When it comes to buying a new car, there are so many reasons to be excited. From the flawlessly polished paintwork to the untouched and pristine interior, every part of the driving experience during those first few weeks is deeply satisfying. While all of these are distinctly noticeable when you get into a new car, nothing quite remains more embedded in the memory than that new car smell. Whenever you get in your vehicle, you're immersed in that olfactory reminder that you've successfully achieved becoming a new car owner. As the month's pass, however, that smell starts to fade and soon your car will begin to feel and smell, well&hellipaverage.
Whatever brand you drive, from Toyota to Hyundai, new car fragrance doesn't last and we all so badly want it to stick around. We've compiled a few tips to help keep your car looking, feeling and smelling like new on the inside, so that you can enjoy that feeling for longer.
Keep It Clean
This should be a pretty obvious one but as time passes, we sometimes lose appreciation for our car interiors and don't keep them perfectly spotless anymore. If you want to keep your car smelling new, the first step is to treat it and keep it looking like new. Avoid leaving anything in your car for too long as it's an enclosed space and fragrances tend to set into fabric and plastic, making it hard to restore later.
Avoid Eating Or Drinking In Your Car
Yes, this is a tricky one. We all know how we strictly forbid anyone from opening a can of soda or, even worse, a packet of chips in our car when we first get it. As time passes, though, you end up rushing to get to work and grab a coffee and muffin on the go. Or you've had a late night and get takeout. Maybe you're on the road for hours and need to keep yourself fuelled just as much as your car. Whatever the case, eventually you are going to eat and drink while inside your vehicle, so the best way to counteract any smells it may cause is to get rid of the wrappers, cans and packets as soon as you're finished with them.
Keep A 'Trash Bag' In Your Car
Having a plastic shopping bag or even a large zip lock bag in your car will help to keep it clean and seal in any odours or spills that may be caused by leftovers or packets from food.
This is a fairly obvious one, as cigarette smoke tends to gradually penetrate materials, especially fabric seats, and also causes discolouration to lighter coloured surfaces. If you can, drive with your windows open or ensure that you have a proper flow of air to avoid bad smells sticking. Also, leave your car's doors or windows open for a few hours on a sunny day when you're at home - fresh air alone does wonders to eliminate stale smells in cars.
Frequently Clean Your Interior
Remember to vacuum your car often, or take it to a car wash for detailing and a good polish. The bonus of this is that many car wash services use sprays, polish and other detailing products that have that new car smell, so you'll have your car returned to you perfectly clean and smelling like new.
Use Car Air Freshener
Some air fresheners for cars don't emit a particular odour, instead just neutralise any smells that shouldn't be in your car, allowing the new car smell to surface again. If your car is well past the point of smelling brand new, however, you can buy car air fresheners which are marketed to have that 'new car fragrance'. Certain dashboard sprays are also available and aim to replicate the smell of a new car. If you opt for an air freshener, try to get one that attaches to your car's air vents, as this helps the fragrance to circulate through your entire ventilation system and clear up all the air as it cycles through your vehicle.
Side Info What Actually Is The New Car Smell?
Did you know that, while we can all recognise the new car smell when we smell it, the various car manufacturers' each have their own unique new car smell? Some, like Jaguar, Audi and Ford even employ a 'smell team', dedicated just to creating the perfect balance of low unwanted odour and a refined new car smell for the interiors of their cars. Many factors combine to create these different new car smells, but the materials that make up the interior, such as leather versus fabric seats, plastic versus wood panelling, all contribute to the end result. Further than that, smell experts are called in to find the most pleasing fragrance that would work best for new car interiors and leave you captivated by it.
If you're after more than just the fragrance, we have a massive selection of brand new cars in stock, with more added every day. Take a look at our Kia, Renault and Hyundai new car selection websites and get in touch if you'd like further assistance.
While we mostly expect used cars on the market to at least be a few years old, in recent years there's been an increase in practically new cars being sold on the second-hand car market. A struggling economy, a huge increase in debt due to credit accounts becoming easier to obtain, and loss of income are just a few possible reasons why a fairly new car would find its way to a used car lot. Not only is it a great find to come across a practically new car at a reduced price, but often these vehicles can be picked up at highly discounted prices if you know where to look. If you're on the lookout for the best used car for sale and want to save as much as possible, here are a few places where you might strike gold.
