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    How to Buy a Used Car

  • Thinking Of Buying A Brand New Bakkie? A Few Reasons Why Used Bakkies Are A Better Option
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    Thinking Of Buying A Brand New Bakkie? A Few Reasons Why Used Bakkies Are A Better Option

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    How To Tell If You are Ready For New Vehicle

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    A Day In The Life Of A Demo Car - Before It Goes On Sale

  • Why Savvy South Africans Are Buying Used Cars
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    Why Savvy South Africans Are Buying Used Cars

  • Found A Used Car For Sale? Here's Why Dealerships Beat Private Sales
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    Found A Used Car For Sale? Here's Why Dealerships Beat Private Sales

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How to Buy a Used Car

How to Buy a Used Car

It is advised to spend time learning how to save on a big item purchase, such as a used car. Unless you do this research, you are handicapped right from the beginning of your used car search.

Generally there are two main concerns when buying a used car they are a. price and b. reliability. This article focuses on these two points.


Narrow down your selection

There are two comments that buyers make when buying a used car. The first is &ldquoI have RX budget to buy a used car model that I like&rdquo and then there&rsquos the &ldquoonce I know the car model that I want to buy, I want to get the best price available on that car&rdquo. Generally people combine these two phrases and however you say it, this is a sure recipe to paying too much for the used car. The reason for this is that the sellers try to give you so many options on the spot in order to confuse you and manipulate you into paying for a higher price than you originally intended. So therefore you need to give yourself enough time to really shop around with patience and perseverance. What we are saying is that you shouldn&rsquot  buy a used car when you are in a rush or on an impulse. So once you pick a used car model that you like and you have settled on it, go ahead and start your search to find a good deal.

Use dealerships to narrow down your search

One of the easiest ways to find the used car model that you are looking for, is to go to the used car dealerships and test drive the different used car models. Firstly look through the car dealership&rsquos website to ensure that they have the used cars you are interested in. Your focus should be to find out about the different options available as well as how the cars actually drive. At this point don&rsquot worry about whether the used car dealership you go to will give you the best price.
Don&rsquot feel bad about hopping from car dealership to dealership, as you are validated in doing this because you are legitimately thinking about buying one of their used cars. However you must be prepared to get phone calls from them as they will be wanting to follow up with you. You can always refuse to give them your number, which they are fine with as long as you aren&rsquot being rude.

Get a good price

Now you need to find a good price on the exact used car model that you like, this part of the process can be tricky but also exciting. As you know, for a used car buyer it&rsquos hard to get the exact model you want with all the options and the colour that you desire, at the lowest price available on the used car market. Don&rsquot bet on getting the perfect fit though, but if it happens, then great! So the best way to do it is to figure out your &ldquomust-haves&rdquo and once this has been established, then go on the hunt to find the best used car deal with the car that has those options. Here are a few  ways to research prices
&bull    Car Forums &ndash A very good place to find out about the used car that you are interested in and what deals people are able to get, is to read    car specific forums. For e.g. if you are looking for a Kia Picanto, search for &ldquoKia Picanto forum&rdquo and there will be lots of bulletin boards with people talking about their Kia car. As you read the forum posts, you can find out about reliability, problems, deals and prices that people are paying.
&bull    Others &ndash Gumtree is a great place place to gauge on how much a car is worth on the open market. No one ever gets their asking price so take the listings with a grain of salt. Ebay is good because you can not only see which ones are for sale but also the closing price, giving you a good sense of market value.        

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Uploaded 2 days ago

Thinking Of Buying A Brand New Bakkie? A Few Reasons Why Used Bakkies Are A Better Option

Thinking Of Buying A Brand New Bakkie? A Few Reasons Why Used Bakkies Are A Better Option

When it comes to modern-day workhorses, you don't get much better than a good ol' fashioned South African bakkie. These beasts are the perfect investment for off-road driving or if your business keeps you on the road - which is why you'll see everyone from farmers to plumbers driving them. No matter what you're transporting, you know that a bakkie will more than rise to the occasion, and tackle challenges that would see lesser cars falter and fall behind. Of course, all this power comes with a significant price tag - that is, if you decide to buy one brand new. All the usual problems that would make you balk at buying a pre-owned car such as high mileage and lack of creature comforts don't necessarily apply when it comes to bakkies. Here's why you should rethink and purchase a used bakkie for sale.

