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Sell Cars for Cash in South Africa

Selling anything privately all by yourself is a lot more difficult than doing it with the help of a professional. The same holds true when you try it for your car. You will either have to make investments for inserting a local advertisement or post it in one of the websites to have it sold. Apart from the fact that the process is sure to be time-consuming, the line of strangers calling you at odd hours can be quite unnerving. Moreover, single advertisements have a short life and may not be effective at all.

Hard cash for car

Driving your car to a dealer to have it inspected and a price quoted is a tedious affair that may well leave you disappointed. As soon as you say to yourself that “I want to Sell My Car,” start browsing the internet and you are sure to come across websites that will buy your car for cash. Though most dealers will hand you a cheque once the deal is settled, there are a few organizations that are exclusive buyers of used vehicles and will hand you the hard cash or a cheque only if you wish.

Easy process to follow

The process of such internet deal is simple for anyone to follow. The websites are user-friendly, and you will find a title like Buy My Car, which has a simple free online form for you have to fill-up citing your car details. Once you receive a quick quote from the dealer, you can confirm the deal, and the representative will be available at a time and place that is suitable to you and pick up your car against cash.

Against loans and mortgage

Since these sites are dedicated to the business of buying used cars, you can be sure of the price that you will get. An even better option is to compare the price that they have offered to other used car sites.The Sell My Car will not have to be a preoccupation with you if you have your papers ready. In case there is a loan or a mortgage against your car, these car buyers will get in touch with finance companies and negotiate discounts on the loan and pay them off. In such cases, you will receive your payoff by a secure electronic method.

The best deal

You can be sure to get more for your car with such dealers because they are some of the long time and steady suppliers of used cars in the market. Their business runs on the profit that they make selling the used cars to the other outlets. When you are dealing with such business organizations, you can be sure that they will not try to sell you anything else in exchange. You can dispose of your vehicle quickly and also without any hassle of post-sale disturbance from a private buyer.

Some Essential Tips to Know Before Buying Used Cars for Sale

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Blame it on the increasing price tags of brand new cars or the brutal depreciation hit in the initial years; more and more potential buyers are having second thoughts about buying new cars for sale. Even though purchasing used cars for sale offer a varied array of benefits, it is always a gamble of your luck. And with the increasing incidents of dealership scams or marketing ploys, it is easy to fall into a lemon trap. Want to save yourself from the buyer’s remorse; then you should arm yourself with all the right information and tactics to find the best deal in the second-hand auto sales market. Below listed are some essential tips you need to follow before buying used cars for sale.

Research in detail: You may also seek recommendations or research online about the reputed dealerships in your locality. After narrowing down the choices to a handful, you can check out their website and explore their inventory in depth. For instance, if you have decided a specific car model to buy, then online research is the best method to find the best deals in market. Let us say you are planning to buy used Chevy Tahoe SUV; checking out the consumer reviews on the make and model will help you figure out the possible defects or common problems with the specific model.

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Be prepared with a set of questions: If you have decided on the dealership and the car model, then the next step is to prepare a set of questions. Visit the dealership in person or contact them through email or phone calls to find more information about the potential car model for sale. You may enquire about the reason for sale, mileage of the vehicle, number of owners and more. Is there a salvage title? Do you have all the records? Have there been any major repairs? Is it a trade in? You can add more questions to the list for collecting more details about the used Chevy Tahoe for sale.

Checking the documents and inspecting the car: Ask the vehicle history report and maintenance logs of the car. It will give you a detailed insight on title problems, service records, accidents, major repairs and more. Visit the dealership or auto store to check the vehicle in person. Make sure to examine the exteriors and interiors of the car carefully. Open the hood and take a good look at the engine too. Dents, rusted parts, leaking oil and peeling off paint are some of the warning signs of a lemon car. It is always recommended to hire the services of an experienced professional to get the car inspected thoroughly.

Test drive: Last but not the least, take the car for a test drive on both local and highway roads. Test driving the car on different road conditions can give you a better idea about how the car performs and responds. Make sure to keep your eyes and ear open during the test drive.

Following the above-mentioned tips help you in navigating through the pre-owned car buying process seamlessly.

