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News, Reviews and Interesting Facts on all Cars


Wax Your Car And Get Some Serious Zen

Posted by on 04 Sep 2020 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Car Hood Being Waxed

Wax On – Wax Off

In the Karate Kid, Mr Myagi gets Danny to wax his collection of old cars. Wax on, wax off. Was he teaching Danny basic karate moves, or was he tricking the boy to wax his cars? Danny won at the end of the movie, so it was probably the teaching thing. But what is the deal with waxing your car?

Try a quick experiment. Take a pic of your best pair of leather shoes. Shine one with that stuff in the tube with the foam rubber tip. Shine the other the old fashioned way, with Nugget or Kiwi and a brush and a cloth. Now take another pic. Which shoe looks best? You know the answer, but please do this anyway.


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What You Need To Know About Valve Clearance Adjustment

Posted by on 21 Aug 2020 under Blog, Group 1 Cars

Valve Clearance Adjustment

Valve Clearance Adjustment Explained

As far as mechanical terms go, a valve clearance adjustment is commonly referred to as ‘adjusting the tappets’. Valve clearances are the small gaps between the tops of the valve stems and the part which presses on them to open the valves.

If your vehicle has become a little hard to start lately, or there’s a lack of horsepower, it’s probably time to check the valve clearances. The valves that control the air/fuel flow mixture and exhaust gases in your engine head are one of the most abused parts in the entire motor.


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Your Car – Repair or Replace?

Posted by on 03 Aug 2020 under Car Buying Tips, Group 1 Cars

Man repairing car

To Repair Or To Replace

You need a new car. The math is easy. The car costs that much, you get that much on your trade-in, therefore your payments are so much per month for so many months. But the value of your new car drops sharply the moment you drive out of the dealer’s showroom. By the end of year one, your car will have lost 15 – 20% of its value. The same happens to the year one value in the second year.

So connect the dots and change the math. Buying a year old car will save you around 20%, reducing the gap with your trade-in and the subsequent payments. Year two does this as well. Of course, you lose one or two years on your warranty and service plan, so you have to find the balance that suits you.


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Some Basic Steps To Keep Your Baby On The Road

Posted by on 17 Jul 2020 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Red Car

Taking Care Of Your Car – The Basics

It can really hurt if something in your car goes wrong. Usually, most pain will be in your wallet. Most new cars are not designed for the home mechanic and any invasive tinkering may well invalidate your warranty. This does not mean you should sit and wait for something to break.

Here are some basic steps to take care of your car.


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Why You Need A Car Owner’s Manual

Posted by on 02 Jul 2020 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Car Instructions

The Importance Of Your Car’s Manual

The best thing about a car owner’s manual is that it can answer most questions about your vehicle. All new cars come with a printed owner’s manual with some companies also making digital copies available. However, very few people actually read the entire booklet but maybe they should as it contains useful information covering just about everything.


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When Should You Replace Your Car Tyres?

Posted by on 17 Jun 2020 under Blog, General

Car Tyre

Time to Replace your Tyres?

Considering that tyres are the only parts that connect your vehicle to the road, why are so many people neglecting their tyre quality? Too many drivers fail to understand the significant impact of worn or damaged tyres on general road safety. Not taking proper care of your tyres will affect acceleration, braking, directional force and even fuel consumption.


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Marcel Swanepoel (MD of Group 1 Motors) reaches out to express his appreciation of all Group 1 Motors staff and customers

Posted by on 11 Jun 2020 under Blog

Marcel Swanepoel (MD of Group 1 Motors) reaches out to express his appreciation of all Group 1 Motors staff and customers. He touches on the sacrifices made, steady return to business and consolidation plans to ensure job retention, cost-cutting and the continued consideration and fulfilment of customers’ needs.



Can You Get A New Car Yet?

Posted by on 05 Jun 2020 under Uncategorized

Old BMW

You’re Allowed To Buy A Car Again!

After sixty-something days of lockdown, does your car still love you? It has been sitting there in the driveway, getting older, losing value, never going further than the shop. It smirks at you: “I am here, I am yours and there is nothing you can do about it. Now wash me.”

Time to show it who’s boss. Trade it in for something better. At least something with less attitude. But wait! The lockdown!

Relax. You can now shop around, test drive some wheels, show your car who is who in the zoo. Car dealerships and service departments have been opening up on a sliding scale, with level three starting in mid-May under level 4. Confused? So are we. So let’s recap.


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The MD of Group 1 Motors Describes The Experience and Proper Risk Management and Safety Protocols To Be Taken When a Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

Posted by on 27 May 2020 under Blog

Marcel Swanepoel (MD of Group 1 Motors) describes the experience and proper Risk Management and Safety protocols to be taken when a staff member tests positive for COVID-19. These measures include early detection, testing, quarantining, tracing and thorough deep cleaning of the premises to limit the spread and keep customers and other staff safe.



Post-lockdown Business Risk Assessment and Operations Compliance Plan

Posted by on 27 May 2020 under Blog

Get your FREE Business Risk Assessment and Operations Compliance Plan and be prepared to start doing business again while keeping customers and staff safe. This generic plan is free of charge with compliments from Group 1 Motors. This is our way of helping fellow business owners and operators in these challenging times.

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