Over the last decade, one area that has improved tremendously in cars is safety. Safety features are constantly being developed, but these are often presented to us as acronyms, which can be quite confusing.
The way car warranties work is changing, but some mistakes could void your car warranty.
Car maintenance is getting easier to manage as car technology improves. There are two notable innovations in car tech, which we will take a look at.
If you are looking to save money, then you can save on your fuel by following these 8 easy ways to save on fuel.
As a car owner, the one thing that you can’t skip is your regular car service. Here are 3 reasons you shouldn’t skip regular services.
According to BusinessTech, who quoted Fikile Mbalula Transport Minister, there will be many major changes to road rules and initiatives that are set to improve the driving experience in South Africa and motorists need to be ready. At a recent budget presentation, Mbalula outlined four big changes that the Department of Transport is working on and they aim to roll these out across the country.
There is a shortage of new car models in South Africa due to a global delay in the production of computer chips. Production has been paused by major vehicle manufacturers as they are waiting for these parts and there are cases where it may take up to four months.
Hyundai customers will be pleased to know that the brand has launched a Click to Buy service in South Africa, which will let them buy their next car completely online. You can now shop online from your couch, select the vehicle you want, buy the car and have it delivered to your door.
We are currently paying the highest price for fuel ever as we saw 95 unleaded petrol increase by R1.00 and 93 unleaded petrol by 0.95 cents per litre. This means that filling up our cars is getting expensive. We might not be able to reduce the price of petrol, but we can reduce our fuel consumption and our running costs so that we can save in the long term.
According to the AA, we can expect a petrol price increase in May, but there could be a drop in diesel and illuminating paraffin. The AA commented on the Central Energy Fund unaudited mid-month fuel price data after it was released. Fuel prices have been given a little breather according to the AA due to the stronger exchange rate and stability on the international petroleum markets.
A new Nissan survey showed that if drivers and passengers took the time to plan their journeys, their listening material and drove more considerately then road stress would be reduced. The survey highlights what the most stressful aspects are of a car journey when there is a driver and passengers.
Late last year, the concept for the luxurious Jeep Grand Wagoneer was introduced alongside the more affordable Wagoneer model. Last month they made their official debut, but unfortunately not in South Africa.
At the end of 2020, the Competition Commission released new regulations which concerned the servicing and maintenance of vehicles. Known as the Right to Repair, car owners will be allowed to use any service provider as well as non-original parts without the risk of losing the manufacturer warranty.
You have most likely heard of a balloon payment, but you may not understand its uses and what it can be used for.A balloon payment is designed to help a buyer with their cash flow at the start of the financing agreement. With a balloon payment, a portion of the purchase price is set aside so that the monthly instalments are lower.
The restrictions that are currently enforced surrounding the servicing and the buying of vehicle parts will soon be lifted, which means you can save money on your car ownership. 2020 was a tough year and 2021 won’t be much different as many of us are feeling the pinch after the devastating effects COVID-19 had on the economy.
When you are shopping for a new car then you will have all sorts of questions, like do you want a petrol or diesel engine, do you want to sell or trade-in, what colour do you want and so on. One such question, you will probably ask yourself is whether you want a manual or an automatic gearbox. So, what do you prefer? What is the best choice? Here are some factors you should consider when choosing between a manual and an automatic.
In six months, data captured after 276 million searches by AutoTrader, ending in December 2020, showed that average mileage, model and price for pre-owned cars sold were 70 429km, 2016 and R312 794 respectively.
The My BMW app can be used on Android and iOS smartphones and has now launched in South Africa. With the new My BMW app, consumers will be able to find vehicle status information.
FlexClub is a vehicle subscription marketplace that has recently launched in South Africa. FlexClub will change the way we buy and use cars and consumers can access several popular cars like the Suzuki Swift and Polo Vivo for a monthly fee.
Mercedes may have been a bit slower coming to the EV market, which they have been criticised for, but they are following through on their pledge with the EQS, which is set to deliver a leading battery range. The EQS will be making its debut on April 15th and is the first Mercedes to be built on dedicated electric car underpinnings.
As time moves forward and technology becomes more advanced, there are some things that the young and the next generations will not know about. This is also true in cars. Technology in cars has advanced, so here are some features that the youth will never get to experience.
No one can explain the thrill of driving at high speeds, just you and the open road. However, this feeling is getting harder to find due to the demand for cars to be safer with lower emissions, but these come at a price.
The 2021 Audi SQ7 TDI along with the SQ8 TDI have recently arrived in South Africa. The SQ7 is a sportier version of the Q7 and offers high-performance and features sporty aspects like theS-specific bumper with four tailpipes and chrome trim on the tailgate. If this sounds like the car for you, then let’s take a closer look at the 2021 Audi SQ7 TDI.
