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    Need To Buy A Car? These 6 Simple Tips Will Make The Process Effortless

  • Demo Cars: What Are The Pros, And How Do You Know You're Not Getting A Lemon
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    Demo Cars What Are The Pros, And How Do You Know You're Not Getting A Lemon

  • Is It Time To Get My Aircon Serviced?
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    Is It Time To Get My Aircon Serviced?

  • Is A Four-Wheel Drive Car For You? Here's How To Tell
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    Is A Four-Wheel Drive Car For You? Here's How To Tell

  • The Pros Of Purchasing From A Reputable Dealer
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    The Pros Of Purchasing From A Reputable Dealer

  • When Is The Best Time To Buy A New Volkswagen Car?
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    When Is The Best Time To Buy A New Volkswagen Car?

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Need To Buy A Car? These 6 Simple Tips Will Make The Process Effortless

Need To Buy A Car? These 6 Simple Tips Will Make The Process Effortless

Buying a new car is exciting. However, getting from the browsing stage to the stage you sign on the dotted line is less so. Whether you want to buy a car that's new or one that is used, the process isn't one that can take place overnight- unless you don't mind ending up with a vehicle you regret purchasing! If your current ride can still get you from A to B safely and efficiently, you have time to make an unhurried decision on what your next car will be. If you want to make the best possible choice for your needs and wallet, consider implementing Imperial Select's six simple tips for buying a car. You'll find that each tips makes the process of hunting for a vehicle less fraught with pitfalls and more fun than ever!

Ready? Let's go!

Tip 1 - Save, Save, Save

Saving isn't the most glamorous way to work towards getting a car, and if you're like most South Africans, it would take you years to secure enough finance to purchase one outright. Buying a car and paying for it in full is excellent if you can afford it. However, if you're thinking of getting it financed, you should realise that even the tiniest amount put down as a deposit could shave months (or thousands of rands) off what you end up paying in the end. Having a deposit will make you a more attractive prospect to lenders, so if you can, try to put away a little each month. By giving up the occasional beer or your daily cappuccino, you could decrease your monthly payments - and we think that's more than worth it.

Tip 2 - Don't Rush Into A Sale - Ever

The dealership across the road from your workplace has put an enticing sign up. They're offering a cute little hatchback for just under two grand per month - but only until month-end. It's a steal - so you should snap it up, right? Not until you read the fine print. The hatchback could indeed be just R2000 per month - but it could come with a hefty balloon payment at the end of the term. Alternatively, it could be for a basic, entry-level model lacking all the comfort and safety features you'd assume it would have. While all car deals seem pressing and urgent, never let yourself commit to one without carefully considering the pros and cons first. If a dealership or salesperson starts pushing you before you're ready, rather find a seller that will let you choose a vehicle at your own pace.

The same principle applies to financing. Don't feel obligated to accept the first offer you receive. Take your time, look around and don't conceal this from the bank in question. You might find this motivates them to give you a better deal in terms of your interest rate or overall payments.

Tip 3 - Look At Less Than You Can Afford

When considering the cost of a potential car, never, ever choose one that's close to the higher end of what you can afford. Remember that your car instalment might only make up half of what you'll need to pay per month. You'll need insurance, and you might also need an extended service, maintenance or warranty plan. Then, of course, there's fuel, which experiences unpredictable price hikes and drops every month. A car that is costing you more than you can afford every month is not one you want to be saddled with. If you end up having to sell it even just a few months later, it will have already depreciated by a significant amount, so you'll likely have to sell it at a loss or break even with what you owe on it.

Tip 4 - Know When To Look

Did you know that what you pay for a car in one month could differ from what you pay in the next? Timing is everything when it comes to buying a new car, and if you're willing to wait a little, you could save thousands. This means shopping during quiet selling periods, such as during the December holidays or over the Easter festive period. If you have a specific model in mind, do your research or enquire as to when a new release or update will be released. When this occurs, many drivers will want to trade-in or sell their models just so they can say they're driving the latest one, which will mean you'll have plenty of low mileage vehicles in good condition to choose from. If you don't have that much time to spare, wait at least until month-end or the end of the year's quarter, as this is when you're likely to find a good deal as old stock is cleared and new stock is brought in.

