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Your car is an intricately designed mechanical marvel with hundreds of interconnected elements that make the entire system run. It's tough to call any-one component or part the most important, as your car requires all parts of it to run like a well-oiled machine, or its performance will be negatively affected overall. Having said that, we're going to have a look at two parts of your car, which you need to maintain to keep driving with peace of mind: your car battery, and your car's brakes.
How To Identify Battery Problems
Many of us have faced a dead battery after leaving the lights on or forgetting the radio on at some stage. There are a few indications and warnings that your car's battery is on its way to run dry for good:
1. Your car's lights aren't as bright as they usually are. For a start, put the key in the car's ignition and start your vehicle and let it idle at night, then have a look at the headlights. If they seem to be a bit dim compared to how they usually are, the battery is probably taking strain and not supplying enough energy to the lights.
2. You've been having trouble starting your car lately. While this could the result of another problem, if your vehicle has been stalling and sluggish to start recently, you should probably take it to a battery centre to have it checked out.
3. Click noises when you turn the ignition. If your car doesn't start but instead makes rapidly clicking sounds as you turn the key in the ignition, it's most likely a battery problem.
Car batteries typically last for about two years, depending on use and other factors such as temperature - freezing winter days can vastly reduce the efficiency of a car battery and render it dead.
How To Prolong Your Car Battery's Lifespan
1. Not driving your car for a few days? Disconnect the battery
2. Keep the heads of your battery clean
3. Try to avoid drawing power from the battery when your car is off, for example, listening to the radio or keeping your car's headlights on for an extended period.
4. Make sure your battery is securely tightened
5. Take your car on a long-distance drive now and then, as making frequent short trips doesn't allow the battery to recharge properly.
How To Identify Brake Problems
Your car's brakes are vital and should be kept in impeccable condition as they play a significant factor in ensuring that you drive - and stop - safely. The entire braking system consists of brake pads, pistons, brake fluid, cylinders, pedals, and several other parts, all of which work collaboratively to make your heavy and fast-moving vehicle slow down and stop as you need it to when you need it to. If you experience any of the following when driving, please get your car to a service centre as it can be hazardous to keep driving:
1. Stopping takes longer than usual. If your vehicle seems to be less responsive and zippy when you pump the brakes, get it checked out.
2. If it veers to the side while you're driving straight, or seems to 'pull' against you holding the steering wheel, there is a risk of losing control of your car and not being able to make controlled turns.
3. If your car makes screeching noises when you brake or the brakes feel unusually soft or sloppy, get yourself peace of mind and have your car checked out by an automotive expert.
Keeping your car in good condition will not only reassure you that it won't break down suddenly, but it can also prevent far higher expenses down the line if small issues are not tended to in time. On the hunt for a new set of wheels? We have a large selection of new cars for sale on our website, and we update our inventory daily. Have a look; we think you'll find just what you're looking for.
If you’re currently in the market for your first car, there may be a few things you’re still wondering about when it comes to car ownership. These questions may even remain unanswered if you’ve been driving for years, as many car owners never learn about these basic facts. Whether you’re looking for a Kia Rio for sale, or any other vehicle, knowing these three basics will always be important.
Does The Type Of Petrol I Fill Up With Matter?
Essentially, no. As long as you fill up a petrol engine with petrol and diesel in a diesel engine, you’ll be fine. The two available petrol variants are 95 unleaded and 93, both of which will work fine in your car and won’t do any damage. You will find that your car runs a bit more sluggishly on 93, and 95 yields a better performance due to its sophisticated formulation. In terms of which petrol stations to fill up at, this makes no difference either, although you may find a small price difference per liter when filling up at the coast versus further inland.
How Often Should I Have My Oil Changed?
Oil is critical in ensuring that your car runs properly, which is why keeping an eye on your oil levels is important. Although it varies somewhat between manufacturers, the general rule is to have your oil changed every 4000 kilometers, with top-ups as needed. Remember always to check your oil levels when your car has been standing parked for a while to get an accurate reading. Your car’s motor oil will get old over time and become less effective in lubricating and protecting the engine. Having the oil drained from your tank and completely replenished every 4000 kilometers will ensure that your car functions at its best.
What Is The Correct Tyre Pressure For My Car?
Keeping your tyres inflated to the correct pressure will provide you with a smoother and safer driving experience, and your tyres will last longer. Even slightly deflated tyres wear down much quicker because of the increased drag and friction. Each car model has its own optimum inflation level, which is determined by the overall weight of the vehicle and the type of tyres it uses. To know your recommended inflation level, check for the sticker on the inside of the driver's door panel when you open the door. You can also consult your owner’s manual for this information.
Following basic steps like checking essential liquids and tyres will ensure that you get many years of driving pleasure out of your vehicle while keeping yourself and others safe. For the best prices on a pre-owned Kia Rio for sale, view our inventory on the website.
