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If you are in the market for a previously owned vehicle, there are many extra things you should check out in order to make an informed and responsible decision. Used cars obviously come with a history and for the most part, you won’t ever know all the details about where it travelled and who owned it in the past. For maximum security and peace of mind, you can request to see a full history report on the car.
Whether you are looking at buying from a dealership or private seller, you are fully entitled to the background information of the car as you will be taking over responsibility for it if you buy it – and this could potentially be a very costly decision if the car turns out to have been stolen or involved in any other illicit activities, not to mention the risk of buying a car that is clearly not likely to last you very long due to previous accidents or engine failures.
Every cars entire history is officially recorded based on its engines VIN number - this number is used to track where the car goes from first sale all the way to the point where it is written off as scrap. The information provided on a cars history report can vary, but you may be able to find out several extra details about the car, including:
This information will be very useful if you know what to check when reading the report. Here are a few things to look out for:
Many New Owners In A Short Span Of Time
If the report shows that the car has moved from owner to new owner a few times in a matter of a few years or even months, it’s a big warning sign. Chances are good that there is something very faulty with the vehicle, that either cant be repaired or would cost far more than the actual value of the vehicle to correct. Conversely, if you see the car has only had one or two previous owners in its history, consider it a positive sign.
Check For A Recent Emissions Testing Report
With changes in global policy concerning the legal limit of carbon emissions a vehicle can produce in order to be roadworthy, you need to make sure that the car has undergone an emissions test and has passed. In some regions, it is not only illegal for you to drive a car that fails this test, but it is also illegal for someone to sell it to you.
Check If The Car Has Lived In Coastal Regions
Something often overlooked when checking out a used vehicle is where it was parked and where the owner lived. This is important because if the car spent years in a coastal town or city, the salt content in the air will have caused additional corrosion and damage to the vehicle. If you’re still willing to take on the car if it has been near the ocean for many years, be prepared to take on additional costs for maintenance and corrections if the previous owner did not get rust protection for the car in the past.
Cross Examine Private Sellers
There are many risks involved with buying from a private seller. You wont have any fall back if anything goes wrong with the car after you have bought it and most sellers will not be willing to assist you once they have got their payment. Another big issue to look out for is to check whether the seller is actually who they say they are. There is always a risk that the car may not belong to them or that it has been stolen. Ask them as many questions as you need to be completely reassured that they are legitimate. Some of the questions you should ask are: how long they’ve had the car, was there ever an issue with the battery, which components gave trouble or had to be replaced in the time that they had the car. They should be able to comfortably answer any of these questions. In addition, double-check the report to validate that they are in fact the last owner of the car.
Check The Odometer Reports
Quite often sellers will roll back the odometer of the car to make it look like its travelled far fewer kilometres than it actually has. The history report should have logs of odometer readings over the years, typically logged whenever the cars licence is renewed or whenever the car was sold off. If the numbers dont add up to the current reading, there may well be more than just a false odometer reading to be worried about.
While it may be a time-consuming job to go through all of these checks of a used cars service history, we strongly recommend you take a bit of time now to be sure, to avoid having to take a lot of time in future to deal with oversights you had when buying the used car.
With a sizzling South African summer ahead, we have no doubt that you have plenty of adventures planned. From cityscapes to exploring the bush, cruising through our Rainbow Nation is a must this season. What better to accompany you on your travels than a super SUV for sale from our exclusive range at Motus Select?
Whether you’re looking for dynamic design, innovative technology, or exceptional economy to accompany you this summer, we have an SUV for you. We can meet your price and exceed your expectations with our selection of world-renowned brands. Below are just a handful of our top performers.
The Ford Ecosport is a well-known subcompact SUV in South Africa. It offers consumers a smaller body but all the comforts of a fully-fledged mid-sized or larger vehicle. The second-hand market has a number of variants available, fitted with a 1.5L engine and an acclaimed fuel economy of 6.3L/100km. There are also 5-speed manual and 6-speed automated transmission gearboxes to shop for, depending on your preference.
Features such as its power steering, traction control, and park distance control are all useful support systems to have for short runs and long drives alike.
The Renault Triber incorporates modernity and practicality into its reasonable frame. This SUV is available in four variants, is fitted with a 1.0L petrol engine, and has an acclaimed 5.5L fuel consumption rate.
While seemingly average in size, the Triber does not disappoint with its 625-litre luggage capacity and additional 31-litre interior cabin space. Features such as its speed-sensing door lock, impact-sensing door unlock, and seat belt reminders make it an excellent choice for those who are looking for a secure vehicle.
