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    Buy A Car In Johannesburg With The Best Tech

  • The Best KIA Used Car Models For Family Road Trips
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    The Best KIA Used Car Models For Family Road Trips

  • Used KIA For Sale: Winter Specials
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    Used KIA For Sale: Winter Specials

  • 2021 Top Demo Deals This June
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    2021 Top Demo Deals This June

  • Tips For Inspecting And Test Driving Used Cars This Winter
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    Tips For Inspecting And Test Driving Used Cars This Winter

  • MOTUS Makes Headway With Exclusive Renault Acquisition
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    MOTUS Makes Headway With Exclusive Renault Acquisition

Buy A Car In Johannesburg With The Best Tech

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Buy A Car In Johannesburg With The Best Tech

Buy A Car In Johannesburg With The Best Tech

It's 2021 and while we don't have flying cars quite yet, we are living in a world that's far beyond what we could have imagined twenty or thirty years ago. Technology is ingrained in every part of our lives and it's hard to imagine not having access to Wi-Fi, Google Maps, food delivery services and streaming entertainment - unless you choose to take a break from it to go unwind at a remote beach or cabin in the mountains. 

Our cars have always been a big part of our daily lives, so it only makes sense that they would evolve along with our homes, work and entertainment tools. The most recent models being unveiled by large automobile manufacturers boast so many cool features that you could just as comfortably relax in your car as you would in your lounge at home. Even slightly older models like a used Kia for sale offers buyers a selection of features that will keep you safer, better connected and more entertained. Here's what kind of tech innovations you can expect to see in cars hitting roads in the next 12 months.

Safer Driver Key Access

Car theft has always been a problem and car manufacturers are turning to tech to help keep drivers and their cars safe. Keyless access is becoming the latest feature, where your smartphone acts as the key to open and start your car. This has only been a feature in luxury brands like Tesla, but Hyundai and other manufacturers are now all turning to this solution for their new cars. You'll be able to give up to four different phones a digital car key, which will allow them to start the car through NFC technology. Other manufacturers have also been working on using facial recognition software and fingerprint biometric keys as a possible new solution.

Safety And Autonomy

Even the best of us have off days or moments where we're not paying as much attention as we should be on the road. A primary cause of road accidents is due to a driver not paying attention, being distracted, sleep-deprived or possibly under the influence of alcohol, medication or illegal drugs. We're just not perfect creatures and unfortunately, one moment of not being 'all there' can have catastrophic consequences. Car manufacturers know this all too well and have always worked on ways to make driving safer, for this very reason. It is also why AI has received so much attention in recent years, as it can help save us from making driving mistakes. Various cars are now equipped with 360-degree sensors that monitor the entire surroundings of the vehicle for rapidly approaching objects, obstructions and other factors that could cause accidents. 

Beyond just warning the driver of these dangers, you'll see a significant increase in cars that will slow down and stop for the driver, if they don't react quickly enough. Self-driving cars are also still steadily advancing towards becoming an everyday reality and with automated traffic, the expectation is that we'll have far fewer accidents and fatalities on the roads.

A Fully Immersive Visual Experience

We've begun to see touch screens in various cars with infotainment units, but automakers have something much bigger in mind for the future. Current developments to turn windscreens into interactive heads up display units are the next big thing you should look out for. Soon you will be able to view information such as weather reports, an overlay of Google Maps when you're being directed somewhere, video conferencing functions and everything you would typically turn to your phone to access, right on your windscreen while you're driving. Will this be distracting to drivers? Probably. But with an intelligent monitoring system taking over your driving if you miss anything, you'll be able to get away with a bit of distraction while driving.

Touchscreens Are Getting Bigger, Cars Are Getting Smarter

Just because your windscreen will act as a transparent monitor doesn't mean infotainment systems will fall away. They're only getting bigger. Again, following on inspiration from Tesla's designs, new cars will have touch screens bigger than your typical iPad and will provide more in-depth access to both your accounts and information about your car. With digital monitoring systems taking over the manual operation, you'll be able to scan your car and receive error messages and status reports on every part of it. This makes for an interesting change in how auto repair shops and service centres will work in future, as cars will soon be able to self-diagnose problems, arrange for a service booking, and most of the actual servicing and repair work will also become AI-driven.

