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SUVs are all the rage, and it is no wonder: they are spacious, capable of handling most types of terrain, are generally safer to drive in thanks to greater road visibility, and have become surprisingly fuel-efficient in recent years. If you are currently considering changing your set of wheels for a used SUV for sale, there is a huge variety of brands and models available on the local market to choose from. One of the many aspects you’ll need to consider when narrowing down your search is whether you would prefer a manual or automatic variant.
Here are a few of the main differences between the two variants and what you can expect in terms of performance, fuel efficiency and driving experience between manual and automatic transmission models.
A big factor you would probably want to consider is whether your choice between a manual or automatic SUV will impact the amount you will end up spending on petrol. In the past, automatic vehicles used to be less fuel-efficient than their manual counterparts by as much as 10%, but has this changed in recent years? Essentially, yes. The advances in automatic transmission engines over the years have gradually improved fuel consumption to the point where today there is virtually no difference in fuel consumption between variants, with certain manufacturers automatic models performing with better fuel efficiency than their manual counterparts. So, in this case, you will probably not need to worry about wasting extra fuel if you are looking at an SUV that has been manufactured in the past three or four years.
Services And Repairs
Another aspect to think about is how much maintaining your SUV is going to cost you in the long run. Fundamentally, manual and automatic engines are completely different. Manual models are mechanical and require driver input to operate, while automatic models use mechanical, hydraulic and electronic components to run. When something breaks down or there is an issue with your vehicle, it is just simpler and less costly to have a manual car fixed. Automatic vehicles need to be serviced more often than manual ones, and it tends to end up costing a bit to maintain. An automatic vehicle also needs more careful attention because of this, as an electronic failure could leave you completely stranded, while you could still get away with a bit of wear and tear with a manual car. You should also bear in mind that just any workshop can not service automatic vehicles – they require specialised equipment to monitor, calibrate and correct issues. One thing you would not have to pay for with an automatic model, however, is clutch plates – something which isn’t typically covered in the original vehicle warranty for very long. If you tend to be a bit heavy on the clutch, and if your driving style causes clutch plates to wear out fairly often, this is not a cost you will need to worry about if you own an automatic SUV.
This one is very much down to personal preference, as many people just want to feel that they are completely in control of their vehicle, and an automatic car does not provide that experience or exhilaration. Manual vehicles tend to have more performance-on-demand, as you have full control over how fast and by how much you accelerate, change gears, and brake.
If you happen to live in a city and are faced with heavy traffic and lots of stopping and going, an automatic SUV will be a stress-free way of navigating your daily routes. There is no need for clutch control, changing gears or straining your left calf muscle while sitting in bumper-to-bumper morning gridlocks. Another benefit of automatic SUVs is you don’t have to worry about stalling your vehicle or adjusting the gears to get up a hill without struggling or making an unintended amount of noise as your car scrambles to keep going. Automatic vehicles are also less likely to be stolen, as they are not so easy for the conventional criminal to jack and go.
In terms of safety, automatic vehicles also have the upper hand as you are not being distracted by having to change gears or switch anything while driving – you simply use petrol or brake, and your hands can remain safely on the steering wheel at all times. New drivers who have not learned to drive manual yet will have a much easier time with an automatic car, which allows them more time to focus on the road and surroundings – a welcome bit of support for the nervous driver. Health and anxiety are two other factors to consider: people who struggle with chronic illness and pain, are older or tend to suffer from panic attacks and high anxiety levels will be much better off with an automatic vehicle as it almost eliminates all the strain you would have with operating a manual car.
Whether you choose an automatic or manual transmission SUV is a very personal decision that involves weighing up costs and lifestyle circumstances at the end of the day. If you’re interested in exploring options for a used SUV for sale, you can view our entire inventory of used vehicles and may discover the perfect match for you.
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.
If you’re someone who is practical and generally invests in things for the long haul, buying a used bakkie is probably the wisest investment you can make. Bakkies are renowned for being never-say-die workhorses that can handle just about any terrain and have the power to carry or pull heavyweight without so much as showing any signs of struggle. Of course, there are various types of bakkies, and you can’t expect a Nissan NP200 to perform on the same level as a Ford Ranger, but whichever variant you go with, you can expect many years and hundreds of thousands of kilometers of performance out of it. If you’re currently in the market for demo cars for sale, considering a bakkie as an option would definitely be worth checking out.
Benefits Of Owning A Bakkie Versus Another Vehicle
Top 5 Bakkies For 2021 and 2022:
If you’re looking forward to experiencing the latest and greatest in bakkies this coming summer and early next here, keep an eye out for these models:
Ready to see what you can look forward to with a bakkie in your life? Here are a few of our favourite demo models that are currently available at Motus Select.
