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An important part of owning a car is keeping it in good running condition, but as we all know, services and car parts aren’t cheap. Life is becoming increasingly expensive, so it’s understandable that you’d want to find the most affordable ways to get all those important things taken care of - including your car. If you’re on a tight budget, you’d be happy to know that there is an option beyond genuine parts to fit onto your vehicle, and that comes in the form of generic alternatives. Manufactured and sold at a significantly lower price than what you’d pay for the original parts from the manufacturer, generic parts allow people to maintain their cars on a budget. But what are the differences really, and is it safe to opt for anything generic when it comes to something as important as the set of wheels you drive around with every day? Today we explore what the smartest choices are when it comes to choosing car parts and what to request from the best car repair workshop the next time you visit.
What Is The Difference Between The Two?
Essentially, there isn’t a big difference. Generic parts are typically directly reverse-engineered from the original components and look exactly the same. In fact, often, the difference between the two comes down to a brand name or packaging. Original parts are also called OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer, which means they’re the exact same parts your car was fitted with when it was originally assembled. Generic parts are very much like generic medication: they were designed to be exact replicas of the original.
Is It Safe To Have Generic Parts Installed?
A lot of car manufacturers and manufacturer-approved service technicians insist that it’s unwise and unsafe to install generic parts in your vehicle if you care about its longevity and your own safety. However, as long as you purchase parts from a reputable retailer or auto parts franchise, the choice to buy a generic part should be quite safe. One aspect that may differ is that generic car parts may not have the same warranty as original parts - or may not even come with any warranty at all, but this comes as part of the territory as you’re paying less for the part. Another potential problem you may run into is that the actual materials used to make the part may not be as durable as the OEM version, which means it may wear down much sooner and have a reduced lifespan than the more expensive OEM part.
Ultimately, if you’re presented with the option of going for OEM or generic parts, be sure to find out about the reputation of the brand being offered to you. If a trusted car parts franchise sells generic parts and recommends them, you should be quite safe in making the purchase.
Again, just be aware that while the part will cost you significantly less, the old adage of “you get what you pay for” always rings true, so don’t expect the exact same durability and lifespan when asking for a generic part at the best car repair workshop in your area. Get in touch with our team at Motus Select to learn more about our car repair services.
Located in East Rand, Motus Select Boksburg brings you a wide range of vehicles for every budget and preference. This dealership has various vehicle models from trusted brands, including Chevrolet, Renault, Honda, Toyota, Ford, Nissan, and others. You’ll find a large variety of vehicle types - hatchback, sedan, bakkie, SUV, minibus, MPV, and station wagon. With prices starting as low as R89 900, finding your dream car won’t have to break the bank. Visit the Motus Select Boksburg dealership to start searching for the ideal used car and see what we’ve currently got on offer.
Introducing Motus Select Boksburg
Previously trading as Imperial Select, Motus Select may have a new name. The legacy of excellence remains, however. Over the last five decades, we have become one of South Africa’s most respected dealer networks. Our Boksburg East Rand dealership gives you the benefit of the Motus Select reputation for excellence. You’ll always have peace of mind knowing that every car on the floor has been carefully selected for quality. You’ll also always know that our sales staff are trained to assist with all of your questions and needs.
Selling your car in Boksburg? Take advantage of our large number of buyers who are actively looking for cars in the East Rand area and sell your car through Motus Select. We will do the hard work for you, leaving you free to simply accept the best offer. To get started, all you need to do is complete our form in just three steps.
In addition to buying and selling used cars, the Boksburg East Rand dealership gives you additional solutions such as vehicle financing and vehicle servicing that add even more value. Visit the Motus Select Boksburg dealership today and find your dream car.
Spring has arrived, and as temperatures start rising and everyone gears down in preparation for the last quarter of the year, we at MOTUS Select have prepared a great selection of cars for our customers. Each of our vehicles has gone through stringent quality-control tests and inspections before being handed over for a thorough valet service so that each vehicle we put up for sale is in impeccable condition.
Are you ready to buy a used car but don’t know which brand will suit you best? Here we look at a few of our favourite used car brands such as KIA, Hyundai, Ford, Renault, and used Nissan for sale.
The Hyundai car brand has been a firm favourite with South African car buyers for over a decade, and it’s no wonder why. Hyundai has a great reputation for reliability, affordability, and very low fuel consumption rates. So if you’re after a zippy hatchback or a spacious cabin that won’t break the bank in terms of insurance costs, petrol expenses, and general maintenance fees, Hyundai cars are well worth a look. We offer a wide selection of tempting Hyundai used car deals. The Hyundai models we often stock include the Hyundai i10, i20, Accent, and Atos. We also stock different variations of each model, including electric or manual Hyundai cars.
We love Renault used cars as they are reliable and they offer affordability. Renault has a great range of used cars to choose from and can be a great addition to the life of anyone with an adventurous and youthful spirit. They are practical, spacious, and have all the features you need to ensure a pleasant driving experience every time. Our favourite and most popular Renault models that we have in our stocklist are the Renault Sandero and the Renault Quid. Modeled and presented as a mini-SUV, the Kwid offers you many facets you’d get to enjoy in a larger SUV, but at a fraction of the price.
