A good first car is safe, affordable and easy to drive but that certainly doesn’t mean it has to be boring. We at Auto Pedigree have compiled a list of the best second-hand cars to consider when buying a first car.
Volkswagen Polo, Polo Vivo Or Toyota Aygo
First up we have the Volkswagen Polo or Polo Vivo, both are fitted with a 1.0L engine, are reliable and come equipped with safety features such as anti-lock braking systems (ABS). Next in our list of best second-hand cars, we have the Toyota Aygo which is reliable, cost-effective and available in a range of colours as well as a bi-colour scheme.
Nissan Micra And Suzuki Swift And Celerio
The Nissan Micra is another option with its funky style and affordable insurance rates. Suzuki also features with the Swift and Celerio. The Suzuki Swift is stylish, comfortable and very safe for a first car as it comes equipped with an anti-lock braking system and electronic stability control. The Suzuki Celerio also boasts these safety features and is easy to drive on top of being surprisingly spacious.
The Renault Duster is a notable option, built with a 1.5 litre diesel engine and efficient fuel consumption of 4.8 litres/100 kms. If none of the previous options tickle your fancy, perhaps you’d like the Datsun Go. Now equipped with ABS, two airbags and a 1.2 litre engine. For those looking for a second-hand car with a greener print on the earth the electric Nissan Leaf is a possible alternative. This vehicle is kinder to the environment and cheap to run however it can be expensive and hard to come by in South Africa.
Being a new driver is daunting enough on its own, it's ideal to get a good first car, which is reliable, safe, and affordable in addition to being suited to your style. Contact Auto Pedigree today for assistance finding the perfect second-hand car for you.
First-time family holidays can be stressful, and it is crucial that we stay on top of the game at all times. Child safety on the road is imperative during the holiday season, and sometimes we all need a little reminder. Auto Pedigree assures all our customers of reliable used cars to get them safely from A to B, but it pays to make note of some other safety points that will make a difference too.
We have compiled a summarised list of important points to remember regarding child safety on the road during the holiday season.
Child Safety 101 - Strap In
Ensure that car seats are fitted correctly, as car seat manufacturers are all different and particular to themselves. Follow the instructions provided with the car seat and prevent the potential danger of a car seat that is installed incorrectly.
Keep blankets and coverings over the straps of your childs’ car seat and keep the layers between the straps and your child, as well as behind or underneath your child, to a minimum.
Child Lock Your Doors
Simply as a precautionary measure, it is suggested that you apply child-lock to prevent your child from opening the door while the car is in motion or without your knowledge. These locks can be easily located in your car and usually appear in the form of a switch.
Don’t Unbuckle Until It Is Safe To Do So
You shouldn’t unstrap your child while the vehicle is moving, crying and all, as this can lead to fatal misjudgments and distractions that risk the lives of every single passenger.
Get A Perfectly Fitted Car Seat
Ensure that the car seat belt is adjusted correctly to secure your child. A loose buckle will do less to protect your child should you be involved in a collision and a tight buckle can hurt your child. Pay close attention to this point.
We encourage all parents to be mindful of the security of their families on the road this holiday season. Time spent with loved ones will forever be unmatched, and it is crucial that we drive and act responsibly on the road to keep them safe.
Find yourself a reliable used car to get you to your destination safely. Each used car we sell comes with our 116-Point Quality Check, so you can rest assured that the car you drive off in will keep your family safe.
Easily considered one of the main components of adulthood, getting your driver’s license and getting on the road is one of the most exciting endeavours. However, safety should and will always be your number one priority. In all the thrill and excitement of joining the highway party, here are some safety tips for new drivers on the road.
Firstly, make sure you are driving a reliable car. Auto Pedigree is home to a number of reliable used cars for sale that all come with our 116-Point quality assurance check. Don’t underestimate how important a safe and secure vehicle is.
Keep Your Eyes On The Prize
It has been said a million times before and will be said a million times again - eyes on the road. This is especially important for new drivers that are still becoming comfortable and confident on the road. Today we check our phones constantly, and this will forever pose a major threat to the safety of those on the road around you as well as yourself. The world can wait until you have arrived safely at your destination.
It is obviously crucial that you have your seatbelt on, however, it is now imperative that you also ensure that your passengers are buckled up too. Seat belts will keep your precious cargo from launching forward, should you find yourself in a sticky situation.
Listen To Your Body
When you are tired, you are tired. Responsibly, you should find a safe place to rest before getting back on the road. There is a lot to be aware of when driving, so to expect yourself to navigate busy roads and remain conscious of everything around you when your battery is low is endangering your own life as well as any lives that you are carrying along with you.
