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    5 Things To Look Out For When Test Driving A Car

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    The Difference Between A New, Demo And Used SUV For Sale

  • Vehicle Of The Week: Used Kia For Sale
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    Vehicle Of The Week Used Kia For Sale

  • How To Improve Negotiations On A Demo Car
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    How To Improve Negotiations On A Demo Car

  • Appropriate Mileage For Selling Or Buying A Used Car
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    Appropriate Mileage For Selling Or Buying A Used Car

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    Used Nissan For Sale What To Avoid On The 'Never-Buy' List

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5 Things To Look Out For When Test Driving A Car

5 Things To Look Out For When Test Driving A Car

If you're in the market for a previously owned car and have finally set your sights on one that might just be the right fit, viewing it in person and taking it for a test drive is a crucial next step to take before making any final decisions.

While it's extremely tempting to jump in headlong when you see that car you've been looking for at a better price than you've ever come across, it's best to take some time to make very sure that it is truly as exceptional as those first impressions make it out to be. So before you seal the deal on that used Volkswagen for sale, keep these tips in mind when you go for a test drive and inspection of the car

Take A Close Look At The Exterior

Before you get in the car, take some time to walk around it and inspect the bodywork, lights and tires. Be sure to check for signs of scratches, dents, damage or rust, which could end up becoming a costly setback down the line. Check under the car for any fluid leaks and have a close look at the tires to ensure the tread is still decent. If you notice the tread is worn down more on one side of the car than the other, there may be something wrong with the car's wheel alignment. Inspect the panels of the vehicle to ensure that they all line up - if there is misalignment, it could likely be that the car was in an accident before. While you're at it, don't forget to check the windscreen for any small chips or cracks, which may lead to problems later.

Inspect The Interior

When you get into the car, take a moment to feel how the seats fit you and how comfortable reaching the steering wheel, pedals and gear lever is. Some car seat designs just don't work well for people with back problems, so it's best to ensure you're completely comfortable from the get-go. Get in the backseat to get a feel for comfort from the passenger's perspective as well, and be sure to take note of legroom and vertical headspace. Once you've completed that, go through all the buttons, knobs, levers and switches in the car and check that they are all working as they should be. This includes ensuring that the indicator and hazard lights, windscreen wipers, radio and other features are all in working order.

Start The Engine And Wait

This is a crucial part of the inspection because if there is something wrong with the vehicle, you will sometimes be able to hear or feel it once you turn it on. Be sure to turn the radio off and let the car idle for a while, and listen closely for any odd sounds like rattling, screeching, scraping or other noises.

Take It Out On The Road

If everything checks out for you so far, the next step is finding out if you enjoy the driving experience and handling of the car. Ensure the transition is smooth when you change gears and that the clutch and brakes are appropriately responsive. If possible, try and replicate as many typical and less typical driving scenarios as you can. This includes parking, parallel parking, clutch control on an incline and during very slow-moving traffic, and checking the handbrake on an incline or decline. Another important test is turning on the air conditioner to full power to determine how it affects engine performance, as some smaller cars can take quite a bit of strain on hot summer days when the A/C is pumping at full blast. Lastly, try to take the car through some unusual terrain such as gravel roads, wet roads, or roads with potholes, to test the car's handling and responsiveness.

Do Your Homework

So, you've inspected the car, the test drive has gone great, and your financing has been approved. Before you take that final step, there are a few more crucial bits of research to do if you want to be completely aware of what you're signing up for. Look at the car's market value, resale ranking and maintenance costs. If you plan to keep it beyond its service plan period or if it's already past its service plan, look at what routine and big services will cost you. Get a few quotes from insurance brokers and look into fuel consumption, so that you can get a better idea of what to expect in terms of monthly expenses.

Buying a used car can be a completely safe and rewarding route to choose if you follow the above steps and ensure that you are purchasing it from a reputable reseller. If you happen to be dealing with a private seller, get extra peace of mind by requesting a full inspection by a mechanic before you make any final decisions. We stock a huge range of thoroughly inspected used cars, so if you're looking for a used Volkswagen for sale, or one of many other brands, take a look at our website and remember, we update our stock daily.