Tip 5 - Be Open To Compromise

It's natural to have strong opinions about which car brand is the best. It's something that will be informed by your personal experience and the feelings of your family and friends. However, this should never be the be-all and end-all of your decision-making process. We're not suggesting buying a car you find hideously ugly and would hate to drive. We're saying that even if you have your heart set on brand X, give brand Y a chance too. We suggest writing down a list of qualities your car needs to have and asking your local Imperial Select to shortlist a selection for you. Many a time a buyer has walked into one of our dealerships hellbent on Honda - only to find out one test drive later that a Hyundai better fulfils the vision they had in mind for a dream vehicle. You have nothing to lose, so why not?

Tip 6 - Buy Now, Kit Out Later

Your car should never be a utilitarian piece of equipment that only allows you to travel back and forth. Enjoyment is necessary - as are perks like a backseat infotainment system (to keep the kids busy on long drives) and heated seats (for those chilly winter drives to and from work). It's important to differentiate between what you can afford to add now - and later. For example, purchasing a car with an advanced climate control system included in the price would be wise, but things like tinted windows can easily be added after the fact, with little hassle. It's something to keep in mind if you're trying to keep your initial costs low.

Follow the above tips and not only will you end up with the car that's just right for you - you'll also be fending off comments from others wondering what your secret is to having had such a painless car buying experience. Whether you share them or not is up to you!

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Demo Cars What Are The Pros, And How Do You Know You're Not Getting A Lemon

Demo Cars What Are The Pros, And How Do You Know You're Not Getting A Lemon

When it comes to alternatives to buying a brand new car off the showroom floor, demo cars for sale are consistently the safest and most cost-effective option for buyers who want to save a bit of cash and still get a very recently released model of any manufacturing brand. While they have essentially been used for a few months by a dealership to showcase the model's features and driving experience to potential buyers, a demo car is still far superior to any other used vehicle. When they finally reach the end of their demo period, dealers put the demo cars through meticulous testing and checking processes before putting them up for sale. This means you get a new car for a significantly reduced price. 

Pro's Of Demo Cars Versus Other Used Cars

  1. Very few people drive a demo vehicle before they go on sale - usually one or two salespeople at the dealership, and aside from them, prospective buyers who want to take the car for a spin and get a feel for the driving experience - and usually only for very short rides. Whoever drives the car will treat it with care and won't likely drive recklessly or put too much strain on the brakes, clutch and gearbox. In the case of a standard used car, you can't ever really know how well or poorly the car was treated and what potential mechanical issues you may end up with when buying it. 
  2. Because demo cars are basically used for display purposes and a quick drive around the block every now and then, mileage on demo cars will be very low. Overall, hardly any wear and tear will happen to a demo car during its time at a dealership, and whatever bumps and bruises are done to the value of the car during the demo period will be undone before the car goes on sale. 
  3. As we mentioned, demo cars cost less than their brand new counterparts. And since many demo cars are outfitted with a lot of bells and whistles to show off possible upgrade options, your budget could get you a vehicle with a lot of extra features that you wouldn't have had in a new, stock standard model. 

So, now you know the main benefits of buying a demo car. If you're still not entirely convinced and feel concerned about the sales condition the vehicle in, keep reading. 

How Dealers Prepare Demo Cars Before Selling Them

Once a demo car reaches the end of its lifetime serving that role (which is usually by or before it reaches a mileage of 5000km), dealers need to prepare it for sale to a long-term owner. Not only do they want to secure the best possible sales price for the car, but they want to ensure that you get a car that is essentially brand new by putting each demo car through rigorous quality checks and testing. 

The dealership's team of mechanical specialists inspect the car and ensure that no stone is left unturned. Absolutely every part of the car is checked to confirm that it is still in premium condition and if even the smallest issue is found, they will correct it by replacing the part or repairing the problem area. Everything you would expect from a thorough service inspection with a newly purchased car is done with the utmost attention to detail. 

From an aesthetic point of view, the car is checked carefully for any scratches, marks or blemishes on the bodywork as well as the whole interior. As a standard step, all demo cars are completely detailed inside and out, to give it that perfect, brand new look and, just as importantly, that new car smell.

Your demo car for sale will still have the warranty a new car comes with but bear in mind that the warranty starts the moment you drive the car, so you'll have fewer kilometres covered than if you bought a brand new car. Still, this is rarely an issue if you consider the reduced cost of the car.

