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    Budget Options For Used SUVs

  • Tips For Car Service & Repair Before Year-End Road Trips
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    Tips For Car Service & Repair Before Year-End Road Trips

  • Our Favourite Legendary Nissan Used Cars For Sale
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    Our Favourite Legendary Nissan Used Cars For Sale

  • Multi-Purpose Used Bakkie For Sale | Which Is Best?
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    Multi-Purpose Used Bakkie For Sale Which Is Best?

  • Car Repair Workshop Talk: Get Your Car Ready For 2021
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    Car Repair Workshop Talk Get Your Car Ready For 2021

  • Buying A Renault Used Car: Why You Need Trade Assistance
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    Buying A Renault Used Car Why You Need Trade Assistance

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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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Tips For Car Service & Repair Before Year-End Road Trips

Tips For Car Service & Repair Before Year-End Road Trips

This year has set some new trends, one being that we have not been doing our beloved road trips.  With restrictions partially lifted we can lift our eyes to the road and start planning.

Well, hold on there, safety first. We want you to stay safe in the new or used car you have but it's not only about car service and repair. Save fuel, your 2020 wallet and our planet. Here are some helpful tips.

Tip #1 Listen to this advice. 

South Africa's natural beauty, global award-winning destinations and millions of fabulous people spread throughout this paradise make road trips a fantastic holiday option.  Unfortunately, there is danger on our roads, so tip #1 is to follow these tips.

Tip #2 Book A Car Service 

Book a service for your car and tell them you are going on a long trip. They'll know what to check. Plan a week for the service in case they need to order a part. You can help by checking your licensing expiry dates, your tyres and ask a mate to help you check your lights. 

Tip #3 Plan Your Route

Ask for advice from those around you about the route that you are planning. They might comment on-road hazards like unfenced cattle, roadworks, potholes or lots of farm vehicles.  

Tip #4 Plan Where To Stop

After about 150 to 200km, it is important to take a break. This is important because it is very tiring to focus on any task for 1.5 or 2 hours, never mind driving. Stretch your legs, do some yoga poses or play catches with any kids you have with you. Do a spot check all around the car.

Tip #5 Streamline

If you are not using your roof rack, remove it, it creates a lot of drag and fuel inefficiency.  To improve the balancing of the car, keep the centre of gravity low (hence lower suspensions). To help this position the weight of your cargo very low in the car. 

Tip #6 Cruise Or Lose

Driving with anger, too fast, stamping on the accelerator and wildly breaking will wreak your fuel efficiency. Drive conservatively and approach points where you might need to brake slowly. This will assist in fuel efficiency.

Tip #7 To Overtake Or Not To

We all get tired and impatient on a long road trip and might make a poorly judged decision to overtake a truck at an inappropriate time. Put your car into a lower gear, turn the music down and focus on the road, undisturbed until the overtake opportunity arrives.

Tip #8 Tracking Buddy

Scan the road for a traveller who is clocking the same speed as you. Play follow my leader with them and it will stop you from random speeding up and slowing down. Reminder maintain a safe following distance.

Tip #9 and #10 is to have a good playlist prepared and have fun, fun, fun.

To prepare, follow these tips and don't forget your phone charger. If you need a metal steed for your glorious road trip remember that Motus Select offers a vast range of both new, pre-owned and demo vehicles, and our inventory is updated daily. Check our website today and let's get your journey started with proper car service and repair.

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Our Favourite Legendary Nissan Used Cars For Sale

Our Favourite Legendary Nissan Used Cars For Sale

Nissan has produced many incredibly popular cars since it was founded in 1937 and the popularity is across all categories. Their famous Z models set many a heart racing as does their GT-R nowadays. On the other end of the needs spectrum, South African families have been steadfastly and safely driven by the Juke and X-Trail SUV models for decades. Nissan was ahead of the market in developing a "true" electric car in their elegant Leaf model while their rugged, sleek Navara delivers toughness with bakkie loads of comfort. On the new Motus Select website, you will find Nissans and every brand you desire at the simple click of a button. If you are looking for Used Nissan cars for sale in Johannesburg here are some of our favourites, handpicked, chosen and selected for you.