Airbags For Your Car

To date, we've known airbags to be built into the internal consoles of cars to protect passengers and drivers directly. New advances are now being made to install airbags...under your car. The idea is to deploy these airbags automatically if a collision is about to happen and can't be avoided. The airbags will double the braking power of your car's brakes and will also raise the car off the ground to reduce the force of impact.

Monitoring Systems

While this idea has been met with some criticism as it may violate driver privacy, manufacturers plan on implementing monitoring systems that will keep a close watch on a driver's behaviour as well as intoxication level, blood pressure and heart rate. In-cabin cameras will scan the driver's eyes to ensure that they remain locked on the road ahead of them, and autopilot functions will activate should the driver not be paying attention to the road. Driver health is also a concern and systems are being developed to check for health warnings which will prompt the activation of an autopilot mode in the car.

What do you think of these upcoming advances in-car technology? While most of them aren't immediately available, you'll still find various used cars and used Kia for sale that already features intelligent safety settings and infotainment systems that will keep you connected on the go.

Call us today at Motus Select if you're in the market for a new or used car which is technologically-geared up! 

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The Best KIA Used Car Models For Family Road Trips

The Best KIA Used Car Models For Family Road Trips

With the year nearly halfway through, we’re all longing for a bit of a break from the routines of everyday life. While you may not be able to take a long holiday until the end of the year, there’s always the option to break away for a weekend and go somewhere different with the family. Now that we’re finally free from lockdown restrictions, the possibilities of where to go are virtually endless, so why not plan a little road trip and make it extra special with a spacious SUV that everyone will enjoy? You’ll love every moment of exploring and driving with ample space for everyone to relax in comfort and style, and with the various features most modern SUVs have, there will be nothing you’ll lack. 

There are various pre-owned SUVs on the market at great prices, and we’re going to cover a few of our favourites on sale if you’re currently looking for a used SUV for sale

2015 Soul 1.6 CRDi Smart – Automatic Transmission

The Soul is made for people who are fun, young or young at heart, and unapologetically unique. Upon its release, it immediately captured the attention of people around the world for its quirky shape and fun ad campaign featuring animated hamsters and other animals. It became loved by many owners for its ample space and incredibly smooth driving experience – and it doesn’t lack in performance or features either. This particular model is white with bright red detailing and comes with a fantastic sound system, Xenon lights, keyless entry system, bucket seats, Isofix rear seats, park distance control, traction control, electric mirrors and smash & grab.

It’s still in immaculate condition and has only 87 355km on the clock. Available now for R199 900 or R3564 per month for 72 months with a car finance plan. 

2019 Sportage 2WD 1.6GDI AT Ignite – Automatic Transmission

The Sportage has always been a stylish and desirable SUV, and the latest generation definitely continues the legacy with flying colours. Globally and nationally, the Sportage has raked in accolades and awards for safety, features and customer satisfaction, and it has been no different for the latest range on the market. This 2019 model is brimming with features and extras, including a great infotainment system with crystal clear sound to take phone calls or listen to your favourite music, curtain airbags, remote central locking, rear parking sensor, front electric windows, USB and AUX ports, and steering wheel controls. A nice bonus is that it’s still covered by a 5-year unlimited kilometres warranty, so there won’t be a need to worry about unexpected expenses arising anytime soon. 

It’s extremely spacious, and seating is comfortable throughout the cabin, so your family members will all love the journey as much as the destination. This model has 37 187kms on the clock, comes in sparkling white, and barely looks a day old. Get it for R309 899 or R5105 per month for 72 months if you opt for a car financing solution. 

2021 New KIA Seltos 1.6 MT EX MY21 – Manual Transmission

If you’re looking for something practically brand new and very eye-catching, this might just be the perfect match for you. Space will never be a problem in this Seltos, as it beats most competitors in its class when it comes to cargo volume and spaciousness for all passengers. It can very comfortably accommodate adults in the rear seating area and boasts very sophisticated and appealing interior styling. 

