Volkswagen has a very long history with South Africa, and it is still a dominant brand in the vehicle industry today. Mostly famous for the Beetle and the Kombi, newer models such as the Passat and Jetta cornered the market in the eighties and early nineties, and in the early nineties one could not help but notice the funky and innovatively marketed blue, yellow and red Citi Golfs around.
Suddenly, it was hip to drive a small car again and VW hit the bullseye again. Remaining largely within their tradition of designing and developing family vehicles, they expanded their vision and launched the first Volkswagen bakkies. A small, hard-working little vehicle selling at a decent price was a win for everyone, and the Caddy remained in production until late 2007.
Since then, Volkswagen has made the bold move to introduce the Amarok, which is one of the biggest Volkswagen bakkies made to date, and rumoured to rival the likes of the Toyota Hilux. Typically, the Amarok was launched as a double cab in South Africa, but a single cab was soon to follow with innovative rear-wheel drive. The larger models offer the driver the option to choose or select between four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive. Both models are equipped with powerful and reliable 2 litre turbo diesel engines, and reviews praise the flexibility and above-average performance of these innovative Volkswagen bakkies above most others in their class. The Amarok is largely aimed at the business sector and is still seen as a good workhorse with a long lifespan. There is also a luxury model aimed at private vehicle owners who like extra accessories and more driving comfort, and there is a very wide range of accessories and options to choose from.
Recently VW bumped up their Amarok appeal even more with the inclusion of an automatic model. It has a valid claim to be the first one-ton bakkie in the country that contains an 8-speed automatic gearbox. There are also now rumours about the development of a 3-litre V6 model, which will perhaps have to be slightly adjusted and simplified to keep costs reasonable.
The legendary reliability and durability of Volkswagen bakkies have ensured that the Amarok is still is one of the most desired bakkies in the country, with many Hilux owners replacing their Toyotas with new Volkswagen bakkies. In addition to being a very good-looking vehicle, the interior is superb and does not feel like the inside of a bakkie. Lots of cabin space and shoulder room is provided, but leg room in the second row will be a challenge for any person above average height. Of course, the cabin is ergonomically designed and as a result, all the controls are clearly visible and evenly spaced.
If you are curious to find out more about the Amarok and to find out what it feels like to drive this magnificent vehicle, book a test drive with us at Bakkie Deals and see for yourself!
So, you've decided that it's time to look into getting a replacement for your car, or perhaps you're caught up in the excitement of buying your very first demo car that you've seen for sale. Car purchases are one of the largest investments you'll make in your life, which is why you need to be certain of what you need and whether you can afford to drive that dream model you've had your eye on for a while now. Since this tends to be a costly decision, most people need financial assistance to afford a car, and vehicle financing is an ideal solution to help get you on the road.
We've compiled a few tips and a bit of advice to guide you through the application process if you're looking at getting financing for your new demo car
Determine What You Can Afford
People often miscalculate how much a new car will actually cost them each month if they focus their budget only on the price of the car. As a good rule of thumb, determine how much you can safely afford to pay each month, and double that amount so that your car insurance, petrol and maintenance or repair costs are also included. Do a bit of research on what car insurance rates typically are for the car you have in mind, and find out if parts for that vehicle are readily available and how affordable they are. Also bear in mind that you will be paying off your car for a fairly long period of time, so don't allocate a large portion of your gross income on loan repayments as life tends to bring unexpected surprises and expenses every now and then.
Keep A Healthy Credit Record
The application process for financing requires several details about your financial health, including a thorough inspection of any debts or credit facilities you have available. Credit cards, other loans, as well as credit accounts you may have with stores, are all taken into account to determine your affordability. If you have credit cards and store accounts, keep your repayments up to date or pay in more than the monthly minimum to ensure your credit score remains in your favour. If you're able to, pay some of your accounts in full and close them, to reduce your monthly credit repayments total. Having a few, well-maintained and updated credit accounts reflects more positively on your chances of being approved for vehicle financing.
Maximise Your Upfront Deposit
The larger the cash deposit you can supply upfront, the lower your instalments and overall debt will be. Save up where possible, trade your existing vehicle in for a good price and use those funds to back your deposit. Showing that you are able to pay a deposit also works greatly in your favour, as it indicates to financing suppliers that you are able to manage your money well. If you want to trade in your car and you've been paying instalments on it for longer than four years, the trade-in value and amount you'll get paid out will be more than your remaining debt owed on it. This means you'll be able to complete your finance payment on your existing vehicle and still have extra cash to use as a deposit for your new car. If you owe nothing on your existing car, you'll be able to cash in on the trade-in value and use those funds to boost your deposit. Be sure to shop around a bit and find out what the best trade-in price is for your car, and remember to compare offers to market standards for your make and model of car.
