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  • Three Essential Extras Every Car Needs To Have On Board
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    Three Essential Extras Every Car Needs To Have On Board

  • The Three Top Selling Hyundai SUVs For The Past Three Years
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    The Three Top Selling Hyundai SUVs For The Past Three Years

  • How To Keep Your Used Car’s Leather Seats In Great Condition
    Uploaded 5 days ago

    How To Keep Your Used Cars Leather Seats In Great Condition

  • What To Look For On A Used Car’s History Report
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    What To Look For On A Used Cars History Report

  • 93 vs 95 Unleaded: What’s The Difference?
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    93 vs 95 Unleaded Whats The Difference?

Uploaded 2 weeks ago

Three Essential Extras Every Car Needs To Have On Board

Three Essential Extras Every Car Needs To Have On Board

From time to time the unexpected happens in life and its no different when it comes to owning and driving a car. Luckily there are ways to be better prepared for those moments when circumstances are not in your favour and you feel like it&rsquos just not your day. We are here to cover three of the many essentials for a car emergency kit to always have in your used car so that the next time will be as painless and simple as possible to get through. 

Spare Wheel

Being stranded on the side of the road when a tyre fails you is never pleasant but it would be even more of a headache if you didnt have a spare wheel to swop it with. Most new vehicles come standard with an extra wheel for emergencies but if your car doesnt have one or yours isnt in usable condition at the moment, make it a priority to get a backup spare. Making sure its always ready to use is also important, so check if the tyre is still properly inflated and that the tread on the tyre is in good condition. 

Jumper Cables

Whether your car battery is getting a bit old and unreliable or if maybe you forgot your lights on and headed out on a long shopping excursion, there will be times when your car just wont start all of a sudden. Its a frustrating experience and can instantly leave you feeling like you are stranded alone on a tiny island in the middle of nowhere. Luckily, jumper cables can help to resolve the problem fairly quickly, with the help of a friendly bystander to help give your car the boost it needs. Jumper cables dont come standard when you buy a new car but should be one of the first purchases you make as an essential add-on to your car emergency kit. Whether it&rsquos you, your co-worker, neighbour or a random stranger who finds themselves in need of help, jumper cables will be a very appreciated lifesaver in a tight spot. 

Emergency Kit

Having a 'go bag' with anything you may need in case of an emergency is always a good idea. Put together or buy a medical kit so that you have what&rsquos needed in case of injuries or just a headache. Once that is sorted out, add extras like a raincoat, flashlight, extra batteries, a few bottles of water, some energy bars and an extra charger cable for your phone or power bank. 

With these three essentials loaded and ready for use wherever you go, you will drive around with a lot more peace of mind about those 'what if' situations. Remember to always check on all of these items before you head out on a longer trip or holiday break in your used car, as it tends to be even harder to sort out a situation when you&rsquore nowhere near home.

Uploaded 16 hours ago

The Three Top Selling Hyundai SUVs For The Past Three Years

The Three Top Selling Hyundai SUVs For The Past Three Years

In terms of price, reliability and overall positive rapport with the South African market, Hyundai has been a firm favourite with consumers looking for a larger vehicle that can handle our roads while not entirely breaking the bank with price or service fees. While their range of hatchback models are some of the most preferred and bought cars in the new and used car segments &ndash as evidenced by the prevalence of their sleek yet zippy models anywhere in the country &ndash the SUV selection Hyundai offers has a history of popularity almost as long as the time they&rsquove existed in this country. 

Hyundai&rsquos SUVs have remained a consumer&rsquos go-to in the medium price bracket and have seen impressive improvements in aesthetics, safety and technological innovation over the years. And thanks to the Hyundai SUV prices, they have retained their worth as viable options for buyers looking for great features and a good price. Here are the top three performers in terms of sales figures in South Africa over the past three years

Hyundai Tucson

Of all the SUV models Hyundai has released during it&rsquos time in South Africa, the Tucson has been a firm favourite almost consistently. Interestingly, the Tucson was initially released to the market in 2006 but was later replaced by a revised version in the same class, the ix35. During the course of 2016, the ix35 was discontinued and replaced by a revamped, sleeker and modernised rendition of the Tucson, reinstating the former hero of the brand through an updated façade, packed with features to cater for the modern consumer at the time.

To date, the Hyundai Tucson remains one of their best sellers and has managed to achieve a continuously strengthened foothold as an affordable, reliable SUV option in South Africa. Hyundai sold 5703 units of this model in 2017, which ranked it as the number 3 in overall top sales for SUVs in South Africa for the year. 

