Romantic destination
Romantic destinations in South Africa
3 Best Romantic Destinations in South Africa   In a beautiful country like South Africa one of the best ways to experience everything it has to offer is by road. You don’t even need to drive too far from home before you arrive at a place away from the rat race. With Valentine’s Day coming up what better to spend some time away alone with your sweetheart?   We’ve put together our top three choices for Valentine’s 2017 getaways that will put some extra spark in your relationship.   3: Midlands Meander – KwaZulu-Natal We’ve chosen the Midlands Meander because of the enchanting Drakensberg Mountains, which forms part of Lesotho’s east-side border. Situated halfway between Johannesburg and East London, this destination is worth the drive for a long and languishing romantic getaway or even long weekend if you’re pressed for time. After all, it’s not just the destination that matters, but the journey too.   For couples who need more than stunning landscapes, the collection of arranged routes in the heart of KZN offers much to keep you busy with activities. Visit local events, sample scrumptious cuisine, go hiking, or buy each other a memento to take home at one of the many arts and crafts shops on offer. The Midlands Meander is, after all, famous for its arts and crafts routes that include antiques, ceramics, pottery, paper, beadwork, leatherwork, tapestries, stained glass, wrought iron, clothing, herbs, and wind chimes. https://www.midlandsmeander.co.za/   2: Hogsback – Eastern Cape   Deep in the Eastern Cape of South Africa lies a magical world of mountains and forests. High up on the mountains known as the Amathole is a little place called Hogsback, surrounded by indigenous forests. If it’s silence and tranquility along with a little magic your romance requires, this place tops the list.   Make this a special adventure together and experience the truly amazing beauty of Hogsback on foot – the best way to enjoy all it has to offer. Scores of hiking trails lead you both through forests, up and down mountains, past waterfalls, and along gentle streams. It’s no wonder Tolkien took such inspiration from this magical, mystical place! Situated about 145km from the nearest city of East London, Hogsback is just two hours away inland from the sea, and arguably the best romantic destination to veer off to when travelling along the Sunshine Coast. https://www.hogsback.co.za/   1. Robertson – Western Cape   Known as the valley of wine and roses, as well as the small town with a big heart, it’s no surprise that Robertson makes it to the top of our romantic getaway list. The town’s Victorian architecture, streets lined with purple jacaranda, and vineyards bordered with roses makes it the perfect backdrop for love and romance.   Situated at the heart of the longest wine routes in the world - Route 62, it is a leisurely 90 minutes away from Cape Town. The route stretches along with the wine-growing areas of Wellington, Tulbagh, Worcester, Robertson and the Klein Karoo, where there are a host of romantic activities to enjoy. And at the end of each day, round off the experience by simply sitting and sipping on some good wine together while watching the sunset. https://www.robertsontourism.co.za/direct Looking for a reliable second-hand car to take you places? Then look no further than Auto Pedigree’s great deals. Visit any of our 65 branches nationwide, select from 3,000 quality used vehicles, and you could drive away with your ideal car the very same day.   Disclaimer: Auto Pedigree and the authors make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or by following any link on this site. Auto Pedigree and the authors will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. Auto Pedigree and the authors will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
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Car wash
The Easy Water-Wise Way To Wash Your Car
With the latest water restrictions in many parts of the country, car owners need to think twice about how they will keep their vehicles clean. Leaving dirt to pile up isn’t an option either.   AVERAGE CAR WASH WATER USAGE Hosepipe Washing Bucket Washing 450 litres 32 litres    “If average household water consumption was cut by 20% today, it would contribute significantly to building the ten-year water reserve needed to avoid future water cuts,” While the country is experiencing its worstdrought in a century, water scarcity in South Africa is not going to go away any time soon, and in fact is set to worsen. As responsible citizens how do we adapt to accommodate this problem?   Previous to the water reduction policy, we thought nothing of sending our car off for a luxury spa bath every so often - we love our cars, after all. Sometimes even lovingly washing, waxing, and polishing it ourselves. All this energy spent is a good thing because it goes along way to keeping your car looking as good as new for as long as possible. But only if you’re doing it the correct way, or you could be inadvertently causing more damage than good.   This is how we recommend washing your car for the good of the car and the good of the planet, which ultimately benefits you and future generations.   The Green Method   Don’t use a hosepipe. This method, however convenient it may be, is wasteful and actually no longer fashionable! The water-wise way is to use buckets, and done right works very well.   