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!