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If you've got your heart set on a KIA model and have decided it's time to finally take that leap and buy one, you're bound to set out on a search journey of proportions not much less tedious than house shopping. Cars are, generally speaking, considered to be the second biggest financial investment you'll ever make, so it's completely warranted that you take your time to do research and hunt for the best possible option for your available budget. KIA is very popular and is a much sought-after car brand in South Africa and the brand's very modern innovations along with their striking design style have made all of their models desirable to the masses. To help you with your search and to hopefully make the entire process easier and more efficient for you, we've compiled a list of tips when searching online for a used KIA for sale.
Google Is Your Friend
For instant and comprehensive details on where your desired KIA car is available, search Google and remember that putting more specific details in your search query will narrow down the results to the most appropriate to what you're looking for. For example, if you don't just want any available KIA Rio but have your heart set on a specific year, variant and colour, use all of this information in your searches. Bear in mind that the more specific you are, the fewer results you're likely to have, so if you're flexible in terms of attributes, make your search more general to get a larger selection of options.
Scout Dealer Websites
These days any dealerships have an online platform where they display and sell their vehicles. Browsing their websites will save you a huge deal of time as you won't need to travel to every brick and mortar dealership to enquire and view a car. Most websites also have a filter option which is very useful if you want to cut through several pages of results to search through. Filter your search by make, model, year, mileage and price, among others and remember that these websites update almost daily, so keep checking them often.
Don't Forget Social Platforms And Reputable Websites
While the majority of cars can be found on dealer websites, you might also strike it lucky by searching trustworthy classified sites and by also giving Facebook Marketplace a look. Many dealers expand their marketing by also advertising on these platforms and if you're willing to look at buying from a private seller and not deal with a dealership, which we don't advise, these are your best bets. Just remember that private sales do come with a great deal of risk and no guarantees to protect your interest, so if you do go this route, do not pay for or sign anything until you have met the seller in person and looked at the car yourself. There are three other very important things to do if you buy privately. Firstly, always ask for all paperwork to verify that the car is roadworthy, has all its documentation and licences, as well as a paper trail indicating its history. Secondly, have the car inspected by a professional before you make any final decisions. Whether it's a mechanic you trust or a motoring authority like the AA, rather take the time and pay the small extra cost to be sure that you're making the right decision. Thirdly, if you want to be certain that you won't get scammed or run into trouble with the sale, have a lawyer draft up an agreement that both you and the seller need to sign, indicating the terms of the sale. That way, both you as a buyer and the seller know what to expect and can fall back on the contract if anything goes wrong.
Set Up Automatic Notifications
Many reputable auto dealer websites give you the option to request to be notified as soon as they receive stock of the particular vehicle you're looking for. Sign up for these and you will save a great deal of time when it comes to scouring several websites every day. You can also set up an RSS feed on your computer if you'd like to have quick access to any new additions online.
Get Directly In Touch With Dealerships
Vehicle stock typically goes through a quality control process and several checks before they're placed online to be sold. You can contact your local dealerships and ask them to notify you the moment new stock arrives so that you'll have the first preference and a better chance of buying the car before too many other people are made aware of it through ad placements and websites. Another tip to keep in mind is that there is a national online inventory of all cars available for sale in the country, and all dealers have access to this list. That means they can search and track down something very specific for you even if they don't have it in their stock inventory, and arrange for a sale transfer if you're eager to buy the vehicle. Also remember that most reputable used car dealerships offer the option to have the car delivered to you, wherever you are in the country, so don't let the fact that you're in a different province deter you from scouting nationwide. Delivery typically doesn't cost too much extra and some dealers would even be happy to arrange for delivery free of charge if you negotiate with them.
We hope these tips will help speed up and simplify your search for that perfect used KIA for sale and remember that Motus Select offers a range of carefully checked and quality assured second hand KIA models for sale, so check out our website or enquire for more information.
One of the most dreaded things to think about as a car driver or passenger is the possibility of ending up in a car accident at some point in time. No matter how careful and responsible you are, sometimes things go wrong, and situations develop that are out of your control. While the best prevention is vigilance and defensive driving, it’s vital to prepare for what to do if you find yourself in a car accident so you can operate within legal bounds at all times and get your car to a car repair workshop once everything has been dealt with.
Sometimes the sheer panic and adrenaline of a situation like this cause you to want to flee and escape. Whatever you do, don’t ever leave the scene of an accident - you could be criminally prosecuted, especially if there were severe injuries and damage to other cars.
