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  • 5 Car Trends to watch out for in 2020
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    5 Car Trends to watch out for in 2020

  • Cracked Windscreens: The Dangers
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    Cracked Windscreens The Dangers

  • Diesel VS Petrol: What’s The Difference And Which Is Better?
    Uploaded 5 days ago

    Diesel VS Petrol Whats The Difference And Which Is Better?

  • Big Changes In Drunk Driving Laws: What You Should Know
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    Big Changes In Drunk Driving Laws What You Should Know

  • Car Security: Three Essentials Every Car Owner Should Have
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    Car Security Three Essentials Every Car Owner Should Have

  • 5 signs that you need to visit a car repair workshop
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    5 signs that you need to visit a car repair workshop

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5 Car Trends to watch out for in 2020

5 Car Trends to watch out for in 2020

It's 2020, and we are living in the future that seemed so far away not too long ago. The new decade promises to deliver huge technological developments to further improve how we are connected to the web and each other. The automotive industry is keeping up with these developments the entire way, and we are excited at the previews of what's in store in coming months. Of course, many of us still drive a used car in Johannesburg, but it's good to keep abreast of what the future holds. 

The big word in upcoming trends for 2020 is definitely &lsquoautomation'. You can expect to see a lot of effort from all manufacturers to roll out cars with more convenience-focused features and access to the very latest in technology so that you can stay connected to your world while you drive. We take a look at some of the main innovations to look out for, below.

Stay Connected, Wherever You Go

We've seen Bluetooth becoming a fairly standard feature in cars of recent years, but the next big development will be seamlessly continuing what you were listening to, working on or watching from your work, school, home or any other location with Wi-Fi facilities. You can look forward to your car being just as connected as your home, so you can take your online life with you whenever you drive.

Comfort And Convenience

In light of the current focus to develop and roll out self-driving cars as a standard for transport worldwide, car manufacturers are looking ahead and figuring out what they could offer you to make your ride better. Since you, especially as the driver, will have ample free time on your hands, cars will become more like lounges. Family members can watch a movie together, make a video call to friends to let them know you're on the way, or every passenger can connect their own device to the network and entertain themselves as they choose. 

Another big convenience focus point is that seats are now being transformed from typical car seats to being more like comfortable loungers or sofa chairs. With the aim to make your travels as enjoyable as possible, you can expect to feel quite at home in your car in the coming years.

Voice Recognition And Control

Many modern cars already have voice recognition software to help you make calls, send basic instructions or set a reminder while you're driving. Mostly connected through your phone, this technology will be upgraded to onboard AI assistance in coming years. If you're familiar with Alexa, Google Assistant, or even Siri, you'll have an idea of what to expect your car to be like in future. It will be able to advise you if upcoming traffic is slow and suggest an alternate route, read the news to you while you're on your way to work, and essentially function just as the at-home technology you have does.

Remote Maintenance And Servicing

Have you seen how doctors can now consult with patients from anywhere, through video call appointments? In the same way, computer technicians can connect with your laptop or computer and take it over to fix the problem you're having - no more waiting for a house call or having to take it into a car repair workshop. This is a trend that will also roll into the automotive industry, with intelligent control systems that can diagnose your car and send a report to technicians, who then, in turn, can make corrections to your vehicle remotely, wherever and whenever it's needed. Of course, this isn't possible for physical, mechanical work, but since cars are essentially transforming into computers on wheels, a lot of how it functions will be digital and therefore accessible from anywhere.

Shorter Life Cycles

If you know anything about technology you'll be all too aware that the flashy new phone you just got a week ago will suddenly be upstaged by an even better new model in just a few weeks or months. With technology, things become outdated very quickly. So much so that you can't actually keep up the pace unless you're a bona fide millionaire. We're going to see this transition happening with cars as well. 

Since cars will be highly technologically driven, their tech will become outdated, and you'll end up owning a car that will be old news in a matter of two or three years. This could have many implications for car owners because there won't be such a thing as having the same car for ten or twenty years. Experts speculate that buying cars may entirely fall away and be replaced by leasing models. When cars become outdated, they could then be returned to the manufacturer to be upgraded or used as materials for new vehicles. However, for the foreseeable future, we anticipate a still rapidly vibrant used car market in South Africa. 

