“This includes defensive driving techniques — keeping a three-second following distance, avoiding speeding, anticipating changing traffic conditions, avoiding reckless driving, planning routes, keeping revs below 3,000rpm and removing any unnecessary weight from your vehicle.
“Ultimately, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
Never buy a house without doing this first
“My husband and I bought our first home and took occupation in April this year. We were so excited but it has been the absolute biggest nightmare of our lives,” Tegan e-mailed.
“We signed an offer to purchase and the seller disclosed one small issue with the roof in the lounge. She said this would be fixed and is covered by insurance. On our second weekend in the house, that huge Durban storm hit and we realised there were more issues to the roof than what was disclosed to us.
“A roofing company later confirmed that the entire roof is 'shot' — the repair quote is R140,000 and we’ve since also discovered that the septic tank is faulty. We got lawyers involved and the sellers committed to fixing both, but nothing is happening, and meanwhile the roof is getting worse, and there’s mould in the rotting wood.
“We want to cancel the deal, but our lawyer said she can no longer see a way out of this as the seller is now on board to fix roof and septic tank.”
So here’s the advice: do not consider buying a property without first having it professionally inspected. The service is relatively inexpensive — about R4,000 for the average three-bedroomed home — but could spare you financial ruin.