Get All The Required Paperwork Ready
Few things are as frustrating as taking time off work to get personal admin taken care of, only to be turned away because you didn't have all the necessary documents. Be completely prepared before applying for financing by ensuring you have the following available
Copies of your ID or Passport can be certified by officials at your local police station or through your bank, if they already have your personal details on record.
Any loan application requires proof that you are currently earning an income, whether employed or self-employed. You will need to provide evidence of your income by supplying the most recent three or six months' bank statements or payslips.
In order to verify where you reside, you'll need to supply either a copy of your lease if you're renting, or a municipal bill or phone bill with your name and address on it. Should you be in a position where you don't receive any bills addressed to you or if you stay in a house share, you will need to obtain a signed letter by the owner of the house, stating that you reside there. The letter will also need to be certified and should state the name and ID number of both the owner and yourself, along with the physical address of where you live.
As with your identification, this document also needs to be signed or stamped by a police official or bank. Also, be prepared to answer several questions about your credit status and any other credit accounts you currently have.
Getting the chance to buy demo car for sale or any other vehicle you've got in mind can be achieved. We offer financing services to our customers and are here to assist you with finding an affordable solution.
Along with technological development, cars become more advanced and offer an array of new features with each passing year. In the past decade alone we've gone from introducing MP3 player functions to what used to only be CD players and radios, while most new cars now come standard with Bluetooth for voice recognition and voice control for certain functions. Fuel efficiency continuously improves as new engines are developed each year (check out any Kia used car to see what we mean), and the driving experience overall has evolved from a fairly simplistic part of daily life to now being a completely integrated extension of your entire life.
Technology has so seamlessly merged our interests and activities that we now expect to be have Internet access wherever we go, play music on our home sound systems and relay it to our phones as we leave for work, then continue playing in our cars when we drive. If you're a technology geek, it's hard not to feel left behind when your car is a few years old and doesn't have any of these cool new features. But not everyone can afford to buy a new car or consider looking at used Kia as an option.
Fortunately there are alternate options to bring your car into the 21st century if you're willing to invest some time and cash to modify it a bit. Here are a few suggestions for technological features to add to your car
Bluetooth Hands-Free Calling Kit
Not only is it inconvenient to receive a phone call while you're on the road, but it's also dangerous and illegal to operate a phone at all if you're driving. New cars are equipped with Bluetooth features to allow drivers to make and receive calls at the press of a button, but this isn't a convenience afforded to older cars' drivers - until now. Bluetooth hands-free car kits are readily available and quite affordable, with a range of brands to choose from. There's also no installation needed for these, you simply clip the unit to your visor, connect your phone to it, and you're set to go.
A very useful device which can also be crucial in cases of accidents, dash cameras record as you drive, providing you with video footage of your journeys. As with Bluetooth hands-free kits, dash cams have now become quite a common device to have in your car and are therefore much more affordable and convenient to buy these days. Not only is it great to be able to record your trip if you're taking an adventurous drive to a new or scenic location, but dashcam footage can be the difference between receiving insurance payouts or not, due to the evidence it can provide in case of accidents.
Parking Assist Monitors
We've all seen the flashy upper-end vehicles that use infra-red technology to determine how far the car is from obstacles and to assist drivers with parking and driving safely. Fortunately, this is a feature you can also have, by buying a monitor kit. These essentially work the same and could be very useful, especially to those who struggle to parallel park or have injuries which make it difficult to turn and look behind them.
Touchscreen Smart Interface
Envious of all the new cars with their flashy LED touchscreens and voice recognition controls? While none of the older cars can compete technologically with what's close to Night Rider's KIT from back in the day, you're not entirely out of luck. If you use an Android smartphone, Google has a solution that will help you keep up with the pack. Android Auto is an app you can download from the Play Store, which will give you all the features of a smart car with the convenience of not needing to pay an extra cent for all these advances. Simply download the app, get yourself a car mount clip to secure your phone to your centre console, and you're all set to go with voice-controlled GPS, messaging, phone control, calling, and Google's smart AI reading your messages - including WhatsApp messages - for you while you're on the road.
If these upgrades aren't quite enough to satisfy your need for something more modern in a vehicle, take a look at our range of Kia used cars for sale - you may just find the perfect match for you!
We all take our cars - and their reliability - for granted, for the most part often forgetting that they are machines that generate tremendous power to get us to where we need to be every day. In spite of most of us owning or driving a car, many people aren't familiar with the warning signs that they should not ignore when it comes to their cars. What might initially appear to be a minor issue that can be ignored 'for now', could result in far more serious and costly damage in the near future. The team in our car repair workshop unpack some of the main indications that your car is in urgent need of a service or needs to get to a car repair workshop immediately.