If you’re currently on the hunt for second hand cars for sale, it’s important to be aware of the market value of the vehicle you’re looking at to decide whether you’re looking at a fair asking price. Fortunately, thanks to a wealth of online resources, it’s much easier to quickly get an idea of how the car in question compares with your working budget and how well it fits your vehicle needs. Here are a few tips to help guide you to making an informed decision.
What Determines A Car’s Sales Price?
Several factors can affect the sales price of a used car. The two main aspects are the year of manufacture and the total mileage on the odometer – but those aren’t the only things you should be looking at. Cars with higher mileage will require more costly services as larger parts need to be replaced after a while. Older cars with higher mileage are also more likely to need replacement parts and fixes, but the condition of the car and how well it has been looked after to date is also important.
Find out whether the car has been in any previous accidents and if any modifications had been done to the engine or bodywork. Previous damage tends to be a significant indicator of future problems, which is why cars that have been repaired will lose a lot of their retail value. Smaller faults may be easy enough to repair, but be wary of cars that have been in serious accidents and those that show any sign of rust damage.
Car brands and models also determine their resale value and how well they retain their initial selling cost, as more popular and reliable brands tend to remain high on the buyer interest list. Although they tend to be more expensive than other cars, it is a good indication that you’ll be investing in a solid vehicle that will continue to serve you well in the long run.
Check Car Sales Websites
If you have a specific make and model in mind, scouring through a few car sales websites for similar models will give you a good idea of how much they sell for on average. You can also consult online valuation websites, where you can enter the details of any car and get an instant estimated market value. Bear in mind that the condition of the car you’re interested in can greatly affect the price, as cars that have visibly undergone a lot of wear and tear in terms of the bodywork and interior will lower the sales price.
While you can buy from a private seller, it’s always wiser to look at second-hand cars for sale from a reputable dealer like Motus Select, which offers a warranty and has a good track record. After all, buying a car is a big decision, and you should be completely confident that you’ve made the right choice.
If you’re currently in the market for a vehicle that offers affordability, ample space and versatility, a crossover or mini SUV might well check all the boxes for what you need. Today, we look at two very popular models in the pre-owned car segment: the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke. While the Juke is no longer being sold since its discontinuation in South Africa in 2019, several of these models are available that are in great condition. The Captur, in turn, has been a firm favorite and one of Renault’s best sellers for several years, and a recent facelift edition was introduced to the market in 2021.
While both the Captur and Juke are about the same size overall, the Captur offers a more spacious cabin and more vertical elevation for taller passengers. The starkest contrast between the two models becomes apparent when comparing the rear seats. The Juke’s rear row of seats is quite cramped due to the raked roofline. Smaller rear windows also create a more confined feeling than what the Captur offers.
When it comes to storage space and flexibility, the Captur wins hands down, thanks to the 377-liter boot that can be expanded to 1235 liters when the rear seats are collapsed. The Juke has a standard boot space of 352 liters, which can be maximised to 1189 liters when the rear seats are folded. Both vehicles feature stylish interiors and quality trim, with very similar layouts of the dashboard and driver-side steering sections.
In terms of fuel efficiency and performance, the two are fairly evenly matched when it comes to their petrol variants. The Captur averages at 5.4 liters per 100 kilometers, while the Juke comes in at an average of 5.5 liters per 100 kilometers. Both models are available in petrol and diesel options, and both offer a turbocharged variant for buyers looking for a bit more power under the bonnet.
Overall, the Renault Captur has always been the favorite of the two among car buyers. It features a more modern, fun, and sporty appeal, while the Juke has traditionally been more of an unusual choice because of its stocky and somewhat clunky design exterior.
If your mind is set on getting a Renault Captur, be sure to check out our online inventory of pre-owned vehicles. We frequently have models in great condition at unbeatable prices on offer.
SUVs have undoubtedly become all the rage among local car buyers of all ages and lifestyles and it’s easy to understand why. They’ve become a lot more affordable in recent years, are incredibly versatile and spacious, engines have become significantly more efficient in terms of power and fuel consumption, and you have a huge range to choose from.
In spite of the ever-increasing competition between car manufacturers to gain the top-selling position for their SUV offerings, one model, in particular, has risen above the rest and taken a stronghold of the local and international best selling status: the Kia Sportage.
After nearly two decades of existence – since its launch in 2004 – the Sportage has climbed in popularity year after year, and every new generation unveiled to the world springs forth newfound admiration and desire in car buyers. Here are just a few reasons you should consider Sportage one of the best candidates on your shopping list.
Extremely Competitive Pricing
It’s long been a mystery how Kia manages to pack so much luxury and functionality into their vehicles and still manage to keep their prices as low as possible. However, don’t let this deceive you into thinking they fall short in any aspect. Kia is now touted as a world-leading car manufacturer with scores of awards and high safety rankings under their belt. The features and build quality you’ll get in a Sportage, coupled with Kia’s amazing 5-year/unlimited mileage warranty and excellent customer service, means you’ll feel like royalty by owning one of these great SUV models.
