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If you drive a front-wheel-drive car, but dream of those mountain-filled, rocky road covered road trips in the wilderness, it's time to make your dream a reality by purchasing a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Sure you can easily spot a 4X4 car on the road with its big tyres, large tall body and roll bar, but to buy the best four-wheel-drive vehicle for you, you need to know how it works and which vehicle type delivers it the best for your needs.
Then you need to make triple sure that a four-wheel-drive car is, in fact, the appropriate vehicle type for you. In order to do this, you need to understand what four-wheel-drive is, what its used for and properly determine if your new purchase will actually be used for its purposes and if you will make the most of it. At Motus Select we sell used cars for sale and take pride in our four-wheel-drive offerings, but you're the driver and must determine if four-wheel-drive is actually going to make a meaningful contribution to your life, or just be an expensive add-on that you never really get the most out of.
In Case You're Not A Motorhead: How it works
For those who are not motorheads and for those not in the know, four-wheel-drive, or 4x4, is a two-axled vehicle which is capable of providing torque to all four wheels at the exact same time, or to just the front or back, depending one what setting you have chosen. It refers to a set of specific components and functions and is specifically intended for off-road application.
In more detail, for those of you who really want to be in the know, the nature of torque transfer to the axles in a four-wheel-drive determines the number of sub-modes. The vehicle may be part-time, full-time and on-demand mode - referring to the torque being delivered to the wheels and how many at a time. No matter what the mode is, it is typically linked via a transfer case providing an additional output drive shaft, and in many instances, more gear ranges.
Let's take a motoring moment to look at these modes a little closer. First off, with part-time mode, the rear and front axle drives are firmly paired within the transfer case. Here, the driveline does not allow any speed differentiation between the axle. Because of this, all the torque can go to either axle, but this depends on road conditions and the amount of weight over the axles. Two-wheel-drive cars have locking hubs on each of the front wheels. The rear wheels do all of the work when it comes to moving the car in a certain direction. Then when the four-wheel-drive mode is initiated, the locking hubs lock in the front wheels to the front axle and allow them to get torque from the engine.
With full-time mode, both of the axles are driven at the exact same time, however, an inter-axle differential allows the axles to turn when at different speeds and as necessary. This mode means that the driver can drive the vehicle full-time in four-wheel-drive no matter what the road surface condition is and fortunately never have to worry about driveline wind-up. When it comes to the standard bevel-hear differentials, the torque split is fairly balanced 50/50. There are however differentials which efficiently provide asymmetric torque splits as and when needed.
Now let's talk about on-demand mode. A car with on-demand four-wheel-drive has a transfer case which operates mostly in the two-wheel-drive mode. With this mode, torque is transferred to the secondary axle as and when needed. This is done by modulating the transfer clutch from open to a firmly paired state. This mode requires an active electronic/hydraulic control system for torque modulation.
Who Will Find It Useful
We recommend part-time mode four-wheel-drive vehicles for drivers who drive both on tar roads, whether to the shops, schools and work, and then drive on rocky roads and non-asphalt paths on weekends. So, basically, those who work hard five days a week in the city and then drive hard out of the city on weekends. Those who love to take road trips and go on family holidays into rural areas and the bush. Those adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers who drive up mountains for abseiling and mountain-climbing; those who drive to quiet, never-visited fishing spots; and those who love hiking and drive through rough terrain into unspoilt landscapes. Part-time four-wheel-drive is for part-time use in off-road or loose conditions where driveline wind-up is unlikely.
We recommend full-time four-wheel-drive cars, whether used or new, for those who constantly drive on roads less travelled. Whether you live in a beach location, up a mountain-top or on a game drive riddled with sand and rocks, this mode is optimal for you.
Find A Four-Wheel Drive Vehicle With Us
Now that you know how four-wheel-drive works and are convinced that it's the right type of car for you and your lifestyle, check out our used cars for sale that offer four-wheel-drive. Better yet, speak to one of our knowledgeable sales reps and book a test drive in one of our four-wheel-drive options!
