During a recent public announcement on 24 January, Transport minister Fikile Mbabula announced that there will soon be a drastic change in South African drunk driving laws, which will impact anyone who drives under the influence of alcohol. The current law permits driving if your blood alcohol level is less than 0.5%, but due to the high accident rates on our roads, this has now been revised to enforce an absolute zero-tolerance policy. As of June this year, anyone drinking and driving, regardless of how little they may have had to drink, will be breaking the law. This means that you won't legally be allowed to drive if you've drunk any alcohol, even getting behind the wheel after just one tot of whiskey will carry serious consequences.
How Will This Impact Drivers?
From June 2020, if you test positive for alcohol, regardless of what fraction of a percentage it may be, you will be fined a minimum of R2000 and could face a two-year jail sentence on top of that, depending on the particular circumstances at the time. Drivers will have their drunk driving offences on their permanent criminal record and could very likely have their driving license suspended or entirely revoked. This clampdown on drunk driving comes in conjunction with the new point demerit system that will be implemented later this year, leaving a very tight margin for error for motorists in the country. For example, should you be caught driving after drinking and possibly committing a traffic offence at the same time, you'll have to face the good likelihood that you may not only be fined but also arrested and lose your license as a result.
What Are My Alternative Options?
Your best and the only real choice is to not drink at all if you know you'll need to drive anywhere. Otherwise, select a friend to be the designated and completely sober driver, or get an Uber to transport you if you're planning on a night out. Alternatively, you could just stay at home and have a braai and beer there without worries - just be sure to have your friends stay over or catch a cab home.
While these new laws will cause inconvenience for many South Africans who enjoy a casual beer after work before heading home, the aim of these new policies is to improve safety on our roads and reduce the alarmingly high fatality rates we see each year.
Renault has been a popular and trusted car manufacturer for decades and has created some strikingly impressive vehicles - both in aesthetics and advanced features - in recent years. If you're on the hunt for a new vehicle that will cater for a new or growing family, considering a Renault would be a wise move if you'd like to ensure a comfortable and safe driving experience for you and your loved ones. Here are some of the most popular and recommended Renault used car options if you're currently looking at used vehicles for sale.
Initially unveiled in 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show, the Kadjar has been discontinued as of 2020 but still stands its ground as an excellent family vehicle option. A beautifully styled crossover model that's sure to captivate and draw attention, the Kadjar is perfect for large families and has been awarded a 5 Star Euro NCAP rating to boot. An elevated driving position allows for an optimal sight of roads and surroundings even for shorter drivers, which ensures increased safety while driving.
The Kadjar features panoramic windows to let more light into the cabin, all the while maximising peripheral sight for drivers. A hands-free parking system alongside park assist and a rear parking camera adds much-appreciated extra reassurance to drivers who aren't entirely comfortable with their parking skills. Upholstery options range from synthetic leather finishes to durable cloth material, while an interactive touch screen console will keep you updated and connected the entire time.
In terms of fuel consumption, you can enjoy a range between 4.6 and 5.7 litres per 100km, depending on which model you're driving. The Kadjar is available in 7 colour options with five different model variants, including two turbo petrol engine models. Despite its relatively short production period, the Kadjar has reaped only positive reviews and will surely be an esteemed model to drive around in, considering its limited availability.
Pre-owned, the Kadjar sells for between R160,000 and R220,000, on average.
Launched in 2013, the Renault Captur quickly became an international hit, selling over 1.2 million units to date. With its sleek lines and generously spaced interior, you'll definitely be a cool parent driving around in one of these. Not just your garden variety car, the Captur introduced buyers to all-new customisation options, including two-tone bodywork and a range of chrome and lighting variations. Not being left behind in terms of safety, the Captur also raked in a 5 Star Euro NCAP rating for safety, while boasting an array of features including a MediaNav® Touchscreen Multimedia Tablet, leather steering wheel and gear knob, Chrome Pack,  removable zip collection seat covers, ABS, EBD, EBA, ESC, automatic windscreen wipers, driver seatbelt reminder and 4 airbags.
Available in twelve colour variants and combinations and three model options, ranging from a 1.5dCi to an 88KW Turbo EDC or 66KW Turbo Capture, you can expect 4.2 to 6.6 litres per 100km from this sporty crossover SUV/hatch. Pre-owned models range in price from between R115,000 to R360,000, depending on the year, model variant and customisation.