Kia is ranked one of the safest cars in the world to drive, and its Sportage models have scored full five-star ratings by the IHHS safety ranking evaluation standards. The 2020 variant of the Sportage is fitted with a host of safety features, including lane-departure warnings, rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic emergency braking, and active lane control. That’s on top of the standard ABS, EBD, six airbags, central locking with remote control, rear park assist sensors, downhill brake control, hill-start assist control, and parking assist, all guided and controlled by the integrated touchscreen infotainment system built into the front center console.
While the Sportage is beautiful to gaze at from the outside, the interior is where it gained a great deal of praise and admiration over the years. Along with high-quality seats and detailed trim – either premium cloth upholstery or leather, depending on the model variant – you’ll find an immersive sound system with six speakers throughout the cabin, an interactive infotainment system coupled with steering wheel controls and a touchscreen built into the console, plenty of storage space in the front and rear, along with air conditioning, to name but a few. Storage space won’t ever be a problem, thanks to the 591-liter boot, which can be further expanded to a whopping 1780 liters if you collapse the rear row of seats.
High Value Retention
Resale value is something one should always consider when buying a vehicle. After all, you’re spending a significant amount of money on a vehicle that, even if you don’t keep for years, should provide you with some return on investment down the line. This is definitely not a concern when it comes to the Sportage, as they are known to retain their market value better than most other cars in this segment. Due to their popularity and high demand for new and used Sportage models, you can rest assured that you will always find a buyer for your vehicle if you decide to sell it or upgrade to a newer model later.
A Big Selection Of Model Variants To Choose From
The 2020 range of Sportage models is available in six variants: three automatic, 6-speed transmission two-wheel drive models, two manual, 6-speed transmission two-wheel drive models, and the upper-end 1.6GT-Line model, which features an automatic 7-speed transmission gearbox with all-wheel drive.
There are four-wheel options, all of which are alloy cast, ranging from 16 inches to 19 inches. The Sportage comes in a range of ten sophisticated colours, including Blue Flame, Infra Red, Casa White, Copper Stone, Cosmo Blue, and five variations of gunmetal, silver, charcoal, and black.
Kia is planning to release their all-new, facelift 2022 edition Sportage later this year, and it’s looking even more impressive than its predecessors on every front. If you can’t wait until then or don’t have the budget to afford the fairly high expected cost of R664 000, you can still get your hands on a pre-owned Sportage model that’s in pristine condition for a more affordable price.
For the best Kia Sportage prices on used models, be sure to look at the Motus Select online inventory on our website. We update our stock frequently and have dealerships nationwide to assist you.
A brand new Motus Menlyn multi-franchise dealership has opened its doors in the heart of Pretoria.
The dealership consists of four new car brands and two pre-owned vehicle offerings as well as a number of shared services. This concept gives customers a wide variety when shopping for new or pre-owned vehicles in one a convenient location.
The four new car brands include Nissan, Renault, Kia and Hyundai.
Nissan currently boasts a revitalised product range which includes the all-new, locally built Navara range as well as the funky Magnite with additional new models expected to be launched in coming months.
Renault offers a wide variety of compact and affordable models with an extra dose of French flair. Visitors can experience stalwarts such as the Duster, Koleos, Kwid and Triber and meet newcomers the Clio 5 and Kiger.
Kia is now an established brand in South Africa and offers a comprehensive range of vehicles, with particular emphasis on SUVs. The Seltos, Sonet, Sorento and Sportage feature modern styling in a SUV package combined with frugal yet powerful engines. Value for money offerings include the Pegas and Picanto.
Hyundai also boasts a revitalised model range that includes the Grand Creta, Palisade, Staria and Tucson. Volume sellers include the well-known Creta, Grand i10, i20 and Kona.
The pre-owned vehicle offerings available at this new dealership include Motus Select and Auto Pedigree.
Motus Select prides itself on offering good quality pre-owned vehicles that adhere to strict criteria that guarantee quality and allow motorists to shop with confidence.
In order to ensure that the vehicles being offered for sale are in excellent condition, Motus Select subjects the vehicles to thorough 110-point quality checks. In-house technicians thoroughly inspect the vehicles to ensure that everything is as it should be.
Auto Pedigree has been selling high quality pre-owned vehicles to South African motorists for over 40 years. During this time Auto Pedigree has established a reputation for quality used vehicles with great service. All vehicles sold through Auto Pedigree are subjected to thorough mechanical and electrical tests to ensure that they are in excellent condition before going on sale. The majority of vehicles sold come with a full-service history and police clearance certificate.
“While the dealer environment might be changing, we still believe that there is a need for brick-and-mortar dealerships. While this new facility represents a massive size and investment, it incorporates six brands in a cost-effective way thanks to a number of shared services such as admin functions and workshops. The brands we have on site have been carefully selected and will allow visitors to the dealership to shop with confidence from a wide variety of brands and models,” says Corné Venter, CEO of Motus Retail and Rental South Africa.
The new Motus multi-franchise facility is located at 224 Garsfontein Road, Menlyn, in the heart of Menlyn Motor City with convenient access to the N1 and R21 highways as well as the Menlyn Park Shopping Centre.