We all have a sense of love for our trusty vehicles, which is why doing all that we can to avoid a costly car accident should be a top priority. There are basically three ways in which to avoid a costly smash-up:
Obey the rules of the road,
Improve your driving skills,
Improve your driving habits.
These seem simple enough, yet strangely, improving one's driving habits seem to be the most difficult to achieve. In order to improve your driving skills, you can go on an advanced driveing school course which will fine-tune your abilities and reactions behind the wheel. However, to improve your driving habits, you almost need to draw on tremendous personal resolve and execute with determination.
These are five habits that you can work on that may save you the trouble and trauma of being involved in a costly car accident:
In our everyday lives, we're generally well-mannered, even-tempered people. We open doors for others, greet politely, and say please and thank you. In the instance that we get behind the wheel of a car, we go through a metamorphosis. The road becomes a racing track, and we're out to win!
If you're ever tempted to act this way, remember that courtesy begets courtesy. The more you treat other road users with respect, the more you'll find that respect will be forthcoming from others - it's human nature. Furthermore, courtesy feels better than anger or impatience does.
With the increasing congestion on our roads, patience is probably one of the most difficult habits to cultivate. When time is tight and life is busy, we tend to start feeling the stress of waiting for the traffic lights to change or for the car in front to move on faster.
Remind yourself that holding onto this tension will not make the lights change or the car in front go faster. Turn up the music and drum to the beat, or put your frustration into a balloon and let it float away. Always remember to breathe deeply.
As it is, driving a car is a multi-tasking activity in its own right. Then, with it, we add more activities that belong in the home or the office instead of the car. It's okay, perhaps, to have a sip of coffee or check your hair quickly whilst stopped at a traffic light, but to apply a full face of makeup, read the newspaper, or text while actually driving is definitely not a good idea. It diverts attention away from the road and, worse, away from other drivers who are driving in a similar, unfocused manner.Did you know that if just ten percent of drivers on the road are not focused on the task at hand, there is a ten percent chance of an accident occurring? Rather alarming, isn't it? It is, therefore, extremely important to always be on the defence and foresee hidden dangers. This is where focus comes in.
Safe travelling distances and speeds are the two most important tactics in defensive driving. For instance, a dog runs in front of a driver travelling in front of you, causing him to brake suddenly. If there's not enough following distance between the two of you, you will not stop in time and you will become the cause of the accident. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to anticipate what other drivers are going to do, because, often, they may not know themselves.
You know those times when you're driving along merrily in a 70 km zone, headlights on, keeping to your lane, keeping a safe following distance, indicating when necessary (i.e. obeying the rules of the road), when another vehicle zips past, just manages to squeeze in front of you without indicating, causing you to come to a grinding halt because the traffic light just turned red? Our advice: Don't turn red too. Just think blue and keep your cool.Remaining tolerant to other drivers' bad behaviour is likely to help you to avoid nasty road rage incidents that could result in damage to your car - or worse.
Practice all five habits and be pleasant to others whenever you're behind the wheel of a car. You'll most likely find that the other part of your day will likely turn out to be much more pleasant too.
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.
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.
We take a quick glance at the hatchbacks that made the popularity stakes at the beginning of 2015, and investigate their latest cosmetic upgrades.
Volkswagen Polo Vivo
Models: Conceptline / Blueline / Trendline / Comfortline / GT / Maxx
Manufactured locally, and with 70% of parts sourced from local suppliers, this hatchback sits at the top of the charts for being one of South Africa's favourite passenger vehicles.
With a range of no less than six models, and a good sprucing up, makes the Vivo is no ordinary hatchback. It comes standard with ABS, as well as alarm and remote central locking.
CD / radio reads MP3s and USBs and connects via Bluetooth;
Height adjustable driver seats.
Models: Xi and Xs
The success of the Etios has compelled the manufacturers to give this popular model a facelift, with a focus on quality and good looks. The range now comes standard with aesthetically-pleasing colour coded door handles and mirrors, and a sporty new grille design.
Rubber engine mounts have been replaced with hydraulic mounts, and modified silencer and finely tuned damper settings all aid in a smoother, quieter ride.
Interior-wise, both models come with instrument blue backlighting.
