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Top Selling Cars Around The World

Posted by on 28 Jul 2022 under Uncategorized

Best selling cars in South Africa and around the world

Toyota Hilux – The best selling car in South Africa

The cars motorists buy will vary from country to country, and the style of cars we prefer has changed over time. Buyers in South Africa, Australia and South America love bakkies (or UTEs ) and smaller SUVs/ crossovers, while in Europe the luxury SUV, hatchbacks and sedans are still very popular.


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What Are The Best Cars For First-Time Drivers?

Posted by on 12 Jul 2022 under Blog, Car Buying Tips

Top Five Cars For First-Time Drivers

Top Five Cars For First-Time Drivers

Everyone remembers their first car as it resembles a rite of passage and provides a sense of freedom unlike any other. When looking at cars for first-time drivers, what would be the best choice?

Cars for first-time drivers should tick a few important boxes. It should ideally be low in price, cheap to insure, safe and easy to drive. For most new or younger drivers, price and low running costs are among the most important considerations.


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How To Be Prepared For Your Car’s Next Service

Posted by on 30 Jun 2022 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Technician asseing vehicle during service

How to prepare for a vehicle service

Taking proper care of your vehicle is not just a nice to have – one of the best ways to ensure that your vehicle remains safe on the road, and in good condition to resell later along the line, is to keep up with its services. Here’s a look at a few important things you need to bear in mind when booking a service, and how you should go about choosing a service provider.

Why Are Regular Car Services So Vital?

Staying up to date with your car service intervals helps you to get the most out of your investment. If you have a car maintenance plan in place, certain aspects of your service will be covered, or the whole service might be free of charge. As such, it’s vital to check the conditions, exclusions and limitations of your plan, as well as which garages are covered by the plan. Always go through the fine print of your maintenance plan, and/or extended warranty with a fine-toothed comb so you know what you are entitled to.


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We Compare Four Of The Best Double Cab Bakkies

Posted by on 13 Jun 2022 under Car Reviews, Ford, General, Group 1 Cars, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota

Best bakkies in South Africa

Best bakkies for sale in SA compared

In America they are called trucks, in Aussie Utes and in South Africa we call them bakkies. No matter what you call them, the bakkie is a firm favourite for a huge percentage of our population. Working bakkies on farms, building sites, mines, factories and small businesses, lifestyle bakkies to pull the boat or the trailer full of bikes, for weekend bundu bashing or simply to keep the neighbours jealous.

The thing is, it is impossible to define a ‘bakkie’. From the very basic single cab 4×2 to 4×4 twin cab, all turbo, all optional extras, high-riding snarling beasts that will make Mad Max blink, and everything in between, there is a bakkie for every need and the need for more bakkie variants seems insatiable.


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Which Cars Have High Ground Clearance?

Posted by on 02 Jun 2022 under Asx, Blog, Car Reviews, General, Group 1 Cars, Mitsubishi

Vehicle with high ground clearance

Cars with the highest ground clearance

South Africa has an extensive road network consisting of national highways, byways and rural roads throughout all nine provinces. While efforts are made to keep roads in good condition, there are still bumps and potholes to contend with, not to mention going off-road and that requires cars with high ground clearance.

The good news is there are many cars with high good ground clearance to combat this. In this basic guide, we briefly discuss vehicles from various segments that have high ground clearance.


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How To Renew Your Driver’s License

Posted by on 16 May 2022 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Happy vehicle owner

A step-by-step guide top renewing your SA driver’s license

Your driver’s license has expired. Oops! During the COVID lockdown/ languish, nobody wanted to stand in a queue for a license, and in any case, a lot of the time the license offices were closed because the staff had COVID. So the authorities kept extending and extending the grace period for getting it. And then they did not anymore. The end of April was the end of grace and that was that. So what now?


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Car Safety Features: A Definitive Guide

Posted by on 25 Apr 2022 under Blog, Car Buying Tips, Clio, General, Group 1 Cars, Polo, X-Trail

Safety belt

Everthing you need to know about car safety features

Modern cars are laden with car safety features which have come a long way since the first seatbelts came out during the 1930s. From airbags and anti-lock brakes to traction control and reverse cameras, many car safety features have been added to ensure better protection in the event of an accident. In light of these advancements, and since road safety is a primary focus at Group1 Cars, we wanted to share a detailed guide on the various car safety features.


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Warranties, Service Plans And Roadside Assistance –
The Details

Posted by on 13 Apr 2022 under Blog, Car Buying Tips, General, Group 1 Cars

Vehicle engine

Learn the difference between warranties, service plans and roadside assistance

Old people believed that a car will develop an expensive problem one month and one week after its warranty runs out. Old people should not always be trusted, but in this case, they may be onto something. Maybe not the timing, but definitively the expensive part.

When you buy a new car or a newer used one, you will be confronted by a warranty, a service plan and/or a maintenance plan and probably some sort of roadside assistance. It will look something like this: manufacturer’s warranty 5-years/120 000km, service plan 3-years/60 000km and roadside assistance 3-years/60 000km. They mean so many years or so many kilometres, whichever comes first.


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Highway Driving vs City Driving: Which Is Better For A Car?

Posted by on 29 Mar 2022 under Blog, BMW 3 Series, Car Buying Tips, Clio, Fiesta, General, Group 1 Cars, Ranger, Up!, Volkswagen

Motorists on a highway

Which type of driving is better for your car?

Have you ever asked yourself which is better for your car: highway driving or city driving? When it comes to purchasing a used car, this is an important question to consider since one type is less taxing on a vehicle than the other, which can actually damage it more over time. The answer might surprise you!

Is Highway Driving Better For A Car Than City Driving?

Sometimes referred to as motorway driving or highway mileage vs town mileage, there are many differences in how the two types affect a vehicle. With that in mind, is highway driving bad for your car? It is a common question since it would be easy to assume highway driving is worse with travelling further and faster.


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The Four Most Popular Car Shapes People Buy

Posted by on 21 Mar 2022 under Blog, Car Buying Tips, General, Group 1 Cars

Underground parking with various cars

Which cars are people buying the most?

When is it an SUV and when a crossover? What’s the difference between a convertible and a cabriolet? Is a two-door sedan a coupé? It all can be rather confusing. There are a number of main car shapes, and those shapes became popular because they fulfilled a specific driving need. So, you ask, why would someone need a tank-sized 4×4 SUV when they only use it to drop the kids at school and go to the mall? There is actually a logical answer to that, but we will get to that.

When you go looking for a car, there are four main shapes to thinks of, with variants in each shape.


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