BEWARE: When buying a second hand car – check, recheck and check again

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Lately, we had a number of complaints involving second hand{nl}cars.  Consumers who bought these found{nl}that the cars they bought were defective and soon after they got them needed{nl}extensive repairs. 

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Consumers need to be careful especially when buying from{nl}individuals.  Here are some points you{nl}need to be careful of:

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If you’re buying from a private individual, Consumer laws,{nl}which may provide certain protection, do not apply;

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If you’re buying from a dealer, then these laws apply;

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Always have a contract of sale drawn up.  This will show you who the real owner{nl}is.  You may still be buying a car from a{nl}dealer on behalf of someone else.  In{nl}this case, since the owner is not the dealer you are not protected by Consumer{nl}Affairs legislation though you still have your rights on civil grounds. 

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If you ask for an inspection ask for a full service report{nl}as the company may provide different levels of inspection.  Always ask for a written report;

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If you’re buying a car which has been imported, check{nl}carefully the documents.  Check{nl}especially the mileage documents.  We had{nl}several instances where the mileage instruments and documents were tampered{nl}with;

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Ask for a very recent VRT certificate.