Nowadays, there is more emphasis on hygiene and safety like never before. Many of us believe that our vehicle is a safe haven, which is why it is now vital that they offer us as much protection as possible. Jaguar Land Rover has taken note and in response to this new and greater need, they have created a prototype air filtration system that has shown to inhibit bacteria and viruses by 97%.
More and more vehicle manufactures are making the change to electric and many are aiming to be a fully electric brand within the next decade or so and one such brand is BMW AG’s Mini brand. The Mini brand is intensifying their switch to battery-powered vehicles and the brand is aiming to go fully electric by 2030 according to those that are familiar with this.
As with any industry, the motoring industry has had to change with the changing demands of the consumer. The way that consumers buy has changed and even though the traditional way of buying cars is still being offered, this could change in the future to subscription packages and pay for use.
At the end of March, the Automobile Association has said that there will be a huge increase in fuel prices due to fuel levy increases. AA commented on fuel price data from the Central Energy Fund, which is unaudited mid-month and noted that due to the rise in international oil prices and the dipping rand/US Dollar, petrol prices will be increasing.
Over the years, SUVs have changed and have become very popular. You are now able to get SUVs ranging from inexpensive subcompact utility vehicles to three-row SUVs that have amazing off-road capabilities to all-electric power. There are three SUVs you should know about that will be hitting the SA market this year.
Did you know the FordPass Connect is in South Africa? The FordPass Connect is a nifty new feature that will be able to tell you plenty about your vehicle. Going forward, this feature will be available on all Ford models like the Raptor, FX4, Wildtrack and XLS, XL and XLT. Through an embedded modem in the vehicle, Ford owners will be able to connect using their Android or iOS smartphones.
The breakdown for new vehicle sales for February 2021 has been released by NAAMSA, which represents the combined interests of 43 new vehicle brands in SA, which are part of the importation, production and distribution of new vehicles within SA.
The Morris Mini-Minor was the first Mini to launch in 1959 and became an instant hit due to the affordable price, small body and quirky design. The Rover group, which included the Mini was taken over by BMW in 1994. With Mini under the control of BMW, it went through some modernisation, but the compact and rounded design remained. Mini Cooper is now a best seller and the Cooper S version isn’t too far behind.
Fikile Mbalula, Transport Minister said that there will be a complete prohibition introduced by the National Road Traffic Amendment Act on the use and consumption of alcohol by all motor vehicle drivers on SA roads. You will then need to be 100% sober when you drive and get into a vehicle said Fikile Mbalula. This means that alcohol blood concentration must be 0.00 gram per 100 ml.
Volvo has announced its plans over the next nine years and this plan includes being fully electric by2030. Volvo said that by then they intend to only have fully electric cars for sale and have their internal combustion engines phased out from their global portfolio.
According to calculations by WesBank, the cost of owning a car has gone up considerably in recent years. WesBank noted that an entry-level vehicle that travelled 2500km per month costs about R7 851 in 2019 but is up toR8 052 per month for the ownership basket, which includes instalments, fuel, maintenance fees and insurance.
The new sixth generation of C-Class has recently been revealed by Mercedes-Benz and this model will be the first in its line with an electrified engine. The new C-Class will show off technology from S-Class, but with a makeover to take on the BMW 3 Series. The styling comes more from the A-Class, CLS, CLA and E-Class according to TimesLive. The C-Class will be sportier and have a shorter front and rear.
The Renault Kiger is aimed at young, first-time drivers and can be said to be their version of the Nissan-Magnite. We can expect the Renault Kiger to arrive in South Africa during the third quarter of 2021. Renault says that they worked with Indian designers on the designs and looks of the Kiger, so it comes as no surprise that it will hit the shores of India first.
The 2021 Ford Mustang could be the sports car you have been looking for. It is available in a convertible and a coupe and has everything you could need with powerful engine choices, quick acceleration, user-friendly features, poised handling, an enjoyable cabin and plenty of options that will make you stand out. It sounds like the dream car, but there is a drawback. The rear seats are cramped, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise with a car in this segment.
Many think that electric cars are just a gimmick and will run out of juice on the way somewhere without a way to charge it. In South Africa, this might still be true, but other countries have embraced electric cars and they are slowly replacing combustion vehicles. In Europe, for instance, statistics from September showed that for the first time electric cars outsold diesel cars. They projected to account for 10% of all car sales in 2020 and it is thought that this will be 15% in 2021.
According to MyBroadband, the Tesla Model X Performance Edition, which is an all-electric SUV is being brought into the country by Rubicon, which is a sustainable technology group in South Africa. The Tesla will be making its way around the country, visiting several cities along the way for some months as part of a promotional campaign to announce the arrival of theTesla Powerwall in South Africa.