Considered as one of the upper-end luxury variants in KIA’s SUV range, you’ll find premium features like an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, rear camera with dynamic parking guidance, tyre pressure monitoring system, remote keyless entry, and a total of six airbags throughout the cabin. You and all your family members will love the impressive 6-speaker sound system and ample storage space for cups and other items in the front and rear seats. 

This model is practically brand new, with only 4935kms on the clock and comes in a captivating electric blue. It can be yours for R383 995 or R6345 per month for 72 months with a financing payment plan. 

2020 Sorento AWD 2.2D 8AT 7 SEATER EX – Automatic Transmission

If style and stature are just as important to you as space and function, this executive-level SUV will tick all the boxes for the discerning buyer. You’ll also have absolute peace of mind regarding vehicle safety, as the Sorento has a long track record of winning several awards for safety around the world, as well as receiving a five-star rating in Euro NCAP tests. 

It’s also smart: the Sorento comes equipped with intuitive driver assistance safety features, including automatic braking when an unexpected obstacle, animal or pedestrian appears in its path. Blind spots won’t ever be a concern as the Sorento scans moving traffic all around the vehicle exterior and warns you of sudden changes like a driver swerving or pulling out of a parking spot without warning.

This model comes in a very dark brown and has only 3935kms on the clock. It’s available now for R559 500 or R9507 per month for 72 months on a finance plan.

For these and many more used SUV for sale offers available at the moment, keep checking our website as we update our stock daily.

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Used KIA For Sale: Winter Specials

Used KIA For Sale: Winter Specials

As a car manufacturer, KIA has made tremendous headway over the past two decades. They’ve gone from a fairly unknown foreign brand to progress rapidly and become internationally recognised as a strong contender with much more established global companies, and their hard work continues to pay off. 

Today, millions of car owners trust KIA as a reliable brand and know it for its high standards of quality and innovation at prices that are affordable for the average person. If you’re in the market for a car at the moment, you shouldn’t overlook KIA as the main option to consider. 

Here are a few of our currently available favourites if you’re looking for a used KIA for sale this winter. 

2015 KIA Cerato 2.0 Manual SX Hatch

The Cerato is a great hatchback model if you’re looking for style, performance and a decent amount of storage and cabin space. It has a 385-litre boot, allowing for plenty of luggage to fit without needing to play Tetris every time you go on a weekend away. Ride and drive comfort is exceptional with this model, and the cabin is surprisingly quiet, even at higher speeds. 

The Cerato. It features an integrated infotainment system, air conditioning, airbags, central locking, electric front windows, high-quality leather and fabric upholstery, steering wheel controls, and a six-speed gearbox. This model comes in silver and has 97 496kms on the clock. It’s available now for R164 995, or R2942 per month for 72 months on a payment plan. 

2018 KIA Picanto 1.2 Start

Are you looking for something zippy, small and very fuel-efficient? The Picanto is the perfect city car, and another great benefit of owning one of these models is that they’re quite affordable to maintain in terms of parts and servicing costs. It’s pleasantly light on petrol, with an average consumption rate of 5 litres per 100 kilometres. 

Features include central locking, air conditioning, infotainment system with Bluetooth as well as USB and auxiliary ports to enjoy your music in any format, daytime running LED lights, brake assist, dual front airbags as well as head airbags, electronic stability program, cruise control and more. 

This model is available in a deep cherry red and has 60 903kms on the clock. It’s available for R129 900 or R2072 per month for 72 months if you opt for car financing. This is just one of the dozens of similar Picanto models we have available.

2017 KIA Rio 1.4 Manual Hatch

If something sporty is what you’re after, you should check out the KIA Rio. Positioned as a direct competitor to other models like the Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris and Honda Jazz, the Rio is a very affordable, decent-spec hatchback that checks all the boxes for young and older consumers looking for quality and good performance. 