If you and your family enjoy hitting the less beaten paths and love camping, the Duster is the perfect four-wheel companion to transport you to new destinations. Built to endure environments that others would surely fail taking on, the Duster is one of Renault's premium off-road SUV models. You'll comfortably tackle any city, town or dirt road, all the while enjoying premium features such as full cabin air conditioning, ABS, central locking, power steering, full cabin airbags and roof racks, alloys, spotlights and elevated ride height.
There are seven colour options available for the Duster and four model variants, which range in fuel consumption from 5.2 to 8.8 litres per 100km. A pre-owned Duster will cost you anywhere between R80,000 to R364,000, depending on year, mileage and features.
Choosing a Renault used car for your family's future adventures will ensure not only quality and safety but a truly exciting and fulfilling driving experience, no matter where you go. Remember that Imperial Select offers a vast range of both new, pre-owned and demo vehicles and we update our stock inventory daily, so be sure to check in on our website often.
There are certain things we all look at when considering upscaling or changing to a newer car. Great fuel consumption, safety features, good resale value, reasonable parts and service costs, price of tyres and insurance premium rates tend to be the main factors to consider. Automotive innovation has come a long way in a short time and now you can have a car that's not only functional but also offers a full suite of additional features to make your driving experience more comfortable, pleasant and safe. Nissan has been developing some very impressive advances in their more recent models and we recommend you consider this manufacturer for your next set of wheels. Here's why.
While cruise control has always been hailed as a great convenience feature in past years, Nissan has worked hard to advance far beyond this innovation to bring you even greater driving comfort and safety. Enter ProPILOT, an advanced intelligent driving assistant that will ensure you stay much safer on the roads. ProPILOT helps to keep your car in its lane while you're driving so that even when you aren't at your most focused or find yourself distracted by calls or passengers, your car will stay its course without a flaw, even around bends and curves. Rush hour traffic will become a breeze, as ProPILOT constantly monitors the traffic ahead of you and keeps a safe following distance while slowing down and speeding up as traffic moves.
ProPILOT also has a parking assistant that automatically glides your car into a parking spot, without any concern about hitting a kerb or having to re-take that reverse or parallel parking attempt because you were a bit off centre - a great help for many people who aren't confident about their parking skills. You simply need to select a parking spot, then activate ProPILOT Park. The system will then calculate space and turning required, and do the parking for you.
If this sounds like a great feature to make your everyday driving better, you can find ProPILOT and ProPILOT Park integrated into Nissan's Qashqai, X-Trail and Patrol models.
Nissan Safety Shield 360
Being completely aware of everything around you when driving can be difficult at times, and we all have days where we're not as mentally sharp as we'd like to be, which can cause unforeseen accidents. Nissan has developed Safety Shield 360 as yet another feature to help compensate for driver error by automatically detecting events in the surrounding area and responding in time, in case you miss something. This includes scanning for pedestrians who suddenly run or walk into the road, checking your blind spots at all times, lane departure warning for when you are about to turn into moving traffic or change lanes and it's not safe to do so, high beam assist that turns your brights on and off automatically when you're approaching oncoming traffic, and rear automatic braking for when you don't see or know about obstacles behind you when reversing. The Safety Shield 360 works through an integrated and constant communication between your vehicle and a global satellite system that monitors any and all activity around your car, whether it's standing still or moving at any speed. You may not have eyes at the back of your head, but with the Nissan Safety Shield 360, you won't need it.
In addition to this great safety and driver-assist features, Nissan models also constantly scan the road ahead of you and detect traffic signs as you drive. The intelligent interactive console will then notify you that there are speed changes ahead, stops or oncoming hairpin bends, for example. This was implemented for in case a driver didn't spot a road sign and might be driving too fast in an area, might drive through a stop or didn't notice an oncoming change in the road's slope or curve. In addition to this, Nissan is constantly monitoring driver behaviour and working on new technological solutions to prevent typical mistakes or accidents made by drivers.
With such advanced technology to make your every driving experience so much safer for yourself and your loved ones, don't you think buying a used Nissan for sale would be a smart investment?
If you've got your heart set on a KIA model and have decided it's time to finally take that leap and buy one, you're bound to set out on a search journey of proportions not much less tedious than house shopping. Cars are, generally speaking, considered to be the second biggest financial investment you'll ever make, so it's completely warranted that you take your time to do research and hunt for the best possible option for your available budget. KIA is very popular and is a much sought-after car brand in South Africa and the brand's very modern innovations along with their striking design style have made all of their models desirable to the masses. To help you with your search and to hopefully make the entire process easier and more efficient for you, we've compiled a list of tips when searching online for a used KIA for sale.
