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CarLook.co.za has been in the development for the past three years. We approached many dealers to gain an understanding of what they were looking for from an online marketing platform and in the same token interviewed potential buyers to gain an understanding of what they were looking for when surfing to buy a vehicle. With this wealth of knowledge we developed our CarLook.co.za which is currently the most user friendly search engine for both dealer and the rapidly growing “novice surfer” market today. We are a pure search engine without the aggressive adverts shouting at you when you log on to a site, having said that, the only advertising we are offering of which two spots have already been confirmed for the new year are ABSA vehicle finance and an Insurance company. We are offering banner ads from the second page onwards. If you are already an ABSA approved finance house then we have good news for you. CarLook.co.za have negotiated that the commission gets paid out to the dealer that banks the deal, we will initiate the initial process of qualification through our platform and thereafter it is for the dealer to load the deal and claim the comm.
Further value adds are:
1. CarLook.co.za is a dealer only platform. We do not entertain private sales for various reasons:
a. We believe that the dealer should not compete with the man on the street who can sell his car for whatever price he requires.
b. Our slogan “quality used vehicles from reputable dealers”
c. Online fraud is a frequent occurrence and we will not entertain it in any way.
2. We do not hold any customer details on our server.
a. Mails are sent direct to the intended dealer.
b. Dealer has peace of mind that we are not sharing leads.
c. Customer receives a confirmation mail that the dealer has been notified, Dealer contact details and a link back to that specific vehicle.
d. The fact that we do not have information on our platform reduces our risk of being hacked, thus making us a safe site to surf.
3. Dealer Showroom
a. This allows a potential customer to go direct to the dealers showroom as appose to searching through all vehicles brought up by the search criteria.
b. Showroom can be customised to look like the dealers platform with branding etc.
c. Customers can add to favourites and view their selection at the end of their session.
4. Simple to use yet feature enriched platform.
a. Simple search criteria on front page.
b. Search memory carried over on to second page, this allows the buyer the ability extend the depth of his search with ease.
c. Multiple sort abilities, By Vehicle, By Year, By Mileage, By Price....
d. Dynamic search engine. Buyer can simply type in a key word (eg: white leather...) and the search is automatically adjusted to meet the request as the words are being typed.
e. TELL A FRIEND : This feature send a mail to the intended person making mention of the friend who recommended the vehicle and a url link to the specific vehicle. The sender also receives a confirmation mail that His/Her friend has been notified.
f. ADD TO FAVOURITES: This allows the potential buyer to add vehicles to favourite list and view them later.
g. CONTACT SELLER : This allows the potential buyer to send a mail direct to the seller informing them of His/Her interest and their contact details. The customer receives a confirmation mail containing the dealers details and a URL Link the specific vehicle.
h. The potential customer does not get rerouted to a separate page when viewing a vehicle. The image opens up on the page and can be viewed one at a time or as a slide show depending on the number of images. The image bar closes automatically after the show leaving the customer to decide if they would like to add to favourites or contact the seller.
5. Auto reroute to Mobile platform
a. Our biggest challenge in S.A. aside from crime is lack of bandwidth. Our mobile platform is text driven till the last selection after which it displays the images of car and the contact seller option.
b. The potential buyer has a quick response even in areas with limited bandwidth.
A guide with information and tips on how to care for and maintain your car provided by CarLook.co.za
We recommending visiting your local dealership for your vehicle's maintenance however you may wish to carry out some of the periodic checks below yourself. If you notice anything unusual while checking your car visit your local car dealer.
• Change your oil and oil filter as recommend in your owners manual.
• Cooling Systems
• The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled every 2 years. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.)
• The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should also be checked.
• Windscreen Wipers / Washers
• Worn wiper rubbers will leave streaks across you windscreen and should be replaced.
• Top up washer bottel with a mixture of de-icer screen wash and clean water.
• Remove corrosion with boiling water. Avoid splashing or contact with battery acid.
• Non sealed batteries: Check fluid level in each of the cells
• Check all connections are tight.
• Check the operation of all lights, replacing bulbs and damaged lenses as required.
• Check pressures (including spare) are as stated in your owners manual.
• Check the wear is even and the tread is well above the 1.6mm legal minimum. It is not always good practice to get every last mm out of tyres as 90% of puntures happen when the tyre is 90% worn.
• Check of bulges on the sides of tyres.
• Emergency Equipment
• Check you have basic equipment that will get you through some of the more common motoring 'emergencies'
• Wheel brace and jack.
• Basic tools.
• Mobile Phone.
• Spare bulb fuses kit.
• First aid kit.
