Finding a great deal on a pre-owned bakkie must be one of the best feelings in the world. However, if you’re shopping for a used truck online, you need to be very careful not to be duped by the multitude of scams that are perpetrated by unscrupulous sellers throughout South Africa. Not sure what to look out for? Here are a few insider tips:
DON’T BE FOOLED BY THESE ONLINE USED BAKKES SALES SCHEMES IN 2020
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Life happens and vehicle ownership papers can sometimes be lost, but the rightful owner of a bakkie will be able to have those reprinted at a nominal fee. Don’t ever buy a second-hand truck that does not come with the necessary paperwork.
If any part of the vehicle has been ‘customised’, it should be sending up red flags. These customisations are very seldom done by trained professionals who will have the required experience to adjust other parts of the vehicle to suit the needs of a souped-up engine, for instance.
'Some TLC required'
Walk away. Rather spend your hard-earned money on a certified second-hand vehicle that has been inspected and reconditioned by trained technicians who specialise in the make and model in question.
Does it seem like the images might be blurry on purpose? If you get a sense that everything is not as it should be, insist on seeing the vehicle in person before making any decisions (or paying any money!).
Unwillingness to meet in public
Arrange to meet the seller in person in a public space, always in daytime. Ideally you also want to take along a friend or family member just to play it safe.
If you manage to steer clear of these pitfalls while shopping for bakkies and cars online, you are far more likely to make a sound investment. Keep an eye on our website and social channels for up-to-the-minute information on new releases and special offers. Better yet - come see us in person at your nearest branch! Our expert team is standing by to discuss your bakkie and commercial vehicle requirements and get you the best deal on new and used Isuzu vehicles in South Africa.