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The Difference Between A New, Demo And Used SUV For Sale

The Difference Between A New, Demo And Used SUV For Sale

SUVs are popular vehicles that appeal to a broad range of potential buyers, due to their versatility in terms of cabin space, as well as their ability to traverse terrains that your typical hatchback or sedan just couldn't handle. If you're in the market for a used SUV for sale, you'll most likely be scouting for the best selection for your price range and requirements. But what exactly are the differences between investing in a brand new SUV, versus going for a demo or used model? Are the differences really that significant? Here's a quick breakdown of what you should expect when looking at each of the sales brackets.

New SUVs

As you'd expect, this would be the most expensive route to go, as the price tag of a new SUV in the same class tends to be a good few thousand more than that of a used or demo version. The benefits of buying brand new should be considered, however. A brand new SUV comes with the knowledge that you're starting off fresh with a vehicle that has no previous driver history and, therefore, no damage or wear and tear done to it by being used before you bought it. You'll also get a full vehicle warranty and service plan so that you won't need to worry about maintenance costs for your SUV for at least a few years. The latest SUVs also come with the latest in automotive and technological advances, which means you'll be driving in what is currently the safest, best performing vehicle with the most recent innovations in infotainment and smart vehicle technology. The downside, aside from the cost? Your insurance premiums will be higher than with the other two options and, depending on what brand you buy, the risk of potential theft or hijacking may be higher, if the vehicle is an in-demand model.

Demo SUVs

The demo option is always an interesting and potentially perfect go-between in cost options if you really want a recent model but can't afford a brand new one off the showroom floor. Demo vehicles are used by dealerships for the specific purpose of displaying the car's features, appearance and to allow potential buyers the opportunity to get a real feel for the car by taking a test drive and accessing all the vehicle features first hand. Typically these demo models are used only while the vehicle is the latest offering by the manufacturer for that style of car, and demo models are never made use of beyond the 5000km mileage mark. Once a demo vehicle reaches that mileage, it is sold at a reduced price to an interested buyer. What you can expect from a demo model is a vehicle that's basically the latest offering, with a bit of mileage and minimal wear and tear, at a good few thousand less than that of a new model. You'll also have the benefit of taking over the remainder of the vehicle's warranty and service plan, which again means you won't need to start planning a budget around car maintenance quite yet.

Used SUVs

The broad scope of available SUV models in the country means that you can pick up a used SUV for anywhere between R130 000 and R700 000 upwards. There's a big difference in resale value and overall status value between a Renault and a Lexus, after all, so what you can expect to pay will largely depend on whether you're looking for an SUV or a very particular brand and model. SUVs typically have a good resale value as they're in fairly high demand in South Africa, but you will always be able to land a great deal if you're willing to take the time and browse a bit before making a decision. If you're fairly certain that the used SUV route is the best option for your budget, be sure to do a lot of checking to ensure that it is still in great condition and that it does work as expected. Used cars, depending on their age, can still come with the remainder of a service plan and warranty, but most models past five years won't so bear this in mind when planning for what to buy and how much maintaining it will cost you annually. 

SUVs are built to be rugged and sturdy, which should make their longevity more expected than that of, say, a smaller city-dwelling car. If you're looking at something from eight or ten years ago, you should still be able to find a decent enough car for a good price. Always remember to check the history of previous owners and look for possible signs that the vehicle had been in accidents or needed panel beating and other work before. You may wonder when it's no longer a smart move to buy an older SUV, so here are a few things to look out for and avoid when shopping Don't buy a used SUV that is no longer in production - these models will more than likely be much harder to find parts for and servicing will become more expensive as a result. If safety features, performance, and technology features are a priority to you, you'd be better off looking at more recent models. While you can always upgrade your sound system and make manual improvements to the vehicle, at a certain point the cost of upgrades may outweigh the initial investment, so rather save up for something a bit more recent.

Unfortunately, the risk with used cars is that you may end up with unexpected costs and breakdowns, which is why we urge you to buy from a reputable dealer that will assist you and give you peace of mind when you buy a used SUV for sale

Uploaded 2 weeks ago

Vehicle Of The Week Used Kia For Sale

Vehicle Of The Week Used Kia For Sale

Are you looking for a stylish, sporty and tech-packed new car but aren't sure where to even begin browsing, with there being so many options available locally? This week we focus on the KIA Rio hatchback as a winning option for potential car buyers who are looking for a used Kia for sale. Whether it's brand new, previously owned or if you're looking for a good option in terms of demo cars for sale, this model has been a great success for many years and promises to be a set of wheels to be proud of.