With the current situation, you may find that you are spending more time at home and not driving as much as you used to. However, this actually might be the best time to buy a new car. Head of Marketing andCommunication at WesBank Vehicle and Asset Finance, Lebogang Gaoaketse says that fuel prices are down between 20% and 25% and the demand for public transport has reduced by about 30%. This shows that people are moving around less.
The 2021 BMW 1Series 128ti has been introduced by BMW Group South Africa, featuring a range of M performance treats. We can expect the front wheel hot hatch to land on the showroom floors in the first quarter of2021 and could take on the VW Golf GTI as well as the Renault Megane, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Honda Tyre R and the Hyundai i30 N.
Ford Ranger buyers can now choose from various level of armouring as Ford South Africa in partnership with SVI engineering are now offering armour. It has been announced by Ford South Africa and SVI Engineering that Ford approved armoured protection is now available for the Ranger. In South Africa, the Ford Ranger is among one of the top-selling vehicles and now with the launch of armoured protection, Ford will most likely carve out a new position in a completely different segment for both fleet and private customers.
The BMW iX is a beloved car and important to the German carmaker. The iX is packed with new and innovative technologies and one of these in the new BMW Digital Key Plus. This feature is available to those that have an iPhone and allows drivers to unlock and start their car with their iPhone. This should be introduced to South Africa sometime in 2022.
Once you have decided you want to buy a new set of wheels, you suddenly have several options available. All of a sudden you are looking at specs, colours, wondering what the drive is like and so much more. However, before you get ahead of yourself and start test driving a bunch of different cars, you need to work out how much you can afford to spend on a car. Working out what you can afford each month, will help you to narrow down your options and keep you out of too much debt.
In February, South African drivers should be prepared for a sharp petrol price increase. In January there was a significant increase in petrol prices and prices are expected to increase once again in February.
The moment you drive your car off the floor it begins to depreciate. The value of your vehicle does depend on the mileage, however, your daily driving habits and the cars general condition will play a part. You can help your car to age gracefully with these tips.
Suzuki is a popular brand in South Africa and since its introduction in 2008, its success has only been growing and here are 3 models from Suzuki that show exactly why this brand sells.
There is a growing popularity among South Africans to buy a pre-owned car instead of a new car.When it comes to pre-owned cars, we tend to go towards the brands that we love and trust. Here are 4 deciding factors when choosing a pre-owned car.
It will come as no surprise that car theft in South Africa is a problem. Experts say that if your car is stolen there is about a 5% - 10% chance of it being recovered. However, if you have a car tracker installed then the recovery rate jumps to as high as 80%, which means getting a car tracker installed is a no brainer. This is good news for both you and your insurer. Insurance companies don't want to pay out for theft, so when you have a tracker they could save money, plus you can save money as insurance companies, will usually offer a better premium when you have a tracker installed.
The time frame for you to renew your vehicle licences that expired between 26th March 2020 to 31st December 2020 has been extended once again to 31st August 2021. However, even though this comes as a relief to motorists, the long queues to get a new licence are putting many motorists off, but do you need to stand in a queue?
Suzuki Auto South Africa opened its doors in 2008 and when it did, it never imagined that it would be one of the top 6 best-selling brands and a budget vehicle champion. June 2008 was their first month of sales and Suzuki sold 230 units and by October 2020 they hit a record of 2032 units. They are the fastest-growing brand in South Africa.
When you buy a new car there is a certain aroma that hits you when you climb behind the wheel. Many of us love that new car smell, but not all of us can afford to buy a brand-new car. If you have an older car or have decided to buy a pre-owned car and want that new car smell, then take a look at these tips. These tips may not give you that exact same smell you get from the dealership, but your car will smell clean and fresh, giving you a better driving experience.
Many of us will buy a car because of the price or the brand, but do we choose a car based on our personality? The answer is yes and your choice in car can reveal somethings about our personalities. Let’s take a look at what your car choice says about you.
Age and lifestyle don’t necessarily determine the cars we buy and the baby boomer generation prove that. You may think that because this generation is getting older they rather opt for practical cars that aren’t trendy or pack a punch, but this isn’t true.The baby boomer generation is after sports car, luxury cars and yes, some still want a car that is a little plainer. So, what are the most popular cars among the baby boomer generation?
Millennials didn’t jump in and start buying cars straight away. They actually ended up buying cars a bit later in life once they had their careers going. But what are millennials looking for in a car? Millennials are known to be tech-savvy and are attracted to vehicles that offer more than just the standard. Automakers have had to pay close attention to this generation in terms of what they want and the experience they are having as millennials are quick to jump on to social media to share what they think.