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When you don’t really need to drive all that much

As a designated Car Friend, people often ask me: Hey, James. Should I pick up a reasonably-priced used car and drive to the beach and sometimes suburban grocery stores? The answer to this question, of course, is yes, but that answer invites a much lengthier interrogation: What cars should I look at? What’s a good budget? Are private sellers trustworthy? In the spirit of that discussion, what follows is a comprehensive guide to buying cars for people who live somewhere that ensures they don’t really need a car, but maybe it’s nice to have.

It’s a good era to be shopping for used cars. Assuming you don’t rely on your car for daily transportation, it’s possible to get a perfectly decent vehicle for a small investment. Modern autos last far longer than whips of previous generations, and even a car fifteen years old in 2016 ought to feature a solid slate of creature comforts and safety features: power windows, AC, airbags, ABS, etc. The slings and arrows of depreciation ensure that used cars of a certain era trade hands at perhaps 10 or 20 percent of their cost new. What’s more, a savvy motorist can drive one of these used cars for several years, maintain it a bit, then sell it at nearly the same price. There’s a baseline where depreciation slows to a crawl.

You ought to plan on laying out at least $2,500 for a reliable set of wheels. It’s unlikely an example much under that price point will have many years of life left in it. Outliers exist, of course, but the risk somewhat overshadows the reward. On the other end of the spectrum, the once-a-week driver probably doesn’t need to spend more than $5,000. Between those points is the sweet spot for value and reliability.

What types of car am I looking for?

Japanese manufacturers tend to produce the most reliable cars. In the used-car bargain bin, Hondas and Toyotas are the longest lived, and also hold their value a bit better than the competition. Lexuses and Acuras are often perfectly affordable — these are just Toyotas and Hondas by another name. Nissans and Subarus are safe bets, too. Older cars from European makes are hit or miss. Plenty of folks drive their BMWs and Mercedes into the ground without experiencing a major repair bill, but frequent maintenance is critical for more complex, luxurious cars. An aging sports sedan with power seats, air-adjusted suspension and dual climate zones has a lot more components capable of breaking down. Low-end Euros aren’t safe either: elderly VWs in particular should be banished from your search.

American cars tend to be the least expensive on the lot, for good reason. There are certain models from Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, and their sibling brands that are screwed together well (particularly trucks) but many of these products are real duds. Avoid anything that looks like it belongs at a rental counter in LAX circa 2005.

For a consumer in the market for a “regular” car, boring old sedans and compact cars deliver the best value. Trucks, sports cars, Jeeps, etc., are valued by enthusiast communities and command a premium compared to more sedate transportation.

What to look for in a used car ad?

Cliché, but true: the best marketplace to seek a used car is the same venue you used to sell your couch and find a Pokemon trainer: Craigslist. Certain regions have good local-paper classifieds, too, but Craigslist — temple of retro web design — always delivers.

Lots of people fear buying a used car from a private seller, but I prefer to do business with an individual. Dealers don’t know much about the history of their inventory, while a private seller can share the life story of their car. Private sellers are by and large honest, if occasionally less informed than automotive experts. Used car dealers specializing in the cheapest cars, by contrast, are often true bottom-feeders — the fount from which car sales stereotypes emerged. There are reputable used car outlets, but be on guard for a fly-by-night operation.

Here’s an ad that appears to have nothing to hide

In evaluating ads, you’re looking for two things: maintenance history and plenty of clear photos. The more photos, the more likely the car is in good condition. Cars that invite close inspection should be advertised with shots taken from a variety of angles, showing the inside and under the hood. Check that doors all sit level, and that the color of each panel matches exactly — uneven body fit or paint can indicate a prior wreck. Look closely for signs of rust. Rust is the worst, usually a terminal condition, and especially a concern when shopping in the snowy, salty states of the northeast or Midwest.

The more maintenance an owner can demonstrate they’ve performed, the longer their car is likely to last, and the less money you’ll have to put into it. Ask about wear items that need to be regularly replaced: tires, brakes, battery. The longer a car has been with a seller, the more likely it’s been well looked-after. Mileage isn’t an urgent concern — it’s better to buy a thoroughly maintained car with higher miles than a low-mile example suffering from neglect.

