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Old 29 Jan 2009
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tips for selling a car in Mali or Bukina Faso

Hello everyone,

i plan a trip to Mali or Bukina Faso in july, willing to sell a car there (probably a mercedes 220).

I've never done this bevore, in fact i've never been in Africa before. as i read in the forums, many people are experienced in selling cars in africa.

Could anyone give me a overview about things i should mind, problems i will get confronted with, dangers, and some general advices?

is it save to carry a lot of money in this countries?


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Stephan
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one hot spot to sell cars in Bamako is the "Lebanese Mission"...the owner there will find the buyers for you and help ensure the transaction is secure.

The place is a dump...but this is what it looks like on the inside...
bamako_campground.jpg

Camp and don't stay in the dorm rooms...its a mosquito hostel.
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I had plans to do this but struggled to find if it was safe or not to do this trip. Is it safe now?

I had planned to drive a diesel W124 into Burkina Faso, sell it and fly home. I heard right hand drive cars are worth more in Burkina Faso than Mali.

When do you intend to go?

My other plan when I found out the dangers of this drive was just to see how far East I could get in my W124 before it broke or I ran out of time.
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yes, it should be safe right now.

i heared that the streets are in good conditions, except a little part, where you have to cross a beach at low tide and maybe go over some dunes.
do you think it's save to carry around a lot of cash money?
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From Europe to Burkina/Mali is a 'doddle' now!

No crossing beaches at low tides, long straight tarmac roads, welcoming, friendly people & yes, I carry cash on me (although hidden well)

However if it's your first time I would go with someone else .. as for selling a RHD in Mali etc, never heard of that, LHD is the way to go, seen 1 RHD in my whole time in Francophone W.Africa!

Kira (planning to drive to Abidjan sometime this year)
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Yeah after a little more research I found out that RHD is pretty much unsaleable in out there, so I abandoned my plans for my old Merc.

Going to drive it to Mongolia and hopefully back if I can get there quick enough if not I'll have to fly home!
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