If your family budget is limited and you need a vehicle, looking at used cars is usually the only option. The problem with second hand vehicles, though, is that you can never be sure about what exactly it is that you’re buying. People will say just about anything to get you to buy and most sellers won’t shy away from lying. What usually happens is that you end up wasting your limited budget on a vehicle that breaks down shortly after it was purchased, sometimes for reasons that could have prevented if only the seller had bothered to tell you the truth.
Another common scenario is that you end up spending a lot more on a used car than it is worth, because again information was withheld and a lot of repairs needed to be done. So, how do prevent this from happening? How do you ensure you invest in the right used car and get the best value for your money?
Here are a few tips:
- Stay away from private sellers. Only buy used cars in South Africa from reputable companies who specialize in this sort of business.
- Ask for documentation on the cars history. Make sure you know all there is to know about the car you intend to buy. Don’t just take somebody’s word for it.
- Salvage companies can offer you great deals. Don’t just shop around for used cars at the usual second-hand places. For great deals also look at vehicle salvage companies. These places deal in cars that have been written off by insurance companies, but can be road worthy again with some repairs. Here, your money can go a long way.