Google Is Your Friend
For instant and comprehensive details on where your desired KIA car is available, search Google and remember that putting more specific details in your search query will narrow down the results to the most appropriate to what you're looking for. For example, if you don't just want any available KIA Rio but have your heart set on a specific year, variant and colour, use all of this information in your searches. Bear in mind that the more specific you are, the fewer results you're likely to have, so if you're flexible in terms of attributes, make your search more general to get a larger selection of options.
Scout Dealer Websites
These days any dealerships have an online platform where they display and sell their vehicles. Browsing their websites will save you a huge deal of time as you won't need to travel to every brick and mortar dealership to enquire and view a car. Most websites also have a filter option which is very useful if you want to cut through several pages of results to search through. Filter your search by make, model, year, mileage and price, among others and remember that these websites update almost daily, so keep checking them often.
Don't Forget Social Platforms And Reputable Websites
While the majority of cars can be found on dealer websites, you might also strike it lucky by searching trustworthy classified sites and by also giving Facebook Marketplace a look. Many dealers expand their marketing by also advertising on these platforms and if you're willing to look at buying from a private seller and not deal with a dealership, which we don't advise, these are your best bets. Just remember that private sales do come with a great deal of risk and no guarantees to protect your interest, so if you do go this route, do not pay for or sign anything until you have met the seller in person and looked at the car yourself. There are three other very important things to do if you buy privately. Firstly, always ask for all paperwork to verify that the car is roadworthy, has all its documentation and licences, as well as a paper trail indicating its history. Secondly, have the car inspected by a professional before you make any final decisions. Whether it's a mechanic you trust or a motoring authority like the AA, rather take the time and pay the small extra cost to be sure that you're making the right decision. Thirdly, if you want to be certain that you won't get scammed or run into trouble with the sale, have a lawyer draft up an agreement that both you and the seller need to sign, indicating the terms of the sale. That way, both you as a buyer and the seller know what to expect and can fall back on the contract if anything goes wrong.
Set Up Automatic Notifications
Many reputable auto dealer websites give you the option to request to be notified as soon as they receive stock of the particular vehicle you're looking for. Sign up for these and you will save a great deal of time when it comes to scouring several websites every day. You can also set up an RSS feed on your computer if you'd like to have quick access to any new additions online.
Get Directly In Touch With Dealerships
Vehicle stock typically goes through a quality control process and several checks before they're placed online to be sold. You can contact your local dealerships and ask them to notify you the moment new stock arrives so that you'll have the first preference and a better chance of buying the car before too many other people are made aware of it through ad placements and websites. Another tip to keep in mind is that there is a national online inventory of all cars available for sale in the country, and all dealers have access to this list. That means they can search and track down something very specific for you even if they don't have it in their stock inventory, and arrange for a sale transfer if you're eager to buy the vehicle. Also remember that most reputable used car dealerships offer the option to have the car delivered to you, wherever you are in the country, so don't let the fact that you're in a different province deter you from scouting nationwide. Delivery typically doesn't cost too much extra and some dealers would even be happy to arrange for delivery free of charge if you negotiate with them.
We hope these tips will help speed up and simplify your search for that perfect used KIA for sale and remember that Imperial Select offers a range of carefully checked and quality assured second hand KIA models for sale, so check out our website or enquire for more information.
Hybrid category vehicles aren't a new thing. They're so popular that they fly off our new and used shelves. We've experienced crossovers and SUVs that double up as family vehicles for years now, but Renault has put a whole new spin on the game with the introduction of the Triber. Let's not leave you in suspense and get right into this vehicle discussion.
The Perfect Fusion Of All Three
While it has a striking aesthetic, nobody would blame you if you are left wondering whether it's a hatchback, an MPV or a mini SUV. That's because it is a perfect fusion of all three, all neatly packaged into 3.99m of versatile space - and man alive does it look good! If you're looking for a Renault used car or a brand new one, this model is definitely worth a look.