Toyota Etios Xs features:
On the audio front, the Xs comes standard with 2-DIN Toyota audio system. The Sport model includes Bluetooth for essential hand-free driving;
Height adjustment capability in the driver's seat;
Better cushioning and adjustable headrests. Even the back seats have been redesigned to offer more comfort.
Although seen as a revised version of the previous generation Ford Fiesta, the Figo's grille, seats, fenders, and entertainment system are all its own.
Both models come standard with dual airbags, MP3, Bluetooth, power steering, and ABS, while the Trend has the added extra of front electric windows and electric adjustable mirrors.
(At time of writing) a brand new, updated Figo is set to launch in 2015, with the aim of setting new standards for quality and craftsmanship.
Manufactured at General Motors' plant in Port Elizabeth, on the exterior, the Spark's redesigns are the front grille, headlights, and taillights. Upper models see changes on the mirrors and alloy wheels, with the sporty LT model giving you a further option -smoky-black alloys on its standard 15-inch wheels.
From the basic Campus model, features include air conditioning, remote central locking, audio setup, ABS, and dual airbags,
Chevy Spark LS features:
CD, MP3, USB and auxiliary support audio system;
Rear windscreen wiper;
Alarm and immobiliser system;
Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls;
Height-adjustable steering wheel;
Chevy Spark LT features:
15-inch alloy wheels;
Electric front and rear windows;
Six-speaker sound system;
Optional decal package.
The Expression doesn't come standard with aircon, but does include a host of technological features such as MP3 / CD / USB audio system with steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, remote central locking, dual airbags, ABS, EBD, EBA safety kit, and ESP and hill start assist.
Renault Sandero Dynamique features:
Cruise control and speed control;
Leather-covered steering wheel;
Front and rear electric windows;
15-inch alloy wheels.
The information contained on this site are simple guides to help you make a decision and should not be seen as 100 per cent exact. We encourage buyers to contact their Auto Pedigree branch for a comprehensive description of the vehicle/s that interest them.
Looking to buy a used car but worried about getting burnt? Whether buying from car dealerships or through a private seller, the number one principle is: Don't buy on impulse. In short, you should always dedicate your time and effort in exchange for many happy driving years to come.
Let's face it; a car is not the same toy we played with in pre-school. If it broke, a bit of glue, a screw, or duct tape was the entire repair it needed to get going again. Since it's a large investment, extra patience and thought goes a long way before committing to the exchange of a good portion of your monthly salary.
Before you look for any car, it is important to:
Know your needs
"Of course I know what I need", I hear you say. However, if you don't think about this carefully now, you'll discover all about it after you've driven that new car for a week, a month, or even a year. That: "I wish I had..." feeling will haunt you for as long as you have the car that you signed up for.
Aside from your need for speed and: "It must be red", if you're a "what-if" type of person, you'll need to consider practicalities over looks.
Think about storage space, both boot and interior. Is the cubby big enough for all of your bits and pieces? Does the boot accommodate your shop-a-holism? Are you using it for short distances or long? Do you intend keeping it for a long time or are you the type to change vehicles on a whim?
Know your budget
Obviously you aren't going to look at an Infiniti Q60 if your bank statement clearly says Toyota Tazz. But remember that there are the other expenses that tag themselves onto the purchase of a pre-owned car.
Factor in insurance premiums, transfer fees, vehicle registration, licence fees, theft protection, roadworthy certificates etc.
Do Your Homework
Once you know what model you want according to your needs and budget, research, research, research!
Understand the vehicle's strengths and weaknesses, what will it cost to repair, as well as how easily spare parts are obtained. Compare specs, read reviews, research to the death until you can't anymore. If it doesn't tick all of the boxes, but it's still the model that you really, really want, fine. Just as long as you go into it with your eyes wide open.
Before buying a pre-owned car, it is important to ensure that you have the following (in order of priority): a service history, roadworthy certificate, and, especially when buying from a private seller and no documentation is available, a police clearance certificate.
Before buying any vehicle you've set your heart on, take some time to check it thoroughly, inside and out.
Check for signs of rust in less visible areas of the body; check that body panels are flush and that there are no mismatched panels; check for over spraying which could indicate accident damage; and check for uneven tyre wear which could indicate something more serious than improper inflation.