The Chery Omoda C5 model is available in five variants, with a 1.5L engine across the range. It brings some serious competition to the market as a 5-seater SUV with a claimed 6.9 L/100 km fuel consumption rate. The SUV is also equipped with a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox as a standard.
Features include follow-me-home lamps, adaptive cruise control, lane departure prevention, and even forward collision warning, which are practical and effective driver support systems to help keep you safe on the road.
Land Rover Discovery
For larger groups, the Land Rover Discovery is the obvious choice. It’s one of the bigger options available today, with its 7-seater versatility. The range carries four variants, in diesel and petrol options, with a fuel consumption rate of 6.7/100km on average. Older models are available in manual, although there are plenty of automated options in our range to choose from.
Electric seats, navigation, climate control, panoramic sunroofs, and leather interiors are just some of the features consumers can take advantage of, depending on their chosen model. All of these benefits make for an incredibly comfortable and convenient drive.
Whatever you choose, it’s important to find the right vehicle for you, especially if you have lengthy travel plans ahead. Think of reliable air conditioning, comfortable cabins, and features that make a difference on the road, like cruise control, hill descent control, or even collision mitigation systems.
Discovering our country’s diverse and rich landscapes is bound to make it an enjoyable summer to remember, especially when coupled with one of our high-end SUVs. Whether coasting down Hermanus, exploring the mountains of the Drakensberg, or enjoying the subtle charm of Clarens, South Africa is a real beaut.
An unforgettable adventure awaits in the right SUV for sale direct from Motus Select. Whatever your preferences and needs are, we have a car for you.
In South Africa, bakkies are renowned for their tough exteriors and exceptional power. For most, it's the complete package, blending both performance and practicality.
With this in mind, we have an incredible line-up as consumers shop from the preowned, demo, and new markets when comparing bakkies for sale. There are the usual brands that most South Africans flock to, and then there are the newcomers, who are bringing some competition.
Take, for example, the freshly crisp Isuzu D-Max AT35 bakkie. It’s a good option to consider, bringing a certain coolness and edge to the highly competitive segment. But what can it offer you, especially against the likes of the formidable Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger or even Nissan Navara?
Arctic Adventurer: The Isuzu D-Max AT35
The Isuzu D-Max AT35 hit our shores earlier this year, bringing a cold front to the bakkie market for the foreseeable future. It can conquer urban jungles and off-road terrain just as well. Here’s what you need to know: The Arctic Truck is a sculpted masterpiece with a styled yet muscular frame, equipped with a 3.0L engine and a 6-speed automated transmission gearbox. It exudes toughness while managing to remain contemporary.
Anti-lock brakes, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), and a number of airbags throughout the front end of the interior cabin come standard. Other support systems include the speed-sensitive lock, parking distance sensors, and rear cross-traffic alert. Additionally, there is a 4WD (4-Wheel Drive) selector and diff lock fitted in the AT35. Weekend adventures or zipping through traffic, the AT35 is bound to deliver a fresh perspective on the industry.
Good Ol’ Faithful: The Toyota Hilux
The Toyota Hilux has cemented its brand in the South African market, offering consumers the ultimate, reliable bakkie you can always count on. The range carries three variants, with engine sizes ranging from 2.7L to 4.0L. Although it is a far heavier guzzler than most, with a consumption rate of 10.7 litres per 100 km, it has several features that more than make up for it. These include stability control, cruise control, a premium audio 9-speaker system setup, and an 8-inch touchscreen to heighten the overall cabin experience.
Consistently Capable: The Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger remains a great challenger with its four-variant selection. The models are fitted with a 2.2-litre diesel engine, along with 4x2 and 4x4 options to choose from. The Ranger also consumes a fuel economy rate of 8.0 litres per 100 km. Features like its cruise control, reverse camera, and driving mode function make it the ideal sporty vehicle for everyday use. You can depend on your Ranger to take you places, drive through congested traffic, and climb the Sani Pass with no hassle.
Worthy Competitor: The Nissan Navara
The Nissan Navara continues to dominate the bakkie market in South Africa. It offers an alternative option for consumers to consider and is more than a worthy competitor. With 10 variants available in the latest range, you can shop accordingly.
All models are fitted with a 2.5-litre engine. Manual and automated transmission gearboxes are available, as well as 4x2 and 4x4 options. Convenient features support the driver from start to finish, with lane departure warning alerts, rear cross-traffic alerts, and a dual climate control zone. All in all, it’s a great thing to consider when weighing up your options based on your budget and lifestyle needs.
New or trusted, bakkies can provide you with all you need in a vehicle. Whichever of these top-notch brands resonates with you, we are sure that Motus Select can find your ideal bakkie today for incredible customer service, exceptional value, and even better prices.
