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Lemons, skedonks, skoro-skoro: What to do if you've bought a defective used vehicle

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With the used-vehicle market booming under the global pandemic, South Africans have changed their car-buying patterns to what is more financially viable.

Autotrader has revealed that used-car searches have increased significantly since the national lockdown began in March, and not much as changed. The online car sales platform has also revealed that used cars are now between R10 000 and R40 000 cheaper than what they were two months ago.

They're better known as lemons, skedonks, or even skoro-skoro, and so many Wheels24 readers email us weekly about defective used vehicles they have purchased. 

We've asked legal experts LawForAll to share valuable advice regarding vehicle purchasing as well as what to do if you're the victim of an unscrupulous dealer or private seller.

LawForAll Adv Kaiel Grobler said: "Other than being the more pocket-friendly option, buying a used vehicle has other advantages as well. For starters, there is a wide variety of previously owned cars on the market, so you can pretty much find any make or model."

"Of course, as with most things in life, it's not all just smooth sailing. Buyers also need to be aware of the potential pitfalls of buying a second-hand car. Issues can range from mechanical difficulties and undisclosed damage to expired warranties and trouble finding replacement parts. So, it all comes down to doing thorough research and approaching a variety of sellers."

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