2021 Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di‑Dc 4X4 A/T P/U D/C
This beautiful demo Mitsubishi for sale is a double cab that comes in a brilliant shade of frost white. It has an automatic transmission gearbox with a diesel engine and only has 1500kms on the clock. It features ABS brakes, leather trim interior, and seats, air conditioning, electric mirrors, power steering, rearview camera to assist with parking, central locking, Bluetooth connectivity, and an interactive touchscreen-based infotainment system to keep you enjoying the ride.
2021 Ford Ranger 2.2TDCI XL P/U D/C
Another great addition to our current selection, this Ford Ranger is a manual transmission diesel engine variant and has 1500kms on the clock. It comes in a dark charcoal shade and features alloy wheels, steering wheel controls, electric windows, air conditioning, power steering and also comes with a toolbar already fitted.
Remember that our extensive range of services at Motus Select is focused on providing you with the best vehicles at the best prices. We offer full vehicle financing and will notify you of the result of your application within two hours. No matter where you are in the country, we’ll happily make arrangements to deliver your vehicle to you, should you require it.
For these and many more demo cars for sale, keep checking in on our website stock or contact us directly if you have a specific requirement for a vehicle.
Spring is finally on our doorstep, and what better way to celebrate longer, sunnier days than taking a road trip and enjoying the beautiful scenery our country has to offer? Whether you’re taking a much-needed holiday break or just getting out of the house over the weekend, nothing accompanies that feeling of fresh beginnings like getting behind a new steering wheel every day and starting your day with renewed spirits. To help you kick off your journey, we’ve put together some of the best-used cars for sale, currently available at Motus Select.
2015 Hyundai i10 1.1 Motion Manual
One of South Africa’s favourite small hatchbacks, the i10 has won many accolades since its initial launch in 2008. It’s the perfect zippy city car, ideal for students and anyone looking for a reliable, fuel-efficient vehicle that’s very affordable to maintain. This particular model comes in silver, has a manual transmission, and has 114 494kms on the clock. Extra features include steering wheel controls, heated electric side mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity as well as a CD and MP3 player, full electric windows, and airbags.
2019 Honda Brio/ Amaze Brio 1.2 Trend 5dr
If you’ve been a fan of the Honda Jazz but don’t need something quite that size, the Brio might be the perfect choice for you. This zippy little Honda is a great combination of style and fun and comes in gunmetal grey. It has 42 760kms on the clock, and features include air conditioning, power steering, Bluetooth, front electric windows, airbags, and central locking. At only R124 900, you’ll get all the high-quality performance and reliability that comes with the Honda brand, with great fuel economy to boot.
2017 Renault Stepway PH2 EXP 66KW Turbo
Renault’s Stepway has been a popular crossover vehicle for the brand and is the perfect combination of reliability, features, and versatility. This model comes in an eye-catching electric blue, has a manual transmission, petrol engine, and hosts a great range of features, including electric front windows, hillside assist, hill descent control, airbags, power steering, airbags, and CD Radio. With the characteristic feature roof racks, the Stepway is the perfect companion for surfing adventures and taking road trips to the more untamed parts of the country.
2017 Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost Ambiente 5dr
Another hugely popular model on local shores, the Ford Fiesta, has been a firm favourite for over a decade, and it keeps getting better with every revamped edition released. This model comes in gunmetal grey, has a manual transmission and petrol engine, and has clocked a total of 105 113kms. It’s absolutely packed with features and will leave you wanting for nothing. Look forward to enjoying electric front windows, airbags, an anti-lock braking system, steering wheel controls, telescopic steering, Bluetooth, central locking, and a remote access key system. It can be yours for only R145 990 or for R2603 per month for 72 months on a payment plan.
2013 Renault Megane 1.4tce GT‑ Line Coupe 3dr
Looking to upgrade to something sporty that will really capture attention wherever you go? Look no further than this striking, electric blue sports version of the Renault Megane. It’s a manual transmission, petrol-engine hatchback with 112 256kms on the clock. Features include central locking, alloy wheels, power steering, central locking, electric front windows, a sat nav infotainment system, and a huge digital rev counter. This model has also received the highest possible score on the Euro NCAP Rating. It is available now for R149 995, or R2674 per month for 72 months with financing.
If you’re looking at getting the best-used car for sale, there’s no better time to do so than right now with Motus Select, thanks to our great cashback special offer. Get up to R40 000 cashback on your purchase to do with whatever you like! Check out the models on offer, and get ready to start off your spring with a smile on your face.