

There is another option.....I am a Canadian living in Kampala and have a friend here that operates a travel agency, Jewel Safaris.  He has been offering short term and long term leases to avoid all the trouble and risk associated with buying a vehicle in Uganda.  His vehicles come with maintenance, insurance and even a driver if you want.  One monthly payment and everything but the fuel is included.  He markets this service to NGO's but I think its even a good idea for a personal vehicle, especially for someone who is only here for a few months.

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