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    How to Drive in a Hailstorm

  • The Ultimate Checklist After A Car Service
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    The Ultimate Checklist After A Car Service

  • Car Diagnosis | A Quick Guide To Warning Lights
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    Car Diagnosis A Quick Guide To Warning Lights

  • Budget Options For Used SUVs
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    Budget Options For Used SUVs

  • 7 Reasons Why A Used Kia Car Is The Best Choice
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    7 Reasons Why A Used Kia Car Is The Best Choice

  • Demo Cars For Sale With The Best Resale Value
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    Demo Cars For Sale With The Best Resale Value

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How to Drive in a Hailstorm

How to Drive in a Hailstorm

Hail, hailstorms and South Africa

Hail is a form of solid moisture in the air that comprises of irregular lumps of ice, each called a hailstone. Hailstorms occur from any thunderstorms which produce hail that reaches the ground.

In 2012, reports of hail the size of golf balls were recorded in Johannesburg with insurance companies having to fork out thousands upon thousands of Rands for unexpected hail damage claims that took place on cars.

Recently in South Africa, numerous automotive companies are offering a new type of purchase extra with your new vehicle that relates to &lsquohail proofing&rsquo your vehicle. This is due to the awareness of the change in climate and the susceptibility that South Africa has towards receiving hailstorms.

What this is telling us is that we as South Africans need to start taking the change of climate more seriously. We have to start equipping ourselves with the necessary tools to deal with environmental scares such as hailstorms &ndash especially while we are on the road &ndash as this is when both our cars and we are more prone to harm.

If you have ever driven in hail or snow you will know how terribly difficult it is to navigate your way through the ice. We have therefore compiled a brief list of what you can do to keep you and your vehicle safe on the roads should you ever be caught driving when a hailstorm hits.

Tips for driving during a hailstorm

Driving during a hailstorm may be one of the scariest conditions to drive in. Not only are thousands of hailstones pouring down on your windscreen with the addition of rain, but there are also hailstones pouring down all around you, making the roads extremely slippery.

If hailstones are large than 2cm they are able to damage your vehicle. Any sizes larger than that are able to dent the body of your car, crack or even shatter your windshields and windows.

There are only three things you need to know to increase your chances of safety if you are driving when a hailstorm occurs

  • Keep calm. This is the cardinal rule. Never drive past third gear and switch your hazard lights on should you wish to drive in first gear all the way to your destination.
  • Pull over into a covered area. This is essential, especially if the storm is in full effect and the hail is large in size.
  • Drive in previously driven lines.This will allow you to drive on the wet road, rather than on the hailstones, which may cause your car to skid.
  •  Be alert. Even though you may be driving in a safe manner, it is not always how you drive, but how others around you drive. This also means that all music and anything else that may distract you needs to be silenced.
  • Never brake suddenly. This is the worst thing you can do! Your car will skid, endangering yourself and your passengers as well as cars around you.


Hailstorms never tend to last for too long and the ice tends to melt pretty quickly, especially once more cars begin to take to the roads. As long as you practice safe driving, you should be back on the road and on your way to your destination in no time.

Uploaded 11 hours ago

The Ultimate Checklist After A Car Service

The Ultimate Checklist After A Car Service

Taking your car to a car repair workshop for a service or repair when it's no longer covered by a service plan from an authorised specialist means you'll have to fork out cash for whatever needs fixing or maintenance. It also means that, unlike with a service plan backed by a known supplier, you won't necessarily have the automatic certainty that everything will be done thoroughly or correctly. To ensure that you don't get swindled or left with more problems than before you took it in, we've compiled a quick checklist to follow when you take your car to a service centre or repair shop.

1. Proper Documentation

This is crucial from the get-go, as you will need to have a clear track record and evidence of what was agreed to, terms of service, as well as proof of payments and invoices. The first document to get a copy of is the job sheet. All mechanics and service centres use this as a guideline for the job, and it should include all of your details, the date, specifics about what the job will include, as well as notes on any specific issues you need them to look at. Once your service has been completed, double-check the job sheet to ensure that they have marked all of the itemised tasks as complete and also look out for any extra notes they may have added during the process. Secondly, ensure that you get an itemised bill or invoice, clearly stating what was included and how much it cost. Check carefully that no pre-discussed additions were made and if you're unsure about any of the items listed, ask them to elaborate. 

