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  • In The Market For A Used Ford? Here’s What You Need To Consider.
    Uploaded 2 months ago

    In The Market For A Used Ford? Heres What You Need To Consider.

  • How To Not Write A Car Sales Advert That Scares People Off
    Uploaded 4 days ago

    How To Not Write A Car Sales Advert That Scares People Off

  • Dashboard Cameras: Why They're Worth It And How To Choose The Best One
    Uploaded 6 days ago

    Dashboard Cameras Why They're Worth It And How To Choose The Best One

  • Get The Upper Hand In Your Fight Against Corrosion
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    Get The Upper Hand In Your Fight Against Corrosion

  • What Are Your Brake Noises Trying To Tell You?
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    What Are Your Brake Noises Trying To Tell You?

  • Signs That You Need To Get A New Car
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    Signs That You Need To Get A New Car

Uploaded 2 months ago

In The Market For A Used Ford? Heres What You Need To Consider.

In The Market For A Used Ford? Heres What You Need To Consider.

The family may be getting bigger or possibly you are just looking for another vehicle for your business. Perhaps you are set on purchasing a used Ford for sale or are still in search of that "perfect" one. Either way, there are several considerations you need to factor in before making a final purchasing decision. Here are just a couple to consider

  1. Think About Your Financials

Making a purchasing decision without first setting a budget may work if you have unlimited funds. But for the majority of us, a purchase as significant as a car needs to be made with a defined financial plan. How much of a deposit can you put down? Will you need financial assistance? These are important questions to ask when figuring how much you have to spend. Planning to make a purchase should not only be about the "now", but also about "what comes next". Make allowances in your budget for any repair work you may face on a pre-owned car for example. It&rsquos also worth having a financial contingency plan if you find yourself out of work and unable to pay back a loan.

  1. Do Not Settle

People tend to purchase a second-hand car because of the attractive price tag, and although that is an excellent reason to buy it, this is still an investment, and it has to be a car that you want to drive. Take note of service history, reports of collisions that the vehicle may have been in and ask questions about the maintenance schedule and whether it has been adhered to. This last one will be maintained in the vehicle&rsquos logbook, and any reputable car salesperson will be chomping at the bit to hand this over to you. On the other hand, people may only search for their preferred make or model. This is a personal choice, but sometimes looking at other options may yield better results.

  1. Do Thorough Research

Even if you have a handful of good leads to choose from, research is key. This can often be the bargaining chip, which is advantageous to any buyer and every budget. Find out from dealerships about the maintenance costs of servicing the vehicle and locate reliable service providers near you that can assist you, once you purchase the vehicle. Ask about the accessibility to spare parts and how long lead times are when requesting them for servicing. It is advisable to approach insurance companies as well to determine premiums, especially because the likelihood of a pre-owned car still being under motor plan is not very high. And don&rsquot forget to verify that the car has not been stolen.

  1. Use A Reputable Dealer

With more and more dealerships popping up online, your chances of finding a used Ford for sale have never been better. The internet has become a convenient and easily accessible space, to make contact with sellers and buyers. However, this does open avenues for fraudulent activities to take place because of the anonymity factor. Websites that act as a platform for the sale of second-hand goods, including cars, are usually a great place for people to be duped. If you are asked to meet with a potential seller in person, ensure that you are safe and do not carry money physically with you. It also should not be a problem with a prospective seller to provide evidence of their sales history to confirm if they are operating a legit business. This point alone should be an alarm signal to rather only purchase a used car from a trusted South African brand and reputable car dealer with partners nationwide.

  1. Inspect Before You Pay

Inspecting a car thoroughly before purchasing is not only a good idea, it&rsquos an essential checklist item. All operational cars in South Africa are required to legally partake in and pass a road-worthy test, and you must request to see these documents for authentication purposes on your end. Being able to see and drive a car in person is vital as this is not a purchase that can easily be refunded. Ensure that the car is in working condition and follow up on any issues it may have, no matter how insignificant they may seem. This will give you a better picture of any problems you may encounter in the future and also help you avoid any costly bills.

  1. Assess The Car&rsquos Valuation

The second thing buyers look at is the price. Whether it is too high, too low or just right, do not take the amount at face value. Instead, you need to confirm what the actual value of the vehicle is. Taking the dealer&rsquos word is not enough, and you will need to assess the price yourself. It can be easily checked using the TransUnion Car-Value Report system, which will provide you with the retail value and trade-in value. Further, it should sound off alarm bells, if a price is too high or too low. A car that has a significantly higher value, is a dealer who is trying to make a very large profit. A car that has a very low value, indicates that there could be serious defects with it.