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Is It Time To Get My Aircon Serviced?

Is It Time To Get My Aircon Serviced?

Picture this It's a perfect summer afternoon, and you're daydreaming about how you're going to spend a day at the beach or take a road trip to explore and experience someplace new. You grab your bag, get in the car and head out. The sun is blazing through your car windows, and the warm air outside offers no reprieve from the choking heat inside, so you turn on your aircon and wait for that beautiful, crisp air to hit your face. The sound of the fan kicking in makes you count the seconds until the air cools down, but after ten seconds you're still feeling nothing but warm air blowing right at you. A minute later the vents are still pumping what you definitely didn't order something akin to opening a hot baking oven. That's when you realise you haven't had a car service or repair or checked your aircon in a while and it suddenly becomes clear that you are out of coolant. You spend the rest of your trip fanning yourself with a sweaty hand and praying for an ice-cold drink. 

If that's not how you want to end up this summer, here are a few tips to help you detect issues with your aircon and know when it's time to get it serviced

  1. The Aircon Doesn't Seem To Pump Out The Same Level Of Cool Air As Usual

Although it varies between the different cars and manufacturers, most air conditioners need to be checked or serviced every 18 months to two years, as gas levels typically last that long with standard use. If you notice the air just isn't quite as crisp and cold anymore, your aircon's gas is very likely running low. And it's not just about staying cool. If your aircon hasn't been serviced in a while, it will consume more petrol than it should which is simply a waste. 

  1. There's A Musty Or Strange Smell Coming From The Vents

If you haven't used your aircon in a while or live in a humid area, there's a chance that mould could have built up in your evaporator. This isn't just unpleasant to smell but can also cause illness, as the spores are being pumped directly into your and your family's breathing space. If this happens, turn off your aircon and have it checked out by a specialist as soon as possible. 

  1. You Hear Rattling Sounds Or Unusual Noises

If your aircon hasn't been serviced in some time, the fanbelt or compressor may become worn out or damaged and cause noises that shouldn't be there. Another possibility is that the pipes have become clogged, especially if you haven't used your aircon in quite a while. 

  1. Water Puddles Or Leaks

Take a look at the floor mats under your aircon unit - if there are any puddles of water or wetness, you may have a damaged aircon and should get it looked at immediately.

To keep your aircon in the best possible condition, use it throughout the year and get it checked by a specialist every two years to ensure you have perfectly regulated air whenever you need it. Whatever you do, make sure you get your car service and repair done by a reputable supplier.

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Is A Four-Wheel Drive Car For You? Here's How To Tell

Is A Four-Wheel Drive Car For You? Here's How To Tell

If you drive a front-wheel-drive car, but dream of those mountain-filled, rocky road covered road trips in the wilderness, it's time to make your dream a reality by purchasing a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Sure you can easily spot a 4X4 car on the road with its big tyres, large tall body and roll bar, but to buy the best four-wheel-drive vehicle for you, you need to know how it works and which vehicle type delivers it the best for your needs. 

Then you need to make triple sure that a four-wheel-drive car is, in fact, the appropriate vehicle type for you. In order to do this, you need to understand what four-wheel-drive is, what its used for and properly determine if your new purchase will actually be used for its purposes and if you will make the most of it. At Imperial Select we sell used cars for sale and take pride in our four-wheel-drive offerings, but you're the driver and must determine if four-wheel-drive is actually going to make a meaningful contribution to your life, or just be an expensive add-on that you never really get the most out of.

In Case You're Not A Motorhead How it works

For those who are not motorheads and for those not in the know, four-wheel-drive, or 4x4, is a two-axled vehicle which is capable of providing torque to all four wheels at the exact same time, or to just the front or back, depending one what setting you have chosen. It refers to a set of specific components and functions and is specifically intended for off-road application. 

In more detail, for those of you who really want to be in the know, the nature of torque transfer to the axles in a four-wheel-drive determines the number of sub-modes. The vehicle may be part-time, full-time and on-demand mode - referring to the torque being delivered to the wheels and how many at a time. No matter what the mode is, it is typically linked via a transfer case providing an additional output drive shaft, and in many instances, more gear ranges. 

