Mobile office
Tips for your mobile office
The age of digital technology has enabled us to connect to just about anyone, anywhere in the world, and from almost anywhere and at anytime. Gone are the times when we had to think about time zones before picking up the phone, or wait for a message to be read by email. Now we have the ability to relay a quick message across continents - confident in the knowledge that for the most part it will be read almost immediately. Both lifestyle and work has taken advantage of telecommuting, and workers of all types now have the ability to work from coffee shops, their garages, and even their vehicles. Whether you’re a sales person, a contractor, or a designer, we’ve put together a few tips on how to make the daily commute as pleasant and conducive to productivity as possible.   Stay Connected   Staying connected is the most important aspect to an efficient office on wheels. A hands-free smartphone with 4G SIM keeps you in contact as well as enables you to tether your laptop to. If much of your work involves working on a laptop and you have a limited plan on your cellphone contract, a 3G or LTE mobile broadband is handy as a USB to plug into as another option. Your car office is like a mobile replica of your real office on a smaller scale. You will need to keep your devices charged at all times, so don’t overlook the importance of a simple car charger for your phone or tablet. If you spend a lot of time talking on your phone while on the go, it may be worth investing in a portable power bank as USB car chargers could be too slow for your needs.   Be Organised   Even with everything digitised now,business cards, documents and other paperwork still seems to creep in, and it’s easy for these to be thrown into the cubby hole or onto the back seat and forgotten about.  A car seat organiser with various pockets and slots keeps all of your paper files in one place, and you’ll never get caught hunting for that lost pen again. Car seat organiser scan be slung in the front of the passenger seat as well as the back.   Stay Presentable   Some car manufacturers make specialised clothes hangers that can be mounted on the headrest of the front passenger seat.Without this luxury, the old-fashioned conventional clothes hanger hooked over the back passenger handle works too. Invest in a nice, sturdy, wooden one and throw away the wire hanger from the dry cleaners.   Keep Energised   Performing at your best doesn’t mean working non-stop. Without the necessary breaks your body and mind both need,your productivity levels begin to deteriorate. Strange as it may sound, if you’re on the road in your mobile office for the entire day, it helps to step out for a change of scenery. Have lunch at a restaurant or coffee shop occasionally, but to cut costs and for variation, invest in a sturdy cooler box that gets replenished with fresh water, healthy food, and some favourite edibles.   Road Safety   Of course, staying safe is a top priority in all situations. While technology can be a big help in staying productive while on the road, it is imperative that you do not operate anything else but your vehicle while driving. Cell phone usage - whether texting or talking - is one of the major causes of road accidents today.   Stay Safe   With hijacking rates in South Africa as high as they are, when you buy a car from Auto Pedigree, you have the option to install vehicle security measures such as tracking services, or protective window film,helping you protect you and your valuable assets. We hope you find these car office hacks useful. For the more sophisticated mobile office worker, there are many gadgets out there such as laptop desks and mobile printers that can help turn your vehicle into a high-powered mobile office.      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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Motoring May
Top motoring news stories - May
May Fuel Price Increase     Though fuel prices are set to increase on Wednesday 3rd May, the strengthening rand and softer international oil prices have lowered the anticipated fuel price increase. The predicted price of petrol in April by the Automobile Association was 55 cents litre but will now be 49 cents litre, while diesel will increase by 33 per litre.   http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/rand-softening-may-fuel-price-blow-8827032    Top Ten Passenger Car Sales in March 2017 by Wheels24   1. Volkswagen Polo Vivo - 2383 units 2. Volkswagen Polo - 1997 units 3. Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest - 1511 units 4. Toyota Fortuner - 1312 units 5. Ford Fiesta - 1041 units 6. Toyota Etios - 859 units 7. Ford EcoSport - 759 units 8. Toyota Rav4 - 640 units 9. Ford Everest - 577 units 10. Volkswagen Golf 7 - 549 units http://slides.com/charlenraymond/deck-3     Surviving SA’s Junk Status   Rising fuel and car prices are just some of the costs that will start eating into the budgets of South Africans, but WesBank has sound advice for buyers who want to keep their budgets intact and ensure their personal credit records do not get downgraded. Some of that advice includes keeping some breathing room in your budget, keeping healthy credit record, staying debt free, and borrowing as little as possible.  https://www.wesbank.co.za/wesbankcoza/pressroom/archive/2017/04/25/consumer-education/how-car-buyers-can-survive-junk-status   MIBCO Releases the New Minimum Wage Rates   Ever wondered how much forecourt attendants(petrol attendants) in South Africa earn? According to a report by the South African Petroleum Industry Association, the majority of petrol attendants are young men with an average age of 27 earning a minimum wage of between R1 126.35 - R1 126.35 per week depending on the area.    The Motor Industry Bargaining Council (MIBCO) released the new prescribed minimum wage rates and guaranteed wage increases for the period ending 31 August 2017.    The same circular indicates the minimum wage for parking garage attendants (car guards) of R657.45 per week.   http://www.mibco.org.za/images/PDF/2017/2017.13.pdf