Objects In The Mirror
A lot can take place in a couple seconds, so it is vital that you check your mirrors religiously. You have to be as aware of everything and everyone else on the road as you are of yourself. Remain alert and check your mirrors every 5-10 seconds or so.
If you enjoy driving safely, you can enjoy it forever. There is a lot to become acquainted with as a new driver on the road, so let the first thing you worry about be your safety. We hope this article has provided you with some helpful guidance as you veer out onto the road.
Browse through our collection of reliable used cars for sale to make sure you get to your destination safely. Find your used car here.
Our South African roads can be crowded, especially over the December holidays. We’ve researched some of the worst routes, dates, and times to be on the roads in order to prevent accidents on the road. Rather take the road less travelled this December. Enjoy some new sights and arrive at your destination safely.
Worst Dates And Times To Travel This December
Christmas is a time when many people want to visit friends, family, and other loved ones. This makes travelling in December a common idea with certain dates being the worst for travel in terms of time and population of the journey. Some Dates to avoid are the 20th of December, as it's the general last working day of the calendar year. 24th December is another one to avoid as well as the 31st of December. The journeys made to see family and efforts to make the New Years' jol tend to make the roads busy on these days.
The general rule is that the earlier you start your journey, the better. Traffic tends to pile up between 12:00 and 15:00 and then again at around 17:00 to 21:00 so leaving it for the evening isn’t advisable.
Which Busy Routes To Avoid This December
One of the worst routes to take in terms of December holiday driving safety is the N1 to Beitbridge. This route is notorious for delays as passports are checked at the border for Limpopo and Zimbabwe and there can be claims made about the spot being accident-prone. The N1 between Tshwane and Bela-Bela is another route that can be problematic as well.
The N3 To Durban is commonly highly populated in the December holidays as plenty of city residents make their way down to KZN at this time.
The N4 to Maputo, connecting South Africa with Mozambique, as well as from Tshwane to Botswana can have dense traffic because they tend to be littered with roadworks and border posts.
The N2 to the North Coast is also notorious for constant maintenance, a multitude of toll gates and high chance of accidents.
If you could find alternatives to these few routes during the December holiday season, please do. Take care when they can’t be avoided, always remain vigilant when driving and always head off early to allow for unplanned disturbances. We appreciate your help in preventing accidents on the road and want you to arrive at your destination safely.
If you need a reliable second-hand car to help you get there, please don’t hesitate to contact your nearest Auto Pedigree dealer.
As we near the festive season many South Africans will be on the roads, making their way to December holiday destinations. We’ve put together a list of things to check before you head off. Firstly, make sure you are in a reliable car. If you don’t have one, consult our collection of reliable used cars here.
Check Your Fluids
Check your car's oil, coolant and brake fluid levels to ensure they’re all sufficiently filled.
Check Your Lights
You can’t be sure what weather conditions you’ll be driving under so you want to ensure all of your lights are working. Additionally, older brake lights can sometimes blow from switching on and off during braking.
Check Your Wipers
Make sure your windscreen wipers are effectively clearing the water from the windscreen.
How Are Your Wheels And Tyres?
If your tyre tread depth isn't good enough your car will lose traction and braking times will be extended, so it's advisable that you check your tyre tread before a roadtrip. Check the surface of your tyres for any damage, inflexion or bubbles. Tyre pressure should also be checked, regularly.
Brake Pad Wear
Another consideration is brake pad wear. The composite inner pad needs to be of at least a 5mm thickness. Check that your handbrake is functioning efficiently.
Check for any leaks from the various components and hoses in your vehicle. Any leaks should be looked at by a technician.
Inspect your drive belt for cracks, your drive belt needs to be working efficiently in order to avoid total engine shutdown. Your battery won’t charge and the engine could overheat, as the drive belt controls the water pump.
Check Your Spare Wheel
Ensure that your spare tyre, jack and spanner are all present in the vehicle as well as working. Check the spare wheels inflation and pressure before heading off.
There are certain tests that can be done on the steering, such as whether or not the steering pulls in any direction which indicates a wheel alignment problem.
Check Your Brakes And Clutch
Evaluate how the vehicle's brakes are functioning. It's essential that the vehicle can be controlled while braking.
A car has many different parts that need to be functioning to the best of their abilities to ensure car safety before a road trip. This list is a good standard check to ensure December road safety.