To wash the outside of your car, you willneed:   2 buckets 1 microfibre washing cloth 1 microfibre rinsing cloth 2 super-absorbent microfibre drying cloths 1 micro fibre glass cloth 1 sponge or soft bristle brush for the wheels Method:   Park your car under shade and out of the sun and heat. Fill buckets with clean water. If the car is very dirty, remove as much lose dirt and dust as possible with a soft feather duster. Start washing from the top down with microfibre cloth. Use car shampoo sparingly to release grease and non-water-soluble grime. More suds doesn’t equate to a cleaner car. In fact it makes it more difficult to rinse, and leaves more streaks. Choose mild and gentle rather than harsh detergents.  Wash the wheels and tyres last with the sponge or soft bristle brush. Rinse off with the second bucket of water and clean microfibre cloth. Dry off the body panels with the super absorbent microfibre cloths, leaving the wheels last. Dry and polish the windows and mirrors with the glass micro fibre cloth while the windows are slightly damp and not too wet. Lastly polish the paintwork, bumpers, and tyres.   Over time sun, salt, bird droppings, treesap, and other environmental factors takes their toll on a vehicle’s paintwork.To maintain that new car finish, when you buy a quality used car from AutoPedigree, you have the option to choose our three year AutoShine Paint Protection Warranty.   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 beliable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
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Driving Safety Tips
Driving Safety Tips
It’s the holiday season and while many South Africans are flying abroad or locally to be with friends and family, or simply looking for a change of scenery, there’ll be those that will be taking on the open road.     These tips will help you get to your destination safely while keeping you happy on your way there.    Prepare and Plan   Ensure your car and all its components are in good condition and ready for a long journey. Check brakes,tyres, windscreen wipers, lights, and fill up the tank before setting off. Get a good amount of sleep the night before, especially if you’re planning to leave before dawn to miss the rush, make sure you turn in early enough to get at least eight hours of restful slumber. You know what your end destination is, but planning a route ahead of time before setting off gives you an overview of how you’ll get there. Psychologically this will ease your mind,leaving you to concentrate on the important matter of driving. Get the latest weather reportupdates so that you don’t get caught unaware, and prepare appropriately www.weathersa.co.za. Eat a healthy meal to help you stay attentive and feeling good. Caffeine may seem like a good idea but the initial alertness fast becomes an unsteady decline. Dress comfortably and wear loose, natural fibres that breathe. Pack a printed road map or atlas as a back up to your GPS device. Network services, apps, and technological devices can be unreliable, especially in remote areas.   During Your Journey   Make use of GPS and traffic tracking apps such as Google Maps or Waze. Not only will these guide you with directions so you don’t get lost, but will indicate the traffic situation along the route you plan to take. Regular and adequate rest breaks during a long journey is fundamental to  avoid fatigue. Share the driving every 2 hours or so even if you don’t feel tired or sleepy. If driving alone it’s important to make regular short stops whenever the opportunity arises. This prevents you from becoming overly fatigued and forced to pull over and rest at a place that is less than desirable or at night. At times when you have to pull over, remember the rules of the road and never park in the emergency lane or shoulder of the road, unless you have no choice. A shocking number of accidents are caused by mobile phone use, and South Africa has one of the highest road accident rates in the world, with around 25% of those accidents caused by cellphone use while driving. Most drivers seem not to be aware that they are not permitted to use a hand-held communication device while driving. This includes a cell phone, microphone or other communication devices, as per the South African National Road TrafficAct. Drinking and driving is a good idea – only if it’s plain water. Anything else besides home brewed teasans the sugar should be avoided. That includes fizzy drinks, energy drinks, commercialiced teas, alcoholic beverages, and the vast array of other choices on the shelves. Most of all, be courteous to other drivers. Don’t let road rage get the better of you. Remain calm and relaxed. Remind yourself that you are on holiday. Leave the stresses and pressures of the rat race behind and you should be well on your way to a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable ride!   Get peace of mind when travelling on long open roads. We offer you the option to take out vehicle insurance or the AutoPedigree Plus Plan when you buy a used vehicle from Auto Pedigree. Find your nearest branch here and pop in for a visit.     Related link: A South African Road Trip
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When To Renew Your Motor Vehicle Licence
When To Renew Your Motor Vehicle Licence
