Taking your car to a car repair workshop for a service or repair when it's no longer covered by a service plan from an authorised specialist means you'll have to fork out cash for whatever needs fixing or maintenance. It also means that, unlike with a service plan backed by a known supplier, you won't necessarily have the automatic certainty that everything will be done thoroughly or correctly. To ensure that you don't get swindled or left with more problems than before you took it in, we've compiled a quick checklist to follow when you take your car to a service centre or repair shop.
1. Proper Documentation
This is crucial from the get-go, as you will need to have a clear track record and evidence of what was agreed to, terms of service, as well as proof of payments and invoices. The first document to get a copy of is the job sheet. All mechanics and service centres use this as a guideline for the job, and it should include all of your details, the date, specifics about what the job will include, as well as notes on any specific issues you need them to look at. Once your service has been completed, double-check the job sheet to ensure that they have marked all of the itemised tasks as complete and also look out for any extra notes they may have added during the process. Secondly, ensure that you get an itemised bill or invoice, clearly stating what was included and how much it cost. Check carefully that no pre-discussed additions were made and if you're unsure about any of the items listed, ask them to elaborate.
2. Check Fluids
Check your car's petrol level before and after the service - it should not have dropped by much as mechanics typically only take a drive around the block to ensure everything is in order. If you've requested an oil change or oil filter replacement, check that the oil in your tank is light in colour to confirm that it is the new oil. Confirm whether they have replaced the coolant and brake fluid as well.
3. Tyre Condition & Wheel Balancing
Although it's unlikely, your car's tyres may be swopped with older ones if you've had wheel rotation or wheel balancing done. Pay attention to how they look before and after the service.
4. Double Check Before Leaving
Ensure that you have your service booklet, belongings and tool kit with you before you leave the service centre. Sometimes these items can be misplaced or forgotten and it's much harder to convince them that something's gone missing after you've already left.
If you'd like to have absolute peace of mind that you're dealing with a reputable service provider who ensures absolute customer satisfaction, contact one of our Motus Select Service Centres for professional and friendly assistance. We have a car repair workshop near you, wherever you are in the country and will get you back on the road in no time!
This year has set some new trends, one being that we have not been doing our beloved road trips.  With restrictions partially lifted we can lift our eyes to the road and start planning.
Well, hold on there, safety first. We want you to stay safe in the new or used car you have but it's not only about car service and repair. Save fuel, your 2020 wallet and our planet. Here are some helpful tips.
Tip #1 Listen to this advice.
South Africa's natural beauty, global award-winning destinations and millions of fabulous people spread throughout this paradise make road trips a fantastic holiday option.  Unfortunately, there is danger on our roads, so tip #1 is to follow these tips.
Tip #2 Book A Car Service
Book a service for your car and tell them you are going on a long trip. They'll know what to check. Plan a week for the service in case they need to order a part. You can help by checking your licensing expiry dates, your tyres and ask a mate to help you check your lights.
Tip #3 Plan Your Route
Ask for advice from those around you about the route that you are planning. They might comment on-road hazards like unfenced cattle, roadworks, potholes or lots of farm vehicles.
Tip #4 Plan Where To Stop
After about 150 to 200km, it is important to take a break. This is important because it is very tiring to focus on any task for 1.5 or 2 hours, never mind driving. Stretch your legs, do some yoga poses or play catches with any kids you have with you. Do a spot check all around the car.
Tip #5 Streamline
If you are not using your roof rack, remove it, it creates a lot of drag and fuel inefficiency.  To improve the balancing of the car, keep the centre of gravity low (hence lower suspensions). To help this position the weight of your cargo very low in the car.
Tip #6 Cruise Or Lose
Driving with anger, too fast, stamping on the accelerator and wildly breaking will wreak your fuel efficiency. Drive conservatively and approach points where you might need to brake slowly. This will assist in fuel efficiency.
Tip #7 To Overtake Or Not To
We all get tired and impatient on a long road trip and might make a poorly judged decision to overtake a truck at an inappropriate time. Put your car into a lower gear, turn the music down and focus on the road, undisturbed until the overtake opportunity arrives.
