So, you have just received that prized driver’s licence and you couldn’t be more excited to hit the road. But first, it’s time to shop for around for the perfect car. While you may want a flashy executive vehicle that will be the envy of all your friends, you know that’s not likely. What is likely is that you’ll be going secondhand car shopping with your parents.

But just because you’re shopping for used cars, that doesn’t mean you won’t have a wide variety of cars to choose from. In fact, you’ll be making many decisions when it comes to purchasing a car. And the first one you need to make is what kind of car you want.

Here’s the thing, not many young people think of the benefits of looking at bakkies for sale. However, these cars are actually the ideal vehicle for young adults. Read on to find out exactly why.

You’ll be spoiled for choice

There are all kinds of makes and models of used bakkies for sale. For example, you can purchase an Isuzu bakkie, a Toyota Hilux 2.5 or a Nissan NP200. And you don’t just have a range of bakkies in great condition to choose from, you also have the option of purchasing a double or single cab, a large bakkie or a small bakkie. As it is a popular vehicle in South Africa, there will be a large variety of pre-owned bakkies for you to choose from.

You’ll have your pick at any secondhand car dealership. This means you can choose between a basic entry-level model or something with all the bells and whistles, like auxiliary audio input Bluetooth, power steering and electric mirrors.

Bakkies are great for roadtrips

You’re a young adult and young adults love roadtrips. They’re a fun and inexpensive way to see the country while you’re on holiday. And bakkies work well for roadtrips because they have room for all the bags and you can put a mattress in the back for your friends to take a nap while you drive. You won’t have to worry about space when you’re in a bakkie because there is always more than enough, even if you opt for a smaller model.

When you’re on a roadtrip, you will likely come across at least one or two dirt roads. Bakkies are tough cars and, although they aren’t 4X4s, they can handle dirt roads better than the average car. And, let’s face it, bakkies look perfectly fine when they’re dirty. In all honesty, they kind of suit it. So, you don’t have to worry about going through a car wash halfway through your trip.

You can use your bakkie to make some extra money

As a young adult, you’re likely working at an entry-level job or are studying full-time. This means that you probably don’t have much cash to spare and we all know that petrol is expensive. Having a bakkie at your disposal can really help with this as you can do odd jobs to help improve your personal cash flow. For example, you can remove junk for people who are moving to another apartment or house and take it to the dump. Or you can help remove bags of grass or branches and leaves from people’s gardens. And if you’re heading to a festival or outdoor party, you can offer your friends a ride in exchange for petrol money. With the number of people and the amount of luggage you can take with you, you might not end up having to pay anything towards petrol yourself.

Just be careful that you don’t become the person that everybody asks for help when they’re moving. You can accept, but remember that you need to get something out of it, even if it’s just pizza and friendly conversation.

All you need to do is set your price range and decide how much money you can spend and then look for a bakkie that fulfils all your requirements. Whether you’re eyeing out an Isuzu bakkie for sale with airbags and auxiliary audio input or a Toyota bakkie for sale with a radio and CD player, central locking and electric windows, there will be the right bakkie for you.

Of course, before you purchase your bakkie, check the full service history, brakes, air conditioning and airbags. Then, hand over your spare keys to your parents for safekeeping and enjoy your new ride. You will be glad you chose a bakkie once you’re on the road and living your best life.