Guide on the best way to sell your car, with advice and tips provided by Carlook.co.za
To get the best price for your car, a little preparation will make a lot of difference. If you take that little bit of extra care now you will reap the rewards when you're vehicle goes up for sale. If you notice any problems with your vehicle while preparing it for sale why not check with your local dealer.
• Clean inside and out.
• Give it a wax / polish and try to remove and light scratches and marks
• Remove all rubbish: empty the ash tray and put in an air freshener.
• Lift all floor mats and hoover seats and floor carpets including the boot.
• Remove personal belongings, especially those that rattle or will distract the driver.
• Carry out a basic maintenance check.
• Include all fluid levels e.g. oil, coolant, brake, battery, washer.
• Tyre pressures.
• Operation of all lights and other electrical items.
• Get together all your vehicle records.
• V55 (registration document)
• All Service certificates (if the vehicle is over 3 years old)
• Service / maintenance receipts, service history.
• Your proof of ownership e.g. the last owners reciept.
• Check you have all keys including spares, alarm, remote locking controls, locking wheel not key, radio security code.
• If you have outstanding finance check with your lender about early settlement if required.
• Decide on a reasonable price given the vehicles condition, accessories fitted, age and mileage. Check other adverts from private sellers (dealers will be charging more as they offer warranties and a higher level of security to a buyer).
• Take four pictures of your car to use in your advert. If you have a digital camera save the images as 'JPEG' files. The image will not need to be larger than 640 x 480 pixels if your camera has this option. If you have a scanner, scan the images (you only need a resolution of 72 dpi (dots per inch) for web pages) and save as 'JPEG' files.
Advertise your car....
• Add 4 pictures for maximum effect. Add at least one picture from the front corner, one from the opposite side rear corner and one of the driving area through the open drivers door.
• Select all the features your vehicle has from the drop down list.
• Add as much information as you can in the 'Other Information' box. Don't simply list things, write a sentence or two about your vehicle, its condition and history, reason for sale, unusual extras etc.
• If you choose to display your telephone number, ensure you have all your vehicle documentation to hand so you can answer buyers questions.
• Request that buyers who would like to visit and test drive your car bring their driving licence and proof of insurance (if your insurance will not cover them). Walk away from the deal if you have any suspicion.
• Be prepared to have buyers wanting to visit at short notice.
• Avoid buyers meeting at your home. Rather a local police station or public place.
Showing your car to buyers....
• Check out our Buyers guide to get an idea what people will be looking for and the questions they will ask.
• Consider any offer made below the asking price in relation to other similar vehicles you have seen for sale, the condition of your vehicle and its history (i.e. number of owners, servicing record) and accessories fitted (some accessories - even expensive ones - do not enhance the value of the car to most buyers, so don't always hold out for that extra money, where possible offer to remove the expensive accessory and sell it separately or fit it to your next car).
• If the buyer is a trader or from a car dealership, they are considered professionals and as long as your vehicle is as described (e.g. the mileage is accurate, it has not been stolen or subject to finance) they will not have the 'come back' that other private buyers will have. For this reason and the fact they they normally act very quickly, it maybe worth considering a slightly lower price in this type of transaction.
• Discuss any items that are currently in the vehicle which you intend to remove e.g. Tax discs can be cashed in (forms available from your Post Office)
Agree a price and collection date....
• Once you have agreed on the terms of the sale put everything in writing, including a collection date and obtain the new owners full contact details.
• Request a deposit.
• Agree terms on payment of the balance. Bankers draft is normal. If you will want to confirm the drafts authenticity arrange to complete the transaction during banking hours so you can ring the bank that issued it.
• Do not hand over vehicle documentation at this stage such as the Vehicle registration documents...
• Remove all your personal belongings.
• Remove any items you have agreed that are not part of the transaction.
• Issue a reciept to the buyer and hand over all vehicle documentation.
Guide on what to look for when you buy a second hand car, with advice and tips provided by CompuCars.
If you are unsure about items below or would like a second opinion, consider membership of an organisation such as the AA who offer members full vehicle inspection reports.
When to view....
• Try to view cars when they are dry and in natural good light.
Where to view....
• Always try to inspect the vehicle at the sellers address.
Questions To Ask....
• Is the mileage displayed correct (if it is getting this is writing)
• Is the vehicle subject to finance (i.e. does a finance company have legal ownership due to a Hire Purchase loan agreement). Always check the car at your local licence office for finance, if it is stolen, or has been a write off. The seller may have proof of purchase showing payment was made by them in cash which will help to reassure you - but the only way to check is to carry out a check through your local licence office.
