BEWARE THAT WEE HAMMER!
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.