When you go shopping for a used car, you don’t need to feel overwhelmed or feel that you are going to be pushed into a purchase that you are not 100% sure about. Those days are gone and when you keep these tips in mind, you can get the car you want for a competitive price.
You have taken time to choose your vehicle to get the right mix of price, comfort, nifty controls and a chic interior. However, you may still had to compromise, which means you may still have some hassles when you're driving. Here are some great accessories that you should invest in to make your driving experience more pleasurable.
If you are in the market for a vehicle then you will need to look at both car insurance and a motor warranty. A motor warranty is given by the vehicle manufacturer and car insurance is provided by insurance companies, but you will find that some insurance providers will also sell variations of motor warranties.
If you have been looking for any type of insurance, especially car insurance then you have probably seen comprehensive cover pop up a few times in your search. If you are looking for car insurance then before you sign on the dotted line, you will probably want to know exactly what comprehensive cover is.
eCommerce is continuously growing and car selling and buying has also moved over to the digital world.Many drivers will still head to their closet dealerships for their next purchase, but buyers and sellers are shifting to online more and more.
If you are buying a pre-owned car, you may find that some will already have a warranty intact and others may have an expired warranty. However, even if the car of your dreams has an expired warranty, you don’t need to stress as you can purchase a warranty for the vehicle.
There are plenty of car buying and selling sites popping up, but whilst they all seem legit, they might not be. Buying a car is a big investment and the last thing that you want to happen is to be scammed. If you are selling your car then you want to use a reputable and trustworthy site that will reach real potential buyers.
You have found your dream vehicle and you’re ready to buy, but before you drive your new car off the floor, you may want to compare car insurance quotes.
According to the latest from TransUnion SA Vehicle Pricing (VPI), the car market in South African is showing some resilience as it appears to be bouncing back in Q3 2020 after it hit a record low in Q2.
As a car owner, you will want to protect both your wheels and your wallet, which is why having a motor plan or a warranty can be a saving grace if anything were to go wrong with your car. However, do you know what the difference is? Do you know which one you should choose?Let’s take a look at the differences between a motor plan and a warranty, so you can make the best choice.
Tracker has become aware of a new car theft scam that is doing the rounds in South Africa. Customers are being called by scammers who are pretending to be from Tracker. They then inform the customer that something is wrong with their tracking device and will need to have the device repaired or replaced.
If you are looking for a vehicle then going pre-owned is a great idea. With pre-owned, you can make your budget stretch further as you can get more car for your money. Buying a pre-owned car gives you more choice, more spec options and you can get the brand you want.
If you don’t have the cash in hand to buy a car then you will need to go down the vehicle finance route. You can get vehicle finance from your bank or from the dealership you are buying from.
As money is tighter than ever, we all want to save a little more and spend a little less. If you are in the market to buy a new or a pre-owned vehicle then take a look at our top tips.
If you are in the market to buy a pre-owned vehicle, then there are a few things that you will need to check before you hand over your cash and take the keys.
Our budgets are tighter than ever, so when it comes to buying a car, you need to put a lot of thought into your purchase and know what you can afford.
There are numerous ways you can buy and sell a used vehicle in South Africa, but there is a new and funky way for you to buy and sell a pre-owned vehicle online in South Africa.
Every year there is a frightening number of vehicle accidents, thefts and hijackings, which puts the South African motorist at a financial risk. This is why it’s important to have car insurance and even though it is not required by law, having car insurance can save you a bundle if anything were to happen to you and your vehicle.
It is now easier than ever to sell your car, thanks to the internet. You can quickly start advertising your vehicle online in South Africa and hopefully find a buyer all from the comfort of your home.
The moment you drive off the floor in your brand-new car, it starts to lose value, so why should your car insurance stay the same or increase when the value of your car is decreasing? King Price offers a unique car insurance offering that decreases monthly in line with your depreciating vehicle.
Car prices always seem to be on the rise, but if you are in the market to buy a car at an affordable price, then your best option could be going pre-owned. There are many benefits to buying a pre-owned car, which we will take a look at.
Are you in the market to buy a new vehicle? But, you don’t want just any new set of wheels, you want a luxury car that looks amazing and drives smoothly. Premium Mobility can help you to find your next luxury pre-owned vehicle selling from R500 000.
Selling and buying a car can be a stressful process, you want to get the best value for your car if you are selling and if you are buying a car then you might be unsure of who to trust and if you are getting a good price. This is where Cars2Sell steps in, they have taken the hassle and stress out of selling and buying a vehicle online in South Africa.
If you are looking for a complete vehicle management portal, then look no further than the e-Dealer Portal. The e-Dealer Portal is a streamlined, innovative and balanced platform where you, as the dealer, can advertise your vehicle stock and so much more. So, what does the E-Dealer Portal offer? And how do you benefit?