From the rugged terrain of the Drakensberg and the farm roads of the Karoo to the bustling streets of Gauteng, South Africans’ love affair with Bakkies shows no sign of capitulating. However, unlike penguins who mate for life, a motorist’s connection to a single vehicle is never going to be a long-term commitment. And when the time does come to sell your pre-loved bakkie, affection and nostalgia aside, these trusty vehicles are distinguished by their high resale value, guaranteeing you a great deal.
Whether you are looking to sell your second-hand bakkie or want to upgrade to a new one, here’s what you need to know so that you can not only get the best cash price when selling but also buy smart.
Are you selling something old and sentimental?
What is it with the things that start with the letter “B” that are so endearing to South Africans? “Braai’s, Bokke and beaches,” are just a few of our proudly South African mix. But the undisputed king of the “B list” is definitely the Bakkie. Whether bringing the fire to the braai, transporting the crew to a Boks versus All Blacks match, or whisking the family down to Ballito, the bakkie is always your trusted partner to get from A to B.
Bakkie models such as the Toyota Hilux and the Ford Ranger have been ingrained in the South African consciousness for decades. As a result, they are the vehicles in the highest demand – both in the new and used vehicle market. Adding in relatively recent additions such as the VW Amarok, the Nissan Navara and the single cab sensation, the NP-200, you are likely to be sitting on a surprising nest egg!
So don’t just sell your bakkie, Weelee it to ensure that the chickens come home to roost when getting a great cash offer to put towards an imminent upgrade.
Investing in something new for future value retention
Before this blog goes completely down a nostalgic route, it’s important to look at the current trends in the bakkie market, with a view to the future market value when you eventually decide to sell your bakkie.
The models mentioned above will always retain their value. But which other bakkie labels should you be keeping an eye out for, to get maximum moola for your mileage?
With the presence of many Japanese, American and European vehicle manufacturers in South Africa and the availability of parts a major advantage, here is Weelee’s list of the best of the rest:
- Isuzu D-Max – next generation due to launch in Q2 of 2022
- Volkswagen Amarok – built in Pretoria, right alongside its formidable Ford Ranger rival
- GWM Steed and P-Series – luxurious interiors backed up by power performance. (Source: Business Tech – August 2021)
- Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up – a solid alternative to the Ranger/Hilux duopoly!
Weelee can sell your Bakkie for big bucks
At Weelee, Bakkies of all shapes and sizes are in high demand by our pre-approved dealers. Whether you’ve been hoarding a Hilux or relishing a Ranger alternative, our online bidding platform ensures that your current used Bakkie will not only get the attention of our vetted dealers and Weelee buyers but will also get you the best cash price. Quick, safe and convenient – that’s the Weelee promise.