We’ve all felt the lowering of temperatures as winter falls in South Africa and brings with it the need to take more care of ourselves, our families and our cars. And, in 2021, winter is set to bring cold temperatures unlike what we have ever experienced before, and, surprisingly, more rainfall. Sure, winter is typically rain-free in South Africa, but this year things are about to change, and that means our winter motor maintenance and our driving habits should, too, according to our experts at the best car repair workshop.
Early Morning Car Care
Have you noticed that there is slight frost layered on your windows and windscreen? If so, be sure not to pour hot water over it as this is sure to send cracks from one end to the other. Instead, try to park your car undercover, place a blanket over the windscreen before the night comes and if needed in the morning, only use cold water to remove the layer of frost. Then, before driving off to work or dropping the kids at school, allow the engine to warm up first before turning the key full whack. Then, while waiting for it to warm up, put the defogger or heater on to prevent all the windows from misting up while driving.
With More Rainfall Expected, Check Your Tyres And Wipers
Now, before the winter rains come and profound changes in temperature occur, be sure to check that your windscreen wipers are in good working order, as well as your tyres. Temperature changes affect your tyres, which can have negative effects on your road grip and fuel consumption, among other issues. The last thing you want is to be stuck on the side of the road when your wipers and tyres fail you. You need good visibility all season long, so checking your wipers is vital, as well as ensuring your tyres are in good condition, with the proper pressure, to withstand the wet and possible icy conditions. If your tyres are less than 1.6mm deep, it’s time for a change-up.
A New Season, A Great Time For A Check-Up
As the seasons change, it’s the perfect time to ensure your car runs smoothly. To ensure this, a seasonal check-up is good. Let the experts check your battery, lights, oil and all other working parts. Then when your car has been checked, and all is good to go, be sure to always practise safe driving during winter. Always be aware of wet and icy roads, allow for longer braking distances, maintain a safe speed and keep your steering straight. Also, with shorter days in winter, be sure to put your lights on when needed. We also recommend you try and avoid driving in bad weather. For more tips for safe driving this winter, get in touch with our experts and book your car for a check-up or service at the best car repair workshop.
Whether single-cab or double-cab, the humble bakkie has continued to evolve, and with this evolution, it has continued to capture the hearts of many South Africans. Now, as we sit mid-2021, top-performing used bakkies for sale continue to fly off the dealership floor with their durability, affordability and reliability never wavering the diehard bakkie fan. For now, let’s look at the best-selling, used bakkies for sales.
Ford Ranger 3.2 TDCi Hi-Rider Wildtrak (4x2, automatic)
Unsurprisingly, our list starts with the Ford Ranger 3.2 TDCi Hi-Rider Wildtrak (4x2, automatic). This beefy, five-cylinder-engined workhorse not only boasts impressive performance, immense comfort, advanced traction, stylish aesthetics and memorable acoustics and power, but as this vehicle brand slogan suggests, you can #LiveTheRangerLife and carve your path, and make your fun in this second-hand beast of a car!
Isuzu KB 300 D-Teq LX (4x2, manual)
Hot on the heels of the Ford Ranger is the Isuzu KB 300 D-Teq LX (4x2, manual). Even secondhand and with miles on its tyres, every driver of a secondhand Isuzu KB 300 D-Teq LX will enjoy this vehicle's tough, robust diesel engine, unmatched fuel consumption and versatile functionality. This is one of our top performers right here. This luxurious version of the D-Max is certain to power you through your workweek.
Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raider (4x4, automatic)
What would any top-performing bakkie list be without the Toyota Hilux? More plush than its predecessors, the Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raider boasts renewed frontal styling, more power and more features than ever before. Secondhand, this model comes in at an affordable price, making for every mile after the showroom floor being a reliable one.