It’s essential to give approaching vehicles a heads up to slow down and avoid worsening the situation. You can do this by immediately turning your hazard lights on and placing an emergency triangle a few meters away from your car, facing oncoming traffic. Make sure that it’s safe, and watch out for oncoming cars before attempting to get out of your car.
If anyone else was involved in the collision or accident, go and check on their condition - if you see that there are injuries and that someone may require medical attention, call for an ambulance or emergency services right away.
If there’s a possibility for other cars to continue passing the accident scene and the road isn’t completely obstructed, move loose panels and any debris out of their way. You can also try to move your car to the shoulder of the road if it’s drivable and safe to do so. If the police arrive at the scene, follow their instructions and don’t move vehicles unless they have made preparations by guiding traffic and saying it’s safe.
It’s imperative to get contact details and other information from all other parties involved in the car accident. You’ll need this for the police report and for any insurance claims you’ll have to make. Be sure to get the other driver(s) full name, ID number, phone number, license plate number, make and model of their car, insurer details, time and date of the accident, and any eyewitness reports along with their contact details. Taking photographs of the accident scene and getting detailed shots of the vehicles will also be very helpful as evidence.
Once you’ve followed these steps, you can contact your insurer’s emergency roadside assistance to collect your vehicle and take it to an approved car repair workshop. If you do ever find yourself in trouble or in need of a fixup, get in touch with our team at Motus Select.
Considering the amount of time we spend driving and the everyday risks involved in being on the roads, it’s worrying to think that perhaps you’re still actually a novice at driving. For most people, that is the case. However, very few people ever continue improving their driving tactics once they’ve gotten their driver’s license. While it’s not really common knowledge that there are many levels to driving skill development, it only seems sensible that you should spend a good amount of time refining and improving your driving style so that you can keep yourself - and others on the road - as safe as possible.
Advanced driving courses offer you the opportunity to become a better driver and teach you crucial skills to avoid accidents and keep your vehicle safe from needing unexpected car service and repair.
Who Are Advanced Driving Courses For?
Well, everyone who drives, basically. Car journalists and professional drivers undergo extra training through advanced driving courses to ensure that they can handle powerful vehicles. These courses can be a life-preserving investment for anyone who wants to drive with more confidence and know-how to handle unexpected situations.
What Do Advanced Driving Courses Involve And What Kinds Are There?
There are various types of courses to take, each offering unique benefits to make you a better driver. Defensive driving courses teach you to be extra vigilant and know what to look out for on the road. You’ll also learn how to steer and counter-steer if your car slides unexpectedly to prevent rolling. Hijack prevention courses are aimed at teaching you what to be aware of in case of hijacking situations, how to understand typical criminal behavior and tactics in this scenario, and how to escape or evade a hijacking safely.
4x4 Driving Courses are ideal for anyone who owns a luxury SUV or 4x4 vehicle and wants to really get the most out of driving them. You’ll be trained on a variety of terrains and be subjected to every conceivable off-road situation, including gravel hill climbs, muddy slopes, uphill and downhill slopes, as well as very challenging dongas and water-filled zones. During this course, you’ll learn about all the various functions of your vehicle and the correct tactics to use to navigate any landscape.
Lastly, there are high-performing courses. This course will have you training on a race track at high speeds to learn how to handle your vehicle, navigate turns, and know when to speed up, slow down, and change gears at just the right time. This is a crucial course for anyone to undergo if they’ve recently acquired a luxury sports vehicle or any vehicle with a high-performance engine and aren’t used to handling so much power.
If you drive one of most of the popular brands in South Africa, including BMW, VW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and others, you can contact them directly for the contact details of a recommended advanced driving school.
Be safe on the roads and avoid accident-related car service and repair by registering for an advanced driving course today. If you do ever find yourself in trouble or in need of a fixup, get in touch with our team at Motus Select.
The SUV style of motor vehicles has adopted an interesting fanbase over the years, with a surprising evolution in popularity. Initially known to be associated with manly adventure vehicles and sporty families who hit the mountain trails every weekend, it has now also become the vehicle of choice for soccer moms and city-dwelling executives.
The surge in popularity of the SUV has given formerly popular heavy hitters like sedans and station wagons a massive knock down the ranks, claiming a top spot as one of the most desired kinds of vehicles on the market. How did it achieve such a broad consumer interest, and where do SUVs originate from?
Read on to discover some of the lesser-known facts about these vehicles, and you’ll soon be very eager to also look at buying a used SUV for sale.