Nissan X-Trail

This top-performing SUV first climbed its way into the market in 2000. It is a tough SUV with lots of rugged SUV offering lots of equipment and lots of space. In its 2WD and 4WD models, it gives you a good driving experience but it is a top performer off-road. Its looks are now sleeker with Nissan's ongoing stylish refinements with their SUV designs. It is similar to its smaller sibling the Qashqai but we believe it is better value for money. The build quality is very good and there is a generous supply of equipment. The updated interior and safety features are excellent and the updated Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies are impressive making this a highly attractive car.

If you need a 7-seat crossover for school runs that is rugged enough for a boys camping weekend then this is the most versatile offering in its segment.  The Intelligent 4x4 technology is very responsive and boasts it can adapt to changing conditions "30 times faster than the blink of an eye". Whether or terrain demands push up to 50% of the power automatically to the rear via the intelligent drive technology. 

After a super comfortable trip listening to the Bose premium audio system, the rear doors open to 80 degrees so you unpack the camping crowd with ease. The Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission smoothly delivers exceptional fuel economy and if the Eco Mode+ is used for the trip you will enjoy the simplest way of saving. This car is highly popular with a diverse cross-section of the market.

It is also available in a diesel option. Pre-owned, the Nissan X-Trail sells for between R240,000 and R320,000, on average.

Nissan Juke 

Nissan leads the market again when they originally released this cheeky model ahead of competitors. The Juke is a super popular small SUV but punches way above its belt.  Its generous kit levels, good performance and great efficiency make this good looking adventurer a great option. If you want to pump up the performance and go edgier on the looks there is an exciting 'Nismo' (Nissan Motorsport) model with enhanced sports styling and up to 214 bhp.

This sporty, hip beauty is a compact crossover carrying a good dose of attitude to complements fabulous urban styling. From day one it has been a head-turner from young professionals to starter families. What steps it away from simply being urban is its high ground clearance which is perfect for good visibility on the freeway as well as clambering through the bundu. It has a generous offering of the latest integrated technology making it a one-of-a-kind vehicle. It is fun, powerful and versatile.

From its presumptuous headlights to its 4x4 stance and then topped with the sleek upper body of sportscar, the JUKE says fun and adventure as you first set eyes on it. With the sporty look comes concealed rear door handles and a bold grille. 

If you can pull yourself away from the exterior you will be delighted with the interior styling. It has refined, premium touches which are bold yet elegant. The Nissan Intelligent Key* makes it easy to lock and unlock the doors to this impressive interior without removing the key from your pocket.

Available in a range of petrol and diesel engines, a pre-owned Nissan Juke sells for between R170,000 and R240,000, on average.

Nissan Micra

This car was a genius design by Nissan. It is aimed at the entry-level of the market but definitely in the upper section of that. It showcases a contemporary, bold look and an impressive environmentally friendly fuel economy. It's great-build quality and youthful design are complemented with incredible reliability. As with the other Nissan models is has impressive technology even in its standard version. 

A comfortable drive is optimised with ergonomic anti-fatigue seats, very easy access to control panels and improved noise insulation. The front seating has a lowered position delivering exceptional headroom. Rear passengers have loads of shoulder and knee room and the boot is surprisingly large at 300 litres or 1004 litres with the seat folded down.  

Whilst enjoying the physical comfort of your drive you can up your experience levels with the BOSE® PERSONAL® audio system. You can choose your desired level of 'audio immersion's through the personal space control feature found in the infotainment system's audio settings. There are loads of other smart storage ideas for you including a bucket-type glove box, 1.5L bottle door pocket, seat pockets, cup holders and a phone-holder with USB/12 V power sockets.