Car service history manuals indicate that a vehicle has been serviced or maintained regularly, at the correct intervals, and to the standards of the manufacturer.
The full-service history (or FSH) shows the complete assemblage of these repair and maintenance documents for each service and is usually found in the cubbyhole of the vehicle. It also ensures that the services are completed using manufacturer-approved parts.
A full-service history is extremely useful both when in the market to buy a used car and when you’re trying to sell your old vehicle. As the purchaser, a car service history gives you peace of mind that you know the FSH of the vehicle before you buy it. This gives you a general idea of the condition of the used vehicle and what to expect of it, should you purchase it.
All Auto Pedigree dealers will provide you with the service history of the car you're buying, so don't be afraid to enquire about it upfront.
As the seller, it can be useful to have the car service history of the old vehicle as it’s a big selling point for possible buyers.
The car service history can be maintained even when a vehicle's service plan or warranty runs out, by having the manual signed and stamped when carrying out maintenance.
It can help car owners keep track of when their vehicle is due for a service as well as how much they generally spend on maintaining their vehicle.
A full-service history can be helpful for vehicle owners, buyers and sellers and is relatively easy to keep track of. We hope this article has done the job of explaining car service history to you.
Browse through our collection of used cars for sale and be sure to enquire about the service history of your chosen options.
Taking ownership of a vehicle means maintenance, and maintenance neglected for too long can sometimes end up being expensive. Crucial to your safety and one of the simplest aspects to maintain are your brake pads. There are many ways to determine how healthy your brakes are, and we have compiled a brief list of some of them. Welcome to Auto Pedigree’s Car Safety 101.
Check Your Brake Pads From The Outside
One trustworthy way to keep tabs on your brake pads is to check the exterior. If your wheel can’t be removed to get a closer look, simply shine a torchlight directly through the wheel trim, allowing you close inspection of your brake pads. Do they look worn? They might need to be replaced.
Another easy way to determine the health of your brake pads is to listen to them. Designed to create a sound as the brakes start to erode, listening for worn brakes can be the easiest way to check your brake pads. They will start to screech and make a sound of metal scratching on metal.
Balance Is Key
Brakes wear away differently at different times. If your brake pads need attention, it is possible that they have eroded unevenly, which can cause your vehicle to become unbalanced and unstable. Judged by the way your car stops, as your car may veer to the side of the car that has stronger brakes. If this is happening, you more than likely need to change your brake pads.
Brake To Check Your Brake Pads
The final way to test the true performance of your brakes is to do just that - brake. Factors to consider when making this observation are the distance at which you stop and the amount of pressure applied to the brakes. The stopping distance indicates just how well your brakes will perform when you really need them to, while the pressure applied should be minimal so that in the case of an emergency, they lock completely.
The last thing you want to overlook is the condition of your brakes and brake pads. Avoid getting caught in a dangerous driving situation with faulty brake pads. Hopefully this guide offered you some guidance in checking your brake pads so that you can venture out onto South African roads in safety.
Remember that any used vehicle bought from Auto Pedigree comes with our 116-point car safety check guarantee. You can trust all of our used car dealers to sell you vehicles that have gone through this rigorous safety check.
We might be purveyors of second-hand cars, but we consider road safety and insight to be just as important. Considered to be one of the most important parts of your car’s engine, the cambelt helps your complex engine run smoothly and with ease. If your cambelt snaps, it can be very dangerous. It is also an expense that you could easily avoid. It would benefit you and your car in the long run if you know how to check your cambelt or replace it.
Without further adieu, allow Auto Pedigree to walk you through checking and replacing your cambelt.
How The Cambelt Works
Put simply, the piece of rubber connecting the top and bottom parts of your engine is called the cambelt. It ensures that the camshaft, crankshaft and valves are all working together well. The belt is equipped with ridged proportions or “teeth” shifting the attached shaft along.
Check For Shiny Rubber
The first tell-sign of a worn cambelt is shiny rubber. The rubber may become shiny when overstressed, indicating its likelihood to snap at any given moment.
Check For Peeling Rubber
Much like all wear and tear, peeling rubber is indicative of a faulty cambelt. It means that the rubber band is on its way downhill and could use maintenance sooner rather than later. This is a sure sign that your cambelt is due for replacement.
Check For Cracked Rubber
We all know that cracked rubber is bad news. Easily snapped or broken, cracked rubber is generally due to age and long-term damage. If you find that yours is showing cracks, make some time to replace it sooner rather than later.
There should be a moderate amount of tension on the rubber belt when it is in motion, so loose rubber is a cause for concern.
