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Buying second-hand cars is the savvy move when purchasing a vehicle. Some skillful negotiation can help you get the best possible price. We’ve compiled some negotiation best practices to help you along the way with this. Typical Cost When Buying Second-Hand Cars Before walking into your chosen used car dealership, do some research into what you want to buy. Know the average or list price of your desired model. Check the price on the manufacturer's website as well as with multiple sellers and dealerships. Desired Specifications It's important to remember that you’re negotiating the price of the model, not the model and specifications themselves. Know what specification you require and stick to it. Vehicle Condition Buying second-hand cars means that there will be wear and tear. Look for dents or chips, technical faults, and worn-down tyres. These are fine, for the most part, but if anything sticks out, be sure to bring it up with your dealer. Look at the service history (or maintenance records if buying privately). Always test-drive the vehicle and check the mileage. Higher mileage always makes for a lower price. Trade-In Value And Budget If you have an old car you’re trading-in or selling, know how much you should be getting for it. The more you get, the less bargaining you’ll need to make when buying your second-hand car. Also, be aware of your maximum budget, but don’t tell the dealership what it is. Offer less than your maximum budget so that you have room to haggle. Asking For A Discount When asking for a discount don’t say “Can I get a discount?”, rather phrase it as “What discount can you give me?”. If the salesperson seems reluctant, mention that you’ll be happy to close the deal if you get a good price. Sometimes this works, sometimes not.  Cash Buyer When buying a second-hand car with cash, don’t tell the dealer until the end of the discussions. Dealerships may negotiate more if they think they’re also selling you a finance deal. Once you’ve negotiated to your desired price, let them know you won’t need finance. Know When To Walk Away When negotiating the price of a vehicle, you’ll need to be patient and persistent. Don’t walk away because you haven’t got your desired price right away.  With these tips in mind, you’ll be an expert in buying second-hand cars. Speak to us about your next dream car.  
When in the market for a new vehicle, one of the first questions usually asked is whether to buy a pre-owned car or to go for something brand new? Here’s a list of the pros and cons to consider on both sides of the spectrum. Buying A New Car Pros Of Buying A New Car There are many reasons why someone would choose a new car over a used one, one of which is that there is no unknown history with new cars. Another is the full warranty package that new cars generally come with and the possible deal sweeteners that dealerships offer at the point of sale. Newer cars tend to have superior technology and safety features, better fuel consumption, and lesser emissions.  Cons Of Buy A New Car The biggest pitfall with buying a new car is the rate of depreciation. Most new cars lose up to 20% of their value as soon as you drive them out of the showroom. When you buy a brand new model, there’s also the possibility that the manufacturer alters the model, which can cause problems with maintenance down the line. Buy A Pre-Owned Car Pros Of Buying A Pre-Owned Car The biggest selling point for buying a pre-owned car is that depreciation doesn’t affect used cars to the same extent as new cars. It can also be easier to save up to buy a pre-owned car with cash or to at least get something reliable and decent for a more affordable price. Certain models of used cars may have lower insurance rates. Factory warranties are also getting longer  for those looking to buy pre-owned cars. Cons Of Buying A Pre-Owned Car When you buy a pre-owned car, it may be less reliable than a newer car, depending on how old it is and how well it has been looked after. However, you can buy quality approved cars that tend to yield less problems. Private purchases are riskier than buying from a used car dealer, even though they might come across a little cheaper. Cars sold at auction have the best price but are the most unreliable and problematic. When you buy a pre-owned car you might have less choice over the model, colour, etc. Overall, there are pros and cons to both pre-owned and new vehicles. At the end of the day, your specific budget and needs will help you decide which one is the best for you. Let your local Auto Pedigree dealer help you choose.  
