I am about to make my first couple of thousand Rand off a car. After an unsuccessful try at selling my 318i with AAAutobay I found a dealer down the road that does an AA test and gives a guarantee on the car.
Autobay is not great as they have a few flaws:
They don’t do trade ins
Take longer…… you could have by then bought and sold the next vehicle.
I may try this route next time…….. just as a practical comparison……..but my gutt feel tells me to rather find a dealer that still offers trade in and some guarantee but wants less commission. I however feel I have found a wining formula with the guys on the corner though.
My next step is to buy the next car on auction for a good price. The theory is as follows:
Stick to ones that have maintenance plan.
Phone the nearest dealer and ask to confirm if the car is still on maintenance plan and if it has been in any accidents.
Don’t by from Burchmores, they are not much cheaper than going to any of your local second hand guys. If you do a proper search on Autotrader you will be able to pick a better deal anyway (just be prepared to drive to the next town for the good deal…. R400 in petrol is well worth the R10k you WILL save).
Generally when buying from dealers…… when you are offering cash…… you can be cheeky and offer between R10 and 30k less than the advertised price depending on the price of the car.
Make sure when buying on auction that you have done your research on Autotrader and phoned your local dealer to get a good idea of the trade and retail prices of the cars you are interested in buying……….. act like you already own it and are wanting to trade it in to them on one of their cars on the floor…………
So here goes. Wish me luck. In the next two to three weeks I will be the proud owner of a repossessed Merc, BMW or Audi bought on auction for a discounted price.
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