Check the odometer for signs of tampering; underneath seat covers for hidden damage; the condition of the seat belts; windscreen wipers; window operations; audio components; air conditioner; and signs of flood damage. Lastly, an often overlooked section under the boot: check that the spare wheel, jack and wrench are in its place.
Comfort in the driving position means that the car itself should fit you like a tailor-made suit. Some cars give the option for those short of stature to pump up the height of the seat. Many don't. The point is, when going for a test drive, any idiosyncrasies should be planned and prepared for. Bring your cushion, your favourite water bottle, your tin of mints - whatever you can't do without whilst driving and make sure that there is a place for it.
Once buckled in, check for smooth gear changing, engine power in relation to the size of the vehicle, that no vibrations are coming off of the brake pedal, and be sure to test the braking ability under pressure, in a safe zone.
It's no secret that buying a used car from a reputable dealership is the best way in which to ensure long term satisfaction. A good dealership will check, double check and triple check all of the crucial points to ensure that you're getting a trouble-free vehicle that looks and feels almost new. For peace of mind and minimum hassle, your heart (and head) will thank you for it.
A private car purchase can very well be a bargain and save you some money. However, it does come with higher risks. If something goes wrong, you do not have the same legal protection under the Consumer Protection Act as you do when buying from a pre-owned vehicle from a dealership, and in worst case scenarios, the vehicle could be stolen or end up being a rotten tomato. Buying privately also takes more effort on your part, and can be a real time-sucker.
When buying from a dealership, all the checks and balances are dealt with and you're saved the need to handle the administration and paperwork process yourself.
If you choose to go the private route, there are a number of important things to remember before closing the deal. The following are important points to bear in mind along with some tips:
Do Your Homework
Don't waste time. Before arranging a visit to view, ask the seller everything that you can about the car. Are you the seller? How long have you owned the vehicle? Does it have service history records? Is it still under finance? Has it been in an accident? What's the mileage? What condition is it in? Then, when you view, check that all of the information provided matches up. It's one way to tell if the seller is honest and trustworthy or not. If he or she tells you it's in good nick, and you see scratches and torn seats, start looking elsewhere.
This piece of paper means that the vehicle meets the minimum safety requirements for driving on the road. It is not a guarantee that the car is problem-free or even in good condition.
A roadworthy certificate can be obtained from a testing station with the following documentation:
The vehicle's registration certificate;
Your identification document;
Completed application form.
VIN and Engine Number
You can ask for a police clearance certificate from the seller, but to be extra cautious also take down the details of the number plate, chassis number (VIN) and engine number and run a check at a police station to ensure that you are not buying a stolen vehicle. Also make sure that these details match up with the registration papers.
There are different ways to make payment of the sale of a used vehicle. The finance institution will advise but one way is that if the vehicle is still under finance, the balance should be paid directly to the bank, and proof of payment sent to the seller. Once the seller has received the registration papers from the bank, the net amount can be paid to the seller.
Once the deal has been agreed to, the vehicle must then be registered in the new owner's name. Both the buyer and seller are involved in this procedure. The following documentation is required:
The seller's vehicle registration certificate;
A roadworthy certificate;
Proof of purchase or Sales Agreement;
A valid motor vehicle licence;
The completed registration application form.
This contract is necessary for the transfer of ownership of the vehicle, and should include:
Names, addresses, ID number, and contact details of both parties;
Details of the vehicle: make, model, registration number, VIN number, registration number, colour, odometer reading;
Time, date and location of the sale;
There's no doubt that buying or selling a car privately is a complicated procedure, so tread with caution and don't hesitate to get advice. In doing so, you could be rewarded with a great car for years to come.
Note that the content on this website are guidelines only and Auto Pedigree and the content creators take no responsibility for any loss or damage incurred.
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.
Begin with the Seller
When on the market for a used vehicle, an internet search often yields results from various car dealerships.
Typically, car dealers conform to codes and practices which reduce risk for the buyer.
Buying privately usually seems to carry a better looking price tag, it unfortunately comes with higher risk.
