When you`re selling a car, it`s important to have a contract in place to protect both yourself and the buyer. One common type of contract is the “voetstoots” agreement, which means “as is” in Afrikaans. This type of contract can be a bit complicated, so it`s important to understand exactly what it means and what your rights and responsibilities are.

First, let`s break down what “voetstoots” means. When you sell a car “voetstoots,” you`re basically saying that you`re selling the car in the condition it`s in, with all of its faults and defects. The buyer is responsible for inspecting the car and accepting it as it is, without any guarantees or warranties from you.

This type of contract can be a bit scary for buyers, as they may worry that they`re taking on all the risk of buying a car with hidden problems. However, it`s important to remember that the buyer still has rights under the law. For example, if you knowingly sell a car with a major defect (like a broken engine) and don`t disclose it, the buyer can still take legal action against you.

So how do you protect yourself when selling a car voetstoots? First, make sure you`re honest about any known issues with the car. If there`s a dent in the door or the air conditioning doesn`t work, disclose that information upfront. You should also allow the buyer to inspect the car thoroughly, and encourage them to take it for a test drive.

Another way to protect yourself is to include a clause in the contract that specifically states that the buyer is accepting the car as is, without any guarantees or warranties. This can help prevent misunderstandings or disputes down the line.

Finally, it`s a good idea to have a lawyer review the contract before both parties sign it. They can help ensure that the terms are fair and that you`re not leaving yourself open to liability.

Selling a car voetstoots can be intimidating, but it can also be a good way to sell a car quickly and without too much hassle. Just make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities, and take steps to protect yourself and the buyer.