There Is Still Many Miles To Travel This Year, So Purchase One Of Our Top Performing Bakkies For Sale
At Motus Select, our selection of single-cab or double-cab used bakkies for sale continues to fly off the dealership floor, and if you’re looking for a car that is not only stylish, advanced, durable, affordable and reliable, contact us today and speak to our team about your bakkie needs.
So, you’ve enjoyed many months of driving bliss. No squeaks. No blowouts. No leaks. No nothing. However, this doesn’t mean that your car, and its many parts, are fine. Neither does it mean to continue adding miles to those tyres without checking your vehicle in for a car service at the best car repair workshop. And when you do check your car in for a check-up, which is the right and necessary thing to do, be sure to check the following things.
Your Tyres Look Fine, But Are They?
Not all of us can differentiate between the good tyre tread and bad tread. Not all of us can look at our four wheels and immediately know that the depth is still good. So, with this in mind, don’t look at your tyres and think they will get you from A to B. Instead, contact your expert car mechanic or service team so they can check the tread depth.
You might find that your tyres have a shallow tread which could lead to aquaplaning. You may also find that your expert has found a new tyre bubble or spotted that small puncture which you have been covering up temporarily. You may find that your tyres have more wear and tear than you previously thought, and you’re actually in need of a new set. Either way, whether your tyres are good or bad, get them checked.
Even If Your Brakes Don’t Grind, They Could Still Need A Change
Relying on hearing alone, and waiting for the inevitable grinding noise, does not make for good brakes. After all, they do a lot for the vehicle and are put under pressure constantly. So, getting your brakes, as well as your shocks checked every six months, is detrimental to your vehicle’s overall health. And, while you’re at it, get your wheel alignment checked as well.
Working Today, Gone Tomorrow - Check Your Lights Before They Stop Working
Like your wipers, lights may not seem to be first on the list of your priority check-ups, but they should be. At a moment’s notice, you could be left driving in the dark. With this in mind, getting your friendly car repairman to check your wipers and lights means that you’ll be able to drive safely at night time and in bad weather because of your hazard lights, headlights, flickers and reverse lights, as well as your wipers will all be in good working order.
When Dry And In Doubt, Get An Expert To Get Your Fluids Out
Yes, you should always ask the petrol attendant to check your oil and water, but other fluids in your vehicle need to be checked every six months. From your brake fluids, coolants and oil, have an expert eye check that all fluid levels are where they should be.
Book Your Car In For Your Check-Up Now
At Motus Select, we want you to have many months of driving happiness and safety. To avoid those squeals, blowouts, leaks and being stuck on the side of the road with a non-working car, book your vehicle in for a professional, affordable service at the best car repair workshop. Our experts will be sure to check all of the above and much more.
Buying a car is one thing. Buying a poor quality car that will see you forking out the green bills time and time again is another. At Motus Select, we know the burden that comes with buying a faulty second-hand car or a cheap quality new car and we know, in Covid-19 times, how money is short but the need for a vehicle is high. With this in mind, we’ve put together some useful tips on how to buy the best car at the best price for the best savings - and one that offers good fees on car service and repair sessions.
Choose The Best Make That Promises Quality And Fewer Repairs
Going skint on your new or secondhand vehicle purchase is sure to set you down the expense pathway very soon. You don’t want to spend little on a cost that requires a lot of work and repairs. Rather spend a little more and opt for a trusted car brand, car make and model that won’t set you back with high repair costs thereafter.
You need a car that will send you on many trips without faults popping up. Furthermore, doing thorough research on car parts and service fees will help you not buy above your means and land you with a car that you can’t service regularly or repair when needed. Then when choosing the right car repair and service workshop, be sure to go with a trusted expert who does the job right but does not overcharge you.
Look For Deals And Specials
When buying a car, look for special deals, in particular, look at our deals at Motus Select. Currently, we offer a ‘Buy A Car & Boost Your Deal Special’ which offers new car purchases with no deposit or delay payments or cashback or trade-in settlement. With these deals, terms and conditions apply and vehicle images and features may differ from the offer.