Sales totals

2017 5703 units sold

2018 3701 units sold in the year, of which 450 sold in February alone, ranking it as the second best-selling SUV in the country for that month.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Named after the popular city in New Mexico and first introduced to the South African market in 2001, the Hyundai Santa Fe has not failed to impress or attract attention during its time in our country. Catering to the needs of large families and those who need a lot of space, the Santa Fe is Hyundai&rsquos largest SUV, featuring seven seats and plenty of legroom. Ensuring that it won&rsquot ever be mistaken for a budget large passenger transport solution, this model features various luxury extras and finishes to ensure a sophisticated and comfortable driving experience. The Santa Fe has had some serious revamp work done over the years and the latest facelift model is scheduled to be introduced to the local market in 2020, mimicking many of the most popular traits of its younger sibling, the Kona. 

Hyundai Creta 

A new introduction to the local offerings by Hyundai, the Creta has achieved an impressive degree of popularity over the past few years and has even surpassed the ranked total sales of the consistent consumer favourite, the Tucson.  Classified as a subcompact crossover SUV, this model was launched in 2014 to cater to the ever-growing interest and requirements of a consumer market looking for the features and aesthetic of a fully-fledged SUV but with the practical manoeuvrability to navigate modern urban spaces. A powerful pulling factor for this model is the modernised design aesthetic and several technologically advanced features, including an intuitive integrated infotainment system and an interactive touchscreen operating console. Resale value on this model has proven to be high during its fairly short market lifespan and promises to attract increasing demand in both the new and used car buyer market in coming years. A second generation, revised version of the Creta is due to for release through the course of 2020 and promises even further improvements on an already impressive package. 

Sales Figures

2018 4870 units in total sold during the year, of which 443 were sold in February alone.

2019 1526 sold during the first half of the year, of which 420 units were sold in December alone. 

Whichever model buyers may select from the range, Hyundai SUVs have proven excellence in quality and the peace of mind that you&rsquoll have many years of reliable performance on the roads with their SUV models. If you&rsquore looking for a new or used Hyundai SUV, we have an extensive selection of carefully inspected and quality-controlled models available countrywide.

Uploaded 5 days ago

How To Keep Your Used Cars Leather Seats In Great Condition

How To Keep Your Used Cars Leather Seats In Great Condition

Leather interiors in cars always add an air of sophistication and luxury that fabric upholstered seats simply cannot compete with. If you&rsquore fortunate enough to have a car with leather seats, you&rsquoll surely want to take care of your interior so that you&rsquoll have that rich, opulent look and feel for many years to come. Taking care of your leather interior is important but fortunately not a very difficult or costly exercise. If you keep your seats properly cleaned and conditioned, you&rsquoll be able to enjoy the same level of quality that you had when you first got your car. 

A car with leather interior also has a much higher resale value, so keeping yours in good condition will ensure that you get a decent price on your car if you ever decide to trade it in or sell it. We&rsquove compiled a few tips and simple instructions on how to maintain you used car&rsquos leather seats and keep them looking good. 

Cleaning Your Seats

Start off by vacuuming your car seats and use a soft brush attachment to prevent damaging the leather. Once that&rsquos done, it&rsquos time to condition your seats. Be sure to use a specialised leather polish and apply it with a soft cloth. Use circular motions to apply and polish the leather and don&rsquot press too hard a firm but gentle level of pressure is perfect. Leave the polish for a few minutes and let the leather absorb it, then buff your seats with a clean, soft cloth to clear any residual polish.

Keep Away From Direct Sunlight

Leather needs to remain supple or it will become dry and start to crack, which is also why keeping your car away from direct sunlight is a good idea &ndash not only do the UV rays damage and fade your paintwork, it&rsquos very damaging to your dashboard and leather interior. If you can&rsquot avoid parking in the sun, use screens to cover your windows and keep your seats protected. 

Avoid Sharp Objects

Although leather is strong and quite resilient, pressure from sharp objects can do serious damage to it. If you&rsquore transporting anything with jagged or sharp edges &ndash especially heavier items that put more strain on the seats - always cover your seats with a blanket or another type of buffer to keep your seats safe.

As always, repairing or replacing anything is always more costly than simply looking after it as a  precaution, so give your used car&rsquos leather interior the love and attention it needs to stay in great condition.

Uploaded 1 week ago

What To Look For On A Used Cars History Report

What To Look For On A Used Cars History Report

If you are in the market for a previously owned vehicle, there are many extra things you should check out in order to make an informed and responsible decision. Used cars obviously come with a history and for the most part, you won&rsquot ever know all the details about where it travelled and who owned it in the past. For maximum security and peace of mind, you can request to see a full history report on the car. 

Whether you are looking at buying from a dealership or private seller, you are fully entitled to the background information of the car as you will be taking over responsibility for it if you buy it &ndash and this could potentially be a very costly decision if the car turns out to have been stolen or involved in any other illicit activities, not to mention the risk of buying a car that is clearly not likely to last you very long due to previous accidents or engine failures. 

