Safety & Security centre

Buying and selling cars should be easy.

That's why we're dedicated to providing you with the tools you need for a hassle-free experience.

From vehicle value indication and scams to be aware of to our top tips to stay safe online, use our guides to buy and sell a car with confidence.

Queries and concerns

If you have any queries or concerns about safety and security on Auto Trader, contact us.

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Top tips to buy a vehicle safely

Top tips to buy a vehicle safely

Buying a vehicle is safe and easy, as long as you follow our quick and simple guide.

Top tips to stay safe online

Top tips to stay safe online

Buying a vehicle can be a safe and straightforward process, as long as you take these few simple steps to protect yourself.

Avoiding fraudulent sellers

Avoiding fraudulent sellers

Fraudulent adverts are placed by thieves posing as sellers, often involving a hoax vehicle at a bargain price, a faulty phone number and demands to transfer money abroad. Find out how to avoid fraudulent sellers.

Avoiding fraudulent buyers

Avoiding fraudulent buyers

Fraudulent buyers are thieves who pose as potential purchasers. Find out how to avoid being caught by scammers with our simple guide.

Fraudulent payments

Fraudulent payments

Buying a vehicle can be a safe and straightforward process, as long as you take these few simple steps to protect yourself.

Vehicle export scams

Vehicle export scams

One of the most common online scams to affect all kinds of internet users is the Advance Fee Fraud, which encourages sellers to transfer "shipping fees" to "buyers" abroad. Find out how to avoid vehicle export scams.

Email and text scams

Email and text scams

Don't give out your personal details in an email - and be aware of links in emails which might be fraudulent. Find out everything you need to know about email and text scams.

Stolen vehicles

Stolen vehicles

If you're buying a car there's a risk it could have a hidden past. Find out how to avoid buying a stolen or illegal car.

Useful contacts

Useful contacts

There are plenty of organisations which can help you if things go wrong, but if you have an experience - good or bad - let us know at reportthisad@autotrader.co.za.