What The Term ‘SUV’ Actually Means
The notion of an SUV, or Sports Utility Vehicle, is based on the characteristic of a vehicle that is equally capable on the road as well as on rough terrain and more difficult to navigate the territory. Defining features usually include a much higher ground clearance than standard vehicles and often include four-wheel drive capacity. In spite of this general consensus, there isn’t really a specific set of qualifying criteria to decide what makes a vehicle an SUV.
Generally speaking, it’s now become agreed upon that the term is quite a broad classification for a vehicle that has integrated features and capabilities to handle off-road conditions. To further complicate the definition, we also now have several iterations that fall under this classification, in the form of crossover SUVs, mini SUVs, as well as mid-size and full-size SUVs thrown into the mix. The baby boomer generation who were fervent fans of the first and original SUVs may argue that these modern-day versions absolutely do not qualify as the real deal, but if Land Rover and the like who pioneered the commercial SUV, feel it’s valid, who would dare argue otherwise?
SUVs: The Origin Story
If you thought the SUV is a reasonably recent development in the car market, you might be surprised to know that the original SUV as we know it today dates back nearly forty years. According to avid car enthusiasts, the very first vehicle that qualified as an SUV as we now interpret it was the 1984 Jeep Cherokee (XJ), although the main credit for being the original SUV tends to be given to the 1990 Ford Explorer. Inspiration for the modern-day SUV stems all the way back to the Second World War in the early 1940s, with the creation of the Willys Jeep, which could successfully take on almost any terrain to transport people and equipment. Once the war was over, there was no need for these vehicles, but Maurice Wilks - the founder of Rover, which would go on to become Land Rover - decided this concept should be continued and re-imagined a bit. That’s when he took the chassis from a Willys Jeep and combined it with the engine of a RoverP3, built an aluminum body, and introduced it as an agriculture vehicle. The classic Land Rover design it was built on ended up becoming the official vehicle of the British military. Meanwhile, the US government approached Toyota in Japan and requested the creation of a tough military vehicle that would even outdo the Land Rover. Inspired by Jeep and Land Rover, Toyota went on to make what is arguably one of the best SUVs ever produced: the great-grandfather of what would eventually become the Toyota Land Cruiser.
The Expansion Into The Global Market
The popularity and effectiveness of the SUV took off, with military organisations around the world seeking and adopting them as the preferred vehicle for troop and equipment transport. This gave way to the creation and rise of other very popular and well-known vehicle brands, including Hummer, which was introduced to the consumer market in 1992 and was strongly based on the design of the US military’s M998 Humvee vehicle. Ford contributed their part to the market when it first released the Ford Explorer in 1990/1991. The sophisticated luxury brand Range Rover has also unveiled thanks to these origins and was initially a side project of Land Rover to create a larger variant of their models; but eventually, they teamed up with Jaguar to create what became entirely synonymous with the upper crust, luxury vehicles, specialising exclusively in SUV models. This inspired other luxury car brands like BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Porsche and others to create their own variants of a luxury SUV for the executive consumer market.
What initially started as a solution to military transportation needs to be evolved into a practical and rugged off-road consumer vehicle, which then further evolved into a high-spec luxury-class vehicle. SUVs went from being for adventurers and cross-country travelers to entering the standard road use market but were still beyond the reach of most average-income families and individuals because of the high price tag. It was only when manufacturers of affordable cars like Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, KIA, and others began creating SUVs that weren’t packed to the rafters with features, thereby making them less expensive, that the global consumer market finally had a chance to own what was always a very expensive and rare type of vehicle to see on the roads. Today, SUVs have become remarkably affordable and, while initially, they didn’t come with any luxury features for the average-income variants, today you can buy an SUV and find some of the most state-of-the-art features as standard, along with some of the highest safety and performance rankings for any vehicle on the market. Knowing all this, isn’t it time you invested in a piece of the historical legacy by getting yourself behind the wheel of a used SUV for sale?
We are fast approaching a full two years of living in a world where COVID-19 has absolutely changed everything we used to accept as normal. With the recent Delta variant and resurgence of previous variants, the entire world continues to have its hands full, trying to fight the tide and keep everyone safe. Suppose you’ve returned to a life of somewhat routine, including going to shops, driving to work, or taking the kids to school. In that case, it’s important that you maintain strict hygiene habits and sanitise your car if you want to reduce the chances of contracting the virus. This is also important to bear in mind if you’re currently in the market for a car and are test driving or viewing models like a used KIA for sale.
