One of the biggest risks associated with buying a used car is being scammed by the seller which, unfortunately, is a common occurrence. Scammers have gotten smarter over the years with acts like reversing mileage and even welding two cars together, serving as some of the latest yet dangerous trends.
The latter is particularly dangerous because the driver has no idea that they are behind the wheel of a car with a potentially weaker chassis. An immediate sign of a vehicle’s chassis that has been (incorrectly) welded is when the rear moves to one side when driving straight – often also referred to as crabbing.
Though the car might appear in pristine condition on the outside, the corresponding weld marks can only be seen when the floor carpeting and side pillars covers are removed. The onus is on the seller to notify the buyer about it but in most cases, the seller just wants to get the deal over the line and make a profit at the expense of someone else’s safety.
The truth is that not everyone is in a position to buy a car on monthly terms so the used car marketplace is the next viable avenue.
Gumtree outlines tips to keep in mind when conducting a sale:
- Always have someone present with you that knows what to look out for.
- Meet in a public place (preferably near a police station) with the presence of people.
- Ensure the funds have cleared on your side by checking on your banking app.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local property information close to home.