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    Why Do My Indicator Lights Blink Fast Sometimes?

  • 5 Car Trends to watch out for in 2020
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    5 Car Trends to watch out for in 2020

  • Vehicle Finance Options If You Don't Have A Credit History
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    Vehicle Finance Options If You Don't Have A Credit History

  • 4 Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Car Battery
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    4 Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Car Battery

  • 7 Key Questions To Ask A Dealer Before Buying
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    7 Key Questions To Ask A Dealer Before Buying

  • Bakkies: Brand New vs Used And What To Consider
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    Bakkies Brand New vs Used And What To Consider

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Why Do My Indicator Lights Blink Fast Sometimes?

Why Do My Indicator Lights Blink Fast Sometimes?

Being a South African used car owner means dealing with several common and sometimes frustrating problems which our reliable workhorses often present us with. From strange icons lighting up on our dashboard to weird smells coming from our air vents to even seemingly tempestuous tantrums being thrown on cold winter mornings, as one of the best car repair workshops around, we've seen it all. 

One of the most common and least understood issues that our cars throw at us is when are indicator lights seem to double up on blinking and flash twice as fast.

In this blog, we'll explain one of the main reasons this happens and what you can do about it.

So why does my indicator blink faster sometimes?

In short, what seems like a problem with the car, is actually the car providing you with an alert that it's time for some small maintenance. 

Within your car's electrical system, there is a relay which controls the blinking of your indicator lights. When one of your indicator bulbs burns out, and the voltage load on the system drops, this decrease in the load means that the electrical system doesn't have to work as hard to run the system. This extra power causes the indicator light to blink twice as fast, and the fact that your indicator light is blinking twice as fast is telling you that one of your bulbs has burnt out.

In terms of fixing this issue, it is as simple as walking around the car while the indicators are on and seeing which light is burnt out. From there you can change the bulb on your own.

And if it's not that?

There are two other potential reasons that an indicator light could double click, but these are a little bit more advanced than simply switching out a burnt-out bulb. 

Your car's combination switches could be dirty and require cleaning, indicating that your ground connections are in bad shape. Another cause for this issue could be that you have insufficient voltage running through the electrical system or may have loose wires in the system. For any of these issues, your best bet would be to take your car to a car repair workshop to have the issues looked that.

When you consider the absolutely essential role that our indicator lights play in our day-to-day driving, it's obvious that we recommend that the very second you notice one of your indicator lights double blinking, you act immediately and get this issue sorted out. If you don't, you run the risk of other drivers around you not being aware of what your intentions on the road are and potential accidents being caused. A quick stop at the best car repair workshop at an Imperial near you will do the trick.

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5 Car Trends to watch out for in 2020

5 Car Trends to watch out for in 2020

It's 2020, and we are living in the future that seemed so far away not too long ago. The new decade promises to deliver huge technological developments to further improve how we are connected to the web and each other. The automotive industry is keeping up with these developments the entire way, and we are excited at the previews of what's in store in coming months. Of course, many of us still drive a used car in Johannesburg, but it's good to keep abreast of what the future holds. 

The big word in upcoming trends for 2020 is definitely &lsquoautomation'. You can expect to see a lot of effort from all manufacturers to roll out cars with more convenience-focused features and access to the very latest in technology so that you can stay connected to your world while you drive. We take a look at some of the main innovations to look out for, below.

Stay Connected, Wherever You Go

We've seen Bluetooth becoming a fairly standard feature in cars of recent years, but the next big development will be seamlessly continuing what you were listening to, working on or watching from your work, school, home or any other location with Wi-Fi facilities. You can look forward to your car being just as connected as your home, so you can take your online life with you whenever you drive.

Comfort And Convenience

In light of the current focus to develop and roll out self-driving cars as a standard for transport worldwide, car manufacturers are looking ahead and figuring out what they could offer you to make your ride better. Since you, especially as the driver, will have ample free time on your hands, cars will become more like lounges. Family members can watch a movie together, make a video call to friends to let them know you're on the way, or every passenger can connect their own device to the network and entertain themselves as they choose. 

Another big convenience focus point is that seats are now being transformed from typical car seats to being more like comfortable loungers or sofa chairs. With the aim to make your travels as enjoyable as possible, you can expect to feel quite at home in your car in the coming years.

Voice Recognition And Control

Many modern cars already have voice recognition software to help you make calls, send basic instructions or set a reminder while you're driving. Mostly connected through your phone, this technology will be upgraded to onboard AI assistance in coming years. If you're familiar with Alexa, Google Assistant, or even Siri, you'll have an idea of what to expect your car to be like in future. It will be able to advise you if upcoming traffic is slow and suggest an alternate route, read the news to you while you're on your way to work, and essentially function just as the at-home technology you have does.

