Posts in Kijiji Autos

The Cars of Kijiji in 2013

As Canada’s biggest cars site, we see a huge amount of cars of all varieties bought and sold every day! In 2013, 2,882,023 cars for sale were posted, plus 686,780 trucks for sale, 698,398 SUVs, and 768,527 motorcycles across Canada. In the General Toronto Area, those numbers were 494,043 car ads, 50,869 truck ads, 108,633 SUVs for sale, and 121,193 motorcycles.

Across the country, there were over 3.1 million cars listed by private sellers, and over 1.1 million cars listed by dealers were on Kijiji in 2013. Every minute in the autos section, there was an average of 68 searches, and 21 replies.

The priciest car listed in 2013? A 2012 Bugatti Veyron, for $900,000. Bugatti was also the most expensive brand, with listings averaging $151,832 per vehicle, followed by Lamborghini at $109,865 and Aston Martin at $91,476.

Check back on our multi-part infographic below for more cool stats that will be updated weekly!

 

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Start Your Engines Montreal, See You at the Auto Show!

We’ve packed up the K-Team Van and are heading towards Montreal for the 10-day Montreal International Auto Show!

As the largest autos site in Canada (as well as Québec!) with more than 4.2 million vehicles posted in 2013, Kijiji is the national leader in automotive sales featuring the best selection. Whether you’re looking for a practical commuter or a speedy racer, you will always be able to find your perfect car on Kijiji.

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This year, we have decided to present a spectacular booth that will bring you back to the golden age of auto garages : the 1950s-1960s. The Kijiji Garage will be located on the 5th floor of the Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montreal Convention Centre). Come visit us to shop online for your dream car with the help of our dynamic team, to recharge your cellphone or to rest at one of our vintage workbenches.

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Also, fans of the TV show The A-Team will be able to check out our replica vehicle – the K-Team Van. Get the full K-Team experience by having your photo taken with the van, and make sure you enter in our photo contest on Facebook after the event to win $2,000 worth of upgrades to your vehicle!

If you’ve got a ticket to the Montreal Auto Show this weekend and next, make sure to leave some time in your day to come by our garage to see why Kijiji is Québec’s largest auto site!

Is your car ready for the next snowfall?

When winter approaches, many Canadians turn to classified sites to find good deals on winter tires that meet their needs and still offer good mileage – whether new, previously owned or gently used.

With an estimated 30,000 tire listings on Kijiji, the number of winter tires ads has increased by 33% between 2011 and 2012. As for the total value of transactions, it increased by 94% since 2011 to reach $11.5 million in 2012.

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To help Canadians look for winter tires at a good price without compromising road safety, Kijiji has some key tips to keep in mind:

Check for wear and tear. It is recommended to check the general wear and tear of tires. Check the entire circumference of your tire’s tread and note if there are any unusual wear patterns at extremities (tire lacking air), in the middle (tire too inflated) or on a side (which could indicate a problem of permutation or alignment).

Check if tires are at the end of their life cycle. There are three ways to do this:

  1. The traditional way – Using a quarter, it is possible to determine if your tires are still in shape for another season, which represents approximately 10,000 km. Insert the quarter in the tire grooves. If the tip of the caribou’s muzzle is not visible, then the tires are still good to go.
  2. Indication from the manufacturer – All tires have a wear indicator. The latter is a small rubber square elevation located inside of the main grooves. When the main grooves are worn to the point of being the same height as the indicator (1.6 mm or 2/32 of an inch), it is the time to change those tires.
  3. Using a Tire Groove Depth Gage – The tire groove depth gauge is a small tool to measure the groove’s thickness in 1/32 inches or in millimeters. It is also the most accurate way to determine whether or not it is the time to buy new tires. It is strongly recommended to change tires when the groove is less than 4millimetres high (5/32 inch), but the law allows them to be kept until the groove reaches 1.6 mm (2/32 inch).

Check the tires’ date of production. Even if the tire grooves remain deep enough for operational use in winter conditions, when your tires are older than 6 years, their life cycle is over. If you have any doubts on the status of a tire, please consult a specialist or your dealer for professional advice tailored to your needs.

For more information on tire listings currently on Kijiji, visit Kijiji.ca.

Revving up for snowmobiling season

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Canadians are in for a cold winter with significant snowfall, so trail riders are revving up for the snowmobile season. Did you know that Kijiji sees more than a 150% increase in search queries for snowmobiles during November/December? So, now is the time to buy or sell a winter sled so you can hit the trails all season long.

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Did you know…

  • There are currently close to 20,000 snowmobiles available for sale on Kijiji across the country
  • The average price for a snowmobile on the site is $4,100
  • In the last year, more than 50,000 snowmobiles were sold through Kijiji
  • A new snowmobile as is posted on Kijiji every two minutes
  • The most popular regions for snowmobiling, based on ad postings, are Montreal, Edmonton and Toronto

No matter what brand and budget of snowmobiles you have in mind this winter season, Kijiji’s got you covered.

Canadian Drivers are More Like Justin Bieber than Britney Spears

Still think Canucks are the most modest people around? Think again.

Despite Canada’s reputation as a modest, understated nation, a global survey for Kijiji reveals that when it comes to cars, Canadian drivers value style over substance.  In fact, more than one quarter of Canadian drivers consider themselves “Image Seekers”, which is surprisingly higher than the international average.

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The results from the survey are surprising… and fun!  To illustrate, we’ve taken the liberty of drawing some comparisons between Canadian driving styles and celebrities. As you’ll see below, there may be more “Beliebers” on our roads than ones saying “hit me baby one more time”.

  • Image Seekers (27%) – brand, design and style are most important. Global average: 23 per cent. Celebrity Match: Justin Bieber – his Ferrari F430 is rumoured to be as important to him as his hair.
  • Efficiency Seekers (22%) – brand is less of a priority, but reliability, efficiency, and running costs matter. Global average: 22 per cent. Celebrity Match: Leonardo DiCaprio – he loves hybrids as much as he loves Victoria’s Secret models.
  • Performance Seekers (17%) – handling and power are higher up on the list of priorities.  Global average: 17 per cent. Celebrity Match: Jay Leno – he spends as much time shining his muscle cars or at the race tracks as he does prepping his monologues.
  • Necessity Drivers (19%) – say a car is just a tool to get from A to B; most likely to drive a silver or grey Chevy/Toyota/Chrysler. Global average: 17 per cent. Celebrity Match: James Franco – whether its luxury, electric or compact, he just needs his car to get to his next university class or Funny or Die video shoot.
  • Risk Takers (5%) – parks carelessly, more likely to drink and drive; Global average: 11 per cent. Celebrity Match Example: Lindsay Lohan – do we really need to elaborate?
  • Cautious Drivers (5%) – rarely has accidents or damages their car. Global average: four per cent. Celebrity Match Example: Betty White – her driving record is as golden as her television career.
  • Accident Prone (5%) – despite less obvious risk taking they are still prone to accidents.  Global average: six per cent. Celebrity Match Example: Britney Spears – though she hasn’t ran over a Police officer’s foot or hit a paparazzo lately, she’s not that innocent when it comes to her accident records.

Which driver persona do you think you fall into?  Luckily, as Canada’s largest automotive listing website, Kijiji has cars to suit every make and model of driver. Check out the cars and vehicles section on Kijiji.