This does not necessarily mean that you're safe from buying a bad vehicle if you buy a car from a dealer. Like vehicles, car dealerships come in all shapes and sizes. This means that along with shopping for a quality used car, you need to shop for a good dealer too. To avoid buying a bad vehicle, a dealer should offer:
The option to take out a mechanical warranty for a period of time;
The vehicle's service history;
A system of checking each vehicle thoroughly for faults and fixing them;
Backing from the dealer should anything go wrong or the vehicle somehow does not meet your expectations.
If you do decide to go with a private seller, invest a good amount of time in checking and rechecking that both the seller and car itself are trustworthy. If something doesn't look, smell, or feel right, walk away.
Avoid Buying a Lemon
Take a History Lesson
Looking into the car's past will help you to figure out what kind of future you'll end up with it. The more owners the car has had, the more difficult your task.
A car that has been used to commute 80km a day every day in peak traffic may not be such a good buy when compared to the same model that spent most of its time in the garage and was only taken out on weekends.
Car records don't tell the whole story, so you'll need to keep a sharp eye out for signs of accident damage, flooding, and other tell-tale no-no's.
Push All of the Right Buttons
Go for a test drive but before you turn the key, be sure to twiddle, tweak, and twist everything that there is in that interior to make sure that everything does what it is supposed to.
The test drive itself should not just be a little cruise around the block. It's a test drive. Put the car through its paces in an open car park. Test the brakes, take sharp corners, drive in tight circles, and drive without hands to see if it pulls in one direction.
Needless to say, if it smokes, walk away.
Here are some quick ways in which to check for accident damage:
Check that body panels are original, smooth and join evenly;
Check suspension by leaning on the bumpers - on letting go, the car should bounce gently once or twice;
Check that the tyres are not unevenly worn;
Check for frayed seat belts, as well as any cracked components in the interior.
If major accident repairs have been done on the car, unless you're really strapped for cash and it's a real bargain, walk away. There is a vast array of good quality pre owned cars for sale on the market - why take the risk?
Start with a Clean Slate
Make sure that the vehicle has been fully paid off by its previous owner, that there are no fines outstanding, and that it has been continuously registered for its full life. If there is money owed on the car, you could be in for a nasty surprise and left stranded without a vehicle.
Ask as many questions as you can think of, and if there's any notion that the seller is not willing to offer an answer, walk away.
Avoid buying a Stolen Vehicle
Generally, if the car is financed, the bank will run a history report. If buying privately and/or cash, these basic precautions could save you from falling victim:
See that the engine number and VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) code on the physical vehicle match those on the registration papers.
Ask for a police clearance certificate, especially when buying from a private seller.
Obtain a car check report of the vehicle through http://www.transunion.co.za.
Run an online check on http://www.autobid3.co.za/, for a list of stolen vehicles. Though not a comprehensive list by any means, it gives details such as the make, model, colour, VIN number, and/or registration number of the stolen car.
Needless to say, even if you suspect that the vehicle is stolen, walk away.
Are you one of those car owners who will wait until the last hour before midnight when the fuel price increases or decreases before filling up, even if it means that your car may have to run on fuel fumes for a day?
This list won't include electric-powered motors, hybrids, or Porsches.
We do believe that the cost of buying the car should not outstrip the savings on fuel economy.
Lower Price Range
Claimed Average Fuel Consumption in litres/100km
Volkswagen Polo 1.2TDI Blue motion
Ford Fiesta 1.6TDCi (Diesel)
Citroen C3 eHDI
Renault Clio Expression
Ford Fiesta Titanium
Higher Price Range
Claimed Average Fuel Consumption in litres/100km
Volvo V40 D2 (Diesel)
Audi A1 1.6TDI (Diesel)
Renault Megane 1.6dci
Mercedes Benz A200 CDI (Turbo-diesel)
Audi A3 1.6TDI A3 TDI
So there you have it. From the diesel-powered Ford Fiesta 1.6TDCi to the turbo-diesel powered Mercedes Benz A200 CDI, eleven fuel-saver cars that may ease the tug on your purse strings.
The following estimated fuel consumption figures are claimed rather than actual. Actual fuel consumption and emission will depend on many factors including your driving habits, prevailing conditions and your vehicle's equipment, condition and use. The intended use of this information table is as a guide in your decision making when purchasing a vehicle.