• Has the vehicle ever been subject to a total loss claim (written off by an insurance company) or involved in a major accident. If you would like reassurance carry out a check through your local licence office. If the vehicle has covered more that 80000 – 100 000 kms ask if the cambelt has been replaced (not all vehicles have rubber cambelts, but those that do require period replacement to avoid costly repairs when they break).
• If there any warranty available (even a vehicle offered for private sale may have some warranty remaining either from when it was new or when bought second hand from a dealer. Most warranties are transferable when buying privately but check for transfer terms and that the warranty requirements have been met e.g. services carried out on time, and that the mileage has not exceeded the maximum allowable). You can always purchase a warranty on a used car (even if brought privately) through Warranty Direct.
• What method of payment would the seller be looking for - finance (at a dealership) or bankers draft should be considered preferable to cash which is not easily accountable or traceable.
Documents to check....
• Vehicle Registration Documents
• If private sale the sellers name and address would normally be the same as that shown on the VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENT unless you are buying from a trader / dealer. If the name shown is not the same, ensure you are happy with the identity of the seller and their legal ownership and right to sell the vehicle.
• The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is the same as shown on the vehicle. The VIN is normally embossed on the bulkhead behind the engine and also on a small silver plate, also normally in the engine bay area. Check both for signs of tampering. VIN plates should not normally be loose, and you would expect the area not to look cleaner than the rest of the engine area. Often the area would have a light protective coating applied when new, look for signs this has been removed around the area where the VIN is embossed. It is possible to fill and emboss a modified VIN.
• If you can see the serial number of the engine (position varies but will be on the main engine block and should not have been removed) check that it is ties up with the Vehicle Registration Document.
• The number plates fitted to the vehicle show the same registration mark that is recorded on the VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENT. If the vehicle is currently undergoing a cherished (private number) transfer the seller should have paperwork relating to this.
• If the vehicle is over 3 years old, check the service history.
• The mileage recorded on current and previous should be as expected and tie up with any other documents showing dates and mileages e.g. service invoices.
• The registration / VIN shown on the certificate is correct.
• Service and other maintenance records
• If invoices are available check dates and mileages are as you would expect.
• The name on the invoice would normally be that of the vehicle owner at the time so check this is who you would expect.
• Look for comments / notes on invoices indicating problems the owner has reported or items the dealer is recommending receive attention.
Before driving check....
• Under the bonnet
• Fluid levels and colour
• Engine oil is within the levels indicated on the dipstick.
• Brake fluid is clear and above the minimum level.
• Coolant should not be milky.
• Automatic vehicles may have an additional dipstick for the transmission fluid.
• Signs of oil or other fluid leaks.
• Colour of all painted areas is as you would expect and that there are no signs of small amounts of spray paint on engine or other items where you would not normally expect to see it.
• The front cross member and radiator look to be straight and do not show signs of having been twisted in an impact.
• Outside the vehicle
• Walk around the vehicle, at a distance of about 9 feet.
• Gaps between doors, wings, bonnet etc should look even.
• Colour of panels match, and that there is not a gradual change in colour of the car across the length of a panel.
• While still at a good distance, look across the panels (e.g. bonnet, roof) and down the side to view doors and the sills below looking for larger more gradual dents which are often easy to miss when you stand closer.
• Walk around the vehicle again, but much closer.
• Look for signs of small amounts of spray paint on door rubbers, suspension, wheel arch liners which may indicate repairs.
• Check for scratches or other damage. Again look across the panels and down the sides of the vehicle for smaller less noticeable dents.
• Look for rust or other early signs of corrosion especially along the edges of panels and the bottom of doors.
• Paintwork should not show signs of flaking, a problem which will normally become worse across the affected panel or area repaired.
• Tyres should show even wear have more than the legal minimum of 1.6mm tread, and be free from bulges or cuts.
• Wheel rims should feel smooth and be free from dents and chunks missing.
• All external lights should be free from cracks. Rock the car slightly looking for signs of water movement inside the lamp units which is often hard to see when it is not moving.
• If the vehicle has a manual radio aerial, ensure it rises and closes - which will not be possible if it has been damaged.
• Inspect all glass for scratches and chips.
• All doors should open and close without catching on other panels, and those fitted with external locks should operate correctly (normally with a single key). If remote locking is available check all doors lock when it is operated.
• All external lights operate correctly including high/low beam, reverse, driving / front fog lights and rear fog light(s), indicators and hazards.
• That the vehicle is not too large for your garage / parking area.
• Inside the vehicle
• Look for tears, cigarette burns and stains on all interior trim, including seats, door trim and dashboard.
