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    How Much Mileage Is Bad For A Used Vehicle

  • Car Repair Workshop Inspections To Do
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    Car Repair Workshop Inspections To Do

  • Car Service And Repair Resolutions To Keep In 2021
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    Car Service And Repair Resolutions To Keep In 2021

  • Best Used SUV For Sale With The Best Boot Space
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    Best Used SUV For Sale With The Best Boot Space

  • Buy A Car In Johannesburg With The Best Tech
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    Buy A Car In Johannesburg With The Best Tech

  • If you’re looking at buying a demo car, you should go with someone you can trust.
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    If youre looking at buying a demo car, you should go with someone you can trust.

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How Much Mileage Is Bad For A Used Vehicle

How Much Mileage Is Bad For A Used Vehicle

Our country and, in fact, the world as a whole, is currently in a financially tight spot, as a result of the global pandemic and the economic disruption it has caused. But people still need reliable means of transport and if a new car just isn't a realistic option, you could always go with a used model. If your budget is minimal, you may be looking at cars with higher mileage on the odometer - cars that are always on the cheaper end of the spectrum. While looking at a Renault used car or any other used vehicle, you may wonder how much is too much when it comes to mileage. Where is the cut-off point where a car has just done too many kilometres to be a safe purchase?

If you're wondering what makes a car fall within the 'high mileage' bracket, it isn't just as straightforward as looking at the odometer. You could find an 8-year-old car that only has 50 000km on the clock, but you could also find a 3-year-old model that has already racked up over 200 000km. The best way to determine the value of a car and if its mileage is excessively high or not is by considering both the year of manufacture and the total mileage clocked. A fairly new model with high mileage will be in a better structural condition, meaning you won't likely have to worry about rust, the need for a new paint job, or an interior that is outdated or falling apart. An older car comes with the need for more upkeep, not just in terms of the engine but also its overall condition.

The average estimate for most drivers is around 20 000km per year. This can vary largely, depending on what the vehicle is used for and how often or far a person has to drive routinely. A salesperson who has to travel will clock up much more mileage in one year than a retiree who only goes to the shop twice a week, which is why mileage alone isn't the only factor to look at.

Other Factors To Consider

While mileage is a big factor in deciding if a car is worth buying, other aspects could be of just as much, if not more, important to consider.

1. One of the main factors is how many owners the car has previously had. This is important because each person has their driving style, and some people don't drive their cars with a whole lot of care. Also, the more owners, the more possibility that the car has gone through periods where it suffered worse wear and tear because of bad driving. A long list of previous owners also makes it harder to trace the car's complete history, including how well it was maintained over the years and if it has been in any accidents. One or two previous owners will give you a fairly good idea of how they treated the car and you can more accurately determine if it&rsquos been in good running condition.

2. The condition of the vehicle is just as important as how many kilometres it has travelled. Inspect the bodywork, paint job, interior, and how well it has been looked after overall, then factor this into the mileage and year of manufacture.

3. If you're looking at buying a car with higher mileage on it, or one that is several years old and that gradually clocked up the kilometres, you'll need to do your homework about maintenance costs. This varies quite a bit, depending on what make and type of vehicle you're looking at buying, but you should find out what service costs and parts replacement costs average at. Also, be sure to check that that particular model's spare parts are still quite readily available.  While it's not an issue with very popular cars that remain in demand over the years, some older models may not have as big a demand for parts, or those parts simply aren't being manufactured anymore. Also, be cautious to buy a used car that is no longer being sold locally, especially if it doesn't have an affiliate manufacturer or brand that has taken over the supply of their services and parts.

4. The type of vehicle and what it will be used for is also something to think about. Some brands are just known to last for decades, while others have a reputation for randomly causing breakdowns and problems even months after it was first purchased. Bakkies, for example, are built to be tough and keep going relentlessly, which is why mileage on a bakkie can't be compared to the same mileage on a standard car. A well-maintained bakkie with 300 000km on the clock would still be a reasonably safe purchase - something that's not typically the case with a car.