Owners love Nissan cars because of their reliability, tenacity, and overall excellent driving experience, and you could be the proud owner to join this group of satisfied drivers. If you’re looking for a great passenger car, a used Nissan car for sale might be the perfect fit. Nissan boasts a range of models that are small and quick such as the Nissan Micra, to the more luxurious Murano. Our most popular Nissan models include the Micra, Almera, and the Nissan X-Trail. The X-Trail has been one of the most popular SUVs and 4x4 vehicles in the country for many years running and has won many awards both nationally and globally.
If you’re looking for a powerful pre-loved car brand, Ford might just be what you are looking for! Ford offers a great variety of cars such as the Fiesta (if you’re looking for a smaller car), the mid-range Fusion, or the zippy Mustang. Our stocklist is always filled with various Ford models that range to fit your needs and budget. Our most loved Ford models also include the Ford Figo, Ranger, and the Ford Ecosport. The Ford Ecosport is a zippy hatchback that is reminiscent of its sibling, the Fiesta but offers its own unique set of features and personality.
For these and many more used cars, including various used Nissan for sale, be sure to check our website. Easily view each car’s colour, features, price, and more! We frequently update our stocklist with new arrivals and deliver our vehicles to your door, wherever you are in the country.
Buying a car is an important commitment that should provide you with years of satisfaction, driving pleasure and peace of mind. Making sure that you’re choosing the right vehicle that suits your needs and fits within a manageable budget is important, as is choosing the right dealership to purchase from. Whether you’re looking for an SUV, sedan, hatchback or used bakkie for sale, Motus Select is a name you can trust and one that comes with an impressive track record of happy clients and significant achievements.
Motus is South Africa’s largest car dealer group and is continually striving to further expand its service delivery to customers through improved offerings and affiliations with other organisations. One such recent development is a newly forged partnership with getworth.co.za, where they acquired a 49% share in the company in order to provide car buyers with even more options and the opportunity to own a pre-owned vehicle. Through cutting-edge AI innovation, the group intends to merge real-life and online interaction and bring customers an integrated experience that will make buying a car a pleasant and effortless experience. They also offer highly competitive financial credit services and customise their offerings to help customers with the best solution to fit within their budgets and requirements. Motus, as a corporate company, facilitates the supply of vehicles to the majority of car rental services in the country and also provides financial aid in crisis situations, like the recent looting situation in KZN, where they donated R5 million to assist in restoration work after damages inflicted.
Motus Select carries this proud and determined philosophy, and it reflects in how every customer is treated throughout the process of contact, sales, and after-sales. Each vehicle that is placed on sale via Motus Select has gone through a stringent series of quality-control tests and certification according to the highest standards beforehand. They also offer customers various service offerings that include nationwide delivery to your door, and each of their cars are later than 2015 models with less than 120 000km on the clock to ensure that they are still of good quality and will deliver great performance to their new owners.
With such a reputable track record and many accolades, you can safely place your trust in Motus Select when making your next car purchase. We update our database on a frequent basis, so if you’re looking for a used bakkie for sale, be sure to keep checking our website for new stock additions.
With rising petrol prices putting strain on the pockets of car owners, adaptations to the traditional engine structure and functionality has become a big focus for car manufacturers. We’ve seen a sharp decline in new cars being released with diesel variants in the lineup as well, due to increased pressure on the industry to come up with more environmentally-friendly solutions that will help reduce the planet’s overall CO2 pollution levels. These two factors have heralded the introduction of turbocharged versions of almost all new models of cars being released today - which is great news for new car buyers looking for a car that won’t guzzle petrol or spew out as much toxic residue as older models did. For existing car owners, there’s also the option of upgrading their engines with turbochargers to get the same effect - and you can have it done at the same place you’d go to for a car service and repair.
What Does Downsizing An Engine With Turbo-charging & Fuel Injection Mean?
Traditional petrol engines contain a series of cylinders that make up the heart of what powers the entire vehicle. They consist of valves and pistons that move up and down, creating a compression chamber that causes combustion in the engine. Most standard cars are fitted with four cylinders, while more powerful vehicles have six or eight cylinders. More cylinders equal more power, but the cost of running such an engine becomes very apparent when you look at how their fuel consumption compares to a car with less power. Turbo-charging an engine involves removing some of these cylinders and optimising the remaining ones so that it performs just as well - if not better - as it did with more cylinders. Fewer cylinders mean less demand for fuel, and with fuel injection and turbo-charging, that means your car will deliver great performance while saving you a good bit on petrol in the long run. Fuel injection, as an addition, involves modifying your engine with very precise fuel injectors that deliver fuel into the cylinders at exactly the right time and amount so that no fuel is wasted in the process. Traditionally, the fuel is dispersed to all four cylinders indirectly, which means the distribution of fuel is often not optimal.