Let's take a motoring moment to look at these modes a little closer. First off, with part-time mode, the rear and front axle drives are firmly paired within the transfer case. Here, the driveline does not allow any speed differentiation between the axle. Because of this, all the torque can go to either axle, but this depends on road conditions and the amount of weight over the axles. Two-wheel-drive cars have locking hubs on each of the front wheels. The rear wheels do all of the work when it comes to moving the car in a certain direction. Then when the four-wheel-drive mode is initiated, the locking hubs lock in the front wheels to the front axle and allow them to get torque from the engine.

With full-time mode, both of the axles are driven at the exact same time, however, an inter-axle differential allows the axles to turn when at different speeds and as necessary. This mode means that the driver can drive the vehicle full-time in four-wheel-drive no matter what the road surface condition is and fortunately never have to worry about driveline wind-up. When it comes to the standard bevel-hear differentials, the torque split is fairly balanced 50/50. There are however differentials which efficiently provide asymmetric torque splits as and when needed. 

Now let's talk about on-demand mode. A car with on-demand four-wheel-drive has a transfer case which operates mostly in the two-wheel-drive mode. With this mode, torque is transferred to the secondary axle as and when needed. This is done by modulating the transfer clutch from open to a firmly paired state. This mode requires an active electronic/hydraulic control system for torque modulation. 

Who Will Find It Useful

We recommend part-time mode four-wheel-drive vehicles for drivers who drive both on tar roads, whether to the shops, schools and work, and then drive on rocky roads and non-asphalt paths on weekends. So, basically, those who work hard five days a week in the city and then drive hard out of the city on weekends. Those who love to take road trips and go on family holidays into rural areas and the bush. Those adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers who drive up mountains for abseiling and mountain-climbing those who drive to quiet, never-visited fishing spots and those who love hiking and drive through rough terrain into unspoilt landscapes. Part-time four-wheel-drive is for part-time use in off-road or loose conditions where driveline wind-up is unlikely. 

We recommend full-time four-wheel-drive cars, whether used or new, for those who constantly drive on roads less travelled. Whether you live in a beach location, up a mountain-top or on a game drive riddled with sand and rocks, this mode is optimal for you. 

Find A Four-Wheel Drive Vehicle With Us

Now that you know how four-wheel-drive works and are convinced that it's the right type of car for you and your lifestyle, check out our used cars for sale that offer four-wheel-drive. Better yet, speak to one of our knowledgeable sales reps and book a test drive in one of our four-wheel-drive options!

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The Pros Of Purchasing From A Reputable Dealer

The Pros Of Purchasing From A Reputable Dealer

If you've never explored the option of purchasing a second-hand car through a reputable dealership and have instead always bought privately, with negative consequences endured, our advice is to seek professional help. Both from us and a psychiatrist.

There are plenty of pros when going through a dealer when buying a used sedan for sale and we know that when you eventually buy a second-hand car from a dealership and avoid that too-good-to-be-true private sale, you'll know you've made the right decision. 

What On The Box Is In The Box

When you walk through the doors of a reputable car dealership to look at any item in their range, you can expect to be met with honesty and information when it comes to the car in question's condition. Professional, reliable dealers always do their homework when it comes to the vehicles in their portfolio, it is their job. This means that potential buyers are informed of every condition detail as well as the full history of the car. 

Dealers also take pride in fixing small problems and improving the car's condition before placing it up for sale. With dealers, you'll enjoy first-hand qualities even though you're making a second-hand purchase!

More Than Just A Car

At a dealership, you can also expect positive assistance with credit and financial loans, which are provided by car dealers. They take the stress out of arranging finance and streamline and quicken the process so that you can get credit or pay for your second-hand sedan and get driving in your new purchase faster. Leave the stressful financial dealings to the dealership!

Dealers also take care of the paperwork, managing all documents to ensure that your purchase is correctly documented and filed, with the vehicle promptly registered under your name. 

Car dealers also assist with insurance, and you can often enjoy lower insurance fees and the best deal on insurance thanks to the car dealership's effective network of those in the insurance biz.   

Fortunately, used car dealers provide warranties as well, something you aren't likely to find from a private dealer you meet in an Engen forecourt. While the warranty is limited to a couple of months on second-hand vehicles, the flipside is that you'll be able to save for future car maintenance payments over the first few months when the warranty is in effect. However, as dealers take pride in selling well-conditioned, reliable second-hand cars, it's highly unlikely you'll spend money on new car parts and unforeseen trips to a mechanic once the warranty runs out. High-quality second-hand vehicles sold by dealerships promise many, many kilometres on the road before encountering any car problems.  