Now that you know a bit more about mileage and how to look for quality in a Renault used car or other used vehicle, we trust you'll be able to shop with more confidence. View our used car options on our site and let's get you in a car that offers many more safe km of driving!

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Car Repair Workshop Inspections To Do

Car Repair Workshop Inspections To Do

The thing with not being exceptionally informed about something is you can very easily be deceived without even knowing it, and there are few areas in life where this is more prevalent than in the auto repair and servicing sector. With hundreds of thousands of car owners, only a few of them know more than the bare basics about how their cars work, which leaves a big opportunity for unethical practice by mechanics and vehicle workshops. Here are a few key things to look out for the next time you visit a car repair workshop, to keep you on the safe side.

Go To A Trusted Workshop That Offers Assurances & Questions

The very first thing you should do before taking your car anywhere is to make sure you're entrusting it to a professional business or dealership. If you haven't got a regular workshop you go to, or your service warranty has just run out and you're left having to find a new, cheaper alternative to keep your car in good shape, ask colleagues and family members who they would recommend. Alternatively, do a Google search for workshops in your area and check their reputation scores as well as any possible complaints about them on HelloPeter.

Request A Service Quote And Copy Of The Job Sheet

Once you've discussed with the mechanic what needs to be done to your car, ask them for a copy of the job sheet. That document itemizes each step they will need to take and will serve as a backup of your original agreement with them. Once your service, part replacement, repair or other work is completed, go through the list with them and check that each of the tasks has been done. Also ask for a quote before they start the work, to ensure that the invoice you're given at the end doesn't have different prices or extra costs that weren't initially discussed.

Take Someone Knowledgeable With You As Backup

This is especially the case for women or people who would immediately appear to not be as informed about car mechanics, as they tend to be exploited far more often than those in the know. If car mechanics isn't something you've researched or know about, take a friend or family member who has spent some time under the hood of a car with you. They'll quickly spot any inaccuracies in what you've been told and in any work that has been done.

Ask For Old Parts Which Have Been Replaced

When parts are needing to be replaced, ensure you ask the mechanic to show you the new part in its packaging before opening the box in front of you, thereafter showing you the old part which was replaced. Before any inspections, minor fixes or inspections are done, ask the mechanic to show you what is wrong so that you have a clear idea of the before and after.  

We hope these tips will make your next visit to a car repair workshop a smooth and efficient experience. Remember, we have workshops around the Country and highly efficient, friendly and professional staff ready to help you with any problems you may have with your car.

Call us today to book a checkup or to book a service with us at Motus Select. Our work is top quality and we welcome any inspections and questions you may have as we're confident to show off our quality work and those minor or major 'before and afters'!

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Car Service And Repair Resolutions To Keep In 2021

Car Service And Repair Resolutions To Keep In 2021

There's something transformative about the change of seasons or the start of a new year, and even more so when the clock strikes midnight on the last day of December and we enter a brand new year. People want to turn a new leaf, be better and do better than they did in the previous year. Being more responsible and taking better care of yourself and the things you've worked hard to obtain is never a bad idea, so why not add a few New Year's Resolutions for your car this January?

Keep your car in the best condition it can be by setting goals for car service and repair schedule for the next 12 months. Here are the main aspects to focus on.

Keep Your Car Clean, Inside And Out

Mark a recurring date in your calendar every two weeks to either wash and clean your car yourself or to take it to a car wash for a thorough rinse, wipe down and detailing. You won't just feel much better driving around in a shiny, clean car, but frequent cleaning will keep the condition of your car's paintwork and interior looking great for longer.

Check Your Car's Fluids Frequently

It's easy to forget how long it's been since your car's various fluid levels and quality have been checked. Everything from engine oil to transmission fluid and brake fluid ensures that your car operates properly and safely. Schedule regular dates into your calendar so you'll remember to have these checked by a professional.