Remote Maintenance And Servicing

Have you seen how doctors can now consult with patients from anywhere, through video call appointments? In the same way, computer technicians can connect with your laptop or computer and take it over to fix the problem you're having - no more waiting for a house call or having to take it into a car repair workshop. This is a trend that will also roll into the automotive industry, with intelligent control systems that can diagnose your car and send a report to technicians, who then, in turn, can make corrections to your vehicle remotely, wherever and whenever it's needed. Of course, this isn't possible for physical, mechanical work, but since cars are essentially transforming into computers on wheels, a lot of how it functions will be digital and therefore accessible from anywhere.

Shorter Life Cycles

If you know anything about technology you'll be all too aware that the flashy new phone you just got a week ago will suddenly be upstaged by an even better new model in just a few weeks or months. With technology, things become outdated very quickly. So much so that you can't actually keep up the pace unless you're a bona fide millionaire. We're going to see this transition happening with cars as well. 

Since cars will be highly technologically driven, their tech will become outdated, and you'll end up owning a car that will be old news in a matter of two or three years. This could have many implications for car owners because there won't be such a thing as having the same car for ten or twenty years. Experts speculate that buying cars may entirely fall away and be replaced by leasing models. When cars become outdated, they could then be returned to the manufacturer to be upgraded or used as materials for new vehicles. However, for the foreseeable future, we anticipate a still rapidly vibrant used car market in South Africa. 

Are you looking forward to the future of driving and transport? We hope these car trends that 2020 promises to kick-off will see us creating an even better, smarter transportation solution in future.

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Vehicle Finance Options If You Don't Have A Credit History

Vehicle Finance Options If You Don't Have A Credit History

Having your own car gives you a great sense of freedom and ability to be in charge of your own life. Being able to own a car, though, can be much easier said than done. Vehicle financing is always an option if you can't afford to buy a car in cash, but there are certain requirements for you to qualify for financing. Aside from proof of income and several other documents to verify your background information, you will also need to have a credit history for the financing provider to check. The reason for this is that they want proof that you are capable of paying back your credit and have a history of paying your instalments on time. 

Not everyone has a credit history, though, especially if you're still young and only just starting out in life. So what are your vehicle finance options in South Africa? Fortunately, you won't necessarily have to wait until you've built up a solid credit history over months or years before you can get behind the wheel of that used car you want to have. Read on to discover what other alternatives may be available to help you drive off into the sunset, so to speak.

  1. Ask A Trusted Person To Take Ownership Of The Finance Plan

Whether it's a parent, other family member, friend or even a trusted employer or mentor, maybe you know of someone who you can entrust a big decision like this to and who are more likely to qualify for financial credit approval. For this to work, you will need to arrange an agreement or set up a contract specifying that you will pay them the monthly instalments that they owe the credit provider on your behalf. If you do decide to go in this direction, be sure that you can definitely afford to pay the instalments and take the arrangement as seriously as you would if it was with a bank or other official financial provider. You wouldn't want to ruin a relationship by leaving them drowning in debt because of you, after all. 

  1. Save Up

If possible, start saving until you have enough money to put down a large upfront deposit on the car you want. If there's a smaller amount left owed after you've provided a cash deposit, you're more likely to get financing or secure a small loan from a friend or small loans provider to pay the rest of the car off. There are several short term credit providers who offer microloans, which are less risky and can be paid off in a shorter period of time. These types of credit providers do charge a much higher interest rate on the amount loaned, so be sure to read the fine print and know exactly how much more you'll end up paying them for the loan.

  1. Rent To Buy

If you can't secure financing or a loan, there is a third option to consider. Leasing or renting to buy is another way of having a car and being able to build up a credit history at the same time. While there are still qualifying criteria to meet in order to lease a car, you may be considered as a likely candidate because you're essentially renting a car, month by month, until you own it. 

Before that happens, it stays the property of the company leasing it to you, which means they will have less risk taking you on as a client than a financial credit provider would have on the long term. Should you not be able to afford the lease, you can end the contract at no huge loss to the company. Be aware that you will have to pay in a percentage of the total remaining amount owed, though. 

We hope these tips will aid you in getting that used car you've been dreaming of, whether through vehicle financing in South Africa, or by alternate means. Good luck and happy driving!

