What Will A Junk Status Rating Mean For Car Owners

What Will A Junk Status Rating Mean For Car Owners

A junk status downgrade forecast in 2016 for 2017, meant it was not a matter of ‘if’ but rather of ‘when.’ Our President is never without incident, his recent cabinet reshuffle set-off a ripple effect with the catastrophic potential to grow into an economic tsunami: first a junk status downgrade by Standard & Poor, followed by another junk status downgrade by Fitch Ratings – provoking shock and outrage throughout the nation. As we near the end of the first quarter of the year, South Africans need to buckle up – more turbulent times unfortunately lie ahead. South Africa is in crisis, economical missiles threaten to lay waste to both the auto-industry and the motoring public. The downgrade has triggered a fall in the Rand, which will lead to an increase in both the interest rate and inflation rate if the trend continues. Also predicted to increase are import costs, and the overall risk premium. Higher interest rates will make it near impossible to obtain vehicle finance or a home loan – the repayments will be too exorbitant for the average family, even for existing home and vehicle owners, to meet every month. President Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle sent the Rand plummeting; and against the Dollar, could cause inflation to rise, perpetuating a food price increase, as well as the price of oil: which will hike up the price of fuel. A chain-reaction that drives-up transport costs – or anything else moved by trucks – which is everything you buy in a shop. Standard & Poor’s, Fitch Ratings junk status downgrade especially spells bad news for the short-term insurance industry and...
Auto Excellence at your doorstep

Auto Excellence at your doorstep

Auto Excellence boasts a branch in Centurion located between Pretoria and Midrand.  Auto Excellence is the place to go especially to experience the thrill of driving a Land Rover. This is your opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Land Rover and head off-road for a thrilling drive. Auto Excellence is an independent Land Rover focused specialist centre that strives to provide reliable service to the world’s most recognisable four-wheel drive vehicle the Land Rover 4×4. Auto Excellence does have other cars like the Toyota, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, and Jeep. Auto Excellence, are committed to providing the highest levels of customer service & satisfaction through  unsurpassed knowledge of the Land Rover ’s that they sell and  service. The staff of automotive professionals take pride in meeting the customer’s needs; whether purchasing a new or used  Land Rover or one of the extensive range of quality used 4×4’s that Auto Excellence has. Auto Excellence does their utmost to offer each customer a personal service and totally fulfilling experience. They look forward to being of assistance and meeting every single persons requirements. Book A service Correct maintenance is vital to keep your vehicle performing at its peak. Auto Excellence recommends servicing your vehicle regularly at the recommended intervals as per the vehicle and year model schedule. The specialised technicians at Auto Excellence instil peace of mind to car owners as they deliver on all jobs done. Should you wish to make a provisional booking for a service or any work to be done on your Land Rover, Auto Excellence is just a phone call away. The Workshop managers are readily available...
Limited Edition Renault Kadjar XP introduced in South Africa

Limited Edition Renault Kadjar XP introduced in South Africa

The Renault Kadjar has steadily gone about establishing itself as a South African most favourite given the increasing number of examples sighted on our roads. Kadjar XP Limited Edition 96kW 1.2 Turbo petrol is priced at R 364 900.It is equipped with an accessory pack comprising 17” alloys, cornering fog lights, a swan-neck tow-bar kit, side-steps and roof racks. The kit is valued at R40 000 and is in addition to the Kadjar Expression’s standard trim The Kadjar XP Limited Edition comes with a host of additional highly visible, value-add exterior accessories as standard. As already outlined, these comprise 17” alloy wheels + cornering fog lights + swan neck tow bar + side steps + roof racks. It has 200mm ground clearance, an integrated roof spoiler, injection-moulded plastic bumpers as well as black injected front and rear skid plates. Additional features include chrome window weather strips and body-coloured door-releases. The SUV’s cabin is generous and Renault’s attention to detail is immediately apparent. Its high-quality, ergonomic interior focuses on comfort and driving pleasure and accentuates the model’s crossover character. The height-adjustable driver’s seat together with height and depth-adjustable electric power-assisted steering affords the driver optimum visibility while further enhancing the vehicle’s SUV feel. From the elegant double topstitching to the dashboard with its chrome finishes – the onboard environment is stylish and refined. The Kadjar offers a very generous 370 litres of boot space. In addition its spacious modular cabin boasts an additional 30 litres of versatile storage space apportioned between the doors, glove box and central armrest as well as storage pockets located behind the two front seats. Essentially...
South Africa Welcomes A New Chinese Automaker