Go For A Routine Checkup In July Or When Needed

Depending on if you still have a service plan or if you've recently had a service, it's a good idea to take your car in to be checked by an auto specialist, as a lot can happen between service intervals. This may seem like an unnecessary expense, but it may just alert you of problems before they get worse and end up costing you a lot more to fix in the aftermath of a breakdown. Also set yourself the resolution to get your car checked at any point where a weird noise pops up, a shake arises or unusual smell. This year, promise yourself and your prized car to not hold off on check-ups but to be proactive. 

Learn Fundamental Car Maintenance Skills

Considering that people drive their cars daily, wouldn't it make sense to know the bare basics about what to do when you run into trouble or if your car needs a small fix or part replacement? Take some time to watch a few YouTube videos on how to change a tyre, how to replace spark plugs and air filters, and also learn how to identify some of the most common signs that something's wrong with your car.

Ready to give your car the best possible treatment in 2021 and make use of only the best car service and repair services available?

Contact us for friendly, swift assistance - we have service and repair workshops all around the country. At Motus Select, we'll assist you in keeping those car resolutions intact and actioned throughout 2021!

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Uploaded 4 days ago

Best Used SUV For Sale With The Best Boot Space

Best Used SUV For Sale With The Best Boot Space

There are plenty of reasons to want an SUV in your life. It's practical, can handle climbing a sidewalk if need be, offers enough space for five to seven people to comfortably ride in, and it's a great holiday companion if you need plenty of space and don't want to worry about whatever terrain you'll encounter on the way. Speaking of space, sometimes you need just a bit extra, especially if you have a big family or need a lot of storage space that's out of immediate sight. While there's no question that the best SUVs for sale are anything but small, today we'll look at the ones that stand out in terms of boot space.

Land Rover Discovery

If it's luxury and effortless practicality you're after, a Land Rover Discovery should always make the top five list of options to consider. While in a higher price bracket than some other manufacturers' offerings for SUVs, you'll quickly understand the value escalation when you're inside one of these models. Everything, from the exterior bodywork to the finest detailing of the interior, is made from high-quality, durable materials. It's a sophisticated SUV that will appease a busy executive just as much as a busy mom, and won't leave you wishing for much. When it comes to storage space, you'll love the roomy boot and ability to quickly drop the back row of seats (a feature that's available at the press of a button in the higher-end versions) to create a completely flush level with the boot floor.

Mercedes Benz GLE

Another SUV that's higher up in the price bracket, the GLE boasts an impressive combination of class, sophistication, performance and features - all of the things synonymous with great German engineering. The very latest model features an extremely polished interior with eye-catching design lines and lighting, but even earlier models offer a very striking impression, both inside and out. Boot space is 630 litres with all seats up and a massive 2055 litres with seats collapsed.

Hyundai Venue

A newcomer in the Hyundai range, the Venue has swiftly grown in popularity since its launch last year and you're sure to see many more of them on the roads in coming years. While it's the smaller sibling of the Creta and Kona models, the manufacturer has managed to maximize interior space to such an extent that it is almost the same in size as these other two models. Boot space is 355l with the back seats in an upright position and expands to an impressive 903L with seats down. Standard features include ABS, EBD, ESP, airbags, electric windows, steering wheel controls and great fuel consumption, the Hyundai Venue is a surprisingly affordable SUV that opens up the SUV option to younger buyers and those on a tighter budget. 

Toyota Fortuner

A firm South African favourite brand, Toyota was bound to make the list. Sporting a very roomy 7-seater setup and an array of features that won't leave you wanting for much, the Toyota Fortuner is a great blend of ruggedness, versatility and comfort. It's also one of the top-selling SUVs in the Country and the most affordable 7-seater you'll find in the price bracket. All the typical features you'd expect in an SUV are standard in this model, including ABS, EBD, stability control, plenty of airbags as well as hill start assist and parking assist sensors. There are five options to choose from but all feature leather interior finishes, plenty of cup holders and an infotainment system.