If you feel unsure at any time during the query or viewing stage, you are entitled to move on as a buyer. There is no purchase obligation when asking for any additional documentation and you should not feel pressured into buying. The process of searching and purchasing a used Ford for sale or any other vehicle should not be stressful. At Imperial Select, we aim to make every purchase as convenient as possible and ensure that any information you require is easily accessible with no-fuss. Contact us today to help you make the right purchase. 

Uploaded 4 days ago

How To Not Write A Car Sales Advert That Scares People Off

How To Not Write A Car Sales Advert That Scares People Off

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!

Uploaded 6 days ago

Dashboard Cameras Why They're Worth It And How To Choose The Best One

Dashboard Cameras Why They're Worth It And How To Choose The Best One

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.

Uploaded 1 week ago

Get The Upper Hand In Your Fight Against Corrosion

Get The Upper Hand In Your Fight Against Corrosion

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!

Uploaded 1 week ago

What Are Your Brake Noises Trying To Tell You?

What Are Your Brake Noises Trying To Tell You?

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.

Uploaded 2 weeks ago

Signs That You Need To Get A New Car

Signs That You Need To Get A New Car

Getting a new car always seems like an exciting prospect, but for many people it's not exactly on top of the daily life budgeting plan. While some people can easily trade in their vehicles for new ones, it is not always so simple for drivers who own cars that are a bit older and more worn. As with anything in life, everything reaches an expiration point, and it's no different with cars. Perhaps it's time to look into buying a used SUV or even a new model. Here are a few key indicators that you need to seriously consider and plan for a replacement car in the near future

Safety Concerns And Stressing Every Time You Drive

If the thought of getting into your car and driving anywhere leaves you anxious or worried, it's a fairly big indication that it no longer serves its purpose as it should. When your safety and the safety of your passengers and fellow road users are at risk because your car breaks down, malfunctions, or has a high risk of causing an accident or creating a road obstruction, you need to sit down and think about a solution. If the car is still fixable and can be maintained, invest some money in keeping it in order and running correctly. Nobody wants to worry about driving a car that may suddenly die, bellow out smoke, or rattle to the point where it feels like the doors may fall off. Remember that while a new car is a big expense, the potential consequences of still driving this car may be far more hazardous than you'd like to admit. 

Maintenance And Repair Costs Pile Up

All cars need servicing and present the occasional unexpected expense now and then, but if your car has been progressively costing you more with no prospect of improving in the future, it's probably time to give up on it. The expenses you run by trying to keep your car going accumulate quickly and, if you had to look at an overview of how much you're forced to spend on maintenance over the course of a year, you'd probably realize that it's actually quite close to - or possibly less than - what you would pay in monthly installments if you get a new, demo or used car instead. 

Your Lifestyle Has Changed

Over the years, people go through changes in their jobs, personal lives, and on other levels. Sometimes this means your current vehicle is just no longer practical or right for what you need in a means of transportation at the moment. Examples of this include middle-aged couples who no longer need to take the kids to school every day, so driving around in a station wagon or minibus is just overkill and doesn't make practical sense anymore. Couples who have children, or people whose families grow with dogs and kids, all need more spacious, modular vehicles to accommodate their lifestyles. There's also the chance that you need to downscale for financial reasons, whether your income level has changed or perhaps your car's petrol consumption is just too heavy to maintain along with your other monthly expenses. Also bear in mind that the older a car is, the heavier it tends to be on petrol. This is not only because engines no longer function as well as they did when they were newer, but more recent models of cars have far superior engines in terms of performance and fuel consumption. 

Your Car Doesn't Have The Features You Want Or Need

Sometimes a car just can't keep up with the features and functionality that come standard with new cars. Whether you're aching for more technological advancements such as Bluetooth, voice control, MP3 and MP4 player, park assist, cameras, or other features, there's only so much you can do to access this functionality in your old car. Sometimes these functions are also crucial instead of just being a want, for example, older or visually impaired drivers who need park assist and motion sensors to help them drive and park safely. 

If you find some - or even all - of the above signs hit close to home, it's time to work out a plan to get yourself a newer vehicle. We offer a range of new, used, and demo models and guarantee that each vehicle is in excellent condition. So if you're looking to buy a used SUV, check out our listings today.