Be aware there are certain big-ticket services all cars require as they age. Every 90k miles or so, most cars need to their timing belt and water pump replaced. This can be a costly pit stop, and skipping it is not wise. Cars over 100,000 miles often, but not always, require new exhausts, shocks, wheel bearing or axles — it’s a good sign if these repairs were repaired by the previous owner. If you happen to be shopping for a car with a manual transmission, the typical lifespan of a clutch is 100–150k, so the cost of a replacement should be factored into the purchase of a car that has traveled that range on its original equipment.

I’m going out to see a used car — how do I inspect it?

So, you found a promising lead and it’s time for an-person inspection. Ask the seller if they can avoid starting the car before your visit. Certain ailments are more noticeable on a cold start, so unscrupulous car dealers sometimes take the liberty of warming their goods up. When you get out to see the car, before you turn it on, conduct a walk-around. Do the panels fit tight?

This is the kind of rust that can eat up a car — avoid it!

Is the paint color consistent all around? Is there any rust in the lower edges of the body. The tires should all match and show good depth. Make sure all the lights and signals work, then check that the engine is full of fluids: oil, coolant, power steering and transmission fluid. [note: definitely do NOT check coolant level on a hot engine!] While you’re under the hood, peep the sheet metal around the engine: does it look straight and original? Poke your head under the car and see if it appears to be leaving any puddles of oil or coolant from a fresh leak. If there’s water under the car and the AC was just running, don’t fret! That’s normal.

Assuming you made it this far, it’s time for a drive. Start the car up, listening for untoward noises like squealing belts or a rattling exhaust. Did the check engine light illuminate when the key was in “on” and go away after the engine was started? Test all the accessories: windows, AC, wipers, etc, and hit the open road. Leave the windows down to better hear any potential mechanical issues.

Once you’re on the open road, see how the car responds to changes in speed and RPMs. Does the engine sound smooth or does it stumble? Are gear shifts firm and quick? Are bumps absorbed with aplomb, or does the car feel like it’s too low or too bouncy? On a straight, flat, safe section of road, release the wheel and check that the car drives straight. Push the brakes: do they cause the car to pull to one side?

Once you’re satisfied your potential purchase drives the way it should, it’s time to make an offer and do some paperwork.

How much should I pay for this car?

Uncomfortable as it may be to haggle, negotiations are a fact of life in the used car game. Dealers and private sellers both set their asking price in anticipation of being knocked around a little bit. The typical wiggle room in a used car price is around 10 percent, but don’t let that stop you from bargaining your way to an even better price reduction.

Before you seal the deal, tell the seller that you’re ready to buy, but you’re concerned the asking price is just too high. Often, a seller will do some negotiating on your behalf, and throw out a slightly lower number. Whatever the response to your initial entreaty, don’t accept the quoted figure immediately. Instead, suggest a price twenty-five percent under the most recent offer. That’s an amount close enough to ask to demonstrate you’re serious, and it’s further than halfway under the typical negotiations (ten percent), stacking the deck slightly in your favor. There may be a little back and forth from here out, but stick to your guns. It’s very, very rare to meet a seller with no willingness to deal.

The voyage home

I prefer to bring my used car purchases home immediately after negotiations. I head to the bank and withdraw the full amount (this probably means a visit to a live teller, not the ATM) and fill out the paperwork with the seller on the spot. The seller needs to sign over the title (check that it is “clean,” i.e., not salvage or repair branded), and provide a signature on a bill of sale. The BOS is not a complicated document. In nearly any state, the DMV will accept a handwritten agreement that lists the car’s selling price, Vehicle Identification Number and the names and addresses of the buyer and seller. A couple oddball states like Pennsylvania require this documentation to be notarized—a quick visit to Google should clear up the rules in your state.

If you don’t plan to bring the car home the day you viewed it, leave a deposit (10 percent of the sale price, or $500, whichever is less) and write up an agreement to provide the remainder.

One final hurdle in the transaction process: physically getting the car home. Odds are that on the day of your purchase, you are not equipped with valid registration and license plates for the new car. The easiest solution: drive it home with the old license plates still on the car (they’re valid until the previous owner cancels the registration) and mail the plates back to the seller. If the previous owner balks at this plan, you could ask her to drive the car herself to your home, and then offer to ferry her back. If these options are both off the table, you’ll need to leave the car with the seller and head to the DMV to secure registration. After getting license plates at the DMV, you can return to the seller and drive off into the sunset 100 percent legit.