Built To Last

Most cars are built with city driving in mind and have a finite lifespan. The more miles a car runs up on the clock, the more its value drops and the higher the likelihood is that it will need frequent repairs and replacements. Bakkies, on the other hand, are built to keep going, and going, and going. We've all heard the story about the Oudtshoorn businessman who's managed to rack up over 1.5 million kilometres on his bakkie - and while we can't guarantee your bakkie will go quite that far, it will certainly go further than you think. One good reason to consider a used bakkie and not a new one sure you're buying second hand, but it's a machine that's been built to go further.

No Frills Performance

Bakkies are getting more and more modified and enhanced these days - but the average person isn't necessarily looking to buy a vehicle that has a killer sound system and chrome bumper. No-frills used bakkies will be able to get the job done, and for much less than a top of the range model will. If you're willing to separate your wants from your needs, you'll find that there are dozens of models that you can choose from, that will be easier on your pocket.

One Ton Or Half A Ton?

Browse most new bakkies, and you'll see that there aren't that many half ton bakkies on the market anymore. Thankfully, they're still available as pre-owned vehicles. A half ton will have a sedan-like appearance, with the suspension and front wheel drive promised by these models. It will also be more comfortable to drive but won't handle rough and tough terrain as well as a full ton will. One ton bakkies have their body on a separate chassis and have better suspension and gears than a half ton does, making it a better choice for a long lasting, hard working model. Either way, it's clear that going new isn't always necessary or recommended.

Double Versus Single Cab

Picking a bakkie that you'll use exclusively for business purposes is one thing. However, many business owners use their bakkies for private purposes too, which means that the vehicle needs to seat passengers as well as cargo comfortably. As you can choose between a double cab and a single cab used bakkie, you can get exactly how much space you need - and not pay for any that you don't. A used bakkie's reduced price also means that you may find yourself in the position to get a double cab vehicle for the same price as a single cab new bakkie would run you.

Manual Versus Automatic

While the fact that an automatic transmission vehicle will cost more might put you off this option, it's worth bearing in mind what your daily commute is like and how long it is. If you spend a significant amount of time in traffic or navigating hilly or bumpy roads, you might want to consider an automatic model to make your drive time safer and less strenuous. As demonstrated above on the cost saving, you might be able to afford that automatic transmission for the price of a new manual transmission bakkie.

Don't Forget...

For all its advantages, there are a few things you need to be aware of when you buy a bakkie - used or not.

Fuel Consumption

If you haven't driven a bakkie before you'll need to prepare yourself for its fuel consumption, which is dramatically higher in comparison to most vehicles and even SUVs. Most have an average fuel consumption starting at 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres and higher. You also might be switching to diesel from petrol, as this is what's required for greater torque and more power behind the wheel. Thankfully, this means that your fuel spend will be slightly lower than what you'd be forking out for a petrol model.

Finding Parts

There are dozens of automotive brands on the market that offer bakkies, and some cost less despite being manufactured outside the country. While your upfront costs will be lower when purchasing such a brand, you might face delays and higher prices should you need to order and replace certain parts in the future.

Are you ready to start looking at your options? Imperial Select has a range of used bakkies for sale. Contact us to schedule a test drive today.

Uploaded 6 days ago

How To Tell If You are Ready For New Vehicle

How To Tell If You are Ready For New Vehicle

Few things beat the pleasure of getting something new. There's just something about being the first to use or own something, and it's not without its practical benefits as well. In buying a new car for sale, you're getting one that's more or less guaranteed to give you years of hassle-free driving pleasure, free from wear and tear holding it back. It will also have the most advanced technology under the hood and inside its multimedia systems to create a smooth, fuel efficient, comfortable and entertaining driving experience. Of course, all these benefits come with a higher price tag. So how can you tell when you're ready to make the leap from used to new car owner? Ask yourself the following questions.

Is It Your First Car?