This dynamite wrapped in a Nissan Micra package sells in Used Car online catalogue from between R120,000 to R220,000.

Selecting a Nissan for urban jungle experiences or bundu bashing in the mountains will give you solid reliability, advanced technology and years of legendary memories with your family, friends or that rowdy camping crowd. Remember that Motus Select offers a vast range of both new, pre-owned and demo vehicles, and our inventory is updated daily. Check our website today and let&rsquos get your journey started with a used Nissan for sale.

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Multi-Purpose Used Bakkie For Sale Which Is Best?

Multi-Purpose Used Bakkie For Sale Which Is Best?

Life is no longer a simple straight line, everyone and everything must be agile, connected to technology and multi-functional. South Africa's favourite workhorse, the bakkie, is now a status symbol, a labourer, an off-road vehicle and a family transporter. Multi-purpose bakkies mean you don't need multiple vehicles for the multiple channels of activity which is a great cost-saving.

If you are looking for a multi-purpose used bakkie for sale and want to know which is the best here is a quick overview of some double cab, multi-purpose bakkies.

The Bakkies

A range of double cabs was tested on their performance on tar, gravel and a 4x4 course. This was done at Gerotek testing grounds, Gauteng. Some of the vehicles tested were

  • Ford Ranger Raptor
  • Mahindra Pik Up S10 2.2CRDe Karoo edition
  • Mercedes-Benz X350d 4Matic Power
  • Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 (manual)
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 79 4.5D4-D V8 Namib
  • VW Amarok 3.0TDI V6 4Motion Canyon

In this test, suspensions and chassis were tested and compared. The Ford Raptor performed superbly with its special rally-bred suspension and high-profile tyres cruising easily over dips and bumps. Some other contenders were flung about on the route but all ten bakkies made it through the 4x4 course without drama. The Raptor's performance though was superior with excellent comfort and ground clearance.

The Toyota Hilux was a good contender with a good, smooth ride on bumpy sections even though it does not have the high tech suspension of the Raptor but a simple, sturdy setup of old school leaf springs. Hilux is SA's best-selling bakkie and its excellent performance explains this sales fact.

All the drivers enjoyed travelling in the very beautifully attired interior of the Mercedes X-Class and admired its lionhearted performance. The Land Cruiser received comments such as "felt tough enough to bash through a wall" and a great bang-for-buck performance from the gutsy Mahindra Pik Up.

Overall Winner

An all-round good performer was the VW Amarok. It was liked for the quality of the ride and rigid feel to the structure, its athletic power and a deluxe cabin. It won the hearts of many of the testers as a top choice. You can find a Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 TDI H-Line + 4MOT Auto D/C, diesel option, with 2 Year Warranty, full-service history with VW, full DEKRA Multipoint Quality Check done and Armadillo Cover Nationwide delivery from R498,000 or R7,958 p/m x 72* months.

In February of this year the final test results, including the laboratory tests by Gerotek which time to process, were announced. The Volkswagen Amarok won the title bakkie of the year against 10 contenders. It scored 90.5 points, beating the second-placed Ford Ranger Raptor at 86.3 points and highly impressive third-placed achieved by Toyota Hilux 85.4 points.

Does this test overview whet your appetite for a new or used multi-purpose bakkie for sale in our online showroom? 

Remember to check our website daily for used car deals and used bakkies for sale. Exciting inventory is updated every day.

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Car Repair Workshop Talk Get Your Car Ready For 2021

Car Repair Workshop Talk Get Your Car Ready For 2021

Vehicle quality and safety are all about prevention. By not attending to your KIA, Renault, Mitsubishi or Hyundai car repairs and maintenance or by delaying visits to the car repair workshop you are reducing the quality, value and longevity of your car.  Follow these tips to get your car ready for 2021.