Buying a used car is a viable option when in the market for a vehicle, but it can be a daunting experience. We discuss some of the possible risks involved in buying a used car so that you can make an educated decision that best serves your needs, safety, and budget.  Vehicle History Every used car is, for whatever reason, a car that someone else did not want, even if there was nothing wrong with it. The risk when buying a used car is that you don’t know the reason. The vehicle may have been involved in an accident, have damaged parts or may be due for a service. Or the owner might have simply wanted a different car or an upgrade. It’s important to know the vehicle history in order to know what condition the car is in. Buying a used car from a reputable dealership like Auto Pedigree will ensure that you get a full vehicle history that you can trust. Reliability  Vehicles with miles already on the clock will always be less reliable than new cars, this is another risk of buying a used car. When you make a private vehicle purchase it can be difficult to tell if the car you’re purchasing will last as long as you need it to without coming into trouble. Opting for a used car with lower mileage is always best, and obviously choosing a dealer who will give you the honest lowdown on the vehicle history.  Model And Parts Another reason why a car may be in a used car lot is because the parts are becoming expensive and difficult to obtain. Therefore it’s important to research the model and parts of the vehicle you’re looking at. Buying a used car from a dealership also allows for a wider selection of models to choose from, and you can get honest feedback from the dealer about the ongoing costs of parts. Warranty When you buy a used car, it can be rare that the vehicle will have a warranty. However, if you buy from a trustworthy dealer such as Auto Pedigree, you have the option of purchasing an extended warranty with the vehicle. This will put your mind at ease that you’re covered for a longer period of time than you would be if you bought privately. Buying a used car doesn’t have to be risky if you choose a reliable partner to give you honest advice. You can also equip yourself with as much information as possible, assuring yourself that you’re making the best purchase possible.  
In the ever-changing world of new cars, there are some vital selling points that guide customers who are looking to buy a new car. From the criticism and reviews offered by experienced car owners all the way to fuel efficiency, Auto Pedigree has compiled a list of things that factor into the overarching decision to buy a new car.  Reviews  At the very top of the list, we have reviews. A lot of valuable information can be deduced via the experiences of other customers. Many people looking to buy a new car will consult the crowd-sourced opinions of others before making their choice. If a new car is rated and reviewed well, it will attract more customers within the market and can factor greatly in the buyer’s decision.  Dependability  When the funds for a brand new car are coming from your back pocket, you want to know that you can trust the wheels beneath you for the miles ahead of you. Recent makes and models are proving to be more dependable, which is good news for those in the market. However, most need to find a sweet spot between this and something budget-friendly. Generally speaking, new cars are more reliable as they have yet to be put through the rigours of time and use.  Budgeting  This point is likely the most considered. Prior to consulting a dealership about financing options, it would be wise to discuss options and numbers with your bank or credit provider. It’s likely that dealerships will offer better financing options on newer cars only. Although 9 times out 10 it will cost you less to go with a used car, the financing options available will definitely sing the praises of a new one.  Technology Now, this is a point that is important to many looking to buy a new car. Think long and hard about the cars that were around about 10 years ago. Maybe you kept all of your CDs in a binder under the seat or a cassette with all of your favourite songs. As times evolve and everything fits onto our smartphones, new cars have been kitted with technology that you wouldn’t likely find in an older used car. Can you live without your tech? Efficiency  On top of being fuel-efficient, new cars are generally proving to be better for the environment. With options varying from hybrids to electric cars at your fingertips, there is something for everyone. Newer cars are commonly more fuel-efficient, as this has become one of the key selling factors when it comes to buying a new car.  Looking to buy a new used car? The hunt for the perfect fit can be trying, so we would like to offer guidance and direction where we can, as best as we can.  
Budget-besties, this one's for you. Affordability, safety, and comfort all encased in some of our favourite efficiently compact used city cars. Look no further for great quality pre-loved cars under R120,000.   Ford Figo Ambiente Perfect for city life, the pre-loved Ford Figo Ambiente is a comfortable vehicle to drive, with power steering and air-conditioning. The doors lock automatically once the car reaches 7km/h and is adequately spacious within the vehicle and the boot. It is well equipped to combat wind and exterior noise when travelling at high speeds. The Ford Figo is built similar to the likes of the renowned Ford Fiesta and is available at exceedingly affordable prices with many attractive features.   Chevrolet Spark Also equipped with power steering and air-conditioning, the Chevrolet Spark is a safe and affordable small car with a multitude of eye-catching features such as electric windows and mirrors, and an anti-lock braking system that provides extra safety for all passengers. At a price much lower than similar sized cars, this four-door pre-loved car is one of the best overall picks.   Hyundai i20 Not too much and not too little, the Hyundai i20 is a durably easy and comfortable car to drive. Although this pre-loved car is available very affordably under R120,000, it is not at all dingy or run-down. With a well-spaced boot, comfortable backseat and adjustable steering wheel, the Hyundai i20 is an all-round efficient, safe and hardy car.   Kia Rio The Kia Rio has done away with “cheap” and replaced it with economical. It is rated positively across the board, embodying admirable performance and an array of attractive features that their competitors don’t offer. It provides an enjoyable day-to-day drive and handles turns and corners with notable ease. Rigged-out with bluetooth connectivity, air-conditioning, power steering and so much more, the Kia Rio packs a nice little punch. Ideal for day-to-day city venturing, and furnished to a tee with upgraded technology, safety features and pleasantries, these hardy cars are at the top of the list for pre-loved cars under R120,000.
