Obakeng Mametse wanted to sell his blue microbus. He was lucky enough to have an acquaintance who wanted to buy it. Or so he thought… ‘I thought selling the car to someone I knew would make the whole process easier and smoother,’ Mametse says. ‘Well, was I wrong!’
Mametse negotiated the deal verbally over a handshake and, initially everything went according to plan. The buyer paid the upfront payment, but when it came to paying the balance, the money was not forthcoming. ‘He ignored my phone calls, asked for an extension, but still no money,’ Mametse says. ‘This went on for months. I thought I would never see that money again!’
Wessel Britz, a legal advisor at Clientèle Legal says this happens frequently. ‘People are often uncomfortable asking colleagues or loved ones to sign a contract, but we advise people to draw up sales agreements when selling anything. It safeguards both parties. Clientèle Legal assists clients with this. In Obakeng’s case, it was too late for this, but we helped him solve his problem another way,’ Britz says.
‘I called my lawyer at Clientèle Legal,’ Mametse tells Know the Law. ‘They were very professional and took the necessary legal steps. Within a short space of time, I got my money back,’ Mametse smiles. ‘I could never have solved this by myself. It makes me feel safe to know I have a good lawyer that I can afford.’
Clientèle Legal advises anyone who owns a motor vehicle to consider getting legal advice. ‘A car is a valuable asset. Getting legal assistance is a good way to protect it,’ Britz says. ‘We offer legal assistance in purchase and sales agreements, drunk driving, if your insurance unfairly handles your claim and even issues with vehicle repairs and mechanics. These are not issues you should be handling yourself. Let our qualified lawyers and legal advisors assist you.’