• There should be no signs of the odometer (mileage) area of the dash board having been removed. Look closely at the retaining screws for signs of silver where paint has been removed from them when they were being undone. Look very closely at the mileage displayed. Parts of the white digits of manual odometers should not have been coloured with a black pen! Digital odometers should display the numbers evenly and not have slightly dimmer elements of a number (where the computer has been tampered with to force a segment to illuminate or fade so as to make a number appear to be a lower than it really is e.g. fading two segments of the "8" digit will make it appear to be a "2"
• Lift floor mats to view floor carpets. Small fragments of glass in the carpet may be a sign of break in or accident.
• Don't forget to look up! Check the roof lining for tears and marks which are often hard to remove.
• Check the operation of accessories e.g. stereo, air conditioning, central locking, electric windows, sunroof (manual windows / sunroof should be opened and closed), fan, wipers and washers, horn, interior lights etc.
• The windscreen should be free from stone chips and scratches, especially in the drivers line of sight. Although you have checked this externally the procedure should be repeated from inside.
• Lift boot carpet
• Check for spare wheel, jack and wheel brace. Ensure the spare tyre is in good order.
• There should be no signs of ripples in the metal indicating that it has been compressed in an impact. If the spare wheel is inside the boot, check the gap around the tyre is even and has not been compressed into an oval shape.
• Glass fragments may be a sign of accident damage.
• Ensure that rear seats fold or remove as you expect.
• If you happen to notice any maintenance / repair invoices relating the to vehicle in the glove box, door pockets or under the seats - Check hem!
• Check you and all other drivers of the vehicle fit comfortably into the driving seat.
• Check you are comprehensively insured before taking the vehicle out onto the road. Most insurance policies only offer third party cover when driving a car that does not belong to you. What would you do if you damage the sellers car - and don't want to buy it!
Test drive the vehicle....
• Remember to drive with the radio switched off!
• Warning lights should not illuminate.
• Brake moderately from about 50mph checking car slows as you would expect and without vibration of brake pedal or steering wheel and any other unexpected effects such as loud grating noises.
• Listen for a droning noise which varies with vehicle but not engine speed.
• Cars with power steering: As you turn the wheel slowly, check that there is not a feeling of the effort required quickly and repeatedly becoming slightly easier then harder.
• The steering wheel should not start to shake at speed.
• The vehicle should drive in a straight line without constant correction (allow for the camber of most roads falling off to the left).
• Manual gearbox
• The gear change should be smooth and go into each gear without difficulty.
• When accelerating then decelerating with the accelerator pedal, the gearbox should not pop out of gear.
• Check that when under load e.g. accelerating hard or driving up a steep hill, the engine speed does not rise faster than you would expect for the speed you are travelling.
• Automatic gearbox
• The gears should change when you expect, without pausing or changing unexpectedly.
• When driving about 30 mph, depress the accelerator suddenly (speed limits permitting) to ensure the gearbox 'kicks down' to a lower gear.
• The engine speed should increase in line with the vehicle speed.
• After driving, when the car is warm and still running
• Check for any unusual smoke or smells
• The engine bay area should look as it did before, with no new fluid leaks.
• The exhaust gasses should not be excessive in amount or a strong blue / grey in colour.
• Ensure that the seller agrees, in writing, to all sale conditions.
• Items to be repaired / replaced / added.
• If your purchase is 'subject to' a condition being met e.g. satisfactory independent inspection.
• Any warranty details.
• Collection date.
• Deposit paid.
• Balance due and payment method. Always make bankers drafts payable to the seller and NOT a third party.
• Arrange your motor insurance cover for the agreed delivery date.
• Things to remember to take with you.
• If taking finance from a dealer
• To take your driving licence and any other proof of identity requested.
• Proof of comprehensive insurance.
• If part exchanging your old car
• VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENT (registration document)
• All vehicle keys, including alarm, locking wheel nut key, remote locking keys, stereo security code key.
• M.O.T. if your vehicle requires one.
• Service / maintenance records, service book.
• Remove all your personal belongings.
• The balance due.
• Check the vehicle
• Condition internally and externally is as before.
• Items such as spare wheel, jack and wheel brace, stereo and other removable items are still in the car.
• Road fund licence (tax disc) is valid and displayed.
• Obtain all paperwork you have previously viewed
• Service / maintenance receipts and service book.
• Your portion of the VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENT (registration document)
• M.O.T. if applicable.
• Stereo security code (if applicable)
• Warranty book
• Obtain all keys including spares, alarm keys, remote locking controls, locking wheel nut key etc
• Obtain a receipt for all payments you have made.