Once Underappreciated, Now Adored

The Rio has been around for 21 years but the first few generations didn't exactly capture attention or adoration. KIA has, however, made a huge shift in how their cars are designed in recent years, and the results have spoken for themselves across the board. KIA has become a very popular brand with drivers of all ages and has become synonymous with beautiful design and being on the frontlines of technological advances in terms of their features. In 2011, they stirred things up with the introduction of a new KIA Rio and since then, this model has only become more appealing and desirable.

A Closer Look At This Sporty Hatchback

The Rio is a very sporty hatchback and offers everything you'd want and wish for in a car. In recent years KIA has vastly improved the quality of their interiors and safety features, and it shows in everything from the material used for the dashboard and steering wheel, to the infotainment console that features a touch display and incredible sound. The latest rendition of the Rio will hit South African shores towards the end of 2020 and promises to be a knockout. This new range will also feature the addition of a hybrid-electric model, the very first of its kind for KIA.

So, what can you expect from a KIA Rio model? If you're looking at a pre-owned model from 2012 to 2016, you'll have a choice of four variants, of which two are petrol-based and two diesel based. This model features much lower carbon emissions and incredible fuel economy thanks to their EcoDynamics technology, including a Stop & Go engine function to save petrol while you're stuck in traffic or at a traffic light. The Rio reaches a top speed of 167km/h with a 13.1-second acceleration speed to get from 0 to 100km/h. In terms of fuel economy, you can expect to get an average of 5l/100km.

In the 2016 model, you will find air conditioning, a USB port, and even satellite radio. The hatchback models feature 15-inch wheels, tilt steering, steering-wheel audio controls, split-folding rear seatbacks, and a standard rear spoiler. If you opt for the upgraded version you'll also get power windows, central locking, and keyless entry. The EX models in this range also offer tilt steering, Bluetooth, cruise control, and, as with the lower-spec model, fully automated windows, central locking, and keyless entry. The premium version of the 2016 model is the Rio SX. Unlike the other versions that feature 15" wheels, the SX sports 17" wheels, larger front brakes, fog lamps, sport suspension tuning, a rearview camera, heated side mirror that can fold in when parked, a voice-controlled infotainment system called KIA UVO and some beautiful detailing to the front grille and tail with LED lights.

In terms of safety ratings, the Rio has globally achieved a four-star standard for the majority of safety tests, including side-impact and rollover testing. The Rio comes with dual airbags in the front, sides, and side-curtain airbags, along with ABS, stability control and hill-start assist functions. The rearview camera comes standard with the higher end SX model but is also optional for any of the other models. Some reviewers have recommended this as a necessary addition if you buy a Rio, as the car's shape does tend to create a few blind spots when parking.

While the Rio is built for comfort and creates quite a comfortable long-distance driving experience, the legroom and headroom may be a bit too small for taller people. The backseat is definitely ideal for kids or smaller individuals as you may find the legroom a bit too cramped. Boot space is fairly average, on par with other hatchbacks in this class. If you're looking for comparisons between the Rio and other similar models from other manufacturers, you can look at the Ford Fiesta, Citroen C3, Honda Jazz and Hyundai i30 models as they all fall within the same class range.

Prices for the KIA Rio vary depending on manufacturer year and mileage, but on average you can expect to pay around R95,000 to R170,000 for a pre-owned model. Brand new the KIA Rio will cost you R269,995 for the lowest base model. Whether you decide to buy new, used or demo cars for sale, remember that we offer a huge selection of cars on our website and update stock on a daily basis. Contact us for our selection of used Kia for sale.

Uploaded 2 weeks ago

How To Improve Negotiations On A Demo Car

How To Improve Negotiations On A Demo Car

Demo cars are an alluring alternative to buying a new vehicle, as you're likely to find the latest rendition of any model at a reduced cost, as compared to buying a brand new car. Typically dealers are quite eager to get rid of demo models after it reaches the 5000km mileage mark, which leaves a savvy potential buyer in a very auspicious position to land a great deal. There are, however, certain aspects to bear in mind when looking at buying a demo model, as it still isn't a brand new car and may have suffered certain damages or wear and tear during the time it was used as a demo by the dealership. If you're currently looking at demo cars for sale, follow the tips in this article to improve your chances of not only buying the demo you've got your eye on but also ensuring that you get it for the best possible price.