Bank Repossessed Cars
Anyone who takes out a car loan with a bank has the responsibility of paying off their monthly installments to completion. Until then, the car is technically the property of the bank and if anything happens where the customer can't make those monthly payments, the car gets repossessed. Repo cars then go onto a large auction that occurs a few times a year, where they are sold off to the highest bidder, with starting bids being surprisingly low. The reason for this is that generally the bank just wants to reclaim the money owed to them by the customer, so as long as the car is sold for enough to cover the remaining debt, they don't mind how much it goes for. To get in on the action, enquiring about the next repo car auction and planning ahead could present you with a fantastic bargain.
Emigrating Families Or Individuals
Sometimes you might run into some luck with friends or contacts who are moving abroad and selling everything they own before heading off. Often these sales can be negotiated at a better price because they're urgently looking to wrap up getting everything sold in time, so keep an eye and ear out if you know of anyone who is planning on moving soon and put in an offer on the car so that you'll have first preference when they do sell it.
Social Media And Classifieds Websites
The web can be a great resource for finding rare gems, including fairly new cars at good prices if the owner decides to make a private sale. Again, however, in case of private sales, always make sure that you have the car checked out beforehand and that it has all the required paperwork. We also urge our readers to never supply a cash deposit on a vehicle that they haven't actually seen and checked up on first, as there are unfortunately many scammers looking to make a quick bit of cash and disappear.
Lastly, bear in mind that even if a car is practically brand new, it doesn&rsquo='t guarantee that it&rsquos still in mint condition. Some drivers are just reckless with how they handle the car, change gears, accelerate and brake, which means the car might have already suffered excessive wear and tear or damage in the short time that it's been owned.
So if you do find a great car at a great price, just be sure that it is actually in the condition you expect it to be. While you're searching for the best used car for sale, remember that Imperial Select stocks a large inventory of new and pre-owned cars, all of which were quality tested and prepared before being put on sale. See our website for current stock and remember that we update it on a daily basis.
Let's face it buying a new, better car is exciting. It's often a sign of success and that your life is improving, so you should be proud. Getting caught up in all the initial excitement does mean people often forget to look at some long-term responsibilities though. Having to pay for car services, parts and, if anything goes wrong, possibly large scale repairs, is a reality any responsible car owner could face and should plan for. Another aspect to keep in mind is that, if you're moving up from a small hatchback to a crossover, double cab bakkie or an SUV, your costs to maintain the vehicle are going to automatically be higher than what your current zippy little car has been costing you. Calculating and planning for the service costs and parts for a car before you get it will save you a lot of hassle and stress in the coming years, not to mention the size of the dent in your bank account when you visit a car repair workshop. Here is a list of average costs per class category that you can expect to pay for the car you have or want to get.
While they are the most affordable cars to buy, they'll also be the cheapest to maintain. Costs for a standard service for cars such as the Datsun Go, Hyundai i10, Ford Figo and Honda Brio range between R2 000 and R4 500, according to the most recent Kinsey Report. If you had to replace the entire parts basket of these vehicles, the costs range between R63 000 and R92 000.
Sedans And Family Cars
These range from models like Toyota Corolla, Nissan Almera, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra. Starting service costs for parts are R4 500 to R7 300. A complete parts basket, including body panels, lights, shock absorbers and all other components, range vastly. For example, a Toyota Corolla will set you back just over R65 000, while the Honda Civic totals a whopping R310 000.
This very popular class includes the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson, VOLVO XC40 and KIA Sportage, among others. Again, prices differ hugely between different brands, with the cheapest service cost being the Nissan X-Trail at R3 800. The most expensive parts cost for a standard service for the Mitsubishi Pajero comes in at R7 500.
Now that you have a better idea of what to expect when you buy your next car, you can find out even more details by searching for sales figures, parts costs and service costs online for the model you have in mind, so that you don't get a scare when you visit a car repair workshop.
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&rsquos 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, do a search through 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&rsquore 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 and all 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&rsquot 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 actually 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&rsquos 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 absolutely 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&rsquore 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.
