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News, Reviews and Interesting Facts on all Cars


Why Buying A Pre-Owned BMW X5 Is Still Worth It

Posted by on 20 Feb 2019 under BMW, BMW X5, Car Buying Tips, Car Model History, Car Reviews

BMW X5

Buying second-hand cars can be a daunting task but if you want quality and reliability, look no further than a pre-owned BMW X5. It has brought pure enjoyment to all who have owned one and proved an exceptional contender in the new and used car segments. In fact, at Group 1, our showroom floor often plays guest to several quality pre-owned SAVs (Sports Activity Vehicles) just like the BMW X5.


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A Bird’s Eye Review On The Mini Cooper Range

Posted by on 01 Jan 2019 under Car Reviews, MINI

MINI

The MINI Remains Timeless

In our opinion there are very few cars that have the youthful appeal of the modern Mini, and this has not changed since the New Mini burst onto the scene in 2001. It has retained its iconic look made famous by its Mini Mk1 predecessor, but today’s Mini is safer, bigger, more comfortable and an around better car. In fact, thanks to BMW’s influence the Mini is more a compact luxury car than a simple city run-around. And once you add bigger models like the Countryman and the Clubman the compact size of the model class is already erring on the side of SUV.


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Jeep Wrangler Review

Posted by on 18 Dec 2018 under Car Reviews, Jeep

The Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler is an iconic vehicle that has kept its look since the original models transported Eisenhower around Normandy shortly after D Day, and that is a good thing as it is what so many Wrangler owners buy into! From is distinctive headlights and grill to the removable doors and roof, this is still the toughest looking vehicle on and off the road barring none!


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The BMW E30 – A 3 Series Icon

Posted by on 12 Dec 2018 under Car Model History

The BMW E30 - A 3 Series Icon

The BMW E30

Although over two decades old, the BMW E30 is still hot property in South Africa! No matter if they are in their two-door coupé, four-door sedan or five-door station wagon (estate) model variant forms, the demand for these amazingly long lived cars has never waned. With both petrol and Diesel engine options available (the BMW E30 was the first 3 Series BMW to be made available with a Diesel engine option) there is a vehicle option or model derivative for almost everyone who has a fondness for classic BMW cars.


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The Original VW Beetle in South Africa

Posted by on 12 Dec 2018 under Car Model History

The Original VW Beetle in South Africa

The Original VW Beetle

The original VW Beetle is a genuine part of motoring history that was in production continuously from 1938 until 2003. Originally conceived as a “Peoples Car” in Nazi Germany, the Beetle took on a life of its own and after World War II, as it broke away from its fascist beginnings to become the poster child of the “flower power” generation of the 1960’s. The VW Beetle underwent many upgrades during its 65 years of production, but during this time it remained true to its peoples car heritage. Originally launched in South Africa in the 1950’s, the Original VW Beetle soon became a big part of South Africa’s driving culture, and helped shape the memories of many first time drivers.


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First Things First: Safety Tips for New Drivers

Posted by on 19 Nov 2018 under Uncategorized

New Driver

Safety First

Shopping around for a second-hand car to take you on your very first journeys as a newly-qualified driver? Or perhaps you’re on the lookout for a well-priced, pre-owned vehicle for your child who has just passed their driver’s test? Whatever the case may be, it is such a big milestone! Receiving a driver’s license is a huge step towards personal independence, which is why most new drivers are absolutely thrilled when they walk out of the traffic department with their newly minted permission to hit the road. However, it can also be a little daunting to drive off unaccompanied for the first time.

Here are our top tips for new drivers to stay safe on South African roads:


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Rides & Tunes: The Evolution of Music in Cars

Posted by on 12 Nov 2018 under Uncategorized

Car Radio

The History of Riding with Tunes

One of the best feelings in the world is zipping down a highway in a swift car, singing along to one of your favourite tunes. Whether it be road-tripping with your parents as a child, heading on holiday with friends in your twenties, making your way on honeymoon in a second-hand car as newlyweds, or speeding off on a well-deserved getaway as a married couple, there is a sheer joy to rolling down the windows, having the wind in your hair and belting out a great song at the top of your lungs. It is one of life’s rare and inimitable joys.


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Petrol VS Diesel – A Concise Guide For Used Car Buyers

Posted by on 22 Oct 2018 under Car Buying Tips

Engine

Petrol Or Diesel?

If you’re in the market for a cost-effective used car, bakkie or SUV, one of the things you’ll need to consider is whether you prefer a petrol or diesel variant. You may have heard that diesel is more cost-effective if you tend to go long distances, or that petrol cars are cheaper to buy off the showroom floor, but there are obviously exceptions to every rule of this kind.


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Sedan VS Hatchback – A Concise Guide

Posted by on 15 Oct 2018 under Car Buying Tips, Uncategorized

Sedan VS Hatchback

Sedan VS Hatchback

If you’re shopping around for a compact second-hand vehicle, one of the first choices you’ll need to make is whether you’ll be looking at hatchbacks or sedans. Both these small car variants are popular with first-time buyers, families who require a second vehicle to streamline their transport needs, as well as third-party buyers who are shopping for cost-effective vehicle solutions for their children or elderly parents.


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Buying a Used Car? Ask Your Dealer These 5 Questions

Posted by on 17 Sep 2018 under Car Buying Tips

Car keys being handed over

Questions To Ask Before Buying A Used Car

Ready to buy a used car from your local pre-owned dealership? The prospect of driving off in a fresh new ride is always exciting, but when it comes to a vehicle that has had prior owners, it’s important to establish a transparent rapport with the dealer in question before you make any firm commitments. The more questions you ask, the more likely the dealer is to give you a good deal, because you’ll seem informed regarding the process.

Here are some insider tips regarding the questions you have to ask before you sign that all-important offer to purchase:


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