The Pros Of Buying A Demo Car

Demo vehicles will always be cheaper than buying brand new. Not only that, but they're immediately available to buy, as opposed to having to wait for a model to arrive in the country and being put on a waiting list. It will also be well looked after for the most part, as dealers want the demo models to show only the best aspects and qualities. You can expect a flawless interior and paint job, with no mechanical issues.

The Cons Of Buying A Demo Car

Demo cars do experience usage wear and tear, which typically means it will need a service shortly after you take ownership of it. The tyres might also be worn, which means you'll need to add the cost of a new set of tyres to your overall cost budget.

Determine The Full History Of The Vehicle

While demo cars are always kept in the ownership of a dealership from production until it's sold, you need to bear in mind that it may have undergone damage during the time it was used as a demo, by potential buyers test driving it, or through other unforeseen events. Ask the dealer about the condition of the car and whether it has been in any accidents or fender benders.

Negotiate The Price Of The Car

Both you and the dealer trying to sell the car will know that the car's average worth is and how much it should be sold and purchased for. Considering that the dealer will be quite eager to get the car sold, they tend to be quite flexible in terms of asking price for the car. Do your research beforehand and estimate the car''s value based on its age and mileage. Use this information, along with the knowledge that the dealer isn't quite as fixated on getting a specific price as other sellers may be, and negotiate with them based on what you know.

Check Everything About The Car

Don't just take the word of the salesperson. Make sure that you personally inspect the demo vehicle from top to bottom and remember to pay attention to smaller details, as they tend to reveal greater flaws, should there be any. For example, a panel of the bodywork that doesn't align properly or juts out tends to indicate that the car has been in a collision before. Take the car for a test drive and determine if the gearbox is still in good condition. If you don't feel completely confident in your own skills and car knowledge, recruit a car specialist to come with you and give you a definite answer on whether the price is right or what you're getting.

If you're still sure that you want to look at demo cars for sale to get your next car, remember that we have an inventory of new, used and demo models available and our website is updated daily so don't forget to keep checking in.

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Appropriate Mileage For Selling Or Buying A Used Car

Appropriate Mileage For Selling Or Buying A Used Car

When thinking of a 'used car' you should realise that this is quite a broad term, as any car that has had a previous owner for even a month or two is considered used, just as a car that's been around for 15 years and has had several owners. When cars go beyond being a year or two old, however, there are factors that need to be taken into account when you're either buying or selling the car. One of the main things to check when looking for the best used vehicle for sale is the mileage the car has accrued, as this should tell you a fair bit about its history and overall usage.

What To Look For And Interpret From A Car's Mileage

The mileage of a car and whether it's considered 'good' or 'bad' is relative and mostly depends on how old the car actually is. A car that's eight years old but only has 10 000km on the clock, for example, has a remarkably low mileage and was probably not used very often or driven very far. A reading like this tells you two things the owner either used it as a secondary/spare vehicle or it was owned by an older person who doesn&rsquot travel much and this car probably is in great condition for its age, in terms of the condition of the engine and parts. However, it should also tell you to investigate what the actual history was of the vehicle, as a car that's got low mileage but was driven almost daily between home and shops, for example, is still considered in running condition. 

A car that has low mileage but hasn't been driven in five years, however, will very likely need to be inspected as cars aren't meant to be left stationary for that long, as it begins damaging the engine and other parts remain unused for so long. On the other hand, if you come across a vehicle from 2017 that&rsquos racked up 120 000kms, you should be warier as this is abnormally high mileage for a fairly new car. Again, investigating the history of the vehicle is very important, so that you'll get a better idea of what you're dealing with and how this car was probably being treated by its previous owners. There have been known to be several times where what appeared to be practically brand new cars were sold but had a serious engine problem and other issues - this is due to negligent care and bad driving habits of the previous owner, which wore the car down much sooner.

What Is Considered 'Good' Mileage?