If you've recently gotten your license or are under 25 and are ready to get driving for the first time, you're probably excited to start shopping for a new vehicle and enjoy all the independence it will bring with it. However, if you intend on financing it yourself, you might find that your loan offers are on the high side based on your risk profile. This is something that could also bump up your insurance prices. As a result, you might end up paying more for your new car than it's worth. A better idea is to start with a demo or pre-owned vehicle while you build up your credit profile as a working adult and create a driving history that future lenders and insurers can use to give you favorable rates. Remember that this will mean you need to make sure you make your payments on time and that you avoid risky driving.

Will It Have Hidden Costs?

Most people know that a car shouldn't cost them more than a certain percentage of their salary. However, this is usually calculated on the car price itself and not on other costs that will arise during its ownership. You'll, of course, need to pay for petrol and insurance - but this isn't all. If you have a baby for example, you might need to upgrade to include a compatible car seat and get window shades. Perhaps you didn't mind leaving your used car exposed to the elements, but with a new one you might be more concerned about maintaining its paintwork and keeping it secure, so you'll need to install a carport or car cover for parking. Then there's the cost of getting your car professionally cleaned every other week or even weekly. As you can see, you can expect to pay much more for a car than just this listed price. Keep this in mind when shopping.

Will I Want To Resell It/Trade It In?

Many people enjoy driving the latest vehicles, and so every few years they'll either trade their car in for a different but newer model or upgrade to the latest version of the model they currently drive. However, you'll need to remember that this value isn't fixed in stone, and its value can increase or decrease based on several factors you can't predict. For example, if a manufacturer decides to cease production of a particular model, this would negatively impact its value and therefore resale price. Make sure that you're prepared for the fact that you might not be able to benefit from a trade-in in the future, or make sure to choose a brand and model that is popular and unlikely to exit the market anytime soon. A Renault Clio is a good example of this.

By asking yourself the above questions before you begin car shopping, you'll be able to secure a new car for sale that more than meets your needs, without compromising on your finances or peace of mind. What's not to like?

Uploaded 1 week ago

A Day In The Life Of A Demo Car - Before It Goes On Sale

A Day In The Life Of A Demo Car - Before It Goes On Sale

What's the most significant difference between a new car and used or demo car for sale? It's simply that a used car has been driven before and has a history. It's this knowledge that tends to make people uncomfortable - as, after all, there's no way to know whether this history was positive or negative, and what it involved. However, there's a misconception on how vehicles like these are used before they end up for sale. If you've always wondered what brings a demo car to the showroom floor, here's a day in the life of the average vehicle of this nature.

From Factory To Floor

A demo car begins life as a beautiful, brand new vehicle that drives off the factory floor and prepares itself for transportation. However, unlike its brothers and sisters, it won't be going directly to dealerships to be purchased by excited owners looking to take a new car home. Instead, it will go to one of many showroom floors across the country. Here, it will act as a model for those looking to purchase a new car of the same make, model and year. It will be one that people can touch, smell and most importantly - drive.

By the time a potential buyer has selected a car to test drive, they've probably already considered its price and specs. It's the drive that will determine whether or not they want to buy it, depending on how it handles and how it feels to operate it.

A car that's covered in smudge marks and tracked-in dirt or has a malfunctioning air conditioning system isn't one that's going to leave a favorable impression - even on the shortest test drive. It will impact how people see the brand and car, whether you're looking at an affordable, entry-level demo Tata or an upscale, top of the range demo Renault Clio.

What Does This Mean For Me?

You're probably wondering what all of this means for you, and why you should consider purchasing a demo car because of it. Well, if you consider what the average day in the life of a demo car is like, it's easy to see why this option is one worth choosing.

Because there's no telling when a person might come in and request a test drive, a dealer will need to ensure that the car is constantly in a clean and polished state. It means that it will be arguably kept in better condition than most cars in the dealership, and reinspected from top to bottom after it ventures out for every test drive. This is especially important when it comes to off-road or heavy-duty working demos, like Mitsubishis.

When it comes to test drives, the car will either be driven by the dealer or salesperson or the person looking to buy the car. It means that it will either be driven by someone with better driving skills than the general population, or by someone who doesn't want to be held liable for damaging a car they don't own. In other words, they'll drive extra cautiously, with less braking and revving resulting in the car having significantly lower mileage and less wear and tear than most of its peers. 