BMW and Mercedes-Benz have long been fierce competitors in the luxury car market, but how do these brands compare when pre-owned? We’ve composed a list of key differences between the two.   Design Both brands produce top-quality looks but while Mercedes-Benz produces a lavish-looking exterior with smooth lines, BMW opts for a sportier look with harsh angles. In terms of interior design, Mercedes-Benz comes out on top with their superior attention to detail and first class finishes. This is evident when comparing the C Class and 3 Series. Mercedes-Benz also has the larger lineup of the two, but BMW has a wider electric and hybrid range.   Performance and Quality Car enthusiasts tend to agree that the BMW is a driver’s car with higher performance. On the other hand, Mercedes-Benz is designed for quality and comfort with more bells and whistles and a solid feel. However, BMW trumps Mercedes-Benz in fuel consumption and emissions. Mercedes-Benz leads the two in safety features such as, radar assisted cruise control, SONAR, lane monitoring and active brake assist to name a few.   Maintenance and Reliability When comparing reliability, there are many factors to consider such as models and engine types however Mercedes-Benz has a tendency to come out on top. Consumers generally agree that Mercedes-Benz used cars have better longevity, this is clearly shown in the amount of older Mercedes-Benz models that can be seen on the road, compared to BMW. BMWs have the highest maintenance costs of the two, however they can be easier to upgrade and maintain at home.   Price Mercedes-Benz and BMW are luxury car brands therefore the difference in price is much of a muchness, even when considering used cars. Both brands offer excitement when you own them and are top-tier in technology, design and comfort. They offer unique features and cater to different preferences, consequently the answer to the question of which used car trumps which will differ from person to person.
Whether it's curiosity or necessity that’s piqued your interest in second-hand car sales, we’ve got you covered with a list of the most popular second-hand cars of 2021. The list is composed of five categories, with the most notable brands throughout being VW, BMW and Toyota. There’s something to suit every taste and style here. Have a look.   Most Search For Hatchbacks VW takes the cake in the hatchback category, holding down first, second, and third place of the most searched for second-hand cars. The three hatchback cars in ascending order are: The VW Golf The VW Polo The VW Polo Vivo The BMW 1 Series The classic Toyota Yaris Most Search For Sedans Volkswagen has done it again with the most searches in the sedan category. The Volkswagen Polo sedan is a premium option, but so is the ever-faithful and popular Toyota Corolla. Also occupying space in this bracket is the luxurious BMW 3 Series, the stylish and slick Mercedes-Benz C Class, and the Audi A3.   Most Searched For SUVs BMW holds two spots in this category with the BMW X5 and BMW X3, both stable, reliable family cars that are perfect for exploring the long open roads of South Africa. High up on the list are the Ford Everest and Toyota Fortuner, that seem to be so perfectly matched up against one another. Also on the list of the most searched for second-hand cars for 2021 is the Porsche Cayenne.   Most Searched For Double Cabs Toyota holds another spot here on our list with the Toyota Hilux commanding everyone’s attention. The Ford Ranger is another one of the most popular second-hand double cabs for 2021, as is the Nissan Navara. VW makes another appearance in this category with the VW Amarok. Who could say no to any of these options?   Most Searched For Single Cabs You’d be correct in assuming that the single cabs would be very much the same as Double Cabs, and you’d be correct. Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Nissan are all high fliers in the most searched for single cabs for 2021. The Isuzu D-Max also makes a firm footing in its position as one of the favourites. If you’re in the market for a second-hand car or just interested in second-hand car sales, we hope this list provides you with the info you need. If not, feel free to contact us at any time and we will help you find the car of your dreams.
In the market for used bakkies? With a wide variety right at your fingertips, we have compiled some important tips to ensure that you get the best used bakkie for sale with all the necessary requirements.   Diesel vs petrol Diesel bakkies provide more power to withstand long distance travels and carrying heavy cargo on challenging roads. Petrol bakkies are more suited to urban day-today use. When looking to buy used bakkies, this is a useful point to bear in mind depending on what you require.   Stick vs auto Going by cost, automatic bakkies are more expensive due to the intricacy of the gearbox. They also require more frequent servicing than manual bakkies. For new drivers, automatic bakkies are easier to drive and cannot stall. Manual bakkies are better preferred for off-road driving as opposed to automatic bakkies.   Get the full backstory Look into what the previous owner utilized the used bakkie for. A full vehicle history should be available from the seller, whether the used bakkie is bought from a dealership or a private seller. However, it isn’t likely that the information will be given if you don’t request it. A vehicle history will indicate any areas for potential fault, possibly due to prior accidents or maintenance issues.   Try it on for size Test driving the used bakkie in question is a vital excursion and is often overlooked. Pay attention to any questionable noises, all the way from the gearbox to the exhaust. It should also start, take-off and accelerate smoothly. Gear changes should also be smooth, whether in a manual or automatic used bakkie. Test drive the used bakkie on both urban roads and dirt roads to ensure that the shock absorbers are still in good condition. When looking to buy a used bakkie, there are many things to consult and verify to ensure that you receive your money’s worth. Allow us to assist in your search for used bakkies for sale.
