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Buying a new car is exciting. However, getting from the browsing stage to the stage you sign on the dotted line is less so. Whether you want to buy a car that's new or one that is used, the process isn't one that can take place overnight- unless you don't mind ending up with a vehicle you regret purchasing! If your current ride can still get you from A to B safely and efficiently, you have time to make an unhurried decision on what your next car will be. If you want to make the best possible choice for your needs and wallet, consider implementing Motus Select's six simple tips for buying a car. You'll find that each tips makes the process of hunting for a vehicle less fraught with pitfalls and more fun than ever!
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Saving isn't the most glamorous way to work towards getting a car, and if you're like most South Africans, it would take you years to secure enough finance to purchase one outright. Buying a car and paying for it in full is excellent if you can afford it. However, if you're thinking of getting it financed, you should realise that even the tiniest amount put down as a deposit could shave months (or thousands of rands) off what you end up paying in the end. Having a deposit will make you a more attractive prospect to lenders, so if you can, try to put away a little each month. By giving up the occasional beer or your daily cappuccino, you could decrease your monthly payments - and we think that's more than worth it.
The dealership across the road from your workplace has put an enticing sign up. They're offering a cute little hatchback for just under two grand per month - but only until month-end. It's a steal - so you should snap it up, right? Not until you read the fine print. The hatchback could indeed be just R2000 per month - but it could come with a hefty balloon payment at the end of the term. Alternatively, it could be for a basic, entry-level model lacking all the comfort and safety features you'd assume it would have. While all car deals seem pressing and urgent, never let yourself commit to one without carefully considering the pros and cons first. If a dealership or salesperson starts pushing you before you're ready, rather find a seller that will let you choose a vehicle at your own pace.
The same principle applies to financing. Don't feel obligated to accept the first offer you receive. Take your time, look around and don't conceal this from the bank in question. You might find this motivates them to give you a better deal in terms of your interest rate or overall payments.
When considering the cost of a potential car, never, ever choose one that's close to the higher end of what you can afford. Remember that your car instalment might only make up half of what you'll need to pay per month. You'll need insurance, and you might also need an extended service, maintenance or warranty plan. Then, of course, there's fuel, which experiences unpredictable price hikes and drops every month. A car that is costing you more than you can afford every month is not one you want to be saddled with. If you end up having to sell it even just a few months later, it will have already depreciated by a significant amount, so you'll likely have to sell it at a loss or break even with what you owe on it.
Did you know that what you pay for a car in one month could differ from what you pay in the next? Timing is everything when it comes to buying a new car, and if you're willing to wait a little, you could save thousands. This means shopping during quiet selling periods, such as during the December holidays or over the Easter festive period. If you have a specific model in mind, do your research or enquire as to when a new release or update will be released. When this occurs, many drivers will want to trade-in or sell their models just so they can say they're driving the latest one, which will mean you'll have plenty of low mileage vehicles in good condition to choose from. If you don't have that much time to spare, wait at least until month-end or the end of the year's quarter, as this is when you're likely to find a good deal as old stock is cleared and new stock is brought in.
It's natural to have strong opinions about which car brand is the best. It's something that will be informed by your personal experience and the feelings of your family and friends. However, this should never be the be-all and end-all of your decision-making process. We're not suggesting buying a car you find hideously ugly and would hate to drive. We're saying that even if you have your heart set on brand X, give brand Y a chance too. We suggest writing down a list of qualities your car needs to have and asking your local Motus Select to shortlist a selection for you. Many a time a buyer has walked into one of our dealerships hellbent on Honda - only to find out one test drive later that a Hyundai better fulfils the vision they had in mind for a dream vehicle. You have nothing to lose, so why not?
Your car should never be a utilitarian piece of equipment that only allows you to travel back and forth. Enjoyment is necessary - as are perks like a backseat infotainment system (to keep the kids busy on long drives) and heated seats (for those chilly winter drives to and from work). It's important to differentiate between what you can afford to add now - and later. For example, purchasing a car with an advanced climate control system included in the price would be wise, but things like tinted windows can easily be added after the fact, with little hassle. It's something to keep in mind if you're trying to keep your initial costs low.
Follow the above tips and not only will you end up with the car that's just right for you - you'll also be fending off comments from others wondering what your secret is to having had such a painless car buying experience. Whether you share them or not is up to you!
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.