One of the most important aspects of shopping for a used car is undoubtedly the test drive. But what should you be looking out for during a test drive?
Use the following checklist as a guideline and gather all the information you need to make an informed decision when test driving a used vehicle that you are interested in buying
Exterior condition. Before driving a used car, make sure to do a proper inspection of the exterior. Look for signs of rust, colour differences, and body panels that don't line up.
Tyres. Take a good look at the tyres of the used vehicle. Unevenly worn tyres could point to problems with wheel alignment or suspension. If the tyres are generally worn, negotiate for a new set to be included in the deal.
Under the bonnet. Look for general signs of oil and water leaks. Also check all hoses and belts for cracks.
Starting the car. Even a second hand car should start immediately without any special technique. Failure to do so points to a possible problem with the battery, electronics or alternator.
The clutch. If the used car you're test driving has manual transmission, make sure that the clutch is not slipping. To test it, engage in a high gear, slow down to 20 or 30 km/h and push the accelerator to the floor. The used car should accelerate steadily and with a steady increase in engine revolutions.
Smoke. Try to monitor visible emissions by looking in the rear view mirror. If the exhaust expels black or blue smoke the engine might be worn or damaged.
Emergency brake. Test if the brake holds when parked on an incline. When pulling off it should release without sticking.
Engine strength. Accelerate while driving uphill to test the engine strength of the used car. If the engine struggles it means that it might be in need of a service or there might be a transmission problem.
Rattles and squeaks. Listen out for general rattling and squeaking whilst driving the used car. These symptoms normally come with old age and a used vehicle of less than five years should be relatively quiet.
After the test drive, if you're still considering buying the used car, it's never a bad idea to have it professionally checked, on a lift, by a trusted mechanic. You can also have it checked by the Automobile Association of South Africa.
If you are buying a used car privately, remember to ask the right questions. What is the reason for selling the car, how long have you owned it, does it come with a service record and has it ever been in an accident?
Finally, consider buying an extended warranty with a used vehicle. Generic policies that cover a host of conditions are available from most of the large auto insurers. Always read through the fine print and choose the product that suits your new used vehicle best.
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Selling cars online has become a risky business with scammers prowling the online car scene and sellers falling victim to forgery, scamming and online car corruption. While selling your car through a reputable dealership is the best option, and one that Imperial Select suggests you do, selling your Kia car for sale privately is sometimes one's preferred option.
Safety Screening Of Potential Buyers
A safe sell always starts with a safety screening of potential buyers. It can be expected that you will be bombarded by a plethora of emails, calls and text messages from interested parties but be sure to safely screen every single one of them. Don't let eagerness for a sale stop you from selling your car safely. Use your intuition to spot any unsafe and suspicious buyers and take the process slow so that you don't miss any warning signs. Kia cars for sale are a popular choice for motorists, but not all motorists are a popular choice when it comes to selling your car. If you spot suspicious behaviour over the phone while asking important questions, simply hang up. Pay attention to what the potential buyer says, you may discover they are professional buyers looking to flip the car. Pay attention to how they bargain aggressively, and you will find that they try to get to the lowest selling amount as fast as possible. Pay attention to evasive answers given by the potential buyer too, as this will indicate a test-drive trap. Also pay attention to the driver's license they show you as it may indicate criminal intentions.
Always Use Cash
Cash is king when selling your car so pay special attention when it comes to the payment process. The number one rule when selling your car safely is to never accept online transactions. No cash in hand, no car handover. Car sales go hand-in-hand with cash payments when car dealerships are not involved. Selling privately opens the door to online scammers and fraud with fake online payment transactions and the payment proof thereof making an ever so common appearance. Not only are fraudulent documents used when it comes to online payments, but payments are then reversed upon handover of the vehicle. And when cash is handed over, pay attention not only to the amount to ensure you were not ripped off, but also the legitimacy of the bills. By remaining wary of a potential buyer who suggests suspicious payment options, you will avoid an unsafe situation.
Ensure Safety After The Sale With The Right Documents
Even if the sale goes well without any hitches, you want to ensure that you're not headed for car corruption after you hand over the vehicle. If you have handed over the keys but not followed up with the new owner to ensure the car title and relevant ownership documents have been filled in and filed properly, you may land up with costly fines and other financial stresses. While you're already efficient in providing all the right documents and paperwork from your side, pay careful attention to changes of ownership and registration documents shown by the new owner.