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Car insurance
Vehicle insurance vs motor car warranty
When buying a second hand car, it’s important to understand the difference between vehicle insurance and a car warranty. Both cover you for expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances, but both are meant for very specific purposes.   Vehicle Insurance   This is a policy that covers the expenses incurred in the event of an accident. There are different types of vehicle insurance with varying costs associated with each.  In South Africa, there are three:   Comprehensive Third Party, Fire and Theft Third Party     Comprehensive Insurance   Covers:   Accidents caused either by yourself or by another driver Theft of your motor vehicle damage caused by natural disasters such as floods or hail Third parties involved in the accident and their property     Third Party, Fire,& Theft   Covers:   Third parties in incidences that you are responsible for, whether a passenger in your car or a driver of another vehicle that was involved in the accident Fire,natural disasters such as flooding, hail, or falling rocks Theftof your motor vehicle It excludes any accidental damage incurred to your vehicle.   Third Party   Though it forms part of a vehicle insurance policy, it does not cover any part of the vehicle, only damage caused to someone else.   Car Warranties   Also known as vehicle component cover, a motorcar warranty covers the expenses incurred should your car malfunction due to a mechanical breakdown. When buying a car from a reputable dealership, you might get a basic warranty for a specific period, but be aware that motor car warranties do not cover wear and tear of parts such as brakes and brake pads,wiper blades, tyres, batteries, or fan belts.   Car warranties can be extended should you wish to do so,but before committing to do so read the fine print and make sure you understand exactly what you’re buying, what percentage of the expense is contributed, and what parts are covered.   Warranty providers all have their own inclusions,exclusions, and terms and conditions. Remember that there’s a likelihood that you’ll need to service your car within a specific period of time or mileage clocked.   In Summary   As you can see, vehicle insurance and car warranties are completely different types of cover. They both offer second hand car owners some peace-of-mind knowing that should anything go wrong they won’t be left without a car, or unable to pay for crucial expenses. By taking cover from both, this will help maintain and extend the life of your car and keep it running at optimal condition for as long as possible.   When you buy a second hand car from Auto Pedigree, you get the option to choose our Vehicle Insurance or Vehicle Component Cover. Contact us for a free quote.       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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Auto Pedigree
Top motoring news in 2017
Tesla Roadster Unveiled     Elon Musk announced a surprise new vehicle that was to be“the fastest production car ever made”. The Tesla Roadster would be capable of achieving 0-60mph in less than 2 seconds, the first car to ever to break the mark. Production is expected to begin in 2020.     Image credit: @ElonMusk/Twitter   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/11/17/tesla-unveils-electric-big-rig-truck-amid-manufacturing/   Prepare for a Fuel Price Increase this Month     A weaker rand puts a damper on the festive season as motorists have to pay an extra 74c a litre for petrol, and 63c for diesel.Another reason for the extra cost is the increases in international fuel prices in November.     https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/get-ready-for-a-steep-fuel-price-hike-in-december-12007512   Child Car Seat Campaign Raises Awareness     Imperial Road Safety’s Car Seats for Kids campaign aim was to raise awareness of child safety on South African roads and the importance of buckling up while driving. 259 car seats were collected from donors, restored, checked for safety, and distribution to families in need.     https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/car-seats-for-kids-campaign-at-full-speed-11902844     Is this the End of Aston Martin?     A Brexit no-deal could mean the end of production for the icon of British Motoring, the Aston Martin. Chief of finance Mark Wilson explained that a no-deal would mean British cars would lose the certification they needed in order to be sold in the European Union. He added: "We're a British company. We produce our cars exclusively in Britain and will continue to do so.”     https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/879776/Brexit-news-Aston-Martin-car-manufacturer-no-deal-UK-EU-European-Union-market-video     When you buy a used car from Auto Pedigree, you get quality,value, and choice from a wide variety of vehicles at dealers nationwide. Take advantage of our deal assistance promotion today and get more value from your trade-in vehicle.       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 of the Month
Top News Stories of the Month