Last year, many South African motorists found themselves caught unaware by traffic policeman stopping and writing out fines for failing to renew their car licences. It wasn’t that motorists were trying to avoid paying, but rather that they were used to receiving the annual notification and had simply failed to check when their licences were due.   It’s not clear what the reason for the notification failure was – but it seemed as if the problem occurred during a handover from eNatis to the Department of Transport and the Road Traffic Management Corporation – with possible confusion around which party was now responsible for sending our renewal reminders. In another report, a reason was stated in that the Department of Transport had not paid their SA Post Office bill. Answers to what the situation is and will be in the future are currently unavailable from the relevant parties.   Renewal Applications   What is clear is that motorists must take responsibility into their own hands and monitor their licence expiry dates to ensure payment is made within the 21-day grace period. Both fines and renewals can be dealt with at the post offices. Besides being penalised with a fine, failing to pay on time comes with it’s own set of complications, and is not a simple process of walking in with cash and walking out with a renewed licence. You first need to complete a renewal application form,and make sure you have the relevant documentation with you:   Green bar-coded identity document or smart card Proof of address such as a utility bill The old licence disc for details   Also make sure you have enough cash to pay for the fine,penalty, and new licence. Credit or debit cards are cannot be used. There’s also the possibility of the post office running out of renewal forms, so it’s a good idea to download it and fill it in beforehand. See the South African Government site for further information and for information for vehicles registered in a company name.    Reminder Tips   No doubt that lesson has been learnt. Late renewal penalties and arrears can amount to anything from R90 to R1000 and even more, depending on how many months you’ve been driving with an expired licence disc. With all the extra time and money spent dealing with the issue, it’s worth it to take it upon yourself to remember, rather than depend on a reminder that may or may not come.   Check your licence disc today. What date does it expire? Put a reminder on your phone, To-Do list, kitchen calendar, or anywhere you know you will be sure to see it in time. Ring the date and also give yourself a reminder a month in advance. This way you’ll save yourself not only money, but also the inconvenience. Save yourself time with the convenience of buying a used car from Auto Pedigree,where you get quality, choice, and value all at a great deal.
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Child Car Seat Guidelines for Parents
Child Car Seat Guidelines for Parents
On the 1st May 2015, the car seat regulation was enforced to protect children in the event of a car accident. Between three to four children die on the road in South Africa every day. Unnecessary deaths that could have been prevented had these children been strapped in or buckled up. We need to see child car seats as an investment in the safety and well being of our children and not an expensive luxury item. But do we know what and how to buy the right car seat for our child? The first thing to note is that the seat needs tobe age-appropriate:   AGE SEAT TYPE  DESCRIPTION   Birth – 2 years or when they reach the weight and height limits of the seat*.   Rear-facing seat Infants and children should be buckled in a seat that faces the back of the car and placed in the back passenger seat. 2 – 5 or when they reach the weight and height limits of the seat*. Forward-facing seat Once outgrown, children should be buckled into a forward-facing seat placed in the back passenger seat of the car. 5 and upuntil seat belt fits properly (15 – 25kg) Booster seat A booster seat makes use of the car’s seat belt to strap the child into. It should fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt lays across the chest (not the neck). For the best protection, buckle children into the back seat. *Check the manufacturers’ manual or label   Remember to check that seats are properly fitted even if it requires a few extra minutes. A safely strapped in child can reduce the need for hospitalisation by almost 70% in the event of an accident.   Buckling up saves lives by:   Reducing the risk of contact with any part of the interior of the vehicle in an accident Reducing the severity of the injury if contact does take place Reducing the force of impact over the strongest parts of the body Preventing a body from being ejected from the vehicle on impact Preventing injury to otheroccupants in the vehicle   Failure to strap your child into the correct car seat, booster seat, or seat belt before driving off meets with serious punishment with a heavy fine if caught. Take the extra time and effort- lives are worth it.   The AA recommends that a child be always properly restrained with a car seat or booster seat until the child can safely be secured by the seatbelt. From the AA website: “The National RoadTraffic Act does not have a specific regulation in respect of children sitting in the front seat.”   For peace of mind when travelling with your family, you have the option to take out the AutoPedigree Plus Plan when you buy a used car from Auto Pedigree. Whether its roadside assistance, medical assistance, or legal assistance, you get assistance 24 hours a day, every day for the next two years. Find your nearest branch and pop in for a visit.