Adaptability And So Much Space
Adaptability is what the Triber is all about and Renault brags that it has more than 100 different configuration options to suit your every need. It has seven seats, allowing you to comfortably carpool or take a large group of friends - or kids - out and about. Perfect for the whole family. If the need for seats isn't your biggest priority but space is, that's not a problem either. All the rear seats are collapsible and removable, and with the modular layout of the Triber, you'll have more than enough cargo space in no time to use for large loads. It also comes standard with roof racks that can safely hold up to 50kg, in case you run out of cabin space when going to one of those month-long family road trips or need to move house and have a million and one boxes.
Features In Abundance To Enjoy
Inside the Triber you'll have no lack of features, as it comes packed with air conditioning vents for all three rows of seats, which means your passengers will all get to enjoy crisp, cool air in summer or much-needed warm air during the colder seasons. Temperature control at its best! The centre storage unit is air-conditioned, which means your drinks will stay cold, while there are two glove boxes available on the two higher-end versions of this model. Interactive features weren't neglected either in this sleek vehicle, as all variants of the Triber come with an integrated infotainment system, featuring a touch-screen display and control unit that gives you access to Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth sound and microphone features as well as controls to adjust settings on the vehicle. As is key with Renault, safety features are not compromised in this model. You'll find airbags in all models, as well as ABS and EBD features.
Impressive Fuel Consumption
Fuel consumption comes in at an impressive 5.5l per 100km and that's not even the best part about this vehicle. For all these features and adaptability, you'd expect the cost to rank in the upper three or four hundred thousand, but the Triber is available at a remarkable R164,900 for the base model. There are three variants available Expression, Dynamique and Prestige, the top-line version is priced at R189,900.
For those not seeking a firsthand model, you're in luck as secondhand models are available. All our second-hand vehicles are efficiently checked, cleaned and maintained and come with low mileage so it's like driving out the showroom with a new vehicle. If you're in the market for a Renault used car remember that we stock a huge collection of carefully checked Renault vehicles and other models and update our website inventory daily, so keep checking in!
So, you've decided it's time to move on to a new chapter of your life and that changing your car to a new or different model is part of this shift. Whether you're scaling down or moving up, you'll surely want to get the best possible price for your car, while getting it sold as soon as possible. If like most people today, you're going to have your car advertised online via a dealer, there are a few key tricks that will help your car get noticed and snatched up much faster, amid all the other competing vehicles on the website. Get ready to learn how to offer one of the best used cars for sale online.
Give It A Bit Of A Makeover
We're not talking about totally revamping your car with new paint or interiors as that would be unnecessary and very expensive. Instead, look at the affordable improvements you can make to your car to have it look its best on the online showroom floor. Small details can make all the difference when it comes to how attractive a car is to a potential buyer. Essentially, the less work they'll have to put into it to get it up to standard, the better. Test all your car's lights and have the bulbs and fuses replaced if they're on their way out. Install a fresh set of windscreen wipers and take your car for a full valet service so that the interior and exterior is as close to having that brand new car shine and smell as possible. Repairing a cracked window may not be the cheapest job but you may just find that it pays for itself come selling time, as damage of that kind can completely put a potential buyer off.
Get All Your Paperwork In Order
Cars need to have certain certificates and documentation to be sold or bought, so make sure you have all the necessary paperwork ready before you present it to the dealer. This will save you a lot of time and effort during the sales process. Also, if your car has had a full-service history be sure to provide the service booklet along with any documentation you may have of extra servicing, tyre replacement and work done to keep your car in top condition.
Be Knowledgeable About Your Car
To get a good price for your car, you need to know enough about what the resale value and other factors are so that you know what you can reasonably expect to get for it. Research what other cars of the same model, year and specifications are going for and remember to list any added extras your car may have. These include smash and grab film, added central locking if it didn't come standard, improved or upgraded sound system, higher quality upholstery material and any other added features that will set your car a step above others of its kind.
Take Great Looking Photographs
If you're selling the car yourself and not going through a dealer, you will need to ensure that the photographs you take of your car present it in the best possible light. Make enough effort to ensure that the images are crisp and clear, and that light settings are clear enough to see everything in the photograph. Focus on smaller details such as interior detailing, dashboard and console, as well as foot pedals and floor as these areas can become quite worn out with older vehicles. You need to be able to clearly show the condition of the car so that it entices prospective buyers to enquire about it.
We hope these tips will help you on your way to making a great and effortless sale soon. If you're still on the hunt for a replacement vehicle, remember that Imperial Select has a great selection of new and the best used cars for sale on our website, so check in often!