There are many factors to consider when buying a used car. We want to make this decision a little bit easier to make, so we’ve come up with a simple infographic below that lists 10 important questions you should ask when shopping for a used car. Make sure you get as much of this information from the seller as possible to avoid any surprises.
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For years, Canadians across the country have come to know Kijiji as a go-to destination when purchasing a quality used vehicle. Not only are we the largest automotive site in the country, but have almost 350,000 cars listed coast-to-coast at any one time. This isn’t surprising, as the latest National Kijiji Auto Survey tells us that 65 per cent of Canadians feel that it’s more important to have a reliable car than a reliable government!
Based on our Local Heroes submissions, our readers have told us how they’ve had tremendous success in buying and selling used vehicles on Kijiji. In this week’s highlights, we’re showcasing how our latest car ownership stats are evident in some recent stories you’ve sent in.
FACT: 12% OF CANADIANS FEEL A SPORTS CAR MATCHES THEIR PERSONALITY
While many Canadians use our car listings to find family vehicles, luxury sedans, and SUVS; Kijiji has also been a place where buyers can scout out their dream sports and performance vehicles, such as in our one Local Hero story from Ross Scott.
For years, Ross had searched Kijiji for the perfect muscle car to add to his garage. While he had countless model options from 1950 to 2005 at his fingertips, nothing caught his attention until his dream car listing arrived one evening. She was a stealth black 1985 Buick Grand National – one of just 2000 made that year, and one of only 153 that made it across the border.
Not only was this a rare vehicle, but one found at a terrific price. Despite being valued at more than $15K, Ross was able to pick his up for only $6, 900; a great value with a little elbow grease thrown in.
FACT: 47% OF CANADIANS’ IDEAL AUTO PURCHASE IS A NEARLY-NEW MID-LEVEL LUXURY VEHICLE
It’s great to hear that almost half of all Canadians would rather buy a used, mid-level luxury vehicle than buy new if it was easy to find and affordable. Something our Kijiji Autos section knows a thing or two about.
In our second Local Heroes Inside Story, Rob Scharf tells a story of following this trend when he needed to find a safe, reliable, and comfortable vehicle to pick up his three step-children from college during the winter months. While he was currently driving a newer Chevrolet HHR crossover, he didn’t feel it would perform as well in icy conditions as a full-fledged 4×4 SUV.
Rob initially looked at a more heavy-duty SUV, such as a Jeep Wrangler, which has the capabilities he needed. However, one sleepless night around he decided to check out the listings and managed to find a 2007 Hummer H3 listed for a full $5000 less than the Wranglers he was finding. It was a done deal – especially considering that his car insurance dropped as a result of the switch.
In Canada, 27 per cent of the population considers their relationship with their car to be ‘In love’ with their vehicle; Rob is now part of that statistic – and you can be too! Check out our incredible listings, then come back and tell us by submitting your own Kijiji Local Heroes story!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.