At The Moment Of Sale, Pay Attention To The Location
Meeting a stranger face to face is always a safety risk so pay attention to the location desired by the seller. When meeting a potential buyer, pick a safe, public location and always take someone with you. The same applies when the buyer requests a test drive - take someone with you in the vehicle and do the test drive in a safe area. When setting up a meeting point, pay close attention to what the potential buyer suggests as this may indicate an unsafe buyer.
If you're not up for the game of selling suspicions and betraying buyers, rather avoid the stress of selling your car and finding the right one through a virtual world of scammers. Rather sell your Kia car for sale through Imperial Select.
If you've tried to sell your car privately or searched by yourself online for a Hyundai car for sale, we at Imperial Select are sure you've seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to scary car sales ads. While some of you gave up on the private sale journey and left the selling to the professionals, others are still oblivious to their marketing mistakes and need pointers. New buyers may also need these same pointers to help them to spot the bad ads and point them in a direction, far away from the seller. At Imperial Select, we know what not to do when it comes to selling your special cars and we're shedding light on the dark, and scary side of car sale ads.
How A Bad Special Car Advert Can Make Your Car Not So Special
Just as in the same way that a bad profile image can push any possible dater away on an online dating site, the same applies to a car advert and the imagery used on it. Car sales ads rely heavily on imagery, so if you don't want to scare off potential buyers, don't post ugly images of your vehicle on the ad. Be sure to shy away from close-up pictures of every little flaw along with pictures of wear and tear!
Don't use vague and blurred visuals, as this will further push buyers away! Making buyers guess makes them work, and this will turn them away. If the pictures of your car are blurred or of close-ups of the exhaust pipe with important features missed, this creates confused imagination. And nothing scares off buyers more than imagination and participating in car guessing games. Potential buyers want to see details, clear views of the car and its condition. A shady image creates for a shady seller in the eyes of the potential buyer! They'll be running for the hills thinking, 'What else is this seller hiding?' Better yet, fill the ad with text and leave out imagery altogether! Now that's a guaranteed scare tactic which will work!
If your goal is to ensure that no one calls the number listed on the ad or actually clicks on the online ad, be sure to use car dealer lingo and jargon. Oh yes, we encourage you to scatter car dealer phrases and slang all over your ad! Use car dealer-associated phrases like 'spick-and-span' and 'just like new'. No one believes these words when they come out of a shady dealer's mouth, nor will they when they appear on an online advert!
More Scare Tactics That Frighten The Bravest Buyer
While most potential buyers would have been scared off already given the above, some buyers aren't that fearful and still remain somewhat intrigued, almost on the verge of contacting the seller despite scary warning signs.
Here are some more warning signs that your ad will frighten buyers away. Are you contradicting yourself in your ad. Contradictions mean hidden lies and evident lying on the ad will certainly scare anyone away! Don't write a description and provide car details which clearly contradict the car image used. This reduces seller credibility and creates doubt in the mind of the buyer. Liar liar, car on fire &ndash or at least it will be when it never sells and the only option left is to set the car alight. More scare tactic ammo comes in the form of overpricing and under-pricing. Scare off buyers instantly by writing an extreme price on the ad &ndash don't make it very, very high or very, very low!
Just Because You Know How To, Doesn't Mean You Should. Contact Us!
So now you know all about car sale adverts that scare people off. Not easy, is it?
Leave the selling of your car to Imperial Select where our history of selling Hyundai cars for sale guarantees the right advertisement will be used to successfully sell your car. Don't be scared to contact our professional sales team and let us create the perfect, promising advert for you and help you sell your car!
With crime escalating and bad drivers appearing as quick as the fuel price increases, dash cams are more needed than ever before. Unfortunately, most of the time, a dashcam won't appear on the features list in a new car for sale ad. You can expect Bluetooth, air conditioner, airbags, power steering, central locking and CD/radio among other features, but until the day dashcams become part of the package you'll find yourself looking elsewhere for a solution. And, you should.
Many Pros It's Reasonable To Want To Buy A Dash Cam
From the moment you start your engine to the moment you end your road journey and switch your engine off, the dashcam has captured everything. A lot happens on the road - whether it's a quick trip from A to B or a long trip many kilometres long. You could have a car accident, experience a bad driver with road rage or you could get hijacked. This is why you need a dashcam, no matter the journey.
