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Can you buy a car with a learner’s license?

If you have wads of cash and a car in mind, but you don't have a license, can you still buy a car?

By Ané Albertse AUTOTRADER

Published: 24 March 2022, 16:08

The short answer is 'yes', you can indeed buy a car without a valid driver’s license, as there is no law in SA that keeps you from doing so. But can you legally drive the car you bought without a license? Definitely not. As for car finance – no one is going to finance nor insure you if you do not hold a valid driver’s license, so you had better swipe your credit/debit card for the whole amount.

So, unless you have your real license, you will just have to sit inside your new car in your mom’s garage and pretend to drive it. Maybe your little brother can be your co-pilot and make the necessary car noises to make it feel more real. Kind of sad, isn’t it?

Get your driver’s license! It’s your first step to independence and the world of ‘adulting’!

Thanks to our comprehensive and free K53 study guides and instructional videos, you'll have the necessary knowledge in no time to ace your driving test and get your driver's license. We've even included quick links to the correct application forms you'll be able to fill in before you go.

Also have a look at the following article right here on AutoTrader that deals with the costs involved, the waiting period, where to go, and what to bring with you when you come for your test.

Other useful information

Another handy website is the aptly-named They offer useful advice such as How to Pick the Right Instructor, Getting Started (when to start learning for the test and how) and even offer a Driving School Directory to find a reputable driving school in your area. You can also pay a visit to their Facebook page.

For more information on the Structure of the Test, Pre-Trip Inspections, The Yard Test, The Road Test as well as Vehicle Controls, click on the relevant links.


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