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4 Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Car Battery

4 Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Car Battery

Having your car suddenly die on you is never a pleasant experience, even less so when you end up stuck on the side of a highway or nowhere near immediate help or a reliable car repair workshop. Just as with all parts of your car, car batteries have a life span, and sometimes you won&rsquot realise that it&rsquos on the verge of dying on you until it actually does. Typically car batteries last around two to five years, depending on how well you take care of them and how you drive and use your car. These factors can help you extend the life of your car battery. 

We&rsquove compiled four tips to help you get the most out of your car battery and push back the date for a new one just a bit more. 

  1. Keep The Battery Terminals Clean

Just as how you should routinely check your oil, water, and tire pressure, take the time to clean the terminals of your car battery. Dirt, dust, and grime tend to collect around the connecting points and can reduce the efficiency of your battery, or even cause it to lose charge entirely. Batteries also produce a white, powdery residue after a while, which can also affect its performance. To clean the terminals, simply wipe them down with a damp cloth, or, if there&rsquos a lot of build-up, mix a homemade cleaning solution to clear the grime. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with some water until it forms a thick paste, then apply it to your terminals and scrub them with a toothbrush. Be sure to remove all the cables before you do this, and ensure the terminals are dry before you reattach the cables when you&rsquore done. 

  1. Don&rsquot Use Your Car Features When The Engine Is Off

Making use of features such as the sound system or headlights while your car is turned off will siphon a lot of power from your car battery without it having means to recharge. This can often result in a car that won&rsquot start if you&rsquove left your lights or radio on for too long without starting the engine every now and then. The limited usage also degrades the quality of the battery over time, so try to limit how often you do this. 

  1. Drive Regularly And Take Long Trips

If you&rsquove ever needed a reason for a road trip, aside from the fun of getting away for a bit and exploring your province, long drives are necessary and very good for car batteries. If your daily routine consists of only traveling short distances every day with little to no longer trips, you&rsquoll find that your car battery won&rsquot last as long as that of cars which are driven over longer periods of time. Plan for a break over the weekend now and then, and take your car out for a good run.

  1. Store Your Battery When Not In Use

If your car is going to be standing parked for more than a week without being driven, it&rsquos best to disconnect your battery to avoid it draining during that period of time. Get yourself a car battery charger and routinely charge the battery or trickle-charge it to ensure it stays in top form, especially after having stood unused for a while. 

We hope these tips will guide you in enjoying a much longer battery life for your car. And if you&rsquove got any questions, stop by one of our car repair workshops and chat with our team about other ways to extend the life of your car battery.

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7 Key Questions To Ask A Dealer Before Buying

7 Key Questions To Ask A Dealer Before Buying

So, you've been searching through used vehicles for a while, scouring all over, and finally come across one that you love and just have to buy before someone else swipes it from your hands and the future that you've already begun to daydream about with it. 

Before you buy that used car and buyer's excitement and impulsivity takes over, remember that you are looking at a car that isn't fresh off the factory floor and does have some history before it showed up on the dealer's lot where you're viewing it. Just as with a new car, where you should do ample research before making your purchase, there are quite a few aspects you should be clear about before making any final decision that may end up costing you time, effort and money not too far down the line. Consider it a buyer's confidence checklist, if you will. Here are a few of the questions you should ask the dealer or salesperson before you sign the papers and take ownership of that used car. 

  1. What Is The History Of The Car? 

Any used car has a history, and you deserve to know as much as possible about it, to be clear on what responsibility or potential risk you're taking over. Ask the dealer for any information they may have on the previous owner of the vehicle and if it had been in any accidents or required any major repairs. Service history, location of where the vehicle was stored (undercover or out in the street, as this can affect the quality of the bodywork and parts) as well as how many previous owners it has had will also give you a better idea of how much the car may have gone through until this current point in time. 

  1. Are There Any Features Or Functions That Don't Work?

As is typical with used vehicles, there will be a bit of wear and tear, as well as the occasional small feature that may no longer work but didn't warrant repairs or issues that weren't covered during a service. The dealership inspects any car very thoroughly before they accept to buy it from an owner, so the salesperson should be able to tell you if there are aspects you should be aware of upfront. 

  1. Is There A Warranty On The Car?

If the car is still reasonably new - up to about 3 years - it might still have an original warrantee period remaining. This also applies to a service plan period, so ask your dealer if either of these are still applicable to the vehicle. If not, one reassuring benefit you'll have when buying from a dealership is that you'll have peace of mind in knowing you can return your car within the first 30 days to 6 months, as stipulated by the Consumer Protection Act.  

  1. Does The Car Have A Roadworthiness Certificate?

There are several required documents that need to be present when a car is sold. Typically dealerships take cars for a full inspection and roadworthiness testing to ensure that they're selling a safe and legally viable vehicle. Be sure to ask your dealer for the certificate as proof that the car has, in fact, been checked over. 