Tip #8 Tracking Buddy
Scan the road for a traveller who is clocking the same speed as you. Play follow my leader with them and it will stop you from random speeding up and slowing down. Reminder maintain a safe following distance.
Tip #9 and #10 is to have a good playlist prepared and have fun, fun, fun.
To prepare, follow these tips and don't forget your phone charger. If you need a metal steed for your glorious road trip remember that Motus Select offers a vast range of both new, pre-owned and demo vehicles, and our inventory is updated daily. Check our website today and let's get your journey started with proper car service and repair.
Nissan has produced many incredibly popular cars since it was founded in 1937 and the popularity is across all categories. Their famous Z models set many a heart racing as does their GT-R nowadays. On the other end of the needs spectrum, South African families have been steadfastly and safely driven by the Juke and X-Trail SUV models for decades. Nissan was ahead of the market in developing a "true" electric car in their elegant Leaf model while their rugged, sleek Navara delivers toughness with bakkie loads of comfort. On the new Motus Select website, you will find Nissans and every brand you desire at the simple click of a button. If you are looking for Used Nissan cars for sale in Johannesburg here are some of our favourites, handpicked, chosen and selected for you.
This top-performing SUV first climbed its way into the market in 2000. It is a tough SUV with lots of rugged SUV offering lots of equipment and lots of space. In its 2WD and 4WD models, it gives you a good driving experience but it is a top performer off-road. Its looks are now sleeker with Nissan's ongoing stylish refinements with their SUV designs. It is similar to its smaller sibling the Qashqai but we believe it is better value for money. The build quality is very good and there is a generous supply of equipment. The updated interior and safety features are excellent and the updated Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies are impressive making this a highly attractive car.
If you need a 7-seat crossover for school runs that is rugged enough for a boys camping weekend then this is the most versatile offering in its segment.  The Intelligent 4x4 technology is very responsive and boasts it can adapt to changing conditions "30 times faster than the blink of an eye". Whether or terrain demands push up to 50% of the power automatically to the rear via the intelligent drive technology.
After a super comfortable trip listening to the Bose premium audio system, the rear doors open to 80 degrees so you unpack the camping crowd with ease. The Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission smoothly delivers exceptional fuel economy and if the Eco Mode+ is used for the trip you will enjoy the simplest way of saving. This car is highly popular with a diverse cross-section of the market.
It is also available in a diesel option. Pre-owned, the Nissan X-Trail sells for between R240,000 and R320,000, on average.
Nissan leads the market again when they originally released this cheeky model ahead of competitors. The Juke is a super popular small SUV but punches way above its belt.  Its generous kit levels, good performance and great efficiency make this good looking adventurer a great option. If you want to pump up the performance and go edgier on the looks there is an exciting 'Nismo' (Nissan Motorsport) model with enhanced sports styling and up to 214 bhp.
This sporty, hip beauty is a compact crossover carrying a good dose of attitude to complements fabulous urban styling. From day one it has been a head-turner from young professionals to starter families. What steps it away from simply being urban is its high ground clearance which is perfect for good visibility on the freeway as well as clambering through the bundu. It has a generous offering of the latest integrated technology making it a one-of-a-kind vehicle. It is fun, powerful and versatile.
From its presumptuous headlights to its 4x4 stance and then topped with the sleek upper body of sportscar, the JUKE says fun and adventure as you first set eyes on it. With the sporty look comes concealed rear door handles and a bold grille.
If you can pull yourself away from the exterior you will be delighted with the interior styling. It has refined, premium touches which are bold yet elegant. The Nissan Intelligent Key* makes it easy to lock and unlock the doors to this impressive interior without removing the key from your pocket.
Available in a range of petrol and diesel engines, a pre-owned Nissan Juke sells for between R170,000 and R240,000, on average.
This car was a genius design by Nissan. It is aimed at the entry-level of the market but definitely in the upper section of that. It showcases a contemporary, bold look and an impressive environmentally friendly fuel economy. It's great-build quality and youthful design are complemented with incredible reliability. As with the other Nissan models is has impressive technology even in its standard version.
