2016's Best Cars Chosen by Women

2016's Best Cars Chosen by Women

At a basic level it might be safe to say that women and men have different requirements when it comes to the car they drive. Women weigh their expectations such as comfort, aesthetics, affordability, and functionality up differently. In family situations the woman’s car tends to take on a different role than the man’s. Though it’s a vast generalisation, and certainly societal norms and familial structures are changing, we’re still used to seeing a woman’s car as playing the role of 'mom’s taxi', while his is the executive, utility, or adventure vehicle.   Even in the singles category between genders there are definite vehicle preferences, where certain cars attract more women than they do men. Research shows that when women hunt for a vehicle to buy, they look for something compact, but should have sufficient boot space, and they consider safety, but should still be fun to drive. All the while speed and good looks definitely do not go ignored.   So which cars did South African women choose as their winning formula this year? Interesting to note that in both the judges vote as well as the reader’s choice award both overall winners were SUVs.   The Women on Wheels 2016 Car of the Year was voted for by ten female judges in eleven categories, and thousands of female voters selected their choice to determine the winner in each category. The panel then voted for the overall car of the year. This year, the Hyundai Tucson took top honours by the judges due to its affordability, practicality and overall value for money, while the Range Rover Sport was voted the overall Reader’s Choice Award.   2016 Car of the Year – Judges vote: Category Car Budget buy Kia Picanto Hatchback Audi A3 Family Sedan Audi A4 Luxury sedan BMW 7 Series Multi-purpose vehicle Kia Sedona Green car Volvo XC90 T8 Compact Crossover/SUV Hyundai Tucson (Overall Winner) Large Crossover/SUV Volvo XC90 Convertible Mazda MX-5 Lifestyle Bakkies Ford Ranger Sports Car Ford Mustang   Auto Pedigree has a wide range of second hand vehicles to suit women’s needs from all walks of life.  We also have a selection of great deals to suit your style and budget. Find a branch near you and come in for a test drive.  
the benefits of buying a used vehicle
The Benefits Of Buying A Used Vehicle
  Granted, there's nothing quite like the smell of a new car. Coupled with a squeaky clean dashboard and fresh virgin seats, that new car is enough to tempt you into throwing caution to the wind and shaking hands with the dealer. Unfortunately, the vehicle does come with a price tag that could easily break the bank as well as a few other things.     This is why so many car buyers don't give a second thought to turning to the pre-owned car dealer in search of quality used vehicles for sale. The major advantage is the fact that a new vehicle has an astounding rate of depreciation. While most vehicles depreciate at around 15 to 20 per cent every year, the first year is substantially higher, so the first owner absorbs the costs of this depreciation.   Buy from a Reputable Dealership   By purchasing pre-owned cars instead of new, you don't have to bear the brunt of the drastic drop in the value of the vehicle. As long as you buy from a reputable car dealership, you will ensure that you get a good deal for your money. Here are some other tips for buying second hand cars:   Safety - There is less risk buying from a reputable dealer because you have maximum legal protection. Avoid mistakes - Mistakes cost money, and a car is a high value item that you do not want to go wrong with. Convenience - The reason why it's cheaper to buy from a private seller is because you have to spend your time doing the paperwork, making mechanical inspections, and arranging for finance. Speed - The efficiency of major car dealerships makes it possible to walk in and drive out with your new pre-owned car on the same day. Satisfaction guaranteed - A good dealership will have the interests of their customers at heart and will be prepared to exchange a vehicle within a reasonable period of time. After sales service - You want recourse to action - which is something that you won't get from a private seller.     In summary, there's no doubt that buying a pre-owned car instead of a new one gives you better value for money, but the most important factor of the process is where you buy. The best advice is to only buy from established and reputable car dealerships.  