If you're in a car accident, the dashcam is the most effective and strongest proof you will have for defending yourself and offering evidence to your insurer. The whole accident will be videotaped and recorded, with no detail of the incident missed. If you encounter a bad driver on the road or witness bad driving behaviour, the recording on your dashcam allows you to report the behaviour or driver easily and accurately.
Business owners can track driver's movements on the road, especially in the case that petrol usage doesn't equate to mileage reports. Concerned parents can keep track of their teenager's driving habits, monitor their speed limits and be in the know about their whereabouts as well.
Worried about road traffic police and being verbally abused or unfairly treated when stopped in a roadblock? The dashcam will record the encounter, and in the case of unfair treatment or unfair fines given, the cam will provide valuable recordings and evidence against the officer if you choose to open a case against him or her after the encounter.
Need More Reasons To Dash To The Shops?
With all the above reasons, we're sure you're already convinced to buy a dashcam! However, let us sweeten the deal and advise you on more pros of a dashcam. Dashcams truly make the driving experience better for you in more ways than one! Many models offer built-in GPS, so the dashcam will assist you in finding your way through the busy streets easily. Out with the old GPS devices and in with the new dashcam ones, hey?
Dashcams also videotape and document those beautiful, long road trips to the bush or sandy beaches - making collectable memories along the way. You'll have a flowing video diary of your holiday with all its stop-offs, and scenic landscapes driven past stored on the device and enjoyed later on screen.
When Buying, Don't Dash But Take A Long Pause!
When choosing the best dash cam for you and your car, take your time. Take a long pause when reviewing different makes online or in-store. When searching for the best dash cam in a market which boasts a variety of top brands, factor in your needs when considering the best one for you, not just the features listed on the product box. You may want a high-end, state-of-the-art dash camera which comes with colour display, data and time stamps, multiple lenses or a low-end one with limited features. However, the best dash cams, regardless of features do the jobs they are made to do and fulfil multiple purposes. The best dashcams have the best functionality!
Do some research and evaluate the pros and cons of each make and model and also keep in mind a few of the following important considerations.
First and foremost, consider video resolution! The best dash cams have a video resolution of HD 720p and upwards. You need good quality, clear footage to make out license plates, car models and driver's faces, so ensure your dashcam has high resolution. You'll also need a dashcam that has large storage capacity to ensure all footage is recorded. The top dash cams also have night vision, so look for this feature! Automatic on and off capabilities is a must-have for a top-of-the-line dashcam allowing you to switch your engine on and know that recording has begun without you having to remember to switch the dashcam on. The last thing you want is to have a blonde moment and forget to switch on the cam and be involved in an accident!
Consider loop recording when seeking the best of the best dash cams. When in an accident, rather have your dashcam continue recording over previous footage when the storage fills up instead of stopping completely. Also, consider impact sensors on the dashcam. These are extremely useful in detecting accidents and immediately start recording minutes before impact. Only the best dash cams have these!
Now that you're convinced that the new cars for sale at Imperial Select deserve new dashboard cameras for all the right reasons, and know how to find the best dash cam, visit us! Get in touch with one of our professional sales reps today who will advise you on the best vehicle to house your new dashcam.
So you've done your research and chosen a used Nissan for sale as your new must-have car. With so many reasons to purchase this car brand, including its rust-resistant properties, it's no wonder you have made this fantastic choice. And sure, you're seeking a second-hand car, but with Imperial Select this doesn't mean the car is old and rusty. Our dealerships pay special attention to checking all vehicles before taking them on board and reselling them. They also check for rust and put a massive effort into restoring the original level of anti-corrosion protection implemented by the manufacturer. Vehicles are expensive, and the last thing you want is for your new purchase to sprout rust.
So The Dealer Has Done Their Part, Now It's Your Turn
Taking care of your car is important in delaying the onset of corrosion or to avoiding the increase of corrosion levels if your car does, in fact, already have signs of rust. Rust happens when metal is exposed to water and the chemical reaction between the metal and water breaks down the metal. With this in mind, it's all about how your car is exposed to water and taking precautions and appropriate reactions to this. It could be as simple as not washing your vehicle in low temperatures or drying off your car properly and quickly after every wash. When washing your car, don't forget to wax the entire vehicle as well. This wax acts as a very useful protection against rust. Wax products form part of a larger helpful group of car cosmetics which should be used in the fight against vehicle corrosion. With rust forming both inside and outside the vehicle, use appropriate internal and external products.