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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.  
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Family car
Family car features
It happens to most of us eventually - we move out of home, get married, have children, adopt a jack russell and a cockerspaniel and before we know it the world has suddenly become smaller. This is when we realise that actually, what we simply need is a bigger house - and a bigger vehicle. Of course, when it comes to family cars,increased size is not the only requirement; safety and other practicalities must also be considered. While every family’s vehicle needs are unique, these are some of the great features to consider when it comes down to buying that all-important family car:   1.  Safety Rating   Parents know full well that precious little lives are a priority. The Euro NCAP star rating makes gives consumers the knowledge and confidence to choose the safest cars for their needs possible. Euro NCAP presents a star rating our of 5, along with safety scores for various safety factors and a downloadable pdf report.   2.  Airbags   These days, front airbags come as a standard feature in most cars, but when it comes to transporting young children, particularly under the age of 13, it’s important to know the type of force an airbag generates. In a collision, an airbag exerts extreme force towards the front passenger seats that can be fatal to children since their bodies are not fully developed. When driving with a child in the car, either disable the air bag or strap them up in the rear passenger seat.   3.  Storage   Self-drive holidays and long weekend trips around the country are a given in a beautiful and scenic country like South Africa. There should be enough luggage space to serve the whole family’s home-away-from-home requirements. These could be anything from fitting a baby’s pushchair, sports equipment, or picnic paraphernalia in at any given time.   4.  Comfort and Convenience   A vehicle plays a big role in a family’s everyday life, constantly taxiing children around means it’s worth buying a vehicle that is comfortable and offers convenience. This means a car must be spacious with ample leg and head room while offering all the small conveniences such as side pockets and drink holders both front and rear. It’s surprising how these simple additions make a car ride so much more pleasurable.   5.  UV Protection Windows   Glass itself does not protect an adult or child from harmful ultra violet rays from the sun. Not all car windows have the same scale of UV protection on their windows, and neither are they consistent between the front windshield and the side windows in the same car. Windshields are made of different material to side windows. They offer higher sun protection,as they’re thicker and laminated with a type of plastic that also helps to absorb UV rays. However, side windows are not laminated in the manufacturing process making them block less UV rays. If your choice of family car has a low UV protection score consider having UV-blocking tinted film applied to the side windows.    6.  Sliding Doors   When it comes to families with children and pets, a four-door vehicle is a must – but nothing beats the convenience of rear sliding doors in a family vehicle. The extra flexibility gives easy access to the rear seats, allowing the ability to load and unload babies and dogs into a wider opening.    7.  Bluetooth   Young children can be a handful and need our constant attention. So as parents we’re always looking for ways on how best to serve their needs. A car with Bluetooth technology allows parents to talk on their mobile phones hands-free. While we parents of young children to be totally engaged on the road and aware of their passengers and not their mobile devices, Bluetooth technology is helpful if it’s absolutely necessary to be constantly connected.   8.  Cruise Control   Anything that improves your comfort as a driver with children in the car improves the experience of the journey. Switching a vehicle on to cruise control allows the system to automatically maintain it at a set steady speed. This is especially useful on family road trips that can be physically demanding and requires a great deal of mental concentration. By alleviating the need to constantly engage between the foot pedals means driving becomes an easier task by simply having to steer the vehicle.       9.  Cubby Hole Cooler   In sunny South Africa, when for most of the year the days are hot and sometimes unbearably sweltering, being able to keep a bottle of water from turning warm in the car is a real pleasure. Bigger compartments will come in even more useful on longer drives and road trips to keep your ‘padkos’ fresh and the chocolate from melting. If you’re looking to buy a second hand car for your growing family, why not visit Auto Pedigree and select a vehicle with our Deal Assistance promotion? Find your nearest branch or contact us.       Disclaimer: Auto Pedigree and the authors make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or by following any link on this site. Auto Pedigree and the authors will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. Auto Pedigree and the authors will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
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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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