You Get What You Pay For

Sure you can expect to pay slightly more when buying from a dealership but it's a small price to pay for a good car that has no costly surprises appearing soon after the sale. With a dealership, you pay for what you get and you most definitely get the car you paid for once the dealership receives payment and promptly hand over the car keys while you turn up the radio and prepare for road trip freedom. 

Fair Is Fair

Another financial pro to consider is fair, good pricing on all second-hand vehicles sold at dealerships. With up-to-date industry knowledge of car values and costs and thorough assessments conducted on all their cars before allocating appropriate price tags, dealerships will provide you with an accurate, fair price for that second-hand car you want. You'll find that the value-added price tags at dealerships are lower than the surprisingly, unexpected higher price tags you'll be expected to pay in the private market.

In truth, and in reality, there are no cons when it comes to buying your vehicle from a dealership. We at Imperial Select do realise we're only stating the pros and that you're probably thinking that we're omitting the cons, so we'll be honest there is a con. It's the one you'll avoid when shaking hands on that private sale. 

Overall, to avoid any criminal activity and promote a seamless, credible purchase of your selected used sedan for sale of choice, and to embrace all the pros that come with the professionals, we encourage you to purchase a second-hand sedan through a car dealership.

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When Is The Best Time To Buy A New Volkswagen Car?

When Is The Best Time To Buy A New Volkswagen Car?

Although you can always look for Volkswagen cars for sale throughout the year, with many being sold on online car dealer websites, you won't always find the best bargain and get the best deal. To uncover the best bargain, there are many things to look for which can help pinch pennies and get you driving in your favourite four wheels for less. While Imperial Select puts potential buyers' financial situations first and creates great deals for those in the market to buy, we have also provided some great tips to help you find the best deal.

Buy When There's A Model Changeover

All bargain hunters do their homework. They find out about new model roll-outs, automakers' redesign schedules, read the tea leaves of the auto market by checking local dealer inventories and by exploring pricing guides for current car values. However, if you're a first-time buyer or don't know much about car bargain hunting, then first and foremost, put car model changeover at the front of your bargain hunt mission. As car buyers generally want the newest model to hit the car scene, this puts a lot of pressure on car dealers to offer bigger incentives and discounts to flush out previous inventory stock and get rid of the previous year's models to make space for new sought-after models. Seek out great deals on outgoing models where the sale on these old models won't be a tug of war but will be an easy offer of a good price.

Make The Most of Month-End Bargains

Sales reps work for commission, and when the end of the month draws near, and targets need to be met, that's when you will find the best bargains and negotiations. It's the last five days of the month when dealers have the greatest incentive to sell and move cars off the showroom floor. These sales reps know they can take a slight loss on that vehicle because they know that they will get a bonus for hitting that high target thanks to your car purchase.

The Year Is Up, But The Price Is Down

As dealers are trying to get rid of the last few sales come year-end and sometimes forego financial gains in order to rid the dealership of out-dated car inventory, you'll expect to find great deals and low year-end sale pricing at the end of the year. Sure, the prices are much lower than when advertised throughout the year, but please keep in mind that you may not find the perfect car in terms of colour and other desired vehicle options and specifics. This is simply because the inventory in the dealership is dwindling. Sure, you may not drive out with your blue car, but you can always buy blue car accessories or put blue graphics and wrapping on your new car with the extra money you saved on that bargain buy!

More Penny-Pinching Tips

More opportune times to buy a car is when manufacturers redesign a car model resulting in car dealers having both new and outgoing car models up for sale at the exact same time. With both on their hands, expect them to offer awesome discounts and incentives on older models. Sure, you'll be buying a slightly older model but saving money never gets old!

For those seeking a really good deal, another penny-pinching tip when looking to buy a new or used car is to look out for the moment when a car is rebranded to create a different model or when the model is being discontinued. Here, strike when the iron is hot and take advantage of the significant drop in outgoing car model prices.

With these tips in mind and the regular great deals and incentives offered at all of our Imperial Select dealerships, we're sure you'll find the perfect Volkswagen cars for sale at the perfect price at the perfect time.