Car manufacturing has come a long way since the early days with Henry Ford laying the foundation for assembly lines and supply chain management. However, vehicle design and the materials used today have become far more intricate and as technology develops and industry demand changes. Not all car manufacturing plants operate in the same way but the process does involve similar steps from concept and design to production and launch. This can take anywhere from two to five years as the manufacturer must make sure the car is in excellent condition for public use.
According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers South Africa (NAAMSA), more people have been buying used cars in South Africa over the last few years. It’s not surprising especially if you consider the continuously increasing prices of new cars. With more consumers buying used cars, we wanted to share our expertise on what to look out for and how to apply for vehicle finance. What To Look Out For When Buying Used Cars While pre-owned vehicles are cheaper, the price should not be the only deciding factor as some could have undisclosed mechanical issues or body damage. There are several pitfalls to buying used cars but this guide will help you make a more informed decision and avoid being duped by chancers.
In the olden days, real men had mahogany tanned right arms, because they used to drive with their elbows sticking out of the open window (to show off their biceps). Actually, the window was open to cool the car down. Most cars did not have aircon – in fact, road trips during summer were often done at night to avoid the heat. Even though air conditioners for cars go as far back as the ‘30s, they were rare for the next fifty years, found only in luxury cars. With time, the cost of aircon came down and by the ‘90s most cars had them. There are very few cars now without.
My neighbour knocked over a Pride of India tree on my sidewalk and demolished part of my garden wall with her Fiat 500. It was like being attacked by a yuppie skateboard. Her oversized sheepskin slippers got caught between accelerator and brake and that caused the trouble. No-one was hurt, but . . . When we think of what causes accidents, we rightly jump right into drunk and reckless driving and speeding. So we don’t do those things, yet we still see or have accidents. Like my neighbour. Let’s look at some of the common causes of accidents.
Here at Group 1 Cars we strive to provide a convenient way for people to find the Right Used Car for their needs and budget. To do this we need to assists them with finding the best certified used vehicles in the market. This means that EVERY Used Car, Used SUV or Used LCV that we sell has undergone some of the most stringent quality testing in the country, and we guarantee that each and every vehicle that we sell is of the highest quality both mechanically and condition wise.When you purchase a Quality Used Car from Group 1 you’re getting a vehicle that has:
Passed a strict 101 Point Vehicle Check
Comes with an optional Group 1 Warranty*
Has Guaranteed Mileage
Will always be Licensed and Legal
Never been stolen
A Guaranteed Model year
Comes with an Optional Service Plan*
20 day exchange promise*
Full service history whenever possible
*Terms and Conditions Apply!
When searching for Used Cars for Sale in Cape Town, Johannesburg or Port Elizabeth we encourage you to locate one of our established brick and mortar dealerships. You can do this by using our Find a Group 1 Showroom page on this website, or simply by contacting us directly at one of our showrooms in Kuils River, Stellenbosch, Knysna, The Glen, Midrand, Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage. Visit us and put our friendly, knowledgeable staff to the test, while noting that even if you're not in one of the cities or towns mentioned above our Group 1 Nationwide Vehicle Delivery Service will always allow you to take advantage of our Best Used Vehicle Prices, Regular Used Vehicle Promotions and our Exceptional Quality Pre-Owned Vehicles no matter where in South Africa you are.
We firmly believe that quality trumps quantity, which is why even though we are not the country’s Biggest Used Cars Website, we can guarantee you the best quality vehicles. In fact you only need to take a look at the vehicles on this page to see that we have some real gems listed here, all of which you’ll never find anywhere else. Every vehicle on our physical and digital showroom floor is Exclusive to Us, and is backed by our award winning customer service, outstanding vehicle knowledge and diverse product and brand range.
Experience our hassle free user Friendly Used Car Sales Environment and see for yourself why we’re known as South Africa’s One Stop Destination for Used Car and Demo Vehicle Sales!