In terms of fuel consumption, the company claims an average of 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres, which makes it exceptionally light on petrol. This particular model comes in glossy, deep charcoal and has 44 915kms on the clock. 

Features include steering wheel controls, central locking, electric mirrors, Bluetooth functionality, USB port, air conditioning and front airbags. You can snatch up this model for only R189 900 or R3386 per month on a 72-month car financing plan. 

2021 KIA Sportage 2WD 2.0P AT EX+

Are you looking for something bigger and practically brand new? This KIA Sportage has barely touched the road yet, with only 25km on the clock. It’s an automatic model and comes in frost white with beautiful black and silver trim, rounded off by sophisticated alloy wheels. 

Perfect for the busy executive who enjoys taking long getaway breaks over weekends or busy families that need a lot of space and functionality without sacrificing style and features, the new Sportage is out to impress and does so effortlessly. 

The vast array of features will leave you smiling and include automatic rain sensors, park distance control, leather seats, reverse camera, sunroof, keyless entry, great infotainment and sound system, airbags, park assist, air conditioning and airbags, to name but a few. 

Available now for R459 900 or R7815 per month for 72 months if you opt for car financing. We have more than a dozen similar 2021 Sportage models available at the moment, with mileage lower than 3000kms and available in a variety of colours, so you can take your pick! 

If you’re interested in viewing all of our used KIA for sale, be sure to keep an eye on our website as we update our national inventory daily. We’d also like to remind you that MOTUS offers a complete range of support services to help you get the car of your dreams, including full financing assistance, extended service plans and warranties, as well as insurance packages. We do our best to provide our customers with a solution that allows them to secure the vehicle they hope to own and provide highly flexible financing and trade-in arrangements to make it a reality. 

Contact any one of our branches in your area for further assistance, and remember that we will happily arrange for the delivery of your vehicle to any part of the country, so you won’t need to travel anywhere to pick up your car.

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2021 Top Demo Deals This June

2021 Top Demo Deals This June

You may have heard that cars lose their resale value the moment they leave the showroom floor, and while it may seem puzzling, it is true. The average depreciation of a brand new car can be anywhere from 15-30% within the first year. Despite this, it’s undeniable that people love new cars. 

People love the perfect, shiny coat of paint, that new car smell, the admiration and even envy that driving around in something that just arrived on the market evokes in onlookers, co-workers, friends and family. There’s a sense of accomplishment that comes with buying a new car that can’t quite be matched by buying a previously owned vehicle, but it’s a costly investment. Fortunately, another alternative can save you several thousands of Rands if you’re willing to be patient for a brief while. Demo cars for sale offer buyers the opportunity to own a car that is practically brand new but has already undergone that rough initial depreciation drop. They’re typically still very low in mileage – some even have only a few kilometres on the clock – and are extremely well looked after by the dealerships that use them to promote the model. 

Thanks to the recent full acquisition of Renault by Motus, you can expect to see many more great deals on practically brand new Renault cars going forward. This month we feature a selection of some of our favourite demo models from various manufacturers that are currently available at incredible prices that will leave you smiling. 

2021 New Kwid Climber

A very new arrival to the local market, the Kwid Climber is an upgraded variant of the standard Kwid and can be easily identified by its standout colour accents inside and outside the vehicle. Detailing in bright orange beside the standard colour bodywork highlights parts of the roof rack, fog lights and side mirrors, among others. Inside, you’ll find sporty seats in black with bright orange stripes and orange trim around door panels and the infotainment system in the dashboard. 

This model is designed for consumers who want to stand out a bit from the crowd, although it has very similar features to its standard counterpart. It does not lack in features, though – you’ll find everything you want and need in this fairly-priced car. 

Our featured Climber model comes in frost white with signature orange trim, has only 101km on the clock and is available for R169 500. With financing, you will pay around R2801 per month for 72 months.