Are you looking forward to the future of driving and transport? We hope these car trends that 2020 promises to kick-off will see us creating an even better, smarter transportation solution in future.

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Cracked Windscreens The Dangers

Cracked Windscreens The Dangers

We all know that windscreens aren't cheap to replace and you'd rather just hold out with a bit of damage to it than to have to deal with the extra expenses that fixing it will bring. But is it safe to drive around with a crack in your windscreen, and if so, to what extent? Here are a few key things you need to know about windscreen damage and what you can - and should - do when faced with a cracked or chipped windscreen. 

Is It Safe To Drive With A Cracked Windscreen?

This depends on several factors, including the following

1. Size

If the crack is small and doesn't cover a large portion of your windscreen, it should be safe to drive with it for a while. Small cracks are also easier to repair or patch up to keep it from worsening or growing larger.

2. Position

Small cracks on the passenger side of the car are generally safer as it doesn't distract the driver as much as one right in front of them. This is because it creates much less of a distraction and visual obstruction, which may very likely draw the driver's attention away from the road. 

3. Severity Of The Damage

If your car's windscreen was battered and left with numerous chips and cracks, you'll have to replace the entire unit. This is also the case if you have a crack that extends beyond a few centimetres or a chip that's left a large fragmentation or even a hole. 

4. A Rapidly Spreading Crack

Cracks can rapidly worsen due to temperature changes causing the glass of the window to expand and contract. Patching up the crack right away may prevent this but always consider the good possibility that it won't hold indefinitely. 

While windscreens can and do crack, you won't have to worry about glass shattering and falling on you. This is because windscreens are made to remain structurally intact in case of a break, to keep you safe. If you do get a cracked windscreen, it's best to get it assessed by a specialist, just to be safe. Book your car service at Imperial Select.

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Diesel VS Petrol Whats The Difference And Which Is Better?

Diesel VS Petrol Whats The Difference And Which Is Better?

Most vehicles offer a diesel version of their models, but do you know what the differences are and why it might matter when you decide what fuel-efficient car to buy? We look at the main aspects to consider. 

Cost Of Diesel VS Petrol Vehicles

Diesel vehicles are always more expensive to buy than their petrol-based counterparts. This is because diesel engines are technically and mechanically more complex and typically require specialised maintenance. However, diesel vehicles consume significantly less fuel than petrol ones - in fact, you're looking at a saving of between 25-30% on fuel expenses if you often drive long distances. Another benefit of diesel vehicles, in particular 4x4s, is that they have a lot more pulling power than petrol versions. So if you're looking for a powerful and fuel-efficient bakkie or SUV, a diesel would be your best bet. If you are aiming at getting a smaller vehicle that won't need serious power to just drive around to work and back, you'd be better off getting a petrol model. 

The Future Of Diesel And Environmental Impact Something To Bear In Mind

Due to rising concern about air pollution and goals to improve emission ratings for vehicles of all kinds, diesel has come under scrutiny in recent years. While both diesel and petrol are fossil fuels which create toxic emissions as by-products, diesel is significantly more harmful and toxic to humans and other organic lifeforms. Inhaling diesel fumes have proven to drastically reduce human lifespan and yet many South African consumers choose to invest in and drive diesel vehicles because of their lower fuel consumption rates. Should diesel engines become penalised locally, we're very likely to see the resale value of diesel vehicles plummeting, in stark contradiction to their current reputation for generally returning more cash to your pocket than a petrol vehicle would once you trade it in or sell it. 

South Africa isn't likely to see these strict regulations implemented for quite a few years though, so, for now, the choice of whether you want a petrol or diesel version of the local selection of fuel-efficient cars is still very much up to you. 

Contact us at Imperial Select to book an appointment at our car repair workshop.