Pay Cash And Always Save
When buying your first brand new car, or quality second-hand vehicle, be sure to pay as much cash as possible as this can surely lessen the purchase fee. Also, don’t buy above your means and be sure to allocate enough for savings as well as services and unforeseen repairs that may come up.
Take Advantage Of Our ‘Buy A Car & Boost Your Deal’ Special
At Motus Select, we’re always looking for ways to help motorists to boost their deal, save money and enjoy safe miles on the road without the heavy paycheck that sometimes goes with it. Whether it’s an affordable car service and repair or whether you’re looking to buy a secondhand or new vehicle that is sure to not require frequent, costly repairs, contact our team today.
Buying a car these days comes with many considerations. From finances, safety, eco-friendliness, interior features, boot space, seats, aesthetics, two-wheeler, four-wheeler, fuel-consumption, services - and the list goes on. So, how do you know which car to choose for your lifestyle, your family, your needs and your budget? And, even if you know of the car type you want, how do you know which model to choose when there are so many? Even if you’re certain you’re looking for an SUV, how do you know which is the best-used SUV for sale for you? How do you know you’re getting the best SUV deal? Read through these steps and be guided through the journey of buying the perfect used SUV for you.
Assess Your Lifestyle Needs First
Known for their functionality, SUVs offer much space and practicality for daily duties and long trips. With this in mind, it's important to assess your daily needs, your family needs as well as other lifestyle wants and ask the following questions that can guide you to find the optimal SUV.
Assess Your Finances And Plan Your Budget
Assessing your finances is an important, if not the most important, step to buying that perfect SUV for you. To choose the perfect SUV for you, and one that you can afford, you need to work out how much deposit you can make, how much is in your budget to allocate to monthly payments and how your current car, if you have one, will affect the overall cost. Assessing your finances will also allow you to work out how you will be able to afford service payments and one-off repairs. Knowing your finances will help you find a financially suitable SUV for you. On the topic of finances, have you researched all the current specials and deals out there that can help you afford the SUV of your dreams?
Assess All SUV Models And Classes
Your journey of buying the perfect used SUV for you shouldn’t be a quick one. There are loads of SUV makes and models available on the market - from used to secondhand. Now that you know your needs and finances, you’ll be able to review all the models and classes and find one that is suitable for you. In this stage of your SUV buying journey, now is the time to compare different SUVs, their appearance, features, price, etc. Ensuring you have browsed through the selection sufficiently will ensure you don’t miss out on a possible SUV goldmine.
A proper search takes note of multiple sources - whether offline or online. Whether on online sites or different dealership locations, there are many sources to find your perfect used SUV for sale.
Book A Test Drive And View Your Vehicle Firsthand
Be sure to contact dealerships directly after browsing their website and getting a few quotes to compare. Visit the stores in person and also book a test drive, if it's possible. By making a test-drive appointment. By making a few test drives back to the back of different SUV options with your local dealerships, you ensure that the car will be waiting for you when you arrive as well as the fact that you’ll know how it drives. Why not test-drive a few different SUV vehicles as well?
Search Done, Test Drive Done, Now Think About It
Rushing into a car purchase is not ideal. Now that you have followed all of the above steps and ensured you have the best-used SUV for sale for you, it’s time to sleep on it and think a little more before you sign on the dotted line. The last thing you want is buyer’s remorse, be sure to sleep on everything and then make the right decision.
Make A Deal With Your Trusted Car Dealership
When all is said and done and considered, it’s now time for you to make that purchase.
Even if you’re certain of the SUV you want and are ready to buy the best-used SUV for sale for you, contact us at Motus Select. If you are still uncertain and need further help on your car purchasing journey, we’re happy to help with more tips and make your new car purchase as easy as possible.