Tackling tough terrain has never been easier, with all the options South Africans have today when shopping for bakkies for sale. Find your bakkie in 1, 2, 3.
As South Africans, we have to admit that we truly love the month of December. We look forward to the end of the year—well, for the entire year. It’s a time to relax, travel, holiday, visit loved ones, and indulge.
Another thing that remains true for the South African consumer market across demographics is our pursuit of real value. It’s one of the reasons why so many of us resonate with SUVs because they meet lifestyle needs and budgets without much fuss.
To balance both off, there is no greater option than the Renault Kiger for sale ‒ a formidable competitor in the crossover SUV segment. The Kiger brings together style, versatility, practicality, and performance to give you the complete compact package. And it’s the perfect vehicle for your summer plans.
Whether exploring the Panorama route or enjoying some downtime in Clarens, the Renault Kiger is a superb contender to consider. It offers consumers contemporary design and high-end utility. But what else does it bring to the table?
For one, the Renault Kiger range carries some impressive specifications. It has five variants, which are further divided into three trim lines, namely the Life, Zen, and Intens models. From here, you can shop between manual, automated, and CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) gearboxes, depending on your driving style. Additionally, the Kiger has an acclaimed 5.4L/100km fuel economy.
With innovative technology at the forefront of the Renault brand, you will find that the various driving modes offer practical support for every journey. Drivers can switch between Eco, Sport, and Normal modes, depending on their preference and the terrain ahead. This works hand-in-hand with the multi-sense driving mode system. For road trips, this provides you with exceptional control over your handling and responsiveness on the road, ensuring that you tackle terrain as needed.
Explore, Discover and Enjoy
Features are where car brands offer differentiated value to their customers, and the Renault Kiger is no exception. It has an incredible line-up of functional features and standout safety systems that really make it a worthwhile purchase.
For instance, the brand has an acclaimed Smart Cabin; there is an 8-inch floating touchscreen, a reverse camera, ambient lighting, premium audio, and even a wireless smartphone replication function. The Kiger also boasts a 405-litre luggage capacity, which ensures you have all the space you need for your travels. All of this encourages a comfortable and convenient road trip.
The French certainly have a flair for things, and this is no more evident than with every car that Renault manufactures. It is characteristically French, modern, sleek, and stylish without seeming forced on the outside.
On the interior, you will find an ergonomic design at the front and centre, with practical storage compartments throughout the cabin. Coupled with meticulously sewn trim lines, it elevates the entire vehicle in a classic manner. Altogether, the Kiger exudes a certain coolness that certainly turns heads no matter which road you travel.
The sporty front grille completes the iconic Renault Kiger look, and this cohesiveness flows inside. The bold, sculpted body is only one aspect of this crossover. With its higher ground clearance, aluminium skid plates, and well-designed spoiler, you can be sure you have the ideal SUV to travel with this December.
Renault has created a practical crossover SUV that excels at doing it all without much effort. It’s a car that goes places and affords you incredible economy, no matter the journey. Whether it’s a quick getaway or discovering new attractions around South Africa, you can do it all with the Kiger. Navigating the urban jungle or countryside has never been easier, with the Renault Kiger being an excellent driving companion.
The Renault Kiger for sale is an exceptional crossover SUV that we highly recommend you consider. Owning yours has never been easier than with Motus Select today.
It's not always easy to tick off what suits you and what doesn't while looking around for second-hand cars that fit your budget, wants, and lifestyle. A hatchback can be the perfect commuter car, but it might not be the right choice for your family's needs. And even if something does give you the extra space you’re looking for, it may exceed your budget.
But there is one brand that seems to be making waves for all the right reasons: Haval. Relatively new to the South African market, this Chinese automaker is already redefining the SUV segment with its high-performing, affordable, and functional vehicles. Not only do Haval’s cars make their mark with an incredible price tag, but they are delivering truly exceptional vehicles to the market that turn heads as well.
But with so much promise, which Haval cars deliver for families? Take a look at just what’s on offer as we explore the current range available in South Africa and from Motus Select.
While it may be compact, the H1 has a ground clearance of more than 180mm, making this a 1.5-liter engine crossover that packs a punch. But what makes the H1 (the rebranded GWM M4) a family-friendly square-front SUV are its safety specs.
From its child safety lock to the dual airbags, rear park assist, EBD, ABS, and entertainment features, you can rest assured your precious cargo will be protected and enjoy every journey on SA’s roads.
Despite being discontinued, there’s still much to love about the H2, which was specifically marketed as a medium-sized family SUV.
Featuring a 1.5-litre engine that delivers 110 kW and 210 Nm of torque, dual-zone automatic car conditioning, Keyless Go, multimedia equipment, park distance control, tyre pressure monitoring system, spacious leg room, and more, it’s got everything a family could need. It’s light on fuel and its affordability makes it a true contender in the market.