High-risk items that are ignored are bald tyres, broken lights, broken seat belts, cracked windscreens and severely unbalanced or misaligned wheels.

Making the effort to maintain the basics in your car is more cost-effective than major repairs caused by neglect of you Toyota, Ford, Mercedes or Audi.

Yes, The Owner's Manual Must Be Read

We agree, it's a boring read but it's a necessary read and it gives advice on how to keep up your car's quality such as "when and what" fluids to fill up, "how to do" a tyre pressure check, "how to handle" an engine heating event and handy tips on DIY items like "how to change" your blinker light bulb. It will also give you service periods or milestones which should be adhered to.

Advantages of Booking The Service Through Your Dealer

Your dealer's car repair workshop is the only source of truly genuine parts.  Other outlets selling parts that look genuine cannot guarantee that it is not a clever rip-off.  If that part fails and your car or a person is injured then you will have no rights to recourse.

The level of training that goes into the professionals that work at a dealer is far superior to a one-man operation with a few helpers clipped on.  

The other advantage is that there is an authentic written record of the car's service history which adds significant value to the resale value. 

Servicing Checklists And Maintenance

There are huge developments in vehicle technology all the time and car engines are more like computers nowadays but there are still things that you can check personally.

Safety checklist

  • Seatbelt tension and buckle operation - check but book in for repairs
  • Brake, blinker and headlights - check and replace personally
  • Handbrake - check effectiveness on a slope and book in for maintenance
  • Windscreens, mirrors and wipers - check windscreens and mirrors for cracks and wipers for effectiveness. Book into specialists for windscreens and mirrors but change wipers yourself. Wipers degrade quicker in hot climates and salt air climates so aim for a once a year replacement.

Fluids Checklist

  • Engine Fluids - check your oil when the vehicle has been standing for 30 mins and engine coolant levels. Topping up oil is something you can do yourself but changing your oil is messy and legally and ethically needs you to dispose of the old oil correctly.  Change the oil and oil filter exactly when the manual says so.
  • Tyres - Check the wear, the pressure, ensure they are balanced and realigned if you have hit a pothole in the road. The correct tyre pressure increases the longevity of your tyres and decreases fuel consumption. Tyres rotated regularly have less uneven wear and greater longevity.
  • Spare tyre & jack - check the tyre pressure and make sure the jack has all its parts as well as a wheel spanner etc.
  • Power steering fluid, clutch and brake fluid level - check the level in the translucent reservoir or open cap if the reservoir is too opaque
  • Windscreen washer fluid - do this at every fuel top-up.
  • Gearbox oil or differential fluid - rather get the workshop to check this.
  • Fluids are the blood system of your car and are vital for its survival yet is not treated as such by so many car owners.  Your car will need some or all of these fluids engine oil, radiator coolant, automatic transmission fluid, windscreen washer fluid, brake fluid, clutch fluid, power steering fluid and battery distilled water.

General Checks

  • Radiator hoses - make sure there are no leaks.
  • Engine air filter - make sure it is not clogged or too dirty. Dirty car "lungs" mean an impeded performance.
  • Battery - this is easy to check for corrosion or build upon the metal parts.  Be aware that the flaky white "powder" on a battery terminal is not salt, it's painfully acidic. Depending on the location, the battery may or may not be easy for a DIY change. Some positions need special spanners.
  • Unusual engine noises or behaviour - is the start-up sluggish? Is there a ticking or tapping? Grinding noises or thuds when you brake?
  • Brake pads - extend their life but using a braking method of "on then off then on" etc. This allows the pads to cool. The hotter a brake pad, the faster it wears down.
  • Engine longevity - Ensure all equipment is off in the car when starting e.g. windscreen wipers, audio system, aircon, seat heating etc. The starting process stresses the engine a lot and revving it to "get it ready" is the worst thing you could do. Start, idle 2 mins, go.
  • Cleaning - Washing your car's exterior is not for aesthetics alone. Sap from trees, bird droppings and fruit bat droppings can ruin your paintwork if not cleaned off as soon as you can. Not a wipe, a clean. Under the hood, don't use a high powered jet hose as this will dislodge electrical bits, damage sensors, stress hoses and damage rubber seals in an instant. Use a degreaser and rags every 6 months maximum.