Ridge Check On The Cambelt
The final point for observation would be the “teeth” around the cambelt, as they endure the gradual degradation of continuous use. They can be worn down to almost nothing, so they are a pretty accurate indication of your cambelt health.
How To Change Your Cambelt
Start by jacking up your car and loosening the bolts. Slide the belt out of the way and loosen the crankshaft pulley. Then, remove the motor mount brackets and loosen the bolts or screws. You should be able to see the cambelt at this point. Loosen the tensioner cog, push down on the spring and move it downwards. You should be able to remove the cambelt at this point.
Upon loosening the tensioner cog, it should drop back into place, which should re-tension the new belt. You can now put the rest of the pieces - camshaft, crankshaft and pulley - back together.
It’s important to note that it is best to consult a mechanic to make the assessment and to change your cambelt for you. But it’s always good to know what the warning signs are and to have the knowledge of how to fix it yourself.
Safety comes first when you’re on the road, so please consult a mechanic if you are uncertain about any of the above. Browse through our collection of second-hand cars to find one to practice your newfound skills on.
If there’s one thing South Africans are equally used to and fed up with, it's our sky-high fuel prices. More and more people are leaning towards buying an economical car for the sake of their wallet and their sanity. We’ve compiled a list of the best vehicles to consider when looking to reduce your fuel bill.
If you're in the market for a second-hand car, then maybe consider one of these options to reduce your overall costs.
Reduce Fuel Bills With These Cars
First up we have the VW Tiguan, a family SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle), with a spacious interior and the highest claimed fuel efficiency of about 5.2 liters per 100kms. Also making the list is the stylish Ford Fiesta with gorgeous interior and exterior: the Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Trend has a fuel consumption of 3.3 liters per 100kms. Another notable mention is the Toyota Corolla with a claimed 4.5 liters per 100kms.
All models of Suzuki Swift, automatic or manual, claim a fuel efficiency of 4.9 liters per 100kms. The Nissan Qashqai is a practical and economical small SUV with fuel consumption of around 4.2 liters per 100kms.
Economical Cars That Save You Money
We also have the Audi A1 on the list for those with more luxurious tastes, with average fuel consumption of 4.4 liters per 100kms, as well as the BMW 3 Series. The BMW 320d specifically has a claimed fuel consumption of 4.8 liters per 100kms making it a luxurious vehicle, as well as an economical one.
The Opel Astra is another economical car to consider, with a classy interior, good safety features, and a claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.4 liters per 100kms.
We at Auto Pedigree understand the need for fuel-efficient, economical cars in South Africa today, we hope this article has been informative in your search to reduce your fuel bill.
In these financially trying times of the COVID-19 Virus, it's more important than ever to have a dependable, quality vehicle. In this article, we’ll be covering the top picks for quality cars in South Africa, as well as what makes a vehicle quality in terms of dependability.
Quality Cars South Africa - Vehicle Reliability
If people experience unreliability with a vehicle, it’s likely that they’ll stay away from that car brand in future, regardless of the scale of the issue. A J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study found that overall issues in vehicles have decreased by 10% compared to 2020. The study recorded the number of problems experienced by car owners, in the last year per 100 3-year-old vehicles in the US. While this study was not done in the US, the car brands mentioned in the report sell their vehicles in South Africa too, so conclusions made are applicable.
Used Cars 2021 - Vehicle Technology
Car reliability seems to be on the rise, however vehicle technology continues to perform poorly and/or sporadically. Aside from the functioning of car computers, technology also features in many must-have car accessories.
Meeting Driver Expectations
Drivers want a reliable vehicle and they want manufacturers to fix recurring issues as well as keep vehicle models updated. They want the technology of a car to be as dependable as the mechanics. This is not an unreasonable request. All cars, both brand new and used cars, should meet the expectations of the driver.
Most Sought After Vehicle Brands And Models
Overall, Korean brands such as: Kia and Hyundai come in first, followed by Japanese brands. Next in the line-up of quality cars are American car brands and bringing up the rear for reliability is European car brands. The specific brands that ranked in the survey are Lexus, Porsche, Kia, Toyota, Hyundai and Mitsubishi. The Porsche 911 is ranked the most dependable car model for the second time in 3 years. Interesting, right?
Dependability is a key component to look at when purchasing a new vehicle, which makes it a key element we look for in all of our quality cars for sale. Knowing which brands and models took the cake in South Africa, 2021, is extremely useful. It can narrow down your search as well as avoid unnecessary expenses down the line.