When shopping for a used vehicle, you are certainly spoilt for choice, but with that comes an increasing risk of making the wrong choice.
A quick search on the internet for a used Toyota Hilux, for instance, will unearth many resellers, websites, private sellers and dealers who offer South Africa’s favourite pick-up for sale. At the same time, many of these websites will list many different models, different engine options, vehicles with different mileages and a multitude of different options.
With so many options, it is easy to get confused. Are you comparing two similar vehicles, of the same condition and with roughly the same number of kilometres travelled? What about optional extras, small dents and scratches or the vehicle’s service history?
At the same time, you may start to wonder about the credentials of the seller. We are all familiar with stories told around the dinner table of scammers or thieves who swindle used vehicle buyers out of their hard-earned money, leaving the buyer carless and moneyless.
One of the best ways of taking the risk out of buying or selling a used vehicle, such as the used Toyota Hilux mentioned before, is to speak to a Toyota specialist.
Automark was established in 1982 as a used Toyota specialist. In the 36 years since opening its doors at the first Toyota dealer, it has become the leading authority on used Toyota vehicles and many other used vehicles to boot.
When buying a used Toyota from an Automark specialist, you can rest assured that a person who is intimately familiar with every type of Toyota has inspected the vehicle. This specialist will know what to look for in any type of model and will be able tell if the vehicle is in a good condition, both mechanically and cosmetically.
This same specialist will often send the vehicle to an approved Toyota repairer to remove small dents and scratches, while the on-site technical specialists at the Toyota dealer will often be able to repair or service the vehicle before it is offered for sale.
At the same time, Automark checks the vehicle against a number of national databases. In doing so, it can verify that the odometer is accurate, that the vehicle has not been stolen or that the previous owner has relinquished ownership. It will often also be able to tell if the vehicle has been in an accident before and has since been repaired.
As part of these checks, Automark will guarantee that your used Toyota’s odometer, the details of the previous owner and the exact model information has been verified and are accurate. This is part of the famous Automark Promise that you have heard off.
Automark also has specialists on hand to check for correctly coded spare keys and other small details that you may often overlook when buying a vehicle from a private seller or a non-approved dealer.
At the same time, one should not overlook the value of having a Toyota specialist determine the value of your ideal used Toyota. Since Automark deals in so many different Toyota models, it has a very good idea of the used vehicle market and will be able to negotiate a market-related price with a seller and offer a good deal to a prospective buyer.
Lastly, Automark will be able to take care of the necessary paperwork, including vehicle registration, a road worthy certificate and transfer of ownership documents for you. There is no need to try and find these documents from a private seller or try to source missing documents for a vehicle that you have just bought from a non-approved dealer.
To learn more about the documents that you require when buying a used vehicle and the type of questions that you should ask the seller, do not hesitate to visit your nearest Automark dealer. It has many specialists on hand who will help you ask the right questions and who will most certainly be able to find the best second-hand Toyota for your budget in its national database.