Here are some key points to keep in mind if you want to ensure that your car stays sanitised and your family stays safe, including some important reminders about the virus and how it spreads.
How Long Can COVID-19 Last On Or Inside Your Car?
As explained by the World Health Organization, the virus is transmitted through microdroplets in the nose and mouth, which are spread through normal breathing as well as coughing and sneezing. Because they’re so small, these tiny particles containing the virus can hover in the air and circulate, especially within the enclosed cabin of a vehicle. This means that anyone who travels with you in a car shares a respiratory space and therefore airflow with anyone else in the car, and the particles can also land on the various surfaces around you, from your clothes to anywhere within your car’s interior.
Recent studies indicate that the virus can remain active and transmissible from surfaces including glass, vinyl, steel, and other surfaces for 21 days at room temperature - a worrying lifespan that shows how important it is to sanitise very often. Bear in mind that every time you use your car or transport others in it, that could potentially introduce the virus, and even if you haven’t used your car in days or a few weeks, you or your passengers could still contract it when you drive again.
What To Sanitise In Your Car
The most important parts of your vehicle to sanitise often and thoroughly includes the areas and parts you physically touch and use most often. This includes door handles, rearview mirrors, gearknob, handbrake, steering wheel, indicator and windscreen levers, touchscreens on infotainment systems, and seatbelt clips and straps. Generally, it is strongly advised to wipe down your entire dashboard area as this is one of the main points of contact for drivers and passengers. It’s also where the main airflow ducts are located, which brings us to another important area to keep clean: your air filter and pollen filter. Air filters are relatively inexpensive, so consider swapping them out every so often for a new, fresh set. If that’s not achievable, it’s still important to keep the air vents clean and use a disinfectant spray with a long nozzle to reach deep beyond the exterior vents and distribute sanitiser into the air circulation system.
On the outside of your vehicle, pay close attention to door handles, the sides of doors we tend to hold onto when holding the door, as well as the boot handles and most of the bodywork of the boot exterior. Lastly, don’t forget to sanitise your keys, wallet, and phone, since they typically go everywhere with you and tend to be placed down without much awareness of the risk whenever we are out and about.
Best Safety And Health Practices While Sanitising
Although we have all heard this mentioned more times than we could ever keep count of, it’s important to sanitise your hands several times a day. This is especially important before you get into your car and before you exit it. Even if you don’t leave your car on an errand run - for example, when you go fill up with petrol or order takeaways - you may come into contact with outside exposure through touching a card machine, so be sure to make sanitising a routine habit. For extra precaution when cleaning your vehicle, sanitise your hands and put on a pair of clean rubber gloves before you get started. Wash your vehicle exterior often and spray a disinfectant on frequently-touched areas like doors and door handles.
Best Disinfectants And Sanitisers To Use In And Outside Your Car
While most standard disinfectants and sanitisers are safe to use inside your vehicle, you need to be careful about what you use to keep your car’s interior and exterior safe. Certain cleaners are abrasive or may contain substances that cause a reaction with paint and other materials of your vehicle, which could lead to damage of the finishes or result in unwanted stains and discoloration forming.
To stay on the safe side, buy a specialised disinfectant product that’s approved for use in cars - you’ll be able to find this in the automotive section of your grocery store, or consult your nearest car parts and accessories shop for advice on the best products to use. Alternatively, the safest option is using standard soap and water, along with a microfiber cloth to clean your car. Avoid using any harsh cleaning chemicals like ammonia, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or extreme substances like thinners and benzene, as these will almost certainly cause damage to the delicate substances car interiors, and exterior paintwork is made up of.
If you’re in the market for a car at the moment, including a used KIA for sale, always practice the best sanitary habits by disinfecting your hands before, during, and after any inspection and keeping your mask on throughout the experience.
As the uncertainty and unrest of the last few months slowly begin to stabilise, the used car market is starting to strengthen as well. The overall vehicle sales market is showing an increase in resilience, with more buyers feeling ready to trade in their older vehicles for newer models with lower mileage. Motus Select is excited to see the renewed growth in a market that has taken a lot of hits thanks to unrest, COVID lockdowns and other challenges.
In a recent Dealerfloor article, Motus Ford Kroonstad is showing just how promising the future is looking for the used sales market. This dealership has moved up from C category to D category in the Ford Dealer of the Year Award. According to Gino De Crescenzo, Dealer Principal at Motus Ford Kroonstad, there should be more improvements in the market towards the end of the year.
Read the full interview over here to find out how this dealership is thriving in the current used car market.