Speaking of products, avoid at all costs the use of strong alkaline or acidic cleaning solutions when washing your car. Avoid these products, especially on glossy trim vehicle components. Another thing to avoid is a delay in repairing stone chips on your vehicle as these form rust quicker than you may think! Stone chips, along with paint damages, marks and scratches should be checked constantly. Paint is, after all, an integral part of your vehicle's rustproofing!
Don't Let Your Emotions Corrode If You Find Rust
If your vehicle does have corrosion - on any level - there is still hope. Firstly, give your car a thorough wash inside and out. Treat the areas directly surrounding the corrosion with appropriate anti-corrosion products. This is done to avoid the annoying spread of the rust. Then it's time to bring out your grinder from the tool shed, or borrow from a friend and get grinding. You'll need to grind away at the rust until it is has been completely removed. Once the eye-sore is gone, degrease and clean the area. For further protection, be sure to apply a paint primer which is the same as the car's body colour. And if you really want to be victorious in this fight against the dreaded rust, apply a finishing coat and level out the surface with simple sandpaper. A quick glance at the vehicle's instruction manual will give you the correct code for the correct colour. The rust may be gone, but you don't want a vehicle which looks like a paint-by-number colouring in book!
If You're Rusty When It Comes To Fixing Things, Seek Professional Help
Sure, rust prevention from the professionals isn't cheap, however, sometimes it's the only option when your DIY solutions have all been corroded. There are a number of services on offer which range in efficiency, cost, longevity and durability. Imperial Select encourages vehicle owners dealing with rust problems to invest in these solutions to avoid more costly corrosion removal and exterior painting of the vehicle, which will set you back.
With all this in mind, it's easy to not let the used Nissan for sale deal go rusty. We encourage you to fight vehicle corrosion by yourself or speak to one of our professionals today!
We've all heard the squeaking, grinding and high-pitched noises that start quietly bursting from our car's wheels and then over time start screaming at us. Sure, we have ignored these sounds thinking that it's just a rock, dirt or dust. We delay the inevitable (due to financial reasons or busy schedules) until we have to visit a car repair workshop to change the brakes or discs. However, it's incredibly important to not turn a deaf ear to these noises and rather listen to what your car is trying to tell you and act accordingly.
What Do These Sounds Mean?
While we would never discourage someone from being proactive about car problems, it is also important to not become a worrywart thinking that every car shake or sound means oncoming doom and gloom. Thanks to the composition of brake pads and discs, they may make a slight grinding or swishing sound in the morning. Why does this happen you ask? Well, the pads have cooled down after the evening's lower temperatures and need to warm up. If you hear a slight hissing or even grinding noise after a rainy evening or dewy morning this is normal as well. What is happening here is that the brake pads are allowing a thin film of air, which generally forms on the iron discs, to sweep through. So breathe, it's not panic time yet.
And if your vehicle is propped up with heightened brake pad performance, your brake pad friction material will boast an increase in metallic and ceramics. These materials sometimes create a hissing or grinding sound as you slow down. Rest assured that noises on these high-performance vehicles are completely normal.
On a more common note, most brake pads feature a small spring steel finger. When you have reached the wear limit on the pad - due to using the brake pads too much or too suddenly or coming to the end of the expected pad lifespan - the finger scrapes on the brake disc. This sound you need to pay attention to! It's time to get new brake pads and is definitely not the time to see how long you can drive while braking on metal backing plates. And if your hearing isn't up to scratch, this sound is different to the sound of brake squeal. This is more of a ripping-sheet-metal sound, not a high-pitched sound.
Speaking of high-pitched sounds, have you scrimped on finances and purchased cheap brake pads recently? Are you now hearing a high-pitched brake squeal and have you been hearing it for months now? What's the bet you answered yes to both these questions? Well, this annoying sound is because your cheap brake pads contain extremely high metal content and there are large chunks of metal being pressed into the pad material. These metal pieces press on the rotor causing the squeak. And if you have turned a deaf ear to this noise, it's time to listen up and get new, quality brake pads.
Another time to listen up is when you push on the brake pedal and a squeak bursts from the rear brakes. What's the message from your car here you ask? Well, it's simple. Your shoe-to-backing-plate contact points need lubrication, and need it now! It's urgent because if the contact points lose lubrication, rust forms on the metal and the shoes scrape the backing plate. When this happens, and the wheels rotate, you'll be deafened by a rhythmic squeaking noise.
When you finally listen to what your car is trying to tell you, and you need a tweak for your squeak, then visit an Imperial car repair workshop.