Noises While Driving
Turn down your car's sound system every now and then and listen for any abnormal sounds while you're driving. Any scraping or dragging noise could mean your car's wheel bearing is failing while screeching noises indicate that something is wrong with your car's braking system.
Braking Takes Longer
We often forget how crucially important the braking system of our car is to ensure a safe drive for ourselves and those on the road with us. An appropriately responsive car that brakes in time can mean the difference between avoiding a fender bender or possibly ending up in a life-threatening accident. If you find your brakes seem to take longer to respond or that you have to pump them harder than you used to get the car to slow down or stop, it's best to take it in for an inspection as your brake pads may be worn.
Smoke From The Bonnet
Smoke is never a good sign, so if you find your car is suddenly producing smoke, your engine may be overheating and continued driving in this state can damage your engine beyond repair. Keep an eye on your dashboard and check if your engine light goes on, and also keep an eye on your car's temperature gauge. If your car is overheating, pull over at the closest safe location and allow it to cool down. Do not open the bonnet immediately after stopping as the heat and smoke could cause you physical harm. If you have road assist, call them to have your car towed to a local service centre.
Check Oil Light Comes On
Oil keeps your entire car's operational system lubricated and prevents overheating, friction and damage to the engine and all moving parts. If your car runs out of oil, get to a gas station and refill your oil immediately. Remember to have your car's oil checked frequently, water and tyre pressure checked when you refill.
Fluid Leaking Under Car
Keep an eye on what goes on under your car when it's been standing parked for a while. If there are puddles of oil or other liquid, it may mean a seal or other component has cracked. Book your car in for an inspection by an automotive professional, who will help determine the problem and offer a solution.
Difficulty Steering Your Car
If your vehicle seems to be 'fighting' you when you make turns or is veering to the left or right side when you're driving straight, you probably need your wheels alignment checked and may have damage to your axel. If you find your car seems to be uneven and lower on one side than the other, this may also be caused by damage to your axel or components supporting it.
Fuel Efficiency Is Reduced
If you used to be able to get by comfortably with half a tank a week but lately you seem to need double the amount of petrol to travel the same distance, your car probably needs to be tuned up and serviced. A full service can vastly improve your car's fuel consumption.
Trouble With The Ignition
While it's relatively normal for your car to maybe only take on the second start on a cold winter day, if you find you always need to keep turning the ignition to get the car started, you should book it for a service. Also bear in mind that you should reduce the weight of your keys as much as possible, as the keys in your ignition constantly weigh the unit down and may cause damage to it over time.
If you have any concerns about your car or just want to ensure it keeps running smoothly, contact us to arrange a service at our car repair shop. We have highly trained automotive specialists and a range of advanced testing equipment to quickly and accurately identify and correct any issues your car may have.
We all love our cars. They are a daily part of our lives and are integral in many stories and life experiences over the years. While many people are sentimental about their cars and all the journeys they've had together, sometimes the time comes to start a new chapter and move on to something new. If you're looking at getting a newer model, or perhaps something bigger if your family has expanded, securing the best trade-in price for your current car is crucial to helping you secure the best deposit on your new ride.
We've compiled a few tips on how to get the most for your car, both during on-site evaluation and well before you take your final drive in it.
Determine The Trade-in Value
Several factors will determine how much a dealership will be willing to pay for your car, but you'll be able to get a reasonably good idea of the national average if you look through a few local websites that list the trade-in prices of cars. Do a search based on the make, model and year of your car, then refine the results by adding extra details such as your total mileage and any upgrades or modifications made to it. Bear in mind that any aesthetic or additional changes you've made to your car's body, such as installing an expensive sound system or flashy set of rims, tends to only slightly affect your car's trade-in value. Essentially, you won't get your money back on the add-ons you've made over the years, but you can still negotiate on this with the car dealer. Once you've gathered a few results and prices, use these as your benchmark average when taking your car in.
Make It Look As Good As It Can
Aside from mechanical conditions, your car's appearance makes a huge difference in what you'll be offered. Invest a bit of money in getting the car thoroughly cleaned and polished, inside and out. If you have small dents or scratches, repair them so that the bodywork looks as good as possible. Also remember to remove any personal items from your car's interior - you're trying to create the impression of a vehicle that is available, not one that is attached to someone else.
Drive Around And Get Quotes
Now that your car is clean and shiny, pick a few dealerships and visit them to get trade-in quotes for your car. Remember to ask for written quotes, as you can use these to negotiate your car's trade-in price with the dealership where you're aiming to trade the vehicle in.
