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    Tips on How to Buy the Right Used Car for You

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    Car Maintenance Hacks With Everyday Objects

  • 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

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    Budget Options For Used SUVs

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    7 Reasons Why A Used Kia Car Is The Best Choice

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Tips on How to Buy the Right Used Car for You

Tips on How to Buy the Right Used Car for You

You find yourself in a situation where you need to find a good quality used car. No matter what the reasons for needing a reliable used vehicle are, using these steps can assist you in buying the right car for you.

The tools that you will need to fnd a good quality used car

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  1. Number 1 advice for buying a used car is to make a list of all the qualities you need in a car. E.g. 2 or 4 door, air conditioning, air bags, anti-lock brakes, large or small boot, Sunroof, SUV? Truck, etc. Also is there anything you definitely do not want? If so then you should list that too. What colors do you like and what colors do you hate on a car? Once you are done with this listing, you will have a very good idea of exactly what used car you are looking to buy.
  2. Most used car dealerships now have their used car inventory online. So you can research used cars and compare prices in the comfort of your own home. This will assist you hugely in finding out which vehicle makes and models fit the characteristics you listed and that you most want in the used car you will be purchasing.
  3. Read Consumer Reports to determine which of the makes and models that fit your criteria have received the highest marks for reliability and safety. You can find their car buying guide in a library or you can usually view their information online for a fee.
  4. Once you have a good idea of what used car you are considering buying according to online research and Consumer Reports, find out what the price would be if the used car for sale is sold privately. You can do this by looking in the newspaper and listings of private car sales online. Make sure that you take this proof by taking printouts and cuttings from the newspaper with you when you visit the used dealerships in person to negotiate a good price.
  5. And last but not least, look for your used car online at www.imperialselect.co.za, for the best deals on new, used and demo cars.

 

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Car Maintenance Hacks With Everyday Objects

Car Maintenance Hacks With Everyday Objects

When it comes to keeping your car in good condition, we tend to rely on specialist cleaning products and polishes. While they are effective, they're not cheap and sometimes you simply don't have anything on hand other than whatever you can find around the house. Over the years many mechanics and car owners have discovered cheap and easy hacks to clean, fix and maintain cars, and today we're going to share a few of them with you. So before you run to the best car repair workshop in your area, give these a try.

Keeping The Exterior Spotless

If you want to keep your car shiny and spotless, you'll be surprised by just how many items at home will work wonders to do so. Rust and gunk on your rims? Rub and buff it with some Coca Cola &ndash it's acidic enough to loosen hardened materials without damaging your rims. If you don't have access to car polish and want to give your vehicle sparkle, simply mix two cups of water with half a cup of hair shampoo, and apply to your car as you would with regular polish. Over time headlights become dull and can turn a slightly yellow colour. You can easily fix this problem by applying toothpaste to the headlights and buffing it off with a toothbrush. Cracked window? Clear nail polish will help prevent the crack from worsening until you get your windshield repaired or replaced. Nail polish is also a great solution to masking scrapes and scratches on your car's bodywork. Another great hack is using the cooking spray for those stubborn bug marks on your bumper - just spray the area, leave for a few minutes, and wipe the surface. 

Emergency Fixes

If you're suddenly stuck with a breakdown, you may be able to temporarily fix the problem with common items. A pair of pantyhose can be fashioned to replace a fan belt or timing belt until you get to a repair workshop. If you find a break in your pipes, an empty Pringles can and some duct tape will hold everything together for long enough to get you to safety. A leak in your fuel tank? Apply some chewed bubblegum to plug the area.

We hope these tips will be helpful to you in the future and would like to remind you that if you need the best car repair workshop for those issues you can't fix yourself, we have several specialist centres across the country to help get you safely back on the road in no time.

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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.