Every cars entire history is officially recorded based on its engines VIN number &ndash this number is used to track where the car goes from first sale all the way to the point where it is written off as scrap. The information provided on a cars history report can vary, but you may be able to find out several extra details about the car, including

  1. Whether the car has ever been in an accident
  2. The odometer reading, to give insight into total kilometres travelled
  3. If the car has ever been used as a rental vehicle or a fleet vehicle
  4. If the car has ever been sold at an auction
  5. If the car has ever been repossessed or reported stolen
  6. The title history of the car
  7. If the car has ever been recalled for any reason
  8. Whether it has ever been damaged by natural disasters, including fire, hail or floods
  9. How many previous owners it has had
  10. Maintenance records

This information will be very useful if you know what to check when reading the report. Here are a few things to look out for

Many New Owners In A Short Span Of Time 

If the report shows that the car has moved from owner to new owner a few times in a matter of a few years or even months, it&rsquos a big warning sign. Chances are good that there is something very faulty with the vehicle, that either cant be repaired or would cost far more than the actual value of the vehicle to correct. Conversely, if you see the car has only had one or two previous owners in its history, consider it a positive sign. 

Check For A Recent Emissions Testing Report

With changes in global policy concerning the legal limit of carbon emissions a vehicle can produce in order to be roadworthy, you need to make sure that the car has undergone an emissions test and has passed. In some regions, it is not only illegal for you to drive a car that fails this test, but it is also illegal for someone to sell it to you.

Check If The Car Has Lived In Coastal Regions

Something often overlooked when checking out a used vehicle is where it was parked and where the owner lived. This is important because if the car spent years in a coastal town or city, the salt content in the air will have caused additional corrosion and damage to the vehicle. If you&rsquore still willing to take on the car if it has been near the ocean for many years, be prepared to take on additional costs for maintenance and corrections if the previous owner did not get rust protection for the car in the past. 

Cross Examine Private Sellers

There are many risks involved with buying from a private seller. You wont have any fall back if anything goes wrong with the car after you have bought it and most sellers will not be willing to assist you once they have got their payment. Another big issue to look out for is to check whether the seller is actually who they say they are. There is always a risk that the car may not belong to them or that it has been stolen. Ask them as many questions as you need to be completely reassured that they are legitimate. Some of the questions you should ask are how long they&rsquove had the car, was there ever an issue with the battery, which components gave trouble or had to be replaced in the time that they had the car. They should be able to comfortably answer any of these questions. In addition, double-check the report to validate that they are in fact the last owner of the car. 

Check The Odometer Reports

Quite often sellers will roll back the odometer of the car to make it look like its travelled far fewer kilometres than it actually has. The history report should have logs of odometer readings over the years, typically logged whenever the cars licence is renewed or whenever the car was sold off. If the numbers dont add up to the current reading, there may well be more than just a false odometer reading to be worried about.

While it may be a time-consuming job to go through all of these checks of a used cars service history, we strongly recommend you take a bit of time now to be sure, to avoid having to take a lot of time in future to deal with oversights you had when buying the used car.

Uploaded 1 week ago

93 vs 95 Unleaded Whats The Difference?

93 vs 95 Unleaded Whats The Difference?

If you have ever taken a look at the price boards at petrol stations, you&rsquove probably noticed the variety of fuels available and how they range in price. Unless your vehicle has a diesel engine, you have got a choice between 93 and 95 unleaded. Most of the time you wont be asked which you prefer and we will explain why in a moment. There is always a price difference between these two, with 95 always being a bit more expensive per litre than the 93 type. If you have ever wondered why that is, or why we even need two different types of unleaded petrol at all, read on. 

It&rsquos All About Performance

Although there are many different makes and models of used cars, for this analysis there are only two types regular, everyday cars, and supercars. For most cars, performance requirements dont vary too much but a supercar or a turbo not only gulps up a lot of petrol, it also needs a higher quality of petrol to perform at its best. If you drive a sedan, a hatchback or any standard car, 93 octane petrol will work perfectly. Should you own a veritable speed demon, however, you&rsquoll need to fill up with 95 octane. 

What Happens If I Fill Up With The Wrong One?

Nothing, really. Your car will still run and it wont destroy the engine or do something terrible that requires repairs at a reputable car repair workshop. If your car runs on 93 and you filled up with 95, the only harm would be to your bank account as 95 is costlier. On the plus side, 95 fuel will give you better mileage than 93 if you drive a regular car. If you have a supercar and fill up with 93, you&rsquoll find your car underperforms as the fuel quality isnt quite as good. Again, there wont be any permanent damage. If you want to be completely sure what petrol you need, check your cars handbook.

While the general rule is that you wont need better than 93 octane, where you live or the environment in which you are driving impacts your cars performance. Factors such as environmental conditions (like the weather) and the altitude you are driving at may mean that a different octane petrol could be more beneficial. We hope this knowledge will help you save a few extra Rands when you fill up your used car from now on &ndash happy driving!