The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

THE cheap­est bakkie is al­ways go­ing to be a used one, and many are drawn to de­flated com­pany bakkies at auc­tions.

But un­less you can swing a span­ner, auc­tioned ve­hi­cles are rarely the bar­gain they seem, be­cause auc­tion­eers may le­gally sell voet­stoots and un­less you draw the seller’s at­ten­tion to de­fects be­fore the sale, they are not li­able to fix any faults af­ter the sale.

On top of the fi­nal bid­ding price, you will also have to pay a han­dling or doc­u­men­ta­tion fee of be­tween R1 500 to R2 500; the auc­tion­eer’s com­mis­sion — which can vary from two per­cent to 10% — and fi­nally 14% VAT.

These ex­tras can quickly make your auc­tion bar­gain more ex­pen­sive than a used trade-in on a dealer’s floor.

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