Many motorists move to SA from other countries, such as Namibia, Botswana or even further abroad, and bring their cars with them. After all, if you're an American who owns a great muscle car which you've spent a lifetime fixing up and taking care of, why wouldn't you want to bring it with you when moving to South Africa?
Unfortunately, South African law makes it tricky to insure these cars – especially if they're registered in other countries or if they're left-hand drive. When it comes to importing vehicles, even popular Japanese cars – such as the Toyota which we already see in abundance on our own roads – can cause insurance headaches.
With the car having been registered in another country, there are strict limitations which would hinder you from taking out an insurance policy for it here, in South Africa. You might find it entirely impossible.
Luckily, there are some insurance companies which specifically cater to foreign car owners, but it's always better to speak with them before attempting to bring your car over.
If your vehicle isn't registered in South Africa, MiWay, for example, will offer you third party liability cover, but nothing else.
With a little luck and a lot of perseverance, you might be able to transfer the registration of your vehicle. If this all sounds like too much effort, and you could bear to part with your vehicle – it's a lot easier to just purchase a new car here in SA through a registered dealer.