The vehicle selection in South Africa is definitely not lacking and you're sure to find a model that suits your preferences, style and budget. With so many great cars to choose from, how do you decide what will be best for your budget, not only initially but in the long run? Whether you're looking at buying new, pre-owned or considering demo cars for sale, there are many things to consider. Today we're comparing SUV and crossover SUV models from four popular locally available brands and detail what each model brings to the motoring table.
A firm favourite with SA locals, the Sportage is a great SUV for families and active younger people who love to go on adventures alike. In recent years KIA has become synonymous with desirable design aesthetics and great infotainment features, all of which make the Sportage one of SA&rsquos most loved SUVs. Add to this the affordability and quality assurance you'll get with a KIA and it's no surprise that it tops annual sales and ranking reports.
Parts Costs According to the annual Kinsey Report, the Sportage is not the cheapest in its category to maintain when it comes to parts costs. Over the past three years, the overall basket cost compared to the sales price went from 27.58% to 46.27% in 2019. You can expect to pay around R213 000 if you had to replace all parts, but your average service cost will come to around R5 700.
Cost Depending on what year model you're looking at, a pre-owned Sportage manufactured between 2014 and 2019 can cost anywhere between R200 000 and R500 000.
While they're mostly recognised locally for their bakkies and double cabs, Mitsubishi also offers popular SUVs such as the Pajero. The ASX is a more recent addition than the Pajero and the more recent facelift model features bold lines and a front grille that will definitely catch passerby's attention. If you're looking for a great SUV that's not as frequently spotted on the roads yet still has all the features you'd want in a car of this type, this might be a great option to look at. Not only that, but overall this SUV will save you money in more ways than just the initial price tag.
Parts Costs Overall, the ASX has been outdoing all other vehicles in this category when it comes to replacing parts. The Kinsey Report ranked the ASX as the cheapest SUV to maintain in 2016, and your average service cost at this point in time will come in around only R4 000 for parts.
Cost Brand new, the ASX starts at a remarkable R379 995 for the base model. If you're looking at a pre-owned ASX, they start around R140 000 for a 2014 model to R260 000 for the 2019 model.
Renault has a very long history in the South African market and the Duster model is great for adventurers, beach lovers and families alike. The more recent variants of the Duster, from 2018 onward, have vastly improved interior quality and the overall perception of this SUV has definitely improved thanks to their attention to creating not only a functional vehicle but also one that has all the latest features and quality trimmings.
Parts Costs From 2016 to 2019, the overall parts basket compared to the total sales price of the Duster has gone up from 36% to 47%, however, this isn't unusual as almost all vehicles have seen the increase in cost for parts. The Kinsey Report showed standard service cost for parts to be R2 748 in 2016 to a marginal increase to R2 946 in 2019, making it the second cheapest SUV in terms of parts costs.
Cost A brand new base model will cost you R268 900, while pre-owned models can be picked up for around R115 000 for a 2014 model, while a 2019 model averages around R250 000 to R280 000.
Yet another long standing favourite and trusted car manufacturer, Ford's ECOSPORT offering hits all the right notes if you're a young family looking for quality, reliability and affordability. Vast improvements were made to the interiors and overall quality in recent years, with models from 2018 onwards all featuring a captivating infotainment console with a touchscreen and all the integrations you'll need, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Ford decided to create the EcoSport as a definite tribute to what older 4x4 and rugged off road vehicles used to look like, and yet it also reflects modern lines and a front grille that's stylish and contemporary.
Parts Costs For the Ford ECOSPORT's long-term expenses in terms of parts and services, you would be in a comfortable budget range, compared to most other SUVs. The Kinsey Report showed the total parts basket compared to the sales price as 34% in 2016 and 36% in 2019. For single standard service, parts amounted to a total of R4 922 in 2016 and totalled R6 358 in 2019, consistently making it one of the most affordable vehicles in it's class when it comes to parts costs.
Cost Brand new, the latest ECOSPORT will set you back R279 700 for the base model, while the premium EcoBoost Trend variation costs R319 200. Pre-owned, you will find a 2015 model for around R120 000, while the more recent 2019 models sell for an average of R330 000.
For these great models and other demo cars for sale, check out our website for quality guaranteed, premium vehicles. If this comparison still left you undecided, speak to one of our sales representatives who'll provide further clarification and information.
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 in order 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. In addition, 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
In order 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 clearly. 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 in the near future. 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!