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Buy a car

Buy a car

Deciding on a brand new, reconditioned or registered vehicle


Sri Lanka allows the import of used vehicles, with updated regulations stating that vehicles should be less than two years old.

Prices of brand new vehicles are comparatively high due to the duty charges and other taxes applied on vehicle imports.

Used cars are of course cheaper but not by that much. Car prices do not reduce much over time due to a combination of currency devaluation and tax increases. As a result, even a two year old car costs quite a bit compared to what a two year old car would cost in other markets relative to the price of a new car.


How do I buy one?


Buying directly from authorized agent - Depending on the car, there could be a wait period involved in this approach.

Buying from a third party dealership - You can buy a vehicle that a dealer has already brought in to the country. This can be more convenient as there will be no waiting period for the delivery of the vehicle and the dealer would have already obtained the permit when bringing down the vehicle. However, you would end up paying a slightly higher price than if you brought down the vehicle through the authorized agent for the particular brand of vehicle.

Vehicles can also be bought on the second hand market through dealers or directly from the seller through postings on different sites or the newspaper classified section.


Insurance


There are many reputed insurance companies that provide packages with varying benefits. Banks in Sri Lanka have ties with major insurance companies as part of their customer perks, which provide discounts on auto insurance. One such product offered by Commercial Bank is Bancassurance.


Resale value


During the past 10 years, cars in Sri Lanka have not depreciated in face value (and increased in some cases) due to continuous increases in duty and tax rates (except for a few instances, where rates were reduced temporarily). However, given the interest rates and inflation, it cannot be considered an investment.


Leasing and Personal Loans


Leasing

There are multiple banks, many leasing companies and finance companies that would let you lease a vehicle.

One thing to watch out for with vehicle leases is that there may be a significant early payment penalty. That means if you decide to sell the car before the lease is paid off, you may still have to pay interest for the whole period! Be careful and look for a loan or financing option that does not strictly bind you to completing the lease!

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Personal Loans

Personal Loans is another good option to get funds to purchase a car. Unlike in a lease, the vehicle do not have to be mortgaged when you apply for a Personal Loan.

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