The Reason Most Families Select Good Second Hand Cars For Sale.
Anyone considering buying second hand cars in South Africa might identify with this story.
As a child, I remember watching and helping my older brother fix a second hand car that had been given to him, but it was mostly just rust – literally! It arrived at our house after being towed there with engine parts in the back seat and holes everywhere – some big enough for you to fit a tennis ball through! Hardly the kind of used car that you would give as a gift, but for a 16 year old the temptation of a surfers panel van was really too hard to resist. I imagine he must have had some kind of beautiful vision of the coastal road with surfboards on the roof and Bob Marley playing in the background, because I’m not too sure that there are many (if in fact any) teenagers who would look upon the rust heap as a blessing. As you might have guessed we weren’t your mediocre family, and we were very lucky to have a Dad with probably the most organised workshop for miles and miles. We had access to; sand blaster guns, angle grinders, 3 sorts of drilling machines, pneumatic pop riveters and all manner of smaller power tools – probably 2 of a kind!
We all set to work, this old second hand car was systematically taken apart, “brushed”, polished and put back together again: the whole car under went this process. It was a giant task, not only rebuilding the engine, but the panel work was a giant task as it was riddled with rust that had to be ground out, wire brushed, body filled, sanded, primed and then finally re-sprayed and buffed. It was tedious back breaking work, but it happened (edged on by the surfers dream). It was a great education for all and I helped where ever I could, probably got in the way a few times, but small hands are useful when bolts drop down into small tight places!
Needless to say, after many months and almost every single weekend, the van was taking shape – the engine had been removed (yes, we had a block and tackle on an I-Beam), new parts fitted or old parts cleaned and the dashboard cleaned and rebuilt and seats replaced. The back of the van had been re-carpeted complete with a few secret compartments, probably to stash a few beers and cigarettes (or whatever). And then the most amazing thing happened! The engine was turned over a few times and the old panel van jumped into action! Great cheers and hoots in a thick cloud of smoke – my brother had a set of wheels!! Freedom at last…
Now of course most normal families do not have the time nor the interest to do complete re-builds of old, second hand cars. Most guys would tell you that they “know engines”, but the reality is that cars are so advanced today, that opening a cars bonnet is like peeping into a computer – its quite frightening! I don’t advise buying a “fixer upper car” if you’re budget wary, it’s far too expensive and time consuming to try and DIY – unless you like a project. Nevertheless for most normal families, looking for second hand cars for sale in Gauteng are going to find it far easier by visiting their trusted second hand car dealer.