Now you are prepped with information to keep your car looking and running like a million bucks, or 2 million if it is an Astin Martin. If you need a top-quality service of your new, pre-owned or demo vehicle by exceptionally well-trained professionals book today with Motus Select. If you are servicing your car in preparation for selling it then check our website today for new and used car deals. Inventory is updated daily.

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Buying A Renault Used Car Why You Need Trade Assistance

Buying A Renault Used Car Why You Need Trade Assistance

Renault is a time-honoured French institution and an epic brand in the automotive industry. It is renowned for its family vehicles like its adventurously styled SUVs and daring MPVs, but also its sporty hatchbacks. The Clio and Megane are the best selling Renault hatchbacks with Captur and Kadjar leading the SUV category and the versatile Scenic booming in the MPV category. 

When faced with such an attractive array, the choice can be difficult when you want to buy a used car to match your practical needs, your desires and your budget.  With the terrific finance vehicle called trade assistance, you get help with your vehicle budget needs in Johannesburg. You can structure a customized deal with the bonus benefit of it giving you huge amounts of flexibility in your choices. If you are not familiar with the term, the explanation is that trade assistance is an amount paid to the car dealership by the car manufacturer based on the dealer submitting the required paperwork which will prove that you did indeed do a trade-in with that dealer.

Using Trade Assistance With A Trade-In Option

If you want to use your current car as a trade-in option, our helpful team of professionals will first do a fair and thorough evaluation of your vehicle. You will then receive an offer amount that is linked to the vehicle's M&M book value. This M&M value will be factored against the condition of your used vehicle and market used car sales of your vehicle in Johannesburg. The greater the projected demand to buy your specific used car, the greater the final Trade-In value.

When the used vehicle being traded-in is still under an existing finance deal, the settlement value needs to be deducted from the Trade-In Value. When the settlement value is higher than the Trade-In Value it is not ideal for you but the trade assistance does offer you the opportunity to settle your current debt, starting your new, Renault used car financing with a clean slate.

So your used vehicle price will be the price quoted minus the nett trade-in value minus the trade assistance amount = amount payable by you.

Using Trade Assistance With A Deferred Payment Option

This option will suit many Renault lovers this year. You will be able to zoom off in your SUV, MPV or sporty hatchback without having to pay immediately. Not we are not suggesting theft but it will feel like a steal of a deal.

The trade assistance offered can be used to service instalments instead of reducing the price. The financing bank is happy and you get a "payment holiday" for the initial 3 to 6 months after buying your Renault used car.

Using Trade Assistance With A Cash Back Option

This is a great option to use when you are planning a road trip holiday. The Trade Assistance can be issued in a cash form, so you and the family can pile into your newly bought used Renault Scenic MPV and zoom off with the Cash Back Option financing the holiday. Of course, we won't spill the beans if it used for the Man Cave or She Shed.

Using Trade Assistance With A Combination Option

As you can see from the extensive list above, the joys of Trade Assistance is that it can be clipped together in a multitude of combinations that suit your needs. You, and you alone, design your deal!

Now how easy it will be when choosing a Renault used car for your vehicle of endless adventures? Your journeys will be stylish, technology-supported, carried with quality, and wrapped in safety. With your choice options increased by Trade Assistance, you can surf smoothly through our super slick new website and see the vast options which are updated daily!

Visit our online showroom today to start building your new thrilling and rewarding driving memories  There is impressive diversity to choose from in Motus Selects' vast range of both new, pre-owned and demo vehicles with a simple click of a button. Visit often and you will soon find the vehicle of your dreams.

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