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Big Changes In Drunk Driving Laws What You Should Know

Big Changes In Drunk Driving Laws What You Should Know

During a recent public announcement on 24 January, Transport minister Fikile Mbabula announced that there will soon be a drastic change in South African drunk driving laws, which will impact anyone who drives under the influence of alcohol. The current law permits driving if your blood alcohol level is less than 0.5%, but due to the high accident rates on our roads, this has now been revised to enforce an absolute zero-tolerance policy. As of June this year, anyone drinking and driving, regardless of how little they may have had to drink, will be breaking the law. This means that you won't legally be allowed to drive if you've drunk any alcohol, even getting behind the wheel after just one tot of whiskey will carry serious consequences. 

How Will This Impact Drivers?

From June 2020, if you test positive for alcohol, regardless of what fraction of a percentage it may be, you will be fined a minimum of R2000 and could face a two-year jail sentence on top of that, depending on the particular circumstances at the time. Drivers will have their drunk driving offences on their permanent criminal record and could very likely have their driving license suspended or entirely revoked. This clampdown on drunk driving comes in conjunction with the new point demerit system that will be implemented later this year, leaving a very tight margin for error for motorists in the country. For example, should you be caught driving after drinking and possibly committing a traffic offence at the same time, you'll have to face the good likelihood that you may not only be fined but also arrested and lose your license as a result.

What Are My Alternative Options?

Your best and the only real choice is to not drink at all if you know you'll need to drive anywhere. Otherwise, select a friend to be the designated and completely sober driver, or get an Uber to transport you if you're planning on a night out. Alternatively, you could just stay at home and have a braai and beer there without worries - just be sure to have your friends stay over or catch a cab home.

While these new laws will cause inconvenience for many South Africans who enjoy a casual beer after work before heading home, the aim of these new policies is to improve safety on our roads and reduce the alarmingly high fatality rates we see each year. 

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Car Security Three Essentials Every Car Owner Should Have

Car Security Three Essentials Every Car Owner Should Have

Being a proud car owner, you do your best to keep your car clean, safe and running smoothly. Unfortunately, there are times in life when the unforeseen happens, leaving you either having to fork out money for repairs or insurance excess from a claim, or perhaps even being in an accident where you are not the responsible party. Aside from being a responsible driver and car owner, there are a few extra things you can do to keep yourself safe on the roads or even while you're away from your parked car. Here are a few things which will give you even greater peace of mind when it comes to car security on and off the road

Get A Dash Camera

While they were initially not so commonplace, having an onboard camera in your car to record everything while you drive is fast becoming a very wise investment and precautionary measure in South Africa. Most countries in Europe have entirely banned the use of dashcams in vehicles due to extremely strict data protection laws, but locally there hasn't been any such development - and this means you'll benefit from having one, while it's still legal here. Car accidents, fender benders, collisions with pedestrians or any other road incidents where your car is involved always carry the possibility of being implicated in an offence you weren&rsquot involved in or were not responsible for. Having footage of the incident can be of immense value to help you prove your innocence, contest a liability claim or be irrefutably excused from having involvement in the incident. Dash cameras aren't very expensive to buy, but they could potentially save you a huge amount of money and inconvenience in future.

Tracking Devices

Our country is equipped with a network of very advanced vehicle tracking and recovery services that are able to constantly keep an eye on your car, even when it's not in transit. Having a tracking device installed will give you complete peace of mind that you'll always know where your car is and if there's any tampering or suspicious activity happening to it while you're not there. Another bonus benefit of having a tracker is that it will bring down your car insurance premiums quite significantly. 

'Smash-and-grab' Window Film

A security investment that South Africans have trusted for many years, getting your car windows coated with the protective smash-and-grab film will help prevent unexpected attacks while on the road, keeping you and your loved ones safe. Most glass installation companies offer this service and after application of the treatment, you can drive with the confidence that your windows will not shatter if impacted and you are much less likely to suffer theft or hijacking. Because the film coats both the inside and outside of your car's windows, you won't suffer injury from glass shards because the film keeps the glass contained even if it shatters.

We hope these tips on how to improve your car security features will help guide you towards making improvements to ensure your own safety on the road. For more information on car security or used cars for sale at Imperial Select, contact us today. 