How Does It Work?
Fuel injectors are installed in the manifold of each cylinder, allowing for direct fuel deposits at a very consistent and precise rate. This will require modification of your car’s engine in order to relay the path that your fuel flows. For turbo-charging, a turbo-charger modification is fitted to the exhaust of your car. It sucks a large amount of the exhaust gases that would be expelled back in, then that air gets pushed back up the turbine to increase the amount of pressure in the cylinder where combustion takes place. The increase in pressure boosts the distribution of petrol and delivers far better engine performance as a result.
If you’re considering buying a new car, it’s well worth it to look at turbo-charged and fuel injection variants. Should you wish to have these upgrades made to your existing vehicle, contact an auto workshop where you typically go for car service and repairs. Get in touch with Motus Select for a service you can trust.
Owning an SUV is a great experience that opens many doors to adventure and plenty of fun driving experiences. While most owners would agree that they rarely feel the lack of anything, there are many specialised accessories and extras that you can add to your vehicle to make the time spent in it even more enjoyable, and today, we’re going to highlight a few great gadgets and accessories that you can buy to further enhance your SUV. Many of these are readily available and don’t need installation, but some can be installed by the best car repair workshop in your area if they offer minor modifications and installations as a side service.
If you don’t currently own one but are in the market for a used SUV for sale, these great accessories are sure to make your new purchase even more exciting.
Thule Force Rooftop Cargo Carrier
If style and sophistication are a priority for you and lugging a trailer behind your luxury SUV because you need more space doesn’t fit your overall aesthetic, this may be the solution you never knew you needed. Thule is world-renowned for creating extremely durable and elegant carriers and containers, from backpacks to bike racks, and this rooftop carrier unit is exemplary of its great design style. You’ll be proud to sport this carrier on even the most executive class vehicle and can enjoy safely storing a good amount of extras for those holiday road trips.
Wacaco Minipresso GR Portable Ground Coffee Espresso Maker
Caffeine lovers who can’t get by without a cup or two of freshly pressed coffee will love this little gadget. It’s an espresso machine on the go and is small enough to fit into the handbag or glove compartment of your car. Simply add your coffee grounds, pour in some hot water, press it, and presto - café quality coffee wherever you are. It doesn’t require batteries or electricity and is ready to use and re-use whenever you need it.
Stainless Steel Electric Car Travel Kettle
Speaking of hot water… Now you can make coffee, tea or any instant hot drink wherever you are, thanks to this car kettle. Great for road trips or if you’re late for work but need your morning cup of coffee, it plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter port and will deliver boiling hot water in no time.
Car Vacuum Cleaner
Somewhere between snacking, having kids or dogs, and the messiness of life, your car ends up with pie flakes, chip crumbs, hair, and dust all too often. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait to take it for a full valet or whip out the vacuum at home to get it tidied up. This portable mini vacuum is small enough to fit in a storage compartment in your vehicle and powerful enough to make a quick job of any dirt and mess on your seats or floors.
Super Advanced Front And Rear View Camera Mirror
The rear-view mirror has been around for about as long as cars have existed, and with all the technological innovations in cars over the years, it has now also received a significant upgrade. This digital camera and display unit replaces your existing rear-view mirror and has two high-definition cameras with wide-angle lenses installed for front-facing and rear-facing capture. You’ll be able to see and record everything that happens in front of and behind your vehicle, and storage space can quickly be swapped out by slotting in another SD card. Not only great for capturing road trip memories but this evolution of the dashcam is also invaluable for safety and security, as it provides you with recorded evidence in case of any accidents and also doubles up as a parking assist monitor.
Retractable Rolling Sun Screen
Sunscreens have also come a long way since the days of foldable reflective screens and stick-on fabric squares. Now you don’t have to worry about forfeiting elegance for comfort, thanks to these stylish retractable window blinds. Simply stick them to whichever windows you need, and they’ll function just like pull-down blinds in your home. Great for blocking out sunlight, harmful UV rays and keeping your vehicle cool inside.
Mini Car Trash Bins
While keeping a spare plastic packet on hand to keep your wrappers and packets, you could also splurge on a few of these great little car bins to keep everything looking extra tidy. They clip on to your car door slots or can be clipped behind the front seats and are easy to clean out and return without worry.
Pet-Friendly Seat Covers
An absolute heaven-sent for pet owners who love taking their dogs on road trips and outings, this foldable pet seat cover is lightweight, durable, and incredibly easy to set up and remove for cleaning. You’ll save a tonne of cleaning time and won’t have to worry about finding solutions to get all the fur off your car seats and removing the dirty paw marks after each trip. It features adjustable straps and panels to ensure that it fits perfectly in your vehicle and will also prevent any damage from scratch marks to your original car upholstery.
All of us here at Motus Select hope that you have enjoyed this list of great extras and accessories for your SUV, and if you’re currently in the market for a used SUV for sale, we have a great selection available - view them on our website or contact us if you have a specific model in mind.