For most people, buying a used car is a rare occasion indeed, and it’s easy to feel intimidated by the process. Don’t sweat it. There are lots of great used cars out there, and a little bit of research and preparation will go a long way toward a successful purchase. You’re going to do great!

Some Essential Tips to Know Before Buying Used Cars for Sale

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I hope this story serves as a warning to others to be extra vigilant when selling things online. If it prevents even one person from being sucked in, then it will have been worth writing.

I am currently trying to sell my car on TradeMe (for those outside NZ, this is the top online auctions site in the country, similar to eBay).

Within an hour of listing I received a text (from number 538 — itself a little suspicious)…

“Hello, i am texting to know if your vehicle on trademe is still for sale, plz email susanallany@gmail.com as this is urgent”

Upon sending an email to the email address I received the following response…

Thanks for responding, My name is Susan Allan. i want you to get back to me with its current condition,more pictures and your final price as i am looking for a decent bargain. I am an officer with the Royal New Zealand Navy camped in uae and due to the nature of my work, phone use is restricted,reason why Im contacting you with internet messaging. Arrangements will be made to have this picked up from you by a local dubai shipper after payment and all necessary registration/paperwork will be handled as well before pick up.Regards

After I replied with more details and photos, I got the following…

Ok,i just wanted to make sure nothing has been left out
Thanks for the information, it was really of immense help
i am happy to purchase for my son at your asking price and do you have a PayPal account,as i will be paying with PayPal for our own protection,PayPal act as a neutral third party. it is safe,secure and reliable, and also due to the fact that i am currently offshore and i won’t definitely be able to make it to the bank to wires money across to you.It is what safe and convenient for me. plz do check it out.
Regards

The language used in this email seemed a little strange - a bit formal for a kiwi, but I didn’t really think too much of it at the time. I responded once again that I already had a Paypal account and payment via this method would be fine (I also increased the price of the car by $300 to account for the PayPal transaction fees). She replied asking me to create an invoice in PayPal requesting payment. After confirmation I had done this, I then received the following reply…

“ok yes i found the invoice it was sitting in my spam but How do i know you will not run off with my money after the money has been first credited into your account cause we are dealing with a lot of money here and i cannot afford to lose my money just because i want to get a vehicle for my son. So can i trust you ? can you give me your word that everything will be fine. i am sorry if i am a little rude here, hope you can understand my point of view

attached is my proof of identification”

I responded with a photo of my own Driver’s Licence and a link to my LinkedIn profile.

The next response was as follows…

have remitted payment to you via paypal and I also paid paypalcharges to ensure you get your full payment. the shipping address isregistered with paypal and they should send it to you in the paymentnotification. please check your e-mail for confirmation of payment, somake sure you check your inbox message folder and junk folder for theconfirmation email as the money has been completely deducted from my paypal accountAccording to paypal’s instructions, I have added extra $2200.00 NZD to take care of the shipping bills( i had to do that because you are the one to pay the shipper since you are the seller and they are going to pick the item up from you), so email back immediately you receive the confirmation and kindly make sure you read thoroughly through the payment confirmation messages as they should contain guidelines on how to clear your funds into your account immediately.

Again I thought the language a little strange, as was the fact I had to pay for the shipping. However the next two emails really got the alarm bells ringing. They looked genuine (I’ve put them in as images so you get an idea of how good they looked), but what they wanted of me was very suspicious. The From address ‘fastservice@email.com’ was also a red flag…

After replying to the email as instructed, I got the following…

At this point, I figured out that this was most likely a scam, and after doing a quick google search, I found this…

Malaysian Trademe/Paypal Car Scam - Page 12 - ScamBusters New Zealand
With all these scams you should remember that it is virtually impossible to export a New Zealand car to other countries…www.scambusters.co.nz

I have responded to ‘Susan Allan’ asking for further proof of identity, local contact details for the shipping company and a call via Skype. I don’t really expect a reply but will post an update here if I do.

It is obvious that these scammers have been going for a while and have been refining their craft. If you are ever contacted by someone overseas interested in buying your car, be very suspicious, no matter how genuine they seem.