OPINION | Owning a bakkie in South Africa is great, but here's what the salesman never tells you

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2021 Volkswagen Amarok rear bench
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Growing up, I was sure most South Africans were exposed to bakkies. Whether it is a Chevrolet El Camino from 30 or 40 years ago or the newest Toyota Hilux, we've all been in a setting where a bakkie was the focal point.

The word "bakkie" is such a big part of local tradition that the vehicle has become mythical. Okay, perhaps we're stretching it a bit, but it's going to take a monumental effort to dissuade local buyers from purchasing bakkies. It's what we are – a bakkie-mad country, and there's no need to discuss this further as it is the truth.

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