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the benefits of buying a used vehicle
The Benefits Of Buying A Used Vehicle
  Granted, there's nothing quite like the smell of a new car. Coupled with a squeaky clean dashboard and fresh virgin seats, that new car is enough to tempt you into throwing caution to the wind and shaking hands with the dealer. Unfortunately, the vehicle does come with a price tag that could easily break the bank as well as a few other things.     This is why so many car buyers don't give a second thought to turning to the pre-owned car dealer in search of quality used vehicles for sale. The major advantage is the fact that a new vehicle has an astounding rate of depreciation. While most vehicles depreciate at around 15 to 20 per cent every year, the first year is substantially higher, so the first owner absorbs the costs of this depreciation.   Buy from a Reputable Dealership   By purchasing pre-owned cars instead of new, you don't have to bear the brunt of the drastic drop in the value of the vehicle. As long as you buy from a reputable car dealership, you will ensure that you get a good deal for your money. Here are some other tips for buying second hand cars:   Safety - There is less risk buying from a reputable dealer because you have maximum legal protection. Avoid mistakes - Mistakes cost money, and a car is a high value item that you do not want to go wrong with. Convenience - The reason why it's cheaper to buy from a private seller is because you have to spend your time doing the paperwork, making mechanical inspections, and arranging for finance. Speed - The efficiency of major car dealerships makes it possible to walk in and drive out with your new pre-owned car on the same day. Satisfaction guaranteed - A good dealership will have the interests of their customers at heart and will be prepared to exchange a vehicle within a reasonable period of time. After sales service - You want recourse to action - which is something that you won't get from a private seller.     In summary, there's no doubt that buying a pre-owned car instead of a new one gives you better value for money, but the most important factor of the process is where you buy. The best advice is to only buy from established and reputable car dealerships.  
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Buying a car with Auto Pedigree
Buying With Auto Pedigree
Most of us would like to own an out-of-the-box car that comes with that unmistakable new car smell and an odometer that reads below two digits. But new cars are costly. And you know the old adage that a new car's value depreciates exponentially the moment that you drive it out the car dealership's doors? It's true.       So buying a quality used car makes a lot of sense. But just because the same pre-owned model will cost a lot less than its newer counterpart, it doesn't necessarily mean that it will also perform less. In fact, buying from a reputable car dealer such as Auto Pedigree, means that although you're paying used car prices, you're getting a near new car experience.     Quality As Good As New     Within the pre-owned car market, Auto Pedigree is a cut above the rest. The cars they source are late model with low mileage. This means that they are usually no more than two or three years old.     These affordable cars for sale go through a fine tooth comb, from roof to underside, inside and out. The Auto Pedigree team puts every car through a stringent 116 point check. They pump, grease, repair, and replace everything required to get the car up into peak condition.     Largest Stock Pool in the Country     Second hand car dealers come and go. Auto Pedigree has been going since 1981 - that's 34 years in the business - and is now the largest second hand independent car dealer network in South Africa with over 60 branches countrywide.     Convenience     Your finance application is processed while you wait. Auto Pedigree has a relationship with most of the major banks. If you want to trade-in your old car, Auto Pedigree will tailor your package to include a good price for your trade-in.     When buying used cars, consider who you're buying them from. Investigate the seller and don't make hasty decisions.
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Top News Stories May 2016
Top News Stories May 2016
1. Stay Safe While Driving Personal safety while driving should not be neglected, regardless of whether you're nipping out to the shops or going on a long road journey. Unpleasant situations can occur anywhere, and being diligent and aware of your surroundings goes a long way to saving yourself and your family unnecessary ordeal. The AA released a list of tips to ensure motorists are well equipped to deal with unexpected situations they could encounter. http://mybroadband.co.za/news/motoring/166052-how-to-keep-safe-in-your-car-in-south-africa.html 2. Jozi Waste Pickers Initiative Waste pickers who collect plastic, glass, tins, and scrap metal are often seen pushing and pulling large trolleys laden with recyclable waste in order to earna few rands at the end of each day. This humble exercise leads into all sorts of problems because they have to manoeuvre their vehicles using the shoulder of the road and are often dangerously close to motorists. Now with the help of the Jozi My Beginning initiative pioneered by Soweto-born entrepreneur Sifiso Ngobese, safer and more visible trolleys are being built that also double up as mobile billboards. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/soweto-entrepreneurs-fresh-take-on-trash-collection-20160419 3. Solar-powered Low-speed Electric Vehicles the Answer for Africa? Formal transportation and infrastructure in Africa is lacking partly due to the fact that conventional vehicles are not suitable for most of Africa's rudimentary conditions. A proposal has gone outfor a new model of mobility with a basic architecture that would be ideal for rural communities. More than a transportation vehicle, it would be a multi-functionalpiece of equipment , being used to power water pumps, grind grain, or charge cellphones. Ultimately, it could enable basic commercial growth as part of a micro-economy. http://cleantechnica.com/2016/04/13/best-idea-for-africa-transport-low-speed-lightweight-electric-cars/ 4. Tesla's Home-Power Batteries in SA (Podcast) ElonMusk's Tesla Home-Power kit became available in South Africa last month in April. The imported battery stores energy provided by the sun and is meant to supplement an existing photo voltaic system in times of load shedding and power outages. The entry level cost is aound R145 000 which includes a full installation, insurance and maintenance service solution. http://ewn.co.za/Media/2016/04/15/Tesla-home-power-kit-heads-to-SA
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A Hyundai i20 for Craighall Primary School | Auto Pedigree
A Hyundai i20 For Craighall Primary
Press Release: 2 March 2016 Coupled with the general laughter and joy of starting a new year back at school,excitement ran high at the beginning of the year at Craighall Primary School. Learners, staff, and parents alike all shared in the delight when the school management received a Hyundai i20  from Auto Pedigree. The school has been experiencing huge transportation challenges in their daily activities, and the school principal, Mrs. Parout-Jones stressed the importance of the initiative, adding:“It solves what would have been a particular logistical headache for our school and learners  this year. Now we can focus on what we do best, educating the youth at Craighall Primary. A big ‘thank you’to Auto Pedigree from all at Craighall Primary.” Actual ownership of the vehicle will be passed over to the school once a specific sales target is achieved, and plans have already been laid out to assist the school in achieving this target. Auto Pedigree has a proud history of giving back to communities, particularly in the filed of education and are fully committed to the success of the initiative.
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top news stories of the month - june
Top News Stories June 2016
How Robot Cars Could Save Us Money Driverless cars may not appear too near in the future for South Africans yet, but when they do, they'll not only change the way we work,play, and live, but may also make the cost of motoring cheaper.The fact that a robot takes over from a human being mean less cell phone usage while driving which immediately decreases the risk of accidents, fines, and a host of human errors that end up costing us extra expense.http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/will-robot-cars-make-motoring-cheaper-2028645 Solar Carport Charging Facility is in South Africa The solar revolution has begun with BMW launching its first solar charging facility in Johannesburg towards the end of May. This makes it possible for owners of electric and hybrid vehicles to charge up completely using green energy. Even the carport is constructed mainly of bamboo, which is a particularly sustainable raw material.Charging time is under two hours for a car, but the carport charging facility can also be used to charge electric home appliances as well.Four pilot solar ports would be strategically located and established in Johannesburg,Cape Town and Durban.https://www.enca.com/life/motoring/bmw-launches-first-solar-carport-charging-facility-in-south-africa BMW X5 Hybrid Launches in SA And while we're talking about electric charging carports, BMW's new X5 xDrive40e plug-inhybrid also arrived in the country at the end of May. This is the first of arange in South Africa from BMW (not counting the i8), which recently promised to launch rechargeable hybrid versions of every car in its range within the next few years. Under the hood of this SUV is a lithium-ionbattery pack feeding an electric motor inside its eight-speed gearbox. It's possible to drive this X5 on pure electric power for up to 31km at speeds up to120km/h.http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/an-x5-you-can-plug-in-and-take-far-2026577 Uber Switches on Cash Payment Option Since its launch in South Africa in 2013, an Uber ride meant you could only pay by credit card. Now, South Africa is the first country in the world where the cash payment option went live in five cities simultaneously. These were the main cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. This move comes after Uber fares were reduced by up to 20% in the country for the winter,causing controversy among Uber drivers, partners, and car owners, but the price-cut was designed to drive demand.http://mybroadband.co.za/news/motoring/165790-uber-to-launch-cash-payment-option-in-south-africa.html Top Gear is Back with a South African Spin The BBCshow on DsTV Channel 120 will feature two new presenters Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc. Also on offer are new locations, newideas, and new challenges amongst outrageous track challenges and high-performance car reviews. An episode to watch out for features the team manoeuvreing their vehicle over the treacherous bends on Sani Pass, and racing to the highest pub in Africa. http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/new-top-gear-to-feature-sas-sani-pass-2024734
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Top News Stories July 2016
Top News Stories July 2016