How You Benefit

By now you'll have seen why a demo car is considered a good purchase - ranging from it's low mileage to its superior maintenance. Add to this the fact that most demo cars will enter the market within a year or two of manufacture, meaning that with a KIA demo for sale (and most other automotive brands) you'll still be covered for the remainder of its year and mileage warranty.

In summary, you get to enjoy all the perks of a brand new vehicle with a significant discount on its usual price. It's an option well worth exploring if you haven't considered it before, so why not contact Imperial Select today to find one of your own?

Uploaded 1 week ago

Why Savvy South Africans Are Buying Used Cars

Why Savvy South Africans Are Buying Used Cars

Another day, another breakdown in peak traffic. Between this frustration and your car repeatedly failing to start in the morning, it's time for a new vehicle. While you're sad to be parting with your beloved car, you're also excited to finally get a new one that won't give you problems. Because of this, you've started paying attention to all those 'new cars for sale' billboards and television commercials. You've also started plotting what luxury features you'd like to have in it when you drive it off the lot. We don't blame you for feeling enthusiastic about getting a new ride - but have you stopped and thought about what you're getting into, financially?

Do You Need A Brand New Car?

While a new car does come with a clean bill of health, it also comes with a significantly higher price tag. You might think you can afford this, but you should remember that other expenses will contribute to your monthly repayments. The cost of fuel in South Africa is constantly on the increase, and if your car is financed, you're looking at paying for comprehensive insurance too - and that's not to mention any extended warranty or added extras you might have opted for.

If you factor in these costs and find that your total monthly repayment is still affordable, a new car purchase is possible. Unfortunately, if you're like most South Africans, it might work out to be beyond your means. Remember that most financial experts recommend that you don't spend more than a third of your annual salary on a vehicle and that your monthly costs shouldn't exceed more than 10% of your salary.

So does this mean you're relegated to driving your ancient car that has no creature comforts and that you're embarrassed to be seen driving in public? Of course not. A small but growing group of financially savvy South Africans are having their cake and eating too.

How? By buying used cars and shopping demo cars for sale.

Used Cars Are Not What They Used To Be

When most people think of used cars, they think of their worst nightmare - in other words, a problem-riddled, fuel-guzzling monster with a funny smell that leaves a trail of exhaust fumes in its wake. While you might find cars like this for sale in the deepest darkest corners of the internet - or a deal with a stranger that you conclude in a fuel-station parking lot - this isn't where you should be looking.

Respectable dealerships like Imperial Select have a range of handpicked, well maintained and attractive models for sale that happen to be used - but you'd never be able to tell by driving or looking at them! So how can you tell these vehicles are the real deal?

Where Do Used Cars Come From?

Many people shy away from buying used cars as they assume that most of them are lemons that have been freshened and up repackaged for sale at a higher price by unscrupulous salespeople. This might be true for backstreet dealerships and shady private buyers looking to make a quick buck, but it's certainly not for Imperial Select.

It's important to remember where most cars come from - and that not all of them are being sold because there's something wrong with them. Every day people sell or trade-in quality cars to dealerships because they need the money for an urgent expense, or because the car no longer meets the needs of their growing family. Others sell their car because they're relocating or retiring and some sell their car because they can't or don't want to deal with the maintenance required.

This means that when you choose Imperial Select, there are hundreds of almost brand new cars of every make, model and year available for you to purchase - and the only thing holding you back is your perception of what used cars are supposed to be!

Imperial Select Used Cars

It's understandable to be wary about purchasing a used car. After all, it's something you'll depend on to transport you and your family safely and securely every day. This is why we strongly recommend you join thousands of other smart South Africans and purchase a used car from us. Yes, there's the obvious benefit of paying less, but you also benefit in the following ways

  • Peace Of Mind - every used car we acquire undergoes a strict AA vehicle inspection, which is undertaken by an independent third party. This is required by law before any used car is sold, and will ensure that it meets SABS standards, is in a good overall condition (appearance-wise) and is not unroadworthy or defective in any way.
  • A Wide Range To Choose From - just because you're not getting a brand new car, doesn't mean you have to purchase one that doesn't have those special extras you've always wanted your car to have. A simple visit to our website will allow you to browse by year, transmission and model - making it easier to find exactly what you're looking for. Remember that we have over 50 dealerships, so there's a great chance that you'll find the perfect vehicle without compromising on your requirements.