South African Roads Pose the Same Problems Every Year   The festive season has almost come and gone with a fair amount of travellers still making their way back home before the schools open.But have we learnt our lessons from previous years? Every year South Africans are faced with challenges over the December holiday period that relate to road accidents and death. And every year the culprits are drunk drivers, speedsters,and law breakers. A survey done by the Automobile Association (AA) show that 60% of motorists believe their safety is reliant on the attitude of other road users. https://businesstech.co.za/news/motoring/148197/the-biggest-problem-on-south-africas-roads-over-the-festive-period/   Citroën Pulls Out of the South African Market   Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) announced last month that from this year (2017) onward their focus would lie solely with the Peugeot brand, involving a relaunch as Peugeot South Africa. The company only sold57 passenger vehicles during November 2016, compared to Porsche with 125. Citroën say that a full after sales and parts delivery service to Citroën customers will continue and will remain a priority. http://www.biznews.com/motoring/2016/12/08/citroen-south-africa-peugeot/ Second Hand Hatchbacks - Motoring Experts Pick of the Best   The best motoring journalists in the Times Media Group carefully assessed all the vehicles in each segment and put together a handy guide to the best-value pre-owned hot, small and family hatchbacks. They winner of the pre-owned hot hatches for best value is the Volkswagen Golf VIGTI with the Ford Fiesta ST as runner up.  In the small hatches category for best value, the FordFiesta 1.6 Ambiente takes winning position while the perennial favourite, the Honda Jazz comes in second. http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/lifestyle/2016/11/30/Buying-a-secondhand-hatchback-Heres-our-motoring-experts-pick-of-the-best South Africans are Turning to Used Cars and Buying Local   The latest aggregated sales data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) show a continued drop in new vehicle sales with a year-on-year decline of 9.6%. Despite this, according to Wesbank, locally manufactured vehicles continue to top sales charts. Year-to-date sales indicate that the most popular vehicles are volume sellers from mainstream brands, while the five top-selling vehicles for the year are all built in South Africa.     https://businesstech.co.za/news/motoring/145543/south-africans-turn-to-used-cars-and-ditch-premium-models-for-locally-made-ones/
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Top News Stories March 2017
Top News Stories March 2017
With the challenges of an under-performing economy andrising motoring costs, South African car lovers will have to choose betweentheir passion for new and exciting technologies and practical socio-economicissues. The shift in buying patterns will see the used car marketperforming better, and the introduction of value-added features, drivingpleasure, and flexibility in the A and B sector, previously reserved for theluxury class of vehicles.  https://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/454/157680.html   AA Calls for Safety Testing Measures For All Vehicles in SA   TheAutomobile Association has called for the introduction of safety testingmeasures that provide a scale of safety ratings for all vehicles sold locally,saying that these safety ratings should be clearly displayed on vehicles. The AA compiled a safety report on entry-level vehicles in South Africa. The aim of thereport was to identify the number of basic safety features available in motorvehicles which retail under R150 000, and also identify which safety featuresare most prominent in these cars. https://businesstech.co.za/news/motoring/156097/these-are-the-unsafest-cars-to-drive-in-south-africa/   TheGlobal Used Car Price Index 2017   Todetermine used car prices in a country compared to the rest of the world, TheGlobal Used Car Price Index offers an overview of the value of various brandsacross 40 different economic regions and car markets. Theresearch included the majority of the largest car-producing nations, includingSouth Africa, whilst brands were selected based on global popularity. The US wasfound to have the most affordable used car market, while South Africa wasranked fifth. Singapore’s high taxes on automobiles makes it the most expensivecountry in the world to buy a used car for every model. https://businesstech.co.za/news/motoring/155945/south-africas-used-car-prices-vs-the-world   New Energy Fuel Plant in SA   IsondoPrecious Metals has secured a license from US-based Chemours Technology to assemblecomponents for fuel cells using Platinum as a catalyst. Africa’sfirst fuel cell component plant will start production in December 2017 aimingto take advantage of rising demand for clean energy cars in the country. Theplant will open either in Johannesburg or Durban by the end of the year inorder to take advantage of South Africa’s position as the world’s topplatinum producer.  VinaySomera, chief executive of Isondo Precious Metals, said that tax breaks,relatively cheap labor costs and access to raw materials would also give theplant a competitive advantage. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-africa-mining-fuelcell-idUSKBN15N1F   Disclaimer: Auto Pedigree and the authors make no representations asto the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or by followingany link on this site. Auto Pedigree and the authors will not be liablefor any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability ofthis information. Auto Pedigree and the authors will not be liablefor any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of thisinformation.