Buying second-hand cars can be a daunting task that most of us face eventually. The majority of people will only ever be faced with the buying or selling transactional part of it all. But there are a few things you might want to know about what happens behind the scenes, that will not only interest you but offer a bit of guidance as to what to look for too. Here are five second-hand car facts that might surprise you: Odometer Fraud Odometer fraud might sound absurd, but it’s not only something you’ve seen in the movies. Tampered odometer readings do exist. Fraudulent dealers can make billions off advertising false miles on their used car to attract buyers. This isn’t as common in modern day cars, but it is something to be aware of. If the car deal seems too good to be true, it’s worth investigating further. Silver Cars Are The Number One Choice In terms of aesthetics, black second-hand cars remained highest in demand from 2013-2017. But in recent years, more silver second-hand cars are bought than any other colour, pushing black into second place. This might affect the price. So, if you are on a tight budget, you might want to think twice about buying a silver second-hand car. Buying Used Cars Has Overtaken The Purchase Of New Cars Buying a used car is cheaper than buying new, this is a given. But if you find the right deal, it can be very helpful if you need a reliable set of wheels on a budget. Second-hand cars make up 75% of the market in car sales, even though newer models are predominantly advertised. People Have A Preference For Automatic Cars Over time, it has been deduced that buyers prefer automatic cars to manual cars. Fewer people have a license to drive a manual car, and the production of automatic cars is on the rise. You can expect to pay more for an automatic car - used or new. Airbags Can Be Tampered With Cars that have been in accidents will need the airbags replaced and refitted correctly. Sometimes, this isn’t the case, so it is important that you inspect the state of the airbags in any second-hand car as they contribute to the safety of a car immensely. If you are unsure, find a trusted auto-professional to have a look. There are a multitude of second-hand car facts that will come across as surprising. Obviously, buying from a reputable used car dealership will forego any worry, but it's always good to be informed. Hopefully, these facts will bring some new unexpected points to your attention when looking to buy a used car.
When buying a second-hand car, we often expect the car to feel and seem second-hand too. If you’re in the market for a used car, you want to get the best possible value for your money. The following accessories are not essential, but they form a part of the most basic and implied accessories that you will want in your car and may easily overlook.  Keep an eye out for the following accessories in the second-hand car that you choose to buy:  1. Floor Mats A detail that many will easily overlook is the floor mats. Your second-hand car should definitely have removable floor mats. They’re specifically sized to the footwells of your car and catch dirt and mud in an easily removable and cleanable mat. 2. Spare Tyre Spare tyres are important for the most basic reason. If you’ve ever been stuck with a flat tyre and no replacement, you’ll understand why. Tyres also come at a cost, so it’s imperative that the used car you buy comes with one that is new and ready to fit in an emergency. 3. Jack And Wheel Spanner A jack is a mechanical lifting device that raises the car when the tyre needs to be changed, and a wheel spanner loosens and tightens the nuts and bolts on a wheel. These tools are mandatory for changing a tyre, and also for the roadworthiness of your car. They can be expensive to buy if not included in the second-hand car deal. They are often also overlooked during purchase. 4. Decent Sound System The sound system in your car can keep you company on long drives, making the commute to work a more pleasant experience. Check that the speakers in your used car are not blown or that the sound has not degraded over time. Check any aerials and make sure you test the overall sound quality of your used car sound system before buying the car.  5. USB Or AUX For Smartphone Connectivity Over time, lots of us threw out our CDs and stopped buying our favourite albums because all our music became available on our smartphones. Many cars now have Bluetooth, USB, or AUX options to connect your phone to the car sound system. Older models will be sold with only a CD player, which the car dealer may neglect to tell you. If you only listen to music off your smartphone, look out for these features.  With all the excitement surrounding the purchase of a used car, you may forget to pay attention to the finer details. These five suggestions on what accessories to look for in your used car will offer you some direction.