  1. Does The Car Have Any Extra Features?

You may just find that the previous owner added upgrades to the vehicle or requested premium specifications upon purchase, so ask your dealer if there are any extras you may not have been aware of. 

  1. Would You Be Confident To Drive This Car Across The Country?

Dealers tend to display a great deal of confidence in the cars they're selling and constantly reassure potential buyers of the excellent condition of the vehicle, but asking them a question like this will reveal a great deal as you'll be catching them off guard. If they suddenly don't show as much confidence, be aware of the possibility that they may know more about the car than they're willing to let on. 

  1. What Are The Service Costs And Resale Value Of This Car?

While some dealers don't know offhand what another brand's parts and services may cost, a dealer that is well-versed in a variety of models or one that specialises in the brand you're looking at should be able to tell you what you can expect to spend on the vehicle in coming years. Secondary to that, find out how rapidly the car depreciates and what the resale value looks like with each passing year. This will give you a fairly confident idea of what a future with this car will hold. 

Whatever car you're interested in and whatever your budget range, our vast selection of used cars at Imperial Select are constantly being updated, and our friendly sales team are always on hand to assist you with getting your dream car, whether it is a new one or a used car in Johannesburg.

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Bakkies Brand New vs Used And What To Consider

Bakkies Brand New vs Used And What To Consider

In South Africa, bakkies are consistently the best-selling vehicles on the market, with high sales demand for both new and used models across the country. There are ample brands, models and variations available to choose from but if you're looking at buying a bakkie such as a used Nissan for sale, you'll need to consider whether you should go for a brand new model or whether a used car in Johannesburg is a better option according to your needs and budget. Unless you have the cash to spend and absolutely must have that new model (and new price tag), it's worth doing a bit of research on what your options are. Here are a few things to bear in mind

Mileage And Age Aren't The Biggest Factors

A rare benefit that's applicable across the board with bakkies is that their resale value barely depreciates over the years, unlike how it does with other vehicles. Even if a bakkie has racked up 100 000kms on the clock, it will still have many years and kilometres of unfailing service ahead of it. Designed to be rugged and durable under the most extreme conditions, a used bakkie will have far greater tenacity than a used car with the same mileage or production year. Unlike when considering a new or used car, this means you shouldn't let mileage be the main concern when deciding whether you should go the new or used route. Instead, look at the physical condition of the bakkie as there may be a need to patch up the bodywork, paint or even interior features. 

Consider Your Purpose For A Bakkie

People own bakkies for a variety of reasons, from living in rural areas to frequently going on adventure drives, or regularly needing to transport items. It's also a popular family vehicle as it is versatile, provides safety and, thanks to their typically elevated cabin, ensure a much better view of the road and surroundings. When looking at potential options, make a list of what you're going to need the bakkie for, how often you'll be using it, as well as features you need it to have. Bakkies are generally quite similar in terms of features and most models will feature airbags, ABS and stability control as standard, so you won't be lacking in features if you opt for an older bakkie. You may need to have features such as Bluetooth installed if it is a slightly older model, but the cost of upgrading the technology is likely a fraction of the alternative price of buying a new model with those features. 


Benefits Of A New Bakkie

As we mentioned, you won't lose out on performance, durability or features if you buy a used bakkie, but there are some benefits to purchasing a new one which an older bakkie may not offer. 

Firstly, regular testing and improvements being made to vehicle engines mean that each new model delivers better performance and improved fuel consumption than the last. With a new bakkie you'll probably find there are some clear improvements, compared to an older model. 

Secondly, a new bakkie comes with a warranty and the option to add a service plan to your purchase, which will give you complete peace of mind and less maintenance costs for the first few years of ownership. 

If the latest technology is a key factor for you, you'll find the latest in smart technology and user interface control with new bakkies which simply did not exist only 4 or 5 years ago. You could upgrade a used bakkie, but a new one will have everything designed to work perfectly together and provide you the best overall experience in terms of user comfort, voice control and other smart features. 

And Finally&hellipWhatever You Decide

Two factors to keep in mind whether you buy new or used bakkie, are insurance costs and fuel consumption. An older bakkie will cost less to insure but may be heavier on petrol, while a new model will essentially be the opposite. There are a range of power classes for bakkies, which is why it's important to determine what you'll be needing a bakkie for. If you aren't going to be dealing with rough terrain or very heavy-duty work, you won't need to buy too powerful a model as it will consume a lot more petrol than a model with less power. 

Whatever your choice, we have a range of used Nissans for sale on our website, so remember to keep checking in if you're looking for a specific model.