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Why we love cars
Why we love cars
Essentially, a car is made up of chunks of metal and plastic, but to many men (and women), these actually inanimate objects are living, breathing beings. A strange and indescribable bond seems to form between this man and his machine. So much so to the extent that it becomes pretty obvious there is a love affair on board.   How do we know this? One only needs to observe the way we humanize our cars by giving them affectionate human names like Herbie or Lucy, and even naming them after our favourite celebrities like Lady Gaga. Then there are others who devise a name based on their car’s supposed personality. Naming a car solidifies the relationship. A love for cars tends to begin at an early age. It could be an inheritance, an event, circumstance, or any combination of many factors, but almost always begins before you even know how to drive.  So why do we love cars so much, and what is it about them that is so endearing to humans? We take a look at the commonalities to try and determine what draws us to love automobiles the way we do:     1. Human Ingenuity   The ever-evolving world of the automotive industry is a testament to human ingenuity. Improvements in car manufacturing take place in leaps and bounds. Modern cars are streaks ahead from cars a hundred years ago. The cars we drive today provide comfortable, smooth rides, and very importantly gives us more mileage for our money than before. They are in fact one of the greatest success stories of the 20th century.     2. Unprecedented Freedom   Motor cars are a symbol of our individual freedom and personal independence. Owning our first vehicle meant not having to rely on any one else to reach our intended destinations or be hindered by someone else’s availability or lack thereof. It meant finally taking your own path, not some bus or mini-taxi route that meant walking through unsavoury parts of town. And there’s something to be said about driving on the open road. No destination required.     3. Psychological Benefits   Replacing an old unreliable car with a new or quality second hand car is a way for us as owners to feel invigorated through the increased performance previously lacking. In a UK study in 2003 it was found that cars give both men and women positive feelings of status and independence, yet only men derived increased self-esteem and psychological benefits from automobiles. In the psychology of cars it’s true to say that the romance between men and their cars do not exist in the same way with women and theirs.     4. The Need for Speed   When we get behind the wheel of a car it becomes an extension of ourselves. Controlling the mechanisms to power it forward allows us to achieve impossibilities within our own limitations. In human history, speed and the ability to move faster than your pursuer or pursued was more than just an advantage; it was a necessity for survival. In a way this explains why there is a certain competiveness between motorists on a street to arrive at the traffic lights first. No doubt there are many more reasons why cars make our human hearts go aflutter. Whatever your reason, if you’re looking for a reliable second hand car to buy and call your very own, then look no further than Auto Pedigree’s trade assistance.  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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Manual or automatic
Manual vs automatic transmission
If you're in the market to buy a second hand vehicle ,one of the things you might be asking yourself is: "Should I buy manual or automatic?" We know of car owners who have always driven manual cars and who would never dream of owning an automatic - until they actually drive one. A manual gearbox has a gear stick and clutch pedal to enable you the driver to shift between low and high gears. An automatic or self-shifting transmission in a vehicle frees you from having to manipulate both the gear stick and the clutch. The final decision, as is typically the case, depends on your individual needs and preferences.  As a general guide, this table indicates the advantages of each which will help you to compare the two different types of automotive transmissions.Please note that there are some exceptions to the rule, for example, some vehicle models will cost the same whether manual or automatic.   Feature Manual Automatic OpenRoads   Cruise control ability means these are built for cruising. TrafficDriving   Easier and less physical activity involved. General Drivability Added control makes for safer driving. More gears means being able to reach speeds faster. More driving comfort, easier to navigate, and negotiate up hills and at intersections. VehicleCost Generally costs less to purchase.   Maintenance Requiresless maintenance and costs less to maintain –automatics have more mechanics and machinery.   FuelEconomy Depends on the car, driving style, and road conditions. In the past manual cars were known to get better fuel economy. But now with automatic cars becoming more advances and gaining more gears, they start to see better fuel efficiency.   Longevity Generally tend to last longer by years.   Weight Automatic transmissions are heavier than manual gears. This extra weight can still mean more fuel usage in an automatic.   Cooling There is less chance of overheating here which an automatic transmission’s biggest enemy.     As you can see, there are certainly advantages and disadvantages to both manual and automatic transmission cars. Whatever you eventually decide on when purchasing your next vehicle will depend on your unique needs and preferences.  For your convenience and peace of mind, when you buy a second hand car from Auto Pedigree you have the option to take out the AutoPedigree Plus Plan which covers you for two years with 24 hour roadside, medical emergency, legal, and travel assistance.   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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