This five-seater automatic, available in petrol or hybrid, has many of the components families love, from being able to comfortably fit three child seats in the backseat to storing all the baby gear in the boot. Boasting a sophisticated fusion of European and Asian design, it’s got all the features for an affordable price.
With heated seats, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, a panoramic sunroof, dual, side and curtain airbags, 360-degree camera with excellent graphics ‒ this mid-size SUV is kitted out for your family’s comfort and safety.
Leading the Haval lineup is the 4x4 H9, which is luxury personified. Its stylish, sporty exterior (available in 5 colours) welcomes drivers and passengers to a vehicle that’s been designed with security, economy and entertainment in mind. With its strong frame, 8-speed automatic transmission, 180 kilowatts of power, 350 Nm of torque, 7 cushy synthetic leather seats, and improved fuel consumption, this car was built to transport families in all conditions.
It hasn’t skimped on luxury for a very fair market price. The steering wheel is fully adjustable to the driver’s preference, and the 8-inch easy-to-use touch screen hosts various tech functions, such as massage and heating settings, tri-zone climate control, and a reverse camera. For peace of mind, it has Roll Movement Intervention, Lane Change Assist System, Hill Descent Control, and 6 airbags to keep all occupants safe.
The Jolion is currently the best seller of the brand, and here’s why: affordable variety. The range carries two specific variants that are further split into five trim lines. There are also two gearbox options (manual and DCT) and a 1.5-litre petrol engine. More importantly, the Jolion boasts an acclaimed 7.7.5 L/100 km fuel consumption rate and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in approximately 9.4 seconds.
The car comes standard with ISOFIX child safety points, allowing you to quickly mount your children’s safety car seats with no hassle. There is also the 430L luggage capacity, which can be used with its 60:40 split seat functionality, increasing the boot space to a whopping 1133L.
Safety is a priority in the Jolion, starting with its dual front and curtain airbags for the driver and front passenger. Following this are the rear parking distance sensors, cruise control, driving fatigue detection, ABS, EBD, and BA. On certain models, you will find features such as downhill assist, lane departure alert, and blind spot detection especially helpful.
What is a family car without an interior that has been ergonomically designed and fitted with features made to enhance the overall comfort level? The Jolion has features such as wireless charging and rear dual USB ports, and the panoramic sunroof will elevate every drive on almost the entire range.
Because we have the latest models of second-hand cars with the lowest mileage and best quality, Motus Select has various Havals on offer. Go on, treat your family.
Fuel efficiency is a critical factor to consider when car shopping. With all of us feeling the crunch, you may be in the market for a more economical car, such as the Kia Rio for sale or the Kia Picanto.
Both are renowned for offering incredible fuel economy, which will meet your needs as a cash-strapped consumer in today’s current financial climate. But what is the better buy for your other needs, driving preferences, and lifestyle?
Below, we compare these two nifty hatchbacks to help you make a financially sensible decision for your wallet.
Cost-Effective Excellence: The Kia Rio
If you are looking for a city car to help you navigate daily traffic with just a little bit extra space for weekend adventures, then the Kia Rio is the car for you. What’s more impressive than its economical value for long-term driving is its fuel efficiency.
There are 11 variants in the newest range available in SA, with manual and automated gearboxes available in two distinct speeds: a 5-speed or a 6-speed. But what makes this a financially wise decision for most is that across the range of 1.2L, 1.4L, and 1.6L engines, the Rio consumes an average fuel rate of 6.2L/100km on many of its base models.
With over 40 high-quality used options available from us over at Motus Select, you are bound to find the ideal Kia Rio to meet your expectations quickly.
Budget Conscious Design: The Kia Picanto
A worthy contender for the Kia Rio is the much more compact Picanto. Unassuming at first, its size is no indication of its economical performance in any regard. But with a few variants available on both the new and pre-owned markets, consumers can shop according to their needs.
The range offers a 1.2L and 1.4L engine option, as well as manual and automated transmission gearboxes. With acclaimed top speeds reaching around 155 km/h, it is on the slower side of compact vehicles.
But where it excels is fuel economy. The Picanto, quick on its wheels, has an outstanding consumption rate of 5.8 litres per 100 km. For consumers looking for a car light on fuel from our extensive range for daily work or school commutes, the Picanto can deliver flawlessly. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for with its extremely low usage, which can tackle rising prices today with ease.
When comparing two greats, such as the Kia Rio for sale or the Kia Picanto, you are spoilt for choice. More so when you consider their price points, exceptional value, and, most importantly, their incredible fuel economies.