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All you need to know about buying a car that’s been in an accident

If you are busy shopping for a second hand car and have asked around for advice, you have probably heard that you should think twice about buying a car that has been in an accident.

No matter how well the vehicle has been repaired, the unfortunate fact remains that damage from a collision could always be problematic. However, that doesn’t mean you should not consider any of these vehicles.

Matters of budget

The main reason to consider a second hand car that has been in an accident is the budget payoff. The vehicle should cost less than if it hadn’t been in an accident. That means that other vehicles for that same price range usually are older, have more mileage, or isn’t a high in demand second hand model.

Considering a car that’s been in accident therefore becomes a matter of payoff. Is the sustained damage worth the price cut?

Sometimes you are better off paying extra for a vehicle that hasn’t been in an accident, while other times it could make for a worthwhile deal. Which one it is very much depends on what kind of damage was involved.

How bad was the accident?

If the collision wasn’t major – and you have seen the repair records to prove it – you should definitely still consider purchasing the vehicle. For instance, if there was just some minor damage done to one of the headlights and to the surrounding body, that doesn’t mean you will face consistent engine issues in the future.

On the other hand, if there was major damage done to the internal carrying structure then you would have to be very careful about buying the vehicle.

If you aren’t very familiar with motor vehicles then it is a good idea to bring a friend or a mechanic you trust to look over the vehicle properly first.

Warning signs to look out for

Buying a second hand car that’s been in a collision is going to be a bit of a gamble, but to help you make a decision it helps to know what warning signs to look out for.

  • Don’t buy a car from someone who doesn’t want to give you access to repair records. That car could be fixed up to look shiny and good as new, but you wouldn’t know what the extent of the damage really was.
  • Watch out for signs of abuse and neglect. It’s one thing for a driver to get in a random fender bender, but it paints a different story if the vehicle suffered under consistent negligent ownership.
  • Was the car properly fixed? Who did the repair work and well it was done is very important to look into. For instance, reliable panelbeaters should have been used and the paint job should match. Be very wary of signs that a cheap repair job is responsible for the vehicle you see in front of you.

A second hand car with an accident history is still deserving of consideration, but it’s a situation that you need to go into with your eyes open. Make sure you weigh up the pros and cons, are familiar with the risks involved, and find out the whole story behind the extent accident and the quality of the repair work done.




Have you been in a car accident? Read this!

Being involved in a car accident, no matter how big or small, can be a traumatic experience. Most regular drivers are likely to be involved in a car accident at least once in their lives. You can be the safest and most cautious driver around, but that doesn’t save you from the person who careens through a red light and into your car.

The latest study by British researchers suggests that at least one-third of all people involved in nonfatal accidents have post-traumatic stress disorder, persistent anxiety, depression, and phobias one year after the incident. The study suggests there may be “rather large psychological complications even more-so when the motor vehicle accidents have medically not been in the least bit serious.

Like other types of trauma, car accidents can cause long-term stress that affects your work and relationships and can eventually lead to depression, anxiety, and sleep problems

Talking about your accident is the first step to making peace with it. Get counselling instead of trying to deal with it yourself, and do it as soon as possible. Talk about the accident in as much detail as possible. You also have to try and “piece everything together” – this helps subside the fragmenting effect of trauma and gives you a sense of having gained a grip on your fearfulness.

Reclaiming your life and confidence takes time, and having a strong support system will aid the process. Supporting an accident victim usually involves considerable patience and understanding.

You may experience panic attacks when you get back behind the wheel but it’s recommended that you do it as soon as possible. Not only will you claim back your freedom but it will also give you the chance to feel in control on and off the road.




Do you know how to approach broken traffic lights?

CCTV cameras have captured an horrific accident that happened due to motorists not following the rules of the road in a case where the traffic lights were out. Watch the footage here:

It appears that most vehicles were cautiously approaching and proceeding across this dangerous intersection, however the truck should have stopped, but instead it drove straight through the traffic light that was out of order at the time and collided with the car and the cyclist.

This is what SHOULD happen when a traffic light is out of order:

- When a traffic light is not working, the intersection becomes a stop street.

- This means that you have to think of it the same as a four-way stop.

- Even if there is no traffic, you still have to stop in order to make sure the coast is clear.

- If the vehicle in front of you crosses the intersection – you would have to allow the vehicles from the other stops to enter the crossing before you can make your move.

- This means you might have to wait a while as you might have to give way to three other vehicles from three other directions.

- Be alert as it is clear some people ignore the rules of an out-of-order traffic light

- Do not tailgate a vehicle to slip through under the radar – that is what the truck tried to do and look what happened there.



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You need to be careful on the N2, yet again!

EWN has reported that a 27-year old man is in a critical condition after a brick was thrown through his windscreen on the R300 near the N2.

“Emergency Medical Service’s Robert Daniels says the man sustained serious head injuries after a brick was thrown at his car…”

No more information is available at this point.


Source: EWN

Picture: Twitter @LimaCharlie1

Car accident casualty

Last weekend’s road death toll is shocking

The fatalities on the road of the first official weekend of the holidays (19-21 December) is at a high 27…

This is after Eyewitness News reported that another two people have been killed on the N1 highway near Beaufort West. Officials say two cars were involved in a head on collision.

In a separate incident, also in Beaufort West, the death toll of a fatal accident this morning has risen to ten after emergency services discovered a child also died in the wreckage. The child and nine other people were burnt beyond recognition in a collision involving seven vehicles including five taxis.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says driver fatigue and drivers taking unnecessary risks are listed among the biggest causes of fatal crashes. He comments, “People need to be more careful, they need to change their attitude and behaviour on our roads. They need to make sure they respect other people’s lives on the roads.”

Meanwhile, two people died in an accident on Alpine and Umgeni roads in Johannesburg. Nine people were injured in the head-on collision around lunch time today. Two women and a baby were flung from the vehicle, killing the two women and leaving the baby in a critical condition. Rescue Care’s Garrith Jamieson says the nine injured people were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

If you feel unsafe on the road this holiday season, have a look at WOW’s safety page to optimise your safety on the road.