Being financially savvy doesn't have to mean being cheap - or going without what you want. When you buy a used car or demo car for sale from Imperial Select, you can enjoy the best of both worlds, so what are you waiting for?

Uploaded 1 week ago

Found A Used Car For Sale? Here's Why Dealerships Beat Private Sales

Found A Used Car For Sale? Here's Why Dealerships Beat Private Sales

Like it or not, when looking at a used car that is being sold, the determining factor will usually be price. Whether you're looking at Hyundai used cars for your 18-year-old or a used SUV kitted out to finally make you King of the Bush, you're going to consider price before you consider what colour car you want or any other creature comfort that might make your life easier.

It's understandable to prioritise this, as the cost of living has never been higher, and we're all looking to cut costs where we can. This is why you might be tempted to go with a private vehicle for sale instead of one from a dealership, as these are often cheaper and seem to be a quicker route to getting a vehicle.

If you're currently considering this option however, there are several reasons why you're better off using a dealership to purchase a used car than going it alone in private. Here are just a few of them

  • No 'Voetstoets' Fear 

South Africans can rely on the Consumer Protection Act to protect them from dodgy or unfair car sales agreements. However, this doesn't apply to private sales. This is the main reason why a used Mercedes for sale from a private dealer will usually be listed as much cheaper than one for sale at a dealership. If you want to ascertain whether the car is up to scratch or not, you'll need to fork out for a technical inspection. This is a thorough examination of a vehicle's mechanical and technical status and the only way you will be able to tell that no hidden defects or faults are lurking in the vehicle. 

On the other hand, when you choose to purchase a car from a dealership like Imperial Select, you know that every car that we sell will be AA certified for your peace of mind - a privilege that you won't have to pay for either. 

  • No Stranger Danger 

You cannot always trust strangers, and if you're a single woman, you might feel vulnerable meeting a seller in private or having them ride with you while you test drive a vehicle.

There's also the reality that they may assume you know nothing about cars and attempt to sweet talk you into accepting a less than perfect model. There's no reason to put up with this when you can use a dealership instead. Your first test drive should be exciting and fun - and not dominated by fears over your personal safety or that you're being spoken down to. 

  • Get What You Need 

When you buy a car from someone, they'll be able to tell you everything about it - from its fuel consumption to how it handles the road during thunderstorms. You might find yourself agreeing to everything you hear and thinking it's perfect for you - when in fact there are other options out there that you don't even know about. 

Salespeople working at a car dealership rarely specialise in just one type of car, and most have a broad knowledge of brands, makes, and models. Perhaps you have your heart set on a used Toyota you've seen for sale as it seems like the perfect fit for your needs. After a chat with a salesperson, you might discover that your budget, needs and personal tastes are better suited to a used KIA vehicle instead. 

Car dealerships pride themselves on happy customers - so it's in their best interest to pair you with the perfect vehicle. Private sellers are under no such obligation. 

  • Less Paperwork 

When you've found a suitable car from a private seller, you'll need to check its V5C registration document and VIN. You'll also need to look at its mileage and service records. Any inconsistencies or oddities here could indicate that the car has been stolen and that the person you're buying it from isn't the original owner. It could also indicate that the vehicle is older or has more kilometres on the clock than you think. 

Think that the hard work is over once you've checked the above and are ready to purchase and pay for it? With a private sale, it's just beginning. You'll still need to take care of registering the vehicle in your name and licensing it. Depending on how urgently you want to start driving your car, you might need to take a few days off work to make sure this happens correctly.

When you purchase a vehicle from a dealer, we take care of all this for you. All you need to do is sign on the dotted line and let us do the running around and heavy lifting.

Choose Imperial Select 

Whether you're looking for a used Mercedes or any Hyundai used car for sale, Imperial Direct can help you find the car of your dreams with much less fuss, and complication than a private sale usually involves. It's a big financial decision to make - but that doesn't mean that the process of buying a used car can't be fun. By choosing a dealership over a private sale, it certainly will be!