Nissan X-Trail

Another very popular SUV among locals, the X-Trail got a recent facelift to keep up with current trends and keep car buyers coming back for more. This model is a fair bit more spacious than its sibling, the Qashqai, and has a third row of seats which unfold when needed - however, it's probably best suited for kids as legroom is a bit limited. With the seats up, the X-Trail has a 565-litre capacity, which vastly increases to 1996 litres when seats have been put down. A cool feature that Nissan added, is segregation panels in the boot, that you can pop up to keep groceries or other items from falling over and moving around in the back. The boot is large enough to fit about eight carry-on suitcases in comfortably, so you shouldn't have any need to play Tetris when it comes to packing for a family vacation.

For even more great used SUV for sale options, and those which have the biggest boot space, view our Motus Select website or contact us if you're looking for something in particular - we're happy to help! We're dedicated to finding the best SUV, new or used, for you - and one that has the most boot space for your buck!

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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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Uploaded 1 week ago

If youre looking at buying a demo car, you should go with someone you can trust.

If youre looking at buying a demo car, you should go with someone you can trust.

Demo cars are a great way of getting that new model of car that you've had your eye on for a while now but just couldn't afford. With a bit of patience, you'd be able to find a demo version of your dream car after a year or two, and possibly get to enjoy some extra added features that you would have had to pay for if you bought one brand new. Demo cars aren't always readily available, however, but if you are on the hunt for one at the moment, it shouldn't be a reason for you to take chances with who you decided to buy from. Here's what you should look for in a dealer when scouting for demo cars for sale.

Although it's the car you're after, the person or dealership you purchase from is just as important, if not more so. A dealer can be the difference between driving off with a car that's everything you wanted and having set out payment plans, or finding yourself wishing you had never decided to begin with. If at all possible, try to deal only with dealerships that are well-established and have a good customer satisfaction rating. Ask around and look online for customer reviews to check that there isn't a long history of dissatisfaction or sales issues with a dealership. Once you've found a dealer that checks out on that front, arrange to meet with a salesperson face to face, if possible. While almost everything can be done on the phone, there's very little that can replace that gut feeling you get from speaking to someone in person.

Step 1 Assess The Dealer's Approach

The first thing to look for is that they have an open, honest approach to your questions, especially the harder ones. A good dealer will divulge all the necessary information, even the less appealing parts. If they're upfront about something like a faulty seatbelt or that the car had to be resprayed after a customer hit the curb with it once, you're probably in good hands. Be wary of dealers who try to force you into any decisions before answering all your questions and checking that you understand everything about the cost, paperwork, insurance and other aspects. If they try to rush you into making a decision or try to upsell you with another vehicle, they are probably more interested in reaching their sales targets than giving you what you want.

Step 2 Ask Questions And See If The Dealer Reveals The Pros And Cons

When discussing the demo car with the dealer, have them explain all of the pros and cons of opting for the demo model versus a used or new model. Ensure that you know if the car is still under warranty and exactly how much of the service plan and warranty remains. Inspect the vehicle and ask about how frequently it has been serviced, when last it was put through quality control and how it was prepared before being put on sale. This is vital, as a reputable dealer will have taken the best possible care of their demo vehicles and will have documentation to show the car's entire history with them. They will also have given the car a service, checked it from start to end, and had it cleaned and returned to as close to brand new condition as possible.

Step 3 Choose A Dealer Who Fits Your Payment Needs And Requirements

Next, discuss your payment options with them, if you're not going to pay the car cash or trade another in to buy the demo car cash. Dealers offer payment plans and financing, but you should be sure that there are no hidden costs involved or that the payment plan costs they initially showed are different from what you are given. If the pricing structure isn't within your monthly budget, discuss alternate payment options with them.

Step 4 Choose Motus Select And Browse Our Large Selection Of Demo Cars Now!

Overall, a reputable and professional dealer will be helpful, informative and willing to make a plan to help you secure the demo car for sale while ensuring you are completely informed about every part of the purchase and car's condition. We hope these tips will guide you in finding the best deals when looking for demo cars for sale. You know who to call, Motus Select. We've just received some fantastic demo cars for sale!

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