1. Foreshore Bridge to beConnected to the N1 The unfinished Foreshore flyover in Cape Town could finally be completed after four decades. Connecting the bridge to a road that runs on to the N1 was part of a five-year plan for the city to alleviate its traffic congestion. The TomTom global traffic index released in March revealed that Cape Town was the most congested city in South Africa, surpassing Johannesburg.  http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/new-plan-for-cape-towns-unfinished-bridge-2032952   2. Volkswagen South AfricaAchieves Highest Index Score of 113.2% The VWSA Group in Uitenhage was recognised as the top Volkswagen manufacturing plant in the global network since 2015.The score of 113,2% was the highest amongst 13 plants around the world. All are measured on the same key performance indicators. Key contributing factors for VWSA’sachievements were Polo and Polo Vivo production in 2015 at below budgeted costs, and targets to reduce energy and water consumption, and waste and CO2emissions. http://www.autoworld.co.za/NewsArticle.aspx?Article=23619   3. 2016 - The Rebirth of the CarDesign Awards The Car Design Awards have been a coveted award in the automotive industry for many years and this year marks its rebirth.The ceremony was held in Turin, Italy last month to award three categories, namely 'Concept Car' (Mazda RX-Vision project), 'Production Car', (Aston Martin DB11) and 'Brand Design Language' (Volvo Cars). http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/486/146062.html   4. Automobile Association Callingfor Urgent Steps to Curbing Road Deaths in SA According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation, approximately 13,000 people were killed on SA’s roads last year.The AA said attitudes need to change if the death toll is to decrease. Road safety in South Africa is a major problem due to motorists ignoring the rules, believing they’re above the law and will never be caught. They also have the false impression that they will not be harmed through their own reckless driving. http://www.wheels24.co.za/News/effective-policing-key-to-curbing-road-carnage-in-sa-aa-20160607   5. The Reintroduction of the DrägerBreathalyser In2011, a court ruled that the Dräger breathalyser could no longer be used due to problems in the way tests were administered. This led to the acquittal of those accused of driving under the influence. Now after a five year break and there introduction of evidentiary breath alcohol testing (EBAT), the breathalyser is back in use as from 1 August in the Western Cape. http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/sadd-plea-not-to-challenge-breathalysers-2035588    
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Top News Stories November
Top News Stories November
South Africa New Car Sales Forecast 2016 - 2020 Car Registrations in South Africa increased to 32738 cars in October from 31957 cars in September of 2016 as reported by the NAAMSA. In the long-term, the South Africa New Car Sales is projected to trend around 31682.78 cars in 2020, according to econometric models.   http://www.tradingeconomics.com/south-africa/car- registrations/forecast   5 Worst Resale Value Cars For certain, there are very few cars that can retain their value over the years, and every car buyer has heard the saying that a new car drops in value as soon as it's driven off of the dealer's lot. While 4% or so is the average decline in manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) at auction, some cars performed much worse than average. These are the five worst cars for model years 2013 to 2015 for retained value in the third quarter, as compiled by Kelley Blue Book.   http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2016/11/19/these-5- cars-have- the-worst-resale- value/93715126/ More Flooding in Johannesburg Expected The Institute of Risk Management South Africa has urged South Africans to prepare themselves for extreme wet weather conditions, including possible floods, until February next year.    IRMSA chief risk adviser Michael Ferendinos said weather patterns characteristic of La Niña were expected to occur from December until February 2017. This comes after last month’s flash floods when about 150 cars were damaged after they were submerged in water along the N3 highway near OR Tambo InternationalAirport.   http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/joburg- wont-compensate- flash-flood-motorists-2089792 How much South Africans Spend when Buying a New Car According to credit bureau Compuscan, nearly half a million vehicle loans have beengranted over the past year, with the average vehicle loan granted amounting to R272,182.16. In order to afford such a loan, a person needs to be earning close to R30,000 per month. Naamsa data has shown that new vehicle sales over the past year declined by approximately 10% year-on- year with numbers ranging between 40,000 and 50,000 vehicles each month.   https://businesstech.co.za/news/wealth/142560/how-much- money-we- spend-when-buying- a-new- car-in- south-africa/ Fuel Prices Fall in Time for the Holidays   The latest data from the Central Energy Fund shows that South Africans could be in for a petrol price reduction of around 50 cents a litre, depending on which way the currency and fuel prices swing. The Automobile Association said, "While the expected reduction at the pumps ahead of the 2016 Christmas season is welcome, South Africans would be prudent not to expect sustained drops in the fuel price over the next few months"     http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/fuel- prices-likely- to-fall- in-december-2090204       Disclaimer: All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. Auto Pedigree and the authors make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. The owner of this blog will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
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