2021 Hyundai Atos 1.1 Motion MT

The new shape Atos is a far cry from its much boxier predecessor and offers sleek lines and a curvier exterior. Standard features have also seen significant improvements with this recent rendition. The Atos comes with two airbags, electric windows, an infotainment system, steering wheel controls and an onboard trip computer. Designed to be a fun, zippy city car, the Atos is fuel-efficient, with an average of 5.9l per 100km, and is small enough to slip into and out of tight parking spots effortlessly. 

With financial times being quite pressing for most South Africans, this is a great little car at a very affordable price. Our featured model comes in white and has 11 023km on the clock. It’s going for R169 995, or R2809 per month for 72 months with a payment plan.   

2021 Renault Picanto 1.0 MT Start PE

Are you looking for a great little car that’s fun to drive, reliable and fuel-efficient? The Picanto ticks all the boxes as a popular city vehicle and is great for students, young workers and anyone who needs more function than huge amounts of space for a family. You’ll get an average of 5L/100km with this model, and service, spares and repair costs are relatively low so that upkeep won’t break the bank down the line. 

This model comes in bright red and has 2149km on the clock. It’s going for R174 995, or R2891 per month for 72 months if you choose to pay it off through car financing. 

If it’s great demo cars for sale you’re after, remember to keep checking the demo section of our website as we update stocks regularly and will keep bringing you great deals!

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Tips For Inspecting And Test Driving Used Cars This Winter

Tips For Inspecting And Test Driving Used Cars This Winter

If you’re in the market for a car this winter and are busy scouting around for the best-used cars for sale, there are certain things to bear in mind if you want to avoid running into buyer’s regret at a later stage. While many great previously owned cars are available to buy – some of them only a few months or a year old, even – it’s important to know what to look out for as issues with the vehicle may not be immediately obvious. 

Just because the interior and bodywork look spotless, it may be a very different story under the bonnet. Today we’ll cover a few ways you can get a better idea of a car’s condition when viewing and test driving it.

During Inspection

First impressions matter, as they say. Your interest in a car was probably escalated because of what you’ve seen in photographs and by the price tag. When you go view the car in person, here are a few less-than-obvious things to check out.

  1. Look for any signs of rust or flaking paint and patched up bodywork. 

This is especially important if you’re viewing a car whose owner resides close to the ocean, as salty sea air is notorious for degrading metal much faster in coastal towns and cities. Be sure to check under the car as well, as the owner may have neglected to do proper upkeep in those areas, and a sudden issue could arise due to components that have begun to rust through.

  1. Open and close all doors and check that all the keys work in all slots. 

Check for doors that creak or don’t close properly. Also, be sure to check the exterior of the car for misaligned panels, as this could indicate that the car may have been in an accident or fender bender. If that seems to be the case, ask the owner or dealer for more information and be sure to take note of how forthcoming they are about the less appealing aspects of the car. After all, you’d rather deal with an honest person who admits to the car’s faults than someone who claims there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, as this is highly unlikely to be the case for a car that’s a few years old.

  1. Check the condition of the tyres and paintwork.

If the tread is looking thin, it means you’ll have to add a new set of tyres to your budget if you’re going to buy the car. The same goes for other parts and components that look like they will need an upgrade or repair soon.

  1. Don’t forget the small things because once you own the car, you’re bound to notice them.

Check all the lights on the car. That includes headlights, indicator lights, fog lights and interior cabin lights. Try all the seatbelts to ensure they work properly. Test the radio and the air conditioning on both hot and cold and all the various fan speeds.

When Test Driving

For this part, you’ll need to tune into your senses and make mental notes of anything that feels or sounds ‘off’.

  1. Make sure that the driver’s seat is comfortable.

We don’t often think about this, but some cars simply don’t feel comfortable driving, either because the seat causes back pain and discomfort, or the distance between you and the gear knob isn’t an easy reach away. This all depends entirely on your build, height and personal preference, but it is important that you feel ‘good’ when sitting behind the wheel. You should also be sure that you have a clear view ahead of you and to the sides, as any of these factors will affect how you drive with the car.

