Used cars for sale in South Africa

Try our used car search to quickly find matches to your desired vehicle criteria or browse our used cars for sale stock below by either your preferred car brand, area, category or our top car model searches.

Tips on buying used cars

Why buy used cars?

Of course the thought of buying a used car is not always as attractive as that of buying a new motor car model, but there are many advantages to used cars: You can afford a higher model with more luxury or performance. Our current market means there are loads of good quality, well priced used cars to choose from. It may also be easier to obtain car finance as prices are lower. Car insurance rates are generally more affordable. Many used cars are still under manufacturer warranty or come with an extended motor plan.

Which used car can I afford to buy?

Before looking at used cars decide what your monthly budget can afford. A good rule to use is that your total monthly car repayments shouldn't exceed 20% of your salary after tax. This may also be too much for you to afford, depending on other expenses you incur. You also need to consider availability of a lump sum for deposit on the second hand vehicle and monthly fees such as car insurance. Also bare in mind that you should not spend your entire budget every month. As with any car, but more so with used cars, things can and do go wrong. Make allowance for this so that you are not unprepared should an event arise.

Does the used car for sale meet my current needs

Depending on your personality and where you are in life, your car needs (and wants) will vary hugely. If you already have a used car brand that you like, take the time to have a look at other car brand competitors which may provide the same features and better suit your financial needs. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding different car brands, this may be due to bad experiences in the past or exposure to different marketing campaigns. Remember, different car manufacturers have different target markets and offerings, finding the ideal brand of car that suits your requirements will mean you are not paying for features you may not actually need.

Finding a good used car for sale deal

The market value of used cars is based on their condition, mileage and of course their popularity and availability. Certain used cars are very popular in the South African market, these cars are usually snapped up quickly or overpriced, which means that if you're desperate to get hold of one of them you'll pay a premium! You may also have to sacrifice on certain features as choice is limited. Other cars are readily available and with plenty to choose from, here you may find a car or many cars that most closely meet your needs. Popular, available used cars for sale are usually where the bargains are found.

So you've got a short list of used cars you're interested in buying, now what?

Do some investigating on the used cars you've narrowed you list down to: Visit the Cars.co.za brand page for the car you have selected. Here you will find news and real user reviews about the brand or model you are interested in. You may also find it useful to visit our new car section to obtain the purchase price of a new model. This will give you an idea of the value you're getting from your used car deal.

Do a search on our site a see what cars for sale are available!

Test drive the used cars

Pre-arrange to see the cars you've found and that you think are viable options to suit your lifestyle and budget. Be careful to buy cars only from reputable sources where the vehicles have been properly checked and are fully road worthy. If you are buying privately, ensure that you meet the seller in a safe environment and be vigilant.

Please note that tips provided on buying used cars are meant only as a guide to the car buyer.

Used car searching on Cars.co.za

  • Narrow down our Cars for sale list by using our car search to find both new cars and used cars.
  • Input your desired make, model, car price range and area via the used cars search form.
  • Browse through the returned car search results for vehicles which interest you.
  • Once you've found a suitable car, contact the relevant car dealers or private seller for more vehicle information.
  • Use our wishlist tool to keep track of and compare your used cars.
  • If you would rather browse our stock, click here to view all used cars for sale in South Africa.
  • You may also obtain car insurance quotes online for your selected used cars.
  • Upgrading your car? Want to place your current pre-owned car for sale? Click here to sell your car
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