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Group 1 Cars Blog

News, Reviews and Interesting Facts on all Cars


The Coolest Part Of Your Car – The Aircon

Posted by on 05 Mar 2021 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Car aircon vents

Things you should know about your car’s air-conditioner

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.


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5 Ways To Avoid Accidents – Beyond Booze And Speed

Posted by on 25 Feb 2021 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

View of people in car from backseat

Accidents aren’t all caused by speeding or drunken driving

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.


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How To Take Care Of Your Car During Summer

Posted by on 03 Feb 2021 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Woman leaning against car standing in the sun

Taking care of your car during summer

The summer months across most parts of South Africa can be harsh at times with temperatures often far exceeding 30°C. While cars are designed to withstand all sorts of conditions, how much damage can the sun cause and which parts of your car are most susceptible?


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Safety Gear And Loading Tips For Bakkies

Posted by on 25 Jan 2021 under Blog, General

Nissan bakkie loaded with bags

How to load up your bakkie properly and safely

Whether you are moving home or going away for a long weekend, what you use and how you pack can make all the difference. Moving bigger items such as couches, tables and desks can be difficult but these easy loading tips for bakkies will help keep everything as stable and secure as possible. In this article, we take a look at some bakkie accessories along with expert advice on keeping you and your cargo safe.


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Engine Oil: What Is It And How To Tell If It Is Leaking

Posted by on 13 Jan 2021 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Oil dip stick

How to spot an oil leak

Fluid under your car is always alarming – unless you have a very small dog or your aircon was working overtime and the condensation is dripping. If you notice any discoloured patches under your car in its normal parking spot, pay attention. It could be brake fluid, transmission fluid or steering fluid. Have it checked out soon. But the biggie is oil.


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Dos And Don’ts Of Carrying Cargo On Your Car Roof

Posted by on 21 Dec 2020 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Land Rover with luggage on roof

How to tie cargo to your car’s roof safely

We often have to transport stuff that simply won’t fit in the car. The logical thing is to tie it on your car’s roof and there you go. Let’s look at this. There are certain dos and don’ts to this practice.

In the movie National Lampoon’s Vacation, the granny dies during the road trip, so they tie her to the roof rack. Do not do this.

However, if you often have to transport the same bulky item, say a couple of mountain bikes or kayaks or extra luggage for weekend trips, shop around and get dedicated roof racks/carriers to do that job. It will cost a bit, but the ease of use and the built-in safety will make it worth your while.


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How To Stay Safe On A South African Road Trip

Posted by on 09 Dec 2020 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Winding road in South Africa

Road safety to keep in mind when road tripping in South Africa

Whether you live in South Africa or visiting from abroad, a road trip across this beautiful country is a must. From the stunning shorelines of the Western Cape to the glorious Garden Route and beyond, you will be mesmerized by the sheer beauty. However, the high crime in South Africa is a factor you need to consider but if you stay vigilant and follow these important safety tips, you’ll enjoy a road trip of a lifetime.

Road Trip Safety Tips For South Africa

Considering that public transport is not as reliable or safe as it should be, you should ideally really rent a car. With the vast landscapes and long open roads, public transport simply won’t cut it. It’s true that hijackings are common but don’t let that deter you from travelling. If you pay attention to your surroundings and adhere to a few basic safety tips, it shouldn’t bother you at all.


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What Does Your Air Filter Do And 4 Reasons To Change It

Posted by on 25 Nov 2020 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Car Air Filter

Car Air Filter

We now all wear masks because of COVID, because it helps keep the virus out. We never needed masks before, and hopefully quite soon won’t have to wear them anymore. So why has your car always needed a mask, the air filter, and will continue to need a fresh one for as long as you have it?


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How To Tell If Your Car’s Brakes Are Bad

Posted by on 12 Nov 2020 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Nissan Car Tyre And Brakes

Tips To Keep Your Car’s Brakes In Braking Condition

Have you ever experienced failing brakes? What about squeaky brakes that barely bring your car to a halt while shaking and vibrating? Nothing quite compares to that unnerving feeling of your car brakes not working as they should. Fortunately, you can easily avoid these problems by following this simple how-to-guide. But first, we look at why they squeak and the impact of bad driving habits.


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Easy Tips To Keep Your Car’s Engine Going Longer

Posted by on 21 Oct 2020 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Volkswagen Engine

Tips To Keep Your Car’s Engine In Tip-Top Shape

Many of us prefer the cost advantage of buying a pre-owned car from a trusted dealer. It is a delicate balance between the price saving and age/mileage of the vehicle. Top dealers today stake their reputation on offering only the cleanest used cars, so you will know that the car you get has never been in an accident and anything not working properly has been fixed.


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