What Determines Offered Trade-in Price?
If you're wondering what dealers generally look at when you bring your car in for a personalised quote, keep these aspects in mind
1. The popularity of the car.
The resale value of your car is determined by how many people are actively looking for that particular make and model. The higher the resale value, the better your chances of getting a reasonable trade-in price.
Generally, a fair allocation of around 25 000km per year since the car was first released is acceptable. If your car has an excessively high mileage, it will lean buyers towards concerns of age-related wear and tear, as well as out-of-warrantee costs.
3. Maintenance and service history.
If you have a full-service history and record of maintenance done over the years, you'll be able to prove that your car is in excellent working condition and won't easily cause unforeseen problems to the new buyer. Your car's warranty is also factored into this assessment if your car is still under warranty, it's a safer sell and buy.
4. Condition of your car
Everything from the state of the paintwork to the dashboard will be taken into account. As you'd expect, the newer your car looks, the better your chances of securing a good trade-in price. Your car's colour may also be a factor, as some colours are considered to be higher maintenance or less appealing to buyers.
What Documents You Will Need On The Day
If you're all set and ready to get the trade-in process going, remember that having all the necessary paperwork can be the difference between a smooth, efficient experience and a back-and-forth admin headache. Be sure to have the following with you
1. Your South African Identity Document or card, or a valid driver's license
2. A finance settlement letter from your bank to confirm that your vehicle has been paid in full
3. The original NATIS (registration document) of your car, if it is entirely paid for
4. Proof of address
5. Both sets of car keys
6. The service booklet of your car, for proving service history
7. Any extras for your car, including add-ons and tracking devices
With a bit of time, research and effort, you will be able to get your used Hyundai for sale at the best possible price and be on your way to driving off in a new car, to make new memories.
Your car is an intricately designed mechanical marvel with hundreds of interconnected elements that make the entire system run. It's tough to call any-one component or part the most important, as your car requires all parts of it to run like a well-oiled machine, or its performance will be negatively affected overall. Having said that, we're going to have a look at two parts of your car, which you need to maintain to keep driving with peace of mind your car battery, and your car's brakes.
How To Identify Battery Problems
Many of us have faced a dead battery after leaving the lights on or forgetting the radio on at some stage. There are a few indications and warnings that your car's battery is on its way to run dry for good
1. Your car's lights aren't as bright as they usually are. For a start, put the key in the car's ignition and start your vehicle and let it idle at night, then have a look at the headlights. If they seem to be a bit dim compared to how they usually are, the battery is probably taking strain and not supplying enough energy to the lights.
2. You've been having trouble starting your car lately. While this could the result of another problem, if your vehicle has been stalling and sluggish to start recently, you should probably take it to a battery centre to have it checked out.
3. Click noises when you turn the ignition. If your car doesn't start but instead makes rapidly clicking sounds as you turn the key in the ignition, it's most likely a battery problem.
Car batteries typically last for about two years, depending on use and other factors such as temperature - freezing winter days can vastly reduce the efficiency of a car battery and render it dead.
How To Prolong Your Car Battery's Lifespan
1. Not driving your car for a few days? Disconnect the battery
2. Keep the heads of your battery clean
3. Try to avoid drawing power from the battery when your car is off, for example, listening to the radio or keeping your car's headlights on for an extended period.
4. Make sure your battery is securely tightened
5. Take your car on a long-distance drive now and then, as making frequent short trips doesn't allow the battery to recharge properly.
How To Identify Brake Problems
Your car's brakes are vital and should be kept in impeccable condition as they play a significant factor in ensuring that you drive - and stop - safely. The entire braking system consists of brake pads, pistons, brake fluid, cylinders, pedals, and several other parts, all of which work collaboratively to make your heavy and fast-moving vehicle slow down and stop as you need it to when you need it to. If you experience any of the following when driving, please get your car to a service centre as it can be hazardous to keep driving
1. Stopping takes longer than usual. If your vehicle seems to be less responsive and zippy when you pump the brakes, get it checked out.
2. If it veers to the side while you're driving straight, or seems to 'pull' against you holding the steering wheel, there is a risk of losing control of your car and not being able to make controlled turns.
3. If your car makes screeching noises when you brake or the brakes feel unusually soft or sloppy, get yourself peace of mind and have your car checked out by an automotive expert.
Keeping your car in good condition will not only reassure you that it won't break down suddenly, but it can also prevent far higher expenses down the line if small issues are not tended to in time. On the hunt for a new set of wheels? We have a large selection of new cars for sale on our website, and we update our inventory daily. Have a look we think you'll find just what you're looking for.