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Over the past few years Kia has steadily gained a strong foothold and is still growing in popularity with the South African consumer market, and for good reason. Aside from the affordability of their vehicles, they offer high-end features, an outstanding seven-year warranty and consistently rank as one of the most reliable luxury car brands in the world - all of which make for a winning combination in terms of what most South Africans are looking for in a vehicle.
Not many know much about the brand’s origin story and how they came to be a leading car manufacturer, though. Here’s the breakdown and a quick history lesson, so you can offer a few interesting and fairly unknown facts about KIA the reliable car brand at your next social gathering.
The Formative Years
Kia, at least as we know it today as a car brand, only came into existence in the 1970s. Their actual origin was rooted in the bicycle manufacturing sector, where they initially produced bike parts under the name Kyungsung Precision Industry in 1944. The Korean company renamed itself ‘Kia’ in 1951 when they began to produce bicycles from start to finish and spent the next few decades gradually increasing their scale by also getting into manufacturing motorbikes and trucks.
In 1973 they launched their first auto assembly plant and their very first car, the Brisa, was introduced to the world in 1974. Truck production was still their main feature though, and they caught the attention and interest of Ford. In 1986 they formed a partnership with Ford to collaboratively manufacture trucks on a massive production scale which saw their vehicle count skyrocketing to 95 000 trucks on the road in 1987 – a mere year later.
Breaking New Ground
Thanks to their partnership with Ford - an American brand by origin - Kia got a foothold in the American market and opened their first standalone dealerships in the US in 1992. They rapidly gained popularity and expanded to feature dealerships across 50 states by 1995, hardly three years after their first dealership launched. Things were looking promising for Kia, but then the Asian financial crisis happened in 1997 and the company buckled under the immense pressures brought about by this economic meltdown. Hyundai stepped in to save the company by taking it over with a 51% share ownership. Over the next few years, shares were divided and eventually, to date, Hyundai now holds a 33% share in the company.
Over the next several years Kia steadily regained its strength as a manufacturer and began to work on growing in the European market. In 2014 the brand got a huge exposure boost when Pope Francis was seen transported in one of their Soul models and from then their reputation steadily grew on a global scale. Their first few years as a new entrant on the car market saw them struggling to be taken seriously by those in the automotive industry, with them featuring at the lower end of dependability and other rated lists. Their turnaround truly came when they focused heavily on quality and excellence that would set them apart. Over the years they rose to the top handful of brands ranked for reliability and have consistently remained there. Another huge aspect they became associated with is their striking design aesthetic and the quality of their infotainment systems, which rivalled even upper-end luxury brand vehicles. Driving around in a Kia has gone from being a matter of ‘never my first choice but I need a car’ to now being a preferred and trusted brand among consumers who demand excellence and appeal in terms of associated social status.
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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.
Whether you’re looking to buy a used Kia for sale or buy a new car in Johannesburg, sometimes your focus on actual cars may overshadow the need to focus on choosing the right car dealership. From traditional dealerships to online car dealerships, there are as many of these dealerships as there are car models and types available on the car market currently. Unfortunately, this sheer choice of car dealerships, along with the increase in scams and untrustworthy car dealerships, makes the process of searching for your dream car that much more difficult. However, as a trusted dealership to many, many motorists, we have the top tips featured in this brief guide below to help you find your perfect used Kia for a sale car dealership.
Online Or Offline Dealerships? What You Should Know!
As we are sure you already know, there are different types of car dealerships. You can choose an onsite/offline dealership, or you can choose an online one. As its name suggests, an online dealership is online. It’s a website that allows motorists like yourself to browse through the long list of car makes and models. On these websites, you will be able to find the new, demo and used vehicles. The benefits of online dealerships include:
Offline, in-store car dealerships are common, traditional showrooms where the different car makes and models are shown on the floor, and car salesmen and women are able to talk face to face with you. The benefits of searching for your dream car at these offline dealerships include:
Some car dealerships are offline but boast an online website, and with these car dealerships, you receive the benefits from both worlds.
When You’ve Chosen Your Used Kia For Sale, How Do You Choose The Best Car Dealership For You?
Now that you fully understand the different types of car dealerships there are, now it’s about choosing the right one that suits you and your car needs best. To choose the best car dealership for you, you have to consider many factors and consider the dealership itself. The following will help you do just this:
Need The Best Car Dealership; Look No Further Than Us
At Motus Select, we hope this short guide has helped you to find your ideal car dealership. And if you have had no luck yet in finding a reliable, trustworthy car dealership, look no further than Motus Select. Whether you’re looking to buy a used Kia for sale can
or buy another hot new car in Johannesburg, we have a variety of options to choose from. Our new, demo, used, and second-hand cars come at high quality and affordable purchase costs. Check out our current specials and deals as well on our website.