Safety at the Meet Up


Trading during COVID-19
 
In order to help ensure the health and safety of our Kijiji Community, it is important to observe and apply protocols outlined by Health Canada when trading on Kijiji. Your well-being remains our top priority. Please seriously consider whether in-person meetings are necessary.

If the transaction you’re making is necessary, please consider the following options:
 
  • Cashless Payment: Please consider choosing your preferred, secure cashless payment method when transacting. You’re also able to link your PayPal account directly when transacting on Kijiji if you wish.
  • Shipping: If considering sending/receiving the item via Canada Post or other shipping agents, ensure that the agent you’re using is reputable; it’s recommended that if using a shipping agent that a tracking number is used when sending/receiving items.
  • Curbside pickup / Drop-off / Delivery: This can be a great alternative to shipping and allows both buyer and seller to make an exchange, while observing social-distancing protocols.
Other things to consider:
 
  • Remote Inspections: Remote inspections via your preferred video conferencing call service, enables both buyer and seller to discuss the transaction and view the item in question while observing social-distancing protocols. Community Members can also send additional images of items to show its condition.
  • Clean / Disinfect Items: We recommend cleaning items before and after a transaction as per the Health Canada page on Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention. Please visit Health Canada to learn more about precautions to take at this time.
Once you’ve come to an agreement and decided you’re going to make the trade, it’s important to meet in person. Meeting in person helps to prevent miscommunication, allows you to inspect the vehicle one last time, and reduces the risk of scams.

 

Agree on a Safe Location

Unless you’re selling a vehicle that can’t be moved easily, it’s best to meet somewhere other than your own home. A public location will help ensure safety for both parties, especially if you can’t meet until the evening. Try to choose somewhere with plenty of light, other people, and if possible, security cameras. The parking lots of coffee shops, fast food restaurants, or even police stations are good choices.

 

Bring a Friend

Bringing a friend or family member with you is always a good idea. They can keep you company while you’re waiting, and help ensure everything goes smoothly.

 

Inspect What You're Buying Carefully

Even if you’ve seen photos and the seller ensures you that it’s in perfect condition, it’s important to inspect the vehicle thoroughly first. Even genuine sellers may not notice small stains or other issues. If the seller agrees, taking the vehicle to a mechanic together to have it inspected can settle any concerns.

The inspection is equally important for a seller. Ensure that the buyer looks over the vehicle, gives it a test drive, and knows about any wear and tear beforehand. That last inspection will make sure that both you and the buyer are aware of the vehicle’s condition. The goal is for nothing to be left unsaid that could cause issues later.

Once you’ve agreed to the deal, it’s time to complete the payment! Continue reading about safe payments here.