A comfortable drive is optimised with ergonomic anti-fatigue seats, very easy access to control panels and improved noise insulation. The front seating has a lowered position delivering exceptional headroom. Rear passengers have loads of shoulder and knee room and the boot is surprisingly large at 300 litres or 1004 litres with the seat folded down.
Whilst enjoying the physical comfort of your drive you can up your experience levels with the BOSE® PERSONAL® audio system. You can choose your desired level of 'audio immersion's through the personal space control feature found in the infotainment system's audio settings. There are loads of other smart storage ideas for you including a bucket-type glove box, 1.5L bottle door pocket, seat pockets, cup holders and a phone-holder with USB/12 V power sockets.
This dynamite wrapped in a Nissan Micra package sells in Used Car online catalogue from between R120,000 to R220,000.
Selecting a Nissan for urban jungle experiences or bundu bashing in the mountains will give you solid reliability, advanced technology and years of legendary memories with your family, friends or that rowdy camping crowd. Remember that Motus Select offers a vast range of both new, pre-owned and demo vehicles, and our inventory is updated daily. Check our website today and let&rsquos get your journey started with a used Nissan for sale.
Life is no longer a simple straight line, everyone and everything must be agile, connected to technology and multi-functional. South Africa's favourite workhorse, the bakkie, is now a status symbol, a labourer, an off-road vehicle and a family transporter. Multi-purpose bakkies mean you don't need multiple vehicles for the multiple channels of activity which is a great cost-saving.
If you are looking for a multi-purpose used bakkie for sale and want to know which is the best here is a quick overview of some double cab, multi-purpose bakkies.
A range of double cabs was tested on their performance on tar, gravel and a 4x4 course. This was done at Gerotek testing grounds, Gauteng. Some of the vehicles tested were
In this test, suspensions and chassis were tested and compared. The Ford Raptor performed superbly with its special rally-bred suspension and high-profile tyres cruising easily over dips and bumps. Some other contenders were flung about on the route but all ten bakkies made it through the 4x4 course without drama. The Raptor's performance though was superior with excellent comfort and ground clearance.
The Toyota Hilux was a good contender with a good, smooth ride on bumpy sections even though it does not have the high tech suspension of the Raptor but a simple, sturdy setup of old school leaf springs. Hilux is SA's best-selling bakkie and its excellent performance explains this sales fact.
All the drivers enjoyed travelling in the very beautifully attired interior of the Mercedes X-Class and admired its lionhearted performance. The Land Cruiser received comments such as "felt tough enough to bash through a wall" and a great bang-for-buck performance from the gutsy Mahindra Pik Up.
An all-round good performer was the VW Amarok. It was liked for the quality of the ride and rigid feel to the structure, its athletic power and a deluxe cabin. It won the hearts of many of the testers as a top choice. You can find a Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 TDI H-Line + 4MOT Auto D/C, diesel option, with 2 Year Warranty, full-service history with VW, full DEKRA Multipoint Quality Check done and Armadillo Cover Nationwide delivery from R498,000 or R7,958 p/m x 72* months.
In February of this year the final test results, including the laboratory tests by Gerotek which time to process, were announced. The Volkswagen Amarok won the title bakkie of the year against 10 contenders. It scored 90.5 points, beating the second-placed Ford Ranger Raptor at 86.3 points and highly impressive third-placed achieved by Toyota Hilux 85.4 points.
Does this test overview whet your appetite for a new or used multi-purpose bakkie for sale in our online showroom?
Remember to check our website daily for used car deals and used bakkies for sale. Exciting inventory is updated every day.
Vehicle quality and safety are all about prevention. By not attending to your KIA, Renault, Mitsubishi or Hyundai car repairs and maintenance or by delaying visits to the car repair workshop you are reducing the quality, value and longevity of your car.  Follow these tips to get your car ready for 2021.
High-risk items that are ignored are bald tyres, broken lights, broken seat belts, cracked windscreens and severely unbalanced or misaligned wheels.
Making the effort to maintain the basics in your car is more cost-effective than major repairs caused by neglect of you Toyota, Ford, Mercedes or Audi.