2. Check Fluids

Check your car's petrol level before and after the service - it should not have dropped by much as mechanics typically only take a drive around the block to ensure everything is in order. If you've requested an oil change or oil filter replacement, check that the oil in your tank is light in colour to confirm that it is the new oil. Confirm whether they have replaced the coolant and brake fluid as well.

3. Tyre Condition & Wheel Balancing

Although it's unlikely, your car's tyres may be swopped with older ones if you've had wheel rotation or wheel balancing done. Pay attention to how they look before and after the service.

4. Double Check Before Leaving

Ensure that you have your service booklet, belongings and tool kit with you before you leave the service centre. Sometimes these items can be misplaced or forgotten and it's much harder to convince them that something's gone missing after you've already left.

If you'd like to have absolute peace of mind that you're dealing with a reputable service provider who ensures absolute customer satisfaction, contact one of our Imperial Select Service Centres for professional and friendly assistance. We have a car repair workshop near you, wherever you are in the country and will get you back on the road in no time!

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Car Diagnosis A Quick Guide To Warning Lights

Car Diagnosis A Quick Guide To Warning Lights

Sure, many things could go faulty with cars and often we don't consider many of them to be all that serious. A squeaky window or seatbelt that won't click into place without a few tries may be annoying but they don't affect your car's mechanical performance. However, warning lights are installed in your car's console for a very good reason they all indicate when an urgent or serious problem has arisen and you should immediately take action if any of them light up. The moment you notice a warning light coming on, find the closest safe area to pull over as continuing to drive can very likely completely wreck your car. We're going to review some of these lights and what they indicate so that you can go to a car service and repair shop to get it corrected.

Check Engine Light

If you see this light turn on, you must get your car to an automotive specialist as soon as possible. This light can activate for several possible reasons, including a possible faulty sensor, it typically indicates that something is seriously wrong with your car's engine.

Oil Pressure Light

When your car detects critically low levels of engine oil, this light goes on.  You may have sprung a leak or crack in your oil tank or rings, or you may just have forgotten to fill up with oil. Either way, this problem causes your engine to overheat and can cause severe damage, so pull over as soon as possible and call for help. Or, if you're very close to a petrol station, park there and refill your oil tank until you can determine the definite cause of the problem. 

Brake System Light

Another serious indicator, you may simply be driving with your handbrake up, or there may be more serious problems with our brake fluid or brakes. A quick way to confirm the issue is by pumping the brakes if they feel soft or the brake pedal drops without much resistance, you need to have your car checked out.

Temperature Light

This one is quite straight forward your car is overheating and suffering damage the longer you keep driving it in this condition. You may just be out of coolant liquid, but there are also other possible causes.

Check Battery Light

If your battery light comes on, you are either dealing with a dead battery that needs to be replaced, or there may be a more serious issue causing failed power distribution.

If you experience any of these issues, it's best to take your car service and repair shop to avoid any further - and very costly - damages from happening.

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Budget Options For Used SUVs

Budget Options For Used SUVs

Every so often our lives change and as they do, so do our lifestyle needs. If you've realised your current car isn't big enough to accommodate your growing family, you may be considering upgrading and finding a suitable used SUV for sale. If your budget is fairly tight and you want to ensure you get the best value for what you can afford, read on as we list some of the best budget options available locally. 

Honda CR-V

Honda has long been a trusted name in the automotive industry and the CR-V has been a firm favourite among prudent buyers since it was initially launched nearly 30 years ago. It's ideal as a family car and will be a great companion on long road trips and holidays to the coast, just as much as the usual day-to-day work and school runs. Features vary somewhat, depending on which edition you're looking at, but the benefit of buying a used model that has a few years on the clock is that you'll be more likely to pick up a higher-end variant at an affordable price. Four-wheel drive, ABS, traction control and the usual array of SUV features come standard in all models but you will enjoy features including leather seats, sunroof, climate control, steering wheel controls and an upgraded audio system if you scout around for an upper-end variant. 

You can expect to pay anywhere from R50,000 for a 2004 model, to R250,000 for a 2015 model.

KIA Sportage

Because it's always been a very popular SUV in South Africa, you won't struggle to find quite a range of options in terms of used Sportage models. Sporting a more modern design than the Honda CR-V in similar year classes, the Sportage is a fun, reliable and very well-equipped SUV that won't leave you wanting for much. This model has won many awards in a variety of classes, including the 'Crossover of the year' and 'Best car for towing' awards at the 2019 Auto Trader New Car Awards. It is also praised for its stability on the road and has been the top-selling KIA model in the UK for years. Last year it also won the award for 'Best used car' and 'Used car of the year' in the Auto Express and Scottish Car Of The Year Awards, respectively. 