South Africa Welcomes A New Chinese Automaker

The Beijing Automobile Group – B.A.I.C South Africa’s developing market provides the perfect premise for an Asian automaker to gain a foothold in the affordable small car sector. The Beijing Automobile Group, B.A.I.C arrived this year, 2017, bringing with them some of their best toys in their D20 model line-up. Their vehicle range certainly stirs the caldron of perceived quality and that not all Chinese products are a smirch of “more is less and less is less.” B.A.I.C has brought with them the very best of their joint-venture technology shared products: having acquired both the intellectual and technical rights of SAAB, along with DNA technology from the Mercedes Benz developed SmartForFour small car platform transferred into the D20 range. B.A.I.C draws from a wonder of cutting-edge automotive technologies and techniques. With an attractive list of safety features, the D20 hatchback and sedan are a true value-for-money prospect for the first time car buyer, but without the grudge buying remorse of, for example, “sorry to say this,” a Datsun Go. Standard safety features include a Bosch ABS/EBD braking system, front/rear disks, dual airbags, park distance control, and a tensile steel laser welded bodyshell. The D20 is spacious, not like the clothes you buy at China-mart, where SMALL is extremely small and LARGE is a bigger small. The rear bench is comfortable with plenty of legroom and a decent fabric trim creates a perceived quality – better than one might expect.  For now, the D20 comes in a 75kw, 1.3L and a 1.5L, 85kw, i-4 engine derivative. Mixed and matched by a 4-speed automatic and a 5-speed manual transmission.  In-city /...
What Does A ‘Right Price’ For A Second-Hand Car Mean?

What Does A ‘Right Price’ For A Second-Hand Car Mean?

How do you know if you are not being ripped off when buying a second hand car? With more people selling second hand cars every single day, some downgrading their vehicles due to tough economic situations, some downgrading because the car has succumbed to serious mechanical faults. What does all this mean to you? It is a long process to buy a used car .There is reading reviews,  taking a test drive, assessing the vehicle’s condition and finding a car with the lowest possible odometer reading. But the most important part of buying a pre-owned vehicle is, of course, making sure the price is fair. If you’re not sure how to do that, we have provided a few tips to make sure you don’t pay too much.  Consider State of Car Before assessing the value of a car first figure out its condition.  Compare listings that are similar so as to gather up the best possible information. Get a mechanical inspection, before negotiating price. That way, if the car needs a few more Rands in repairs or reconditioning, you can subtract that amount from the price you are willing to pay. Trade Value Trade value is often thought to be the benchmark when negotiating the sale of a car.  When buying  a car, be aware that most private sellers and dealers are currently selling quite a bit less than book value. “Book” refers to a pricing guide which uses various sources of historic data.  The challenge with this is that the valuation looks back in time rather than considering present market forces of supply and demand.  Beyond this, the...
Texting and Talking On Your Cellphone While Driving

Texting and Talking On Your Cellphone While Driving

Motorists should change their attitude when it comes to texting or calling while driving, as this causes major distraction. It is a traffic violation, In fact using your mobile device for any form of social media while driving is not acceptable. We can multitask just about anywhere and manage to complete the task without encountering any obstacles.  But driving and using your cell phone is totally wrong as it is a complete distraction.  It does not matter how fast you move your figures on your phone, the fact remains your concentration is diverted. Distracted driving remains a problem in South Africa and will continue to remain a road safety issue unless drastic action is taken. Many of the latest model vehicles are fitted with a hands free mobile device but most drivers do not use this facility as they are looking to use the social media and not just make phone calls.  Driving requires concentration on our SA Roads especially with our roads being congested daily.  Doing many other activities like watching a video or grooming yourself while driving also causes a distraction and can result in an accident.  Talking or texting on your cell phone is the number 1 cause of road accidents every year. While there are many different distractions that constitute distracted driving, Surf4cars highlights the following as the most prevalent: Talking on cell phones, or texting while driving Eating while driving Putting on ties or other clothing while driving, or changing clothes when driving Applying make-up while driving Looking to the backseat to engage passengers, especially children Setting GPS devices while moving Searching for items...