The global standard to measure mileage by is based on the average that most cars tend to travel in a year. This is determined by the longevity of parts, as a particular part is built to last an average of a certain amount of kilometres. Based on this, car services are planned and parts are replaced when that mileage has been reached. If you're looking at buying a used car or if you're selling your own car, the best way to determine if the mileage on the vehicle is acceptable and warrants the price you are either buying or selling it for is to divide the mileage by the number of years the car has existed. 

The accepted norm for annual mileage of any vehicle is 20 000kms. This means that for every year the car has been around, you should add a maximum of 20 000kms. Any mileage up to or below that mark indicates that the car has been used in a fair way and would have reached its service times at the right time and mileage intervals. If you find the car's mileage is excessively high for its age and you're considering buying it, we urge you to reconsider or at least do intensive research into why the mileage is that high and what the actual condition of the car's engine and other parts are. Conversely, if you find the mileage is really low for the car's age, find out about its history and why the mileage is so low, as this also can have further implications.

Based on what the reading is on the best-used cars for sale, you'll be able to determine whether the car is selling at the right price. A car with lower mileage can get away with a higher price tag, as long as its condition is still great. If you're trying to sell your car with high mileage, you may need to lower your expectations of what you can get for it. If you are looking for used vehicles for sale with great mileage, contact us. 

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Used Nissan For Sale What To Avoid On The 'Never-Buy' List

Used Nissan For Sale What To Avoid On The 'Never-Buy' List

Nissan has been a trusted and popular brand for many years in South Africa, and haven't disappointed their owners, for the most part. If you're thinking about buying a used Nissan for sale for yourself, your teenager, or if you know of a friend or family member aiming to do so, take a few minutes to read this guide on which models to avoid. Even though a brand presents quality overall, there are times when a few of their models fall a bit short of their legacy, for a variety of reasons. Here are the models you should scratch off your list and why

Nissan Pathfinder 2005, 2013 & 2014 Models

Although the Pathfinder has always been quite popular as a midsize SUV that first went into production back in 1990, there were, unfortunately, several defects and issues with the models from the 2013-2014 production period. Between those two years, Nissan sold more than 150 000 Pathfinder models but in 2013 alone the manufacturer had to order nine model recalls due to failure with brakes, airbags, and several other parts. Another year to avoid for the Pathfinder is the 2005 rendition, as there were more than 600 complaints logged about this particular model and production year, most of the complaints relating to transmission failure. With recalls initially being caused by recurring transmission fluid loss in the Pathfinder models globally, it should be a big warning sign to potential buyers and owners as this particular failure puts drivers at a very high risk of losing control of their vehicles and ending up in car crashes.

Other Models To Avoid

According to carcomplaints.com, Nissan owners have lodged 15 682 complaints on their website, with two other models besides the Pathfinder standing out in the negative rating department. The Pathfinder came in second in the complaints ranking with 2040 logged negative reviews, but the winning (or losing) model for least popular and most complained about goes to the Nissan Altima, with 4780 complaints and bad reviews. The worst years for Altima models are 2013, with complaints about rattling, vibrations, steering wheel locking, and transmission fluid loss or transmission failure. Secondary to that year, the 2009 models were also very complained about, with the majority of complaints again revolving around steering wheel lock failure.  

Next up on the contenders for worst Nissan models is the Nissan Maxima, coming in at 1349 complaints logged. Again transmission problems come up as the biggest issues in these models, with transmission slips and total failure being the main problems. While not available in South Africa in recent years, the 2004 model was rated as the worst in terms of performance and reliability.

Models That Cost A Lot More To Service & Repair

Aside from manufacturing faults and defects, the other reason to tread carefully when choosing the best Nissan is in how much it will cost you to maintain it over the years. While Nissan typically isn't unreliable in terms of service and parts availability, you should always bear in mind that going for a much older model will mean you should expect to struggle more with finding the right parts for your vehicle.

We hope this list of models to avoid when shopping for a used Nissan for sale will help you avoid getting into hot water and ending up with unnecessary troubles and expenses. While each manufacturer has its duds and problematic models, Nissan is still a beloved brand and, on a more positive note, service costs and parts for Nissan models come out as the most affordable in each class for the past several years. And, if If you're thinking about buying a used Nissan for sale let us help you choose the best model and year for you. Contact us today!