Models produced around 2006 go for about R60,000, while more recent variants will set you back in the region of R250,000 for a 2015 model. 

Suzuki SX4

The SX4 is quite a bit smaller than most SUV models, but the interior was designed in such a way that you'll get the impression and feel of a much bigger vehicle. It's a sporty, compact mini SUV that will be ideal for a small family or people who enjoy weekends away or trips to the beach. Roof racks come as a standard feature on all models, giving you even more freedom to transport bikes, surfboards or other larger items. The SX4 was designed as a budget option to the buyer market, so don't expect lavish features and finishes from this model. You'll find it's a comfortable drive with a practical interior, so if simplicity and reliability is what you're after, this might be a good match. 

Price-wise, you can pick up a 2011 model for around R50,000, while the last and most recent models will set you back about R180,000 for a 2015 model. 

Daihatsu Terios

If you haven't seen a lot of new Daihatsu models on the road lately, it's because the company pulled out of South Africa in 2015. They were very popular for their Terios and other models, however, and you won't have to worry about maintenance, parts or servicing support as they were acquired by Toyota a few years ago. If you're not all too familiar with the manufacturer, Daihatsu has a strong reputation for building extremely durable vehicles that can comfortably take on heavier weather conditions with impressive road grip and control. It is very straight-forward in terms of looks and features, but you'll have access to fundamentals like remote central locking, air conditioning, electric windows, as well as classic SUV elements including a roof rack and permanent all-wheel drive. 

You can pick up a 2008 model for around R50,000 and can expect to pay in the region of R135,000 for a 2014 model.

As they were designed to endure rugged and daunting road conditions, SUVs are designed and built to be exceptionally durable, which is why even an older used model will provide you with many years of comfortable and reliable driving. Contact us if you'd like to be notified when new stock arrives or if you'd like to discuss how we can assist you with claiming your own budget used SUV for sale.

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7 Reasons Why A Used Kia Car Is The Best Choice

7 Reasons Why A Used Kia Car Is The Best Choice

When you're shopping around for a replacement car or a first-time vehicle, it's understandable that the sheer variety of models and manufacturers can be overwhelming to sift through. After all, each year we see the arrival of even more new car brands that are trying to get a foothold on our local shores and compete with more established names in the industry. Several years ago, KIA was one of those as yet unknown foreign arrivals that were met with reluctant gazes at first. Today, however, they are one of the most popular and trusted names in the car buyer market and most of us know of someone who has one parked in their garage. They've come a long way over the years and we can strongly recommend KIA with the belief that a used Used KIA for sale will give you years and many thousands of kilometres of driving pleasure. 

1. An Impressive Amount Of Awards And Accolades

Globally the brand has succeeded in claiming some of the top accolades for quality. These include Highest Ranked in Initial Quality for the Soul, Cerato and Sorento in the U.S. for three consecutive years, the number one brand for several years according to the prestigious JD Power awards, the 2014 Standard Bank People's Wheels Award, and several of the models being nominated and winning car of the year awards locally and globally. In 2017, The Telegraph put them 3rd out of 20 for the most reliable car brands. CNN ranked KIA 6th out of 10 in 2015, and their reputation has consistently excelled since then. In 2016 Kia was ranked the number 1 brand for reliability by J.D Power, which made it the first non-luxury brand to top the list since 1989.

2. Highly Competitive Pricing

Looking at the standard features you'll find in any KIA model, you'd immediately realise that it's almost unheard of to find such offerings at the price they sell their models for. Yet somehow they've managed to pull together a manufacturing plan that allows the everyday car buyer to have a lavish, upper-class driving experience without needing to wreck their financial health. 

3. Features

KIA decided to make technological advancement a key goal in recent years and it shows. Their integrated control and entertainment systems and touch-screen consoles have become some of the best available, while their focus on giving drivers not only a means of transport but making every trip experience has paid off well. Everything, from the quality of the dashboard material to the carefully stitched upholstery or leather seats, reflects their keen eye for detail, dedicated passion and unwavering commitment to high-quality standards. Whether you opt for a Rio or a Sportage, you'll find cutting-edge technology integrated seamlessly with a superb driving experience and exceptional mechanical reliability. 

4. Safety

The brand did not neglect safety as a key priority during their development process, as they are also ranked as one of the safest cars in the world to drive. The Sportage and Sorento scored a full five-star rating according to the IHHS safety ranking evaluation, while their other models comfortably hit the four-star achievement. 

