Monday, May 29, 2023

We sold our vehicle and got an unpleasant surprise

The process of selling your car through OLX Autos or Kavak (the benchmark in the segment) begins the same way: with a simple online bid. The following steps are different but I will focus on narrating my experience with OLX Autos so that you can keep it in mind while closing the transaction for sale of your car (in my case) or purchase of a vehicle offered by the platform .

How to sell your car through OLX Autos

As I said, it’s simple: you enter your car’s data and the platform automatically gives you a suggested price. In the case of fungus, they explain that the next step is to take your car to a workshop, where, depending on the result of the mechanical inspection, they will confirm or reduce that value. OLX No, they clarify that the sale is done without mechanical vetting. Weird…

Once you leave your personal data, OLX Autos calls you. It asks you for more details about the car and asks you about its maintenance characteristics. Nothing special: condition of cover, care of bodywork, interior etc. A quote is then communicated by WhatsApp. He asks you for pictures, analyzes them and re-evaluates you. The initial offer went up for me, which didn’t convince me, and I even “fighted” the price and he improved it even more. Incredible. I was making more than satisfied progress and received an email saying that OLX Autos had bought my car for the agreed price. All 10.

Then they call you again and ask for relevant papers for transfer. Good. Fast and nimble. They make it clear that the price is agreed upon, that adjustments can only be made if the car has some repair due or some important aspect has been “skipped” in the initial maintenance declaration. There is nothing to hide in my case.

With the agreed price and papers delivered digitally, they give you the turn to deliver the car to the workshop. They make it clear that before signing the papers, “special mechanics” working for OLX Auto will review it in several aspects. No matter what, what better than getting your car checked from end to end to avoid future headaches for the next owner.

OLX Autos Tired or Excited?

First disappointment: you arrive and there is no workshop… The inspection site is the Carrefour de Varennes parking lot. There is no machine, no device, no lift or anything like that to check the mechanical condition of the unit. Actually, the light is dim. And some very comfortable little seats to sit in.

Second disappointment: the modification is in the door closing, help and a little walk through the parking lot. scanner? I think he was watching Manchester City vs India. real Madrid. Matter of great shame. Not even in the worst agency on the planet do they control car entry in such a contemptuous manner. Obviously, nobility obliges, I don’t know if the same happens with all “special mechanics”.

Why not sell your car on OLX Autos?

As I waited focused on the cell phone, the screams of a guy who was delivering a VW Fox Highline caught my attention and they were watching it next to me. I don’t know what happened (now I can guess), but he digressed, mentioning various mothers and sisters. Seconds later, the same situation with the owner of the Fiat Mobi, and soon after, with the woman delivering the Nissan Note.

Something was starting to go wrong… Then the “special mechanic” came up to me, a guy who seemed nice, but turned into a trickster in the blink of an eye. “I have to deduct 100,000 pesos from the agreed price because you have broken rear wheels and broken hubs.”

I’m not going to go into detail about what happened after I justified a non-existent problem in my car’s rigid axle by putting my face close to the fender and taking a photo. I emphasize, there is no alignment machine that indicates if sag is present, whether negative or positive… neither is there a detent or lift to control the bushings… tire wear is the same Was. And on top of that, VTV was 25 days old!

The funniest thing was when the mechanic said to me in the middle of a fever: “Be sure we won’t settle for anything less for you… You know how we kill THPs who smoke all the time or who use the powershift box come together, they all get stuck”. not presentable.

Why not sell your car on OLX Autos?

Conclusion: What I gained by negotiating with the quoter, I lost because he invented a fault in my car. I could do the same as the rest of the owners who shared the delivery schedule with me. bitch and go but they needed to shut down the operation to get another car booked at a traditional agency.

My suggestion is clear. Do not sell your car through OLX Autos as they essentially undercut the price they give you as closing price at the last minute, invented mechanical problems, and, as in my case, if If you have no other option, then birdseed. And don’t buy your car from OLX Autos because the cars they carry are reviewed like Tujes (as the great Teto Bors would say).

He was born in 1981 and is a sports journalist who graduated from DeportTEA in 2001. His first car was a Fiat 125 Model 80 (the version with simpler headlights). He was also a happy user of Renault 12, 11 and Clio as well as Chevrolet Meriva DTI and Fiat Idea, among many others. Since March 2004, the day he joined Motorpress Argentina, he is completely dedicated to the world of engines.

In Motorpress Argentina, he began producing content for the “Auto” and “TC 2000” channels of the Terra Argentina portal and later held various positions in specialized publications of all the publishers: Auto Test, Auto Plus, La Moto, Transporte Mundial and maxi tuning.

In 2007 and 2008 he was a new product judge at SEMA in Las Vegas (USA). And then he also contributed to other industry magazines. In addition, he was editor of various collections of scale cars and motorcycles made for Random Penguin House.

Since the beginning of 2018, he is the Editorial Manager of Digital Media of Motorpress Argentina.

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