What to consider when buying a good second-hand bakkie

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What to consider when buying a good second-hand bakkie

The used car market for bakkies is bigger than most auto markets. Trying to find a good second-hand bakkie is more difficult than finding a good pre-owned car nowadays, as these vehicles are more likely to suffer wear and tear. And, because these vehicles are mainly used as company vehicles or to transport heavy loads, you also need to look at who the driver was and how they treated the vehicle.

While some second-hand bakkie models will always be good value for money, there are always tips to consider before buying a long-term investment. Here are a few tips for selecting a new bakkie:


  • Do your homework

When the time arrives to buy a second-hand bakkie, you need to do your research. The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of bakkie you want, be it a diesel or petrol engine, a double or single cab, or a manual or automatic. Besides that, you need to set up a budget which can accommodate the type of bakkie and features you want. Bear in mind that each model is different and unless you are loyal to a specific brand, you should weigh up your options before splurging on something that might put you in debt. For example, if you need to purchase something efficient for working purposes, then there are many double cab bakkies for sale under R60 000 that will serve you well for many years to come.

Try to make a list of the essential features that you want your bakkie to have. Once you have a clear understanding of what you want, shop around and consider the different dealers and private sellers who are advertising something you like.


  • Choosing between manual or automatic

Choosing a manual or automatic bakkie is dependant on your preference. A manual vehicle wastes less energy to friction than most automatic bakkies. However, many car owners need to be prepared to replace their clutch every four years or so, depending on the driver’s driving habits. And, not to mention, these clutches only increase in prices, according to the different makes and models.

While most people consider manual bakkies straight off the bat, automatics have advantages that should be considered. For example, lugging heavy loads is impossible, because the transmission changes to a lower gear before the engine even starts to feel the extra stress.


  • Do you want a petrol or diesel engine

Diesel bakkies are usually more expensive than petrol ones, because of the engines, but in the long run, you’re saving more on fuel. Diesel engines use about 20% less than petrol engines for doing the same thing. You’ll be shocked at how much petrol heavy vehicles can consume in a short space of time. As much as this is personal preference, and largely dependant on your budget, take the time to do your research and learn more about the differences between petrol and diesel engines. The last thing you want is not being able to operate your vehicle because it costs too much to fill with fuel.


  • Other considerations

With a bakkie, there is more to it than what meets the eye. You need to look at the vehicle’s suspension to ensure that it provides a comfortable drive, the wheels because they need to be able to withstand difficult and rocky terrain, as well as the bodywork of the vehicle. The look and feel of the vehicle needs to provide safety and security for the driver, and you need to ensure that the body panels are stress-free. Another thing to consider is the loading area and the off-road ability. Whatever you choose to do with your vehicle, make sure it provides you with the space and features you need to successfully complete a task.


Last but not least, don’t forget to go for a test drive. While it may look perfect from the outside, and have all the features and accessories you’re interested in having, the test drive will give you the answer you need before going ahead and purchasing a new car. You will need to test if the engine starts easily and idles smoothly, as well as provides you with a smooth drive. Depending on where you are doing your test drive, the startup feeling you get will tell you a lot about the previous owner and the vehicle’s maintenance history.

When you’re driving, listen for any strange noises. These vehicles are strong and durable, therefore they should be able to accelerate smoothly, making you feel safe and secure. When you change gears, you should also monitor the clutch performance as well as the feeling you get when you brake. The steering wheel should also turn with ease, and if you let go of the wheel it should continue to drive straight and not steer off the road, moving to a specific side.

After the drive, make sure you’re happy with the exterior and interior of the vehicle to look out for damage, rust or previous repairs. Other factors such as the wheels can be changed at a later stage, but make sure to look at the most important features and parts that could make or break your purchase.


Final words

Buying a bakkie is a long-term investment. While it may feel like the process for a second-hand vehicle shouldn’t be as strict and time-consuming as new vehicles would, it’s still worth purchasing something that will give you years of happy driving. Make the most of your experience, prepare and do your research to ensure that whatever you do end up buying, you’re happy with.

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