5. Strikingly Beautiful Design

Earlier on in the manufacturer's history, their cars weren't much to look at. The last decade, however, has seen the company evolving and re-emerging as one of the most aesthetically attractive manufactures in the world. This is greatly due to world-leading automobile designer Peter Schreyer, who joined the team in 2006 and completely overhauled the look and personality of the brand. He made his name in the industry thanks to his novel design of the Audi TT and brought KIA their signature tiger-eye headlight design. 

6. Consistently Dependable Performance

The brand offers a 5-year/unlimited mileage warranty to new car buyers, which is great news for people who travel far more extensively than most drivers do. They can vary confidently offer this, considering their track record of achieving awards for reliability year in and out. 

7. Sales Figures

Since the Sportage was launched, KIA has sold more than three million units. In September of 2020, the U.S. branch of the manufacturer achieved the highest sales total in the history of the company's presence in the country, with 55,519 units sold. In South Africa, their top-selling models in 2018 were the Picanto and Rio, with their popular Sportage units still consistently selling, albeit a bit slower for that year. 

If you're sold on the idea of becoming the proud owner of a KIA, you can view a range of used KIA for sale. Imperial Select carefully checks and ensures the quality of all the vehicles we sell and also offer reliable after-sales services. If you need financing to afford the car of your dreams, feel free to contact us as we have fully accredited and registered Finance and Insurance Managers at each of our 50 local dealerships around the country.

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Demo Cars For Sale With The Best Resale Value

Demo Cars For Sale With The Best Resale Value

In the current economic climate, it's important to spend your money wisely and always have a backup plan in case life throws a spanner in the works and you have to urgently make changes to keep head above water. If you need a new car, investing in a demo model with a high resale value will provide you with both the reliability of a new vehicle and the reassurance that you won't lose out if you sell your car in the future. If you're currently on the hunt for a new set of wheels, we've lined up the top-selling demo cars for sale that also has the highest ranking in terms of resale value. 

Hyundai Grand i10

First introduced to the market in 2013, this zippy little hatchback is the slightly more upmarket version of the standard Hyundai i10 - which is and always has been a popular car in its own right. The Grand i10 is more spacious and larger overall than the standard i10 model and comes with two airbags, EBD and ABS as standard features. Hyundai South Africa no longer sell the standard i10 models locally, as the Grand i10 has proven to be preferred and more suited to the needs of the typical South African consumer. In 2019, the Grand i10 ranked in the top ten cars with the highest retention of resale value, at an average of 73.26%.

KIA Picanto

In 2019, two KIA models secured their place in the top ten best resale value cars, with the Picanto ranking at number two with an 81.27% value retention score. KIA is no stranger to local consumers and has consistently grown as a trusted and popular manufacturer over the years. The Picanto is a popular choice among youthful and fun-loving consumers, with a large portion of owners being students or young professionals looking for a reliable, feature-packed city car. 

Volkswagen Tiguan

Another decades-long and enduring favourite manufacturer, Volkswagen created an absolute winner in the Tiguan. To date, it is the top-selling model in the entire range that Volkswagen has available, and boasts the achievement of being the best-selling SUV in Europe. Classified as a crossover SUV (which essentially means it looks and functions like an SUV, but is more compact in size), you'll find the Tiguan to be an absolute pleasure to drive and travel with, thanks to the array of features and stylish yet comfortable interior. The 2019 top ten cars with the highest resale value retention were dominated by the Tiguan, as it's the resale score of 87.07% propelled it to number one on the list.

Toyota Hilux

When it comes to vehicles that clearly resonate with our local culture, the Hilux has always been considered a truly South African bakkie. This firm favourite landed 6th position in the top ten for 2019, with a resale retention value of 78.56% The Hilux is available in petrol and diesel variants, with additional options between 4x4 and 4x2 models. 

Volkswagen Polo Vivo

Taking the third spot in the top ten line-ups for last year, the Vivo is yet another cult classic in South Africa. With a selection of integrated features that you'd typically only find in higher-end vehicles, the Polo Vivo outshines other vehicles in its category. The resale value of this model is rated at 80.42% and, as most people will happily confirm, it's a very reliable car from a highly trusted manufacturer.

If you're considering purchasing a demo vehicle, remember that Imperial Select has a varied selection of meticulous demo cars for sale and we offer our customers absolute peace of mind and consistently high standards of aftersales support. Take a look at our current stock on our website or give us a call if you'd like us to notify you of new stock arriving that may fit your requirements.