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5 signs that you need to visit a car repair workshop

5 signs that you need to visit a car repair workshop

You and your car spend many hours a week together, year after year, and you'd surely want to keep it in great running condition so that it doesn't let you down unexpectedly. It&rsquos a good idea for you, as a responsible car owner, to know what signs to look out for and act quickly if you spot any of them. While you don't have to be a mechanic and know all the complicated details of your vehicle, being able to self-identify certain issues can save you a lot of time and money, so we've compiled a list of the 5 biggest things to be on the lookout for so that you know that you need to get it to the best Car repair workshop in your area.

Electronic Glitches

While they don't seem serious, if you start noticing your car isn't behaving quite the same with the little things like your radio or electric windows, pay close attention. Examples of this are your radio not turning on as quickly as usual, your electric windows opening and closing slower than they should or moving at an erratic speed, or your indicator lights suddenly not keeping pace. These small signs can be a warning that there are further issues with your car's electronics system as a whole, so getting it checked out early might well save you a lot of headaches down the line. 

Your Car Doesn't Accelerate The Same Anymore Or Guzzles Petrol

If you've had your car for long enough to drive it quite consistently and smoothly, but you're suddenly experiencing issues with it over-revving or not accelerating like it always does, there may be something wrong with your car's electronics or damage to the fuel line. In the same line, if you notice that your usual tank of petrol isn't lasting nearly as long as it normally does and you haven't been taking unusually long trips or made any real changes to your driving routine, there may be several causes that need to be looked at. Whatever the issue, it's best to get your car checked out as you'll soon probably be spending the cost of the repairs in feeding your thirsty petrol tank anyway.

Don't Ignore Warning Lights

It seems fairly obvious that you should pay attention when the warning lights on your car's dashboard suddenly light up, as they're specifically put there to help stop your car from suffering further damage and so that you know it needs to be taken in for inspection immediately. They are called warning lights, after all, not suggestion lights. Unfortunately, some people seem to overlook or just ignore the orange warning lights when they appear, and not much longer after that they're probably stuck on the side of the road with serious and sometimes irreparable damage to their car. Check engine lights, oil warning lights and all the other indicators should never be ignored as these are considered critical errors. If any of them go on while you're driving, get to an automotive specialist workshop immediately or pull over your car and call to arrange for it to be collected instead. 

Fog Or Smoke Suddenly Appearing

Unless you're driving through a veld fire or find yourself on a misty road, seeing smoke, fog or steam appearing around your car is a sure sign that you need to stop and find out what the problem is. Sometimes it's not a serious issue and your car is just burning up some excess oil, but most of the time the problem tends to be much more serious. You'll very likely to also smell an odd odour such as something burning, which should be a big sign to pull over immediately... or as soon as it's safe to do so, anyway. Overheating engines need to be stopped and left to cool down as soon as possible as overheating will very likely cause permanent damage to your car, possibly even leaving it a complete write-off from a mechanical perspective. 

Unusual Liquid Leaks, Foreign Sounds And Odd Sensations

The last warning is a triple threat which should not be ignored, even if any of them occur individually. Always check under and around your car when it's been stationary for a while and look out for oil leaks or any other liquids that look suspicious - you may have one of several issues with broken or cracked seals or other components that have broken down. While driving or even idling, turn your radio down and listen carefully for any odd sounds that don't sound right or have never been there before. Anything from rattling to buzzing, scraping or chugging noises are tell-tale signs that something isn't right. Finally, if your car ride feels a lot bumpier all of a sudden, you should get it looked at. It&rsquos quite common on our roads to encounter obstacles and potholes, which may have caused damage to your car's axel or thrown off your wheel alignment. 

As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure, and while nobody enjoys forking out cash for an unexpected glitch with their car, doing it as soon as possible will save you from a lot of extra expenses if you leave it long enough for the damage to worsen. If you're looking for the best Car repair workshop to entrust your beloved car to, remember that Imperial has service and repair shops around the country and our experts are always happy to help get you back on the road as soon as possible.