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  • Signs That Your Car Needs A Checkup Or Service
    Uploaded 8 months ago

    Signs That Your Car Needs A Checkup Or Service

  • Best Used Cars For Sale: Personal Reasons VS Car Problems
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    Best Used Cars For Sale Personal Reasons VS Car Problems

  • A Financial Look At Different Vehicle Services And Repairs
    Uploaded 1 week ago

    A Financial Look At Different Vehicle Services And Repairs

  • Tips When Searching For A Used KIA For Sale
    Uploaded 1 week ago

    Tips When Searching For A Used KIA For Sale

  • Comparison: Kia, Mitsubishi, Renault & Ford Models Reviewed
    Uploaded 2 weeks ago

    Comparison Kia, Mitsubishi, Renault & Ford Models Reviewed

  • How To Make Your Car Stand Out On Dealership Websites
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    How To Make Your Car Stand Out On Dealership Websites

Uploaded 8 months ago

Signs That Your Car Needs A Checkup Or Service

Signs That Your Car Needs A Checkup Or Service

We all take our cars - and their reliability - for granted, for the most part often forgetting that they are machines that generate tremendous power to get us to where we need to be every day. In spite of most of us owning or driving a car, many people aren't familiar with the warning signs that they should not ignore when it comes to their cars. What might initially appear to be a minor issue that can be ignored 'for now', could result in far more serious and costly damage in the near future. The team in our car repair workshop unpack some of the main indications that your car is in urgent need of a service or needs to get to a car repair workshop immediately. 

Noises While Driving

Turn down your car's sound system every now and then and listen for any abnormal sounds while you're driving. Any scraping or dragging noise could mean your car's wheel bearing is failing while screeching noises indicate that something is wrong with your car's braking system. 

Braking Takes Longer

We often forget how crucially important the braking system of our car is to ensure a safe drive for ourselves and those on the road with us. An appropriately responsive car that brakes in time can mean the difference between avoiding a fender bender or possibly ending up in a life-threatening accident. If you find your brakes seem to take longer to respond or that you have to pump them harder than you used to get the car to slow down or stop, it's best to take it in for an inspection as your brake pads may be worn. 

Smoke From The Bonnet

Smoke is never a good sign, so if you find your car is suddenly producing smoke, your engine may be overheating and continued driving in this state can damage your engine beyond repair. Keep an eye on your dashboard and check if your engine light goes on, and also keep an eye on your car's temperature gauge. If your car is overheating, pull over at the closest safe location and allow it to cool down. Do not open the bonnet immediately after stopping as the heat and smoke could cause you physical harm. If you have road assist, call them to have your car towed to a local service centre.

Check Oil Light Comes On

Oil keeps your entire car's operational system lubricated and prevents overheating, friction and damage to the engine and all moving parts. If your car runs out of oil, get to a gas station and refill your oil immediately. Remember to have your car's oil checked frequently, water and tyre pressure checked when you refill.

Fluid Leaking Under Car

Keep an eye on what goes on under your car when it's been standing parked for a while. If there are puddles of oil or other liquid, it may mean a seal or other component has cracked. Book your car in for an inspection by an automotive professional, who will help determine the problem and offer a solution. 

Difficulty Steering Your Car

If your vehicle seems to be 'fighting' you when you make turns or is veering to the left or right side when you're driving straight, you probably need your wheels alignment checked and may have damage to your axel. If you find your car seems to be uneven and lower on one side than the other, this may also be caused by damage to your axel or components supporting it. 

Fuel Efficiency Is Reduced

If you used to be able to get by comfortably with half a tank a week but lately you seem to need double the amount of petrol to travel the same distance, your car probably needs to be tuned up and serviced. A full service can vastly improve your car's fuel consumption.

Trouble With The Ignition

While it's relatively normal for your car to maybe only take on the second start on a cold winter day, if you find you always need to keep turning the ignition to get the car started, you should book it for a service. Also bear in mind that you should reduce the weight of your keys as much as possible, as the keys in your ignition constantly weigh the unit down and may cause damage to it over time. 

If you have any concerns about your car or just want to ensure it keeps running smoothly, contact us to arrange a service at our car repair shop. We have highly trained automotive specialists and a range of advanced testing equipment to quickly and accurately identify and correct any issues your car may have.

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Best Used Cars For Sale Personal Reasons VS Car Problems

Best Used Cars For Sale Personal Reasons VS Car Problems

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.

Uploaded 1 week ago

A Financial Look At Different Vehicle Services And Repairs

A Financial Look At Different Vehicle Services And Repairs

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.

Entry-level Hatchbacks

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.

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Tips When Searching For A Used KIA For Sale

Tips When Searching For A Used KIA For Sale

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.

Uploaded 2 weeks ago

Comparison Kia, Mitsubishi, Renault & Ford Models Reviewed

Comparison Kia, Mitsubishi, Renault & Ford Models Reviewed

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.

Kia Sportage

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.

Mitsubishi ASX

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 Duster

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.

Ford EcoSport

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.

Uploaded 2 weeks ago

How To Make Your Car Stand Out On Dealership Websites

How To Make Your Car Stand Out On Dealership Websites

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!