We agree, it's a boring read but it's a necessary read and it gives advice on how to keep up your car's quality such as "when and what" fluids to fill up, "how to do" a tyre pressure check, "how to handle" an engine heating event and handy tips on DIY items like "how to change" your blinker light bulb. It will also give you service periods or milestones which should be adhered to.
Your dealer's car repair workshop is the only source of truly genuine parts.  Other outlets selling parts that look genuine cannot guarantee that it is not a clever rip-off.  If that part fails and your car or a person is injured then you will have no rights to recourse.
The level of training that goes into the professionals that work at a dealer is far superior to a one-man operation with a few helpers clipped on.
The other advantage is that there is an authentic written record of the car's service history which adds significant value to the resale value.
There are huge developments in vehicle technology all the time and car engines are more like computers nowadays but there are still things that you can check personally.
Now you are prepped with information to keep your car looking and running like a million bucks, or 2 million if it is an Astin Martin. If you need a top-quality service of your new, pre-owned or demo vehicle by exceptionally well-trained professionals book today with Motus Select. If you are servicing your car in preparation for selling it then check our website today for new and used car deals. Inventory is updated daily.
Renault is a time-honoured French institution and an epic brand in the automotive industry. It is renowned for its family vehicles like its adventurously styled SUVs and daring MPVs, but also its sporty hatchbacks. The Clio and Megane are the best selling Renault hatchbacks with Captur and Kadjar leading the SUV category and the versatile Scenic booming in the MPV category.
When faced with such an attractive array, the choice can be difficult when you want to buy a used car to match your practical needs, your desires and your budget.  With the terrific finance vehicle called trade assistance, you get help with your vehicle budget needs in Johannesburg. You can structure a customized deal with the bonus benefit of it giving you huge amounts of flexibility in your choices. If you are not familiar with the term, the explanation is that trade assistance is an amount paid to the car dealership by the car manufacturer based on the dealer submitting the required paperwork which will prove that you did indeed do a trade-in with that dealer.
If you want to use your current car as a trade-in option, our helpful team of professionals will first do a fair and thorough evaluation of your vehicle. You will then receive an offer amount that is linked to the vehicle's M&M book value. This M&M value will be factored against the condition of your used vehicle and market used car sales of your vehicle in Johannesburg. The greater the projected demand to buy your specific used car, the greater the final Trade-In value.
When the used vehicle being traded-in is still under an existing finance deal, the settlement value needs to be deducted from the Trade-In Value. When the settlement value is higher than the Trade-In Value it is not ideal for you but the trade assistance does offer you the opportunity to settle your current debt, starting your new, Renault used car financing with a clean slate.
So your used vehicle price will be the price quoted minus the nett trade-in value minus the trade assistance amount = amount payable by you.
This option will suit many Renault lovers this year. You will be able to zoom off in your SUV, MPV or sporty hatchback without having to pay immediately. Not we are not suggesting theft but it will feel like a steal of a deal.
The trade assistance offered can be used to service instalments instead of reducing the price. The financing bank is happy and you get a "payment holiday" for the initial 3 to 6 months after buying your Renault used car.
This is a great option to use when you are planning a road trip holiday. The Trade Assistance can be issued in a cash form, so you and the family can pile into your newly bought used Renault Scenic MPV and zoom off with the Cash Back Option financing the holiday. Of course, we won't spill the beans if it used for the Man Cave or She Shed.
As you can see from the extensive list above, the joys of Trade Assistance is that it can be clipped together in a multitude of combinations that suit your needs. You, and you alone, design your deal!
Now how easy it will be when choosing a Renault used car for your vehicle of endless adventures? Your journeys will be stylish, technology-supported, carried with quality, and wrapped in safety. With your choice options increased by Trade Assistance, you can surf smoothly through our super slick new website and see the vast options which are updated daily!
Visit our online showroom today to start building your new thrilling and rewarding driving memories  There is impressive diversity to choose from in Motus Selects' vast range of both new, pre-owned and demo vehicles with a simple click of a button. Visit often and you will soon find the vehicle of your dreams.