Second hand Gumtree cars are often available at very low prices. The important thing to remember is that buying one of these vehicles comes with fewer guarantees than buying a car from an accredited second hand dealership. It might seem promising to browse the classified ads for the low prices of cars in Cape Town, or Durban, but remember that these cars are often subject to plagues such as rust, and moisture damage. In Gauteng, particularly in Johannesburg and Pretoria, the car is likely to have an incredibly high mileage which means that it is nearing the end of its lifespan. Never ever commit to buying a car before you have test driven it, and have proof of its owner history and accident history.
Another danger with buying second hand Gumtree cars is that a number of people use Gumtree for scams. There are often offers of low prices on vehicles which turn out to be false, or the car itself turns out to be stolen. Though this isn’t always the case, it is sensible to be cautious and to avoid buying a car until you have proof that it is a legitimate sale. Wherever you are in South Africa, whether it is Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg or Pretoria, make sure you exercise caution when browsing these classified ads which are extremely easy to place. Don’t be fooled by offers that are too good to be true, because they probably are.
If you want a car and need to get around Gauteng, then looking at accredited dealers is a much safer way to go. Many car companies offer you low prices on old rental cars, which have lower mileage and are well looked after. This saves you the hassle of trying to return a dodgy car that was bought as a result of scams. Keep your brain engaged when you are buying second hand cars from sites such as Gumtree in SA.