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    30 companies sell second hand cars in Mussina


    MUSSINA – The number of companies selling second hand Japanese cars in Mussina in South Africa has shot up to over 30 as the demand for motor vehicles by Zimbabweans has skyrocketed.
    A Mirror crew that visited the huge car yard located about 2km from Beitbridge Border Post and 200 metres from the South African immigration offices observed that the car sales are making brisk business, with the largest companies selling about 40 cars a day.
    The biggest car dealers are Quest, Right Cars and Tokyo and these have up to 600 cars in stock at any one time.
    The prices are from as little as $1 200. Occasionally one gets a trendy Mercedes going for as much as $20 000. The cars are bought using different currencies; it's US$ at the car dealers and the bond is used to pay duty. Duty is on average around 80%.
    Zimbabweans buying cars from South Africa either buy directly or  through various Zimbabwean agents who give them advice. Eric Dzvova is one such agent who takes buyers through the car dealers' yards and more increasingly people from as far away as Harare and Bulawayo are sending him money so that he can buy for them.
    After buying the cars, Dzvova calls the people to then come and collect their cars.
    During the tour, The Mirror was granted an interview by a manager at Quest Royal Investment who refused to be named.
    He said that his company started operating from Mussina in 2011 and it is in this kind of business in 15 other countries including Thailand and Botswana.
    He said that his company sold between 20 and 25 cars almost every day. Some of the cars that the company deals in are Nissan March, Honda Fit, FunCargo, Wish, Vitz (new shape), Benz C200. 
    He said that business remains brisk despite that Zimbabwe, the Messina branch's major market currently has a depressed econmy.
    "The biggest problem we currently face is that Zimbabweans are battling to get foreign currency. However, our services are convenient in that we do all the paper work for the cars on the South African side and Zimbabweans only take responsibility once the cars are at the customs side in Zim," he said.

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