  1. Start the car and let it idle for a bit.

Listen for any rattling noises, odd vibrations or sounds that shouldn’t be there. Also, check if the car starts the first time and check for any excess smoke emissions from the exhaust.

  1. While driving, try to test out as many aspects of the vehicle as possible.

Turn the radio on and listen for audio clarity – this also helps determine how soundproof the car’s interior is, which is something you’ll want to enjoy for years, instead of constant noise from the engine and outside. Take the car on various terrains to see how well it handles, and be sure to test the handbrake on an uphill stop, especially if you live in a hilly area where this will be an important function.

If you’re happy with everything, you saw and felt while inspecting the vehicle and during the test drive, the final remaining thing to check is paperwork. Try to get as much information about the car’s history through service records and registered paperwork. Remember never to buy a car from someone if they don’t have the registered documents proving that they are the vehicle owner. 

For an effortless viewing of the best-used cars for sale, trust a dealership that guarantees customer satisfaction, and that has gone through the necessary paperwork and red tape for you to save you time and give you peace of mind when buying from them.

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MOTUS Makes Headway With Exclusive Renault Acquisition

MOTUS Makes Headway With Exclusive Renault Acquisition

Motus Holdings Limited, owners of subsidiary Motus Select, have recently secured full control of Renault in South Africa through the acquisition of remaining shares in the company. This comes after long-planned negotiations with Renault France, who is the main owner of the brand internationally. 

Motus had already owned a total of 60% of shares in Renault South Africa before this agreement, and have now bought out the remaining 40% for R250 million to gain total ownership of the brand in the country. With 81 Renault dealerships across the country, Motus now has complete control over how and where they all operate and will be able to provide Renault vehicles and services more efficiently.  

An Ever-Growing Company

This isn’t the first major acquisition for Motus, however. Throughout the past few years, they’ve managed to secure exclusive rights to import and sell Kia, Hyundai and Mitsubishi cars in South Africa as well. The recent full takeover of Renault is yet another significant milestone for the company and further bolsters its ever-growing status as a JSE-listed leader in the automotive industry. They have also expanded their reach beyond local borders by establishing offices in the United Kingdom, Southern and East Africa, Australia and South East Asia. 

Beyond being an importer of major brands in the country, they also sell new and used cars and provide a fleet of vehicles to car rental agencies Europcar and Tempest – totalling 98 outlets nationwide. Now, with full control of Renault, they will have the freedom to expand their rental offerings to include Renault vehicles to rental companies more readily as well. 

At the base of their operations in South Africa, the company has 329 dealerships as well as several digital and other platforms through which they provide sales and affiliate services. Service and repair centres for all of their exclusive car brands are placed countrywide, and they will continue to open more to facilitate easy access to car owners across the country. The company also offers car financing services, car insurance, fleet provision, extended service and maintenance plans as well as roadside assistance.

Their UK branch hosts a total of 88 commercial vehicle dealerships and 32 passenger car dealerships, while they have a total of 36 dealerships across Australia as well. They aim to further expand their offering in Australia by introducing new automotive brands to the country, located in the vicinity of existing dealerships or by creating bolt-on acquisitions. Long term plans include opening more consumer car dealerships in rural areas beyond major metropolitan sectors. 

What Does This Mean For Renault Owners?

If you’re an existing Renault owner or have been planning on buying a Renault in the future, you’ll still be guaranteed the same service excellence and availability of stock as always. Motus will now be exclusively responsible for the imports, sales and servicing of all Renault vehicles in South Africa, and with dealerships in all corners of the country, you won’t struggle to find one near where you live. 

Another great news is that you’re likely to see the arrival of several new models in South Africa, including the new Renault Kiger. With full control over Renault in the country, Motus will also be able to negotiate better deals and streamline the sales and other processes surrounding Renault without outside influence from the previous 40% shareholder.

With the significant and extensive service offerings Motus has to offer, customers can confidently purchase or sell their vehicles and receive professional servicing and repairs with an absolute peace of mind. If you’re currently in the market for a Renault used car or have another car in mind, make the smart decision and get peace of mind by entrusting the process to Motus Select.

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