A Handy List Comparing Parts Of Similar Cars

Posted by on 28 Jan 2022 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Car engine

Car parts comparison

For most of us, when we buy a car, we look with our heart – sort of fall in love. Then we look at the purchase price to see if we can afford it. Nothing kills off love as much as not being able to afford the first date. Eventually, we settle for a car we can afford and convince ourselves that this is actually our true love. Okay, some just put the key in and vroom off, but you get the drift.


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Essential Equipment To Have In Your Car For Emergencies

Posted by on 10 Dec 2021 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Emergency kit items

Tools and equipment to keep in your car incase of a breakdown or emergency

Every car should have basics in case of a breakdown and every driver should know how to use those basics. The further away from civilisation you move, the more comprehensive your basics should be. But even in the biggest cities, you will travel in areas that seem pretty empty and you would want to be totally empty if you get a flat tyre. The difference between the good and the not-good Samaritan will only become apparent when they are very close to you.


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Why It’s Vital To Fit The Best Type Of Tyres For Your Car

Posted by on 24 Nov 2021 under General, Group 1 Cars

Assortment of tyres

Which tyres are the best for YOUR car?

If you consider that tyres are the only contact your car has with the road, choosing the best types of tyres becomes a crucial process. As a car owner, road safety and tyre care should be your main priority so it’s important to maintain them properly and understand how they work.

Changing car tyres is something we all have to do at some point but with so many brands on the market, finding the best types of tyres can be quite a challenge. Not everyone is a tyre specialist and motorists are easily overwhelmed by the differences in quality and price.


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The Pre-Owned Sedan – Best Value For Money Buy

Posted by on 10 Nov 2021 under Blog, Car Buying Tips, Car Reviews, General, Group 1 Cars

Audio A4 sedan

Best value for money cars for sale? Sedans.

Change creates opportunity. Let’s consider the fate of the compact sedan and the incredible value for money opportunity it offers the buyer like you – looking for a great pre-owned car with all the features you would want.

In the recent past, the sedan has increasingly been replaced by the more popular configurations, the SUVs and the hatch. It is almost a fashion thing rather than a practical thing. I test drove a Hyundai Elantra recently and was very impressed. It is a smart-looking car, roomy and luxurious, with an enormous boot. It had all the nice features today’s discerning driver could wish for. But it was not always thus.


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When To Tow Your Car Instead Of Driving To A Workshop

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

Person inspecting vehicle's engine

Know when to call a tow truck and when it’s safe to drive to a workshop

I once saw a mom tow her son’s car down a hill. At the stop sign at the bottom of the hill, his car rammed hers pretty hard. Turns out his brakes had stopped working and she was towing him to the garage. Jawellnofine. But it does raise the question of when you can drive your car to be fixed and when you should rather have it towed in. By a tow truck, not your mom.


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Our Favourite Budget Cars With Digital Instrument Clusters

Posted by on 10 Sep 2021 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars, Hyundai, Renault

Digital instrument cluster

Looking for an afforable car with a digital instrument cluster? Here’s our top 4 choices!

Cars have changed significantly in recent years with touchscreen systems and other luxury features no longer reserved for high-end models. Today, digital instrument clusters are fast gaining popularity and are a common sight in most affordable cars.

That’s not all, though, as many newer, budget cars also have wireless charging, auto climate control, and touchscreen systems only seen before on premium models. If you are in the market for affordable cars with digital instrument clusters, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, here are the top four available at Group1 Cars.


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How AfCFTA Can Help Promote Local Car Manufacturing

Posted by on 27 Aug 2021 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Car frame in manufacturing plant

Local car manufacturing in Africa could be boosted by AfCFTA

The pandemic caused severe economic and social disruption globally and it hit Africa particularly hard with many people likely experiencing extreme poverty. For this reason, it’s vital to work together and implement economic policies that will support industrialisation, create jobs and promote trade and investment in local automotive manufacturing.


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How Much Oil Consumption Is Normal For Your Car?

Posted by on 09 Jul 2021 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Car oil being refilled

Knowing if your car uses too much oil is crucial

As a result of wear and tear, cars are likely to use more engine oil as they get older. Although higher oil consumption is a common problem, when it’s ignored, it can cause major damage to your engine. In this article we take a closer look at the most common causes of high oil consumption and how to prevent it.


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The (Cons And) Cons Of Always Driving On Reserve

Posted by on 11 Jun 2021 under Blog, General, Group 1 Cars

Fuel gauge and empty light

Why it’s a bad idea to drive on empty

Driving your car on reserve is like snorkelling in False Bay, just past Miller’s Point where the water gets quite deep but is very clear. If you think this sentence is based on experience, you are right. You go down, 10, 15 metres. You can see forever. Look, an octopus over there. Is that a pyjama shark? Ooh, a cuttlefish. You realise you are running out of air, so you beam up. But from the bottom, the surface is just this vague brightness. You cannot judge how close you are to getting that now urgent breath of air.


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A Few Things To Check On Your Car Every Six Months

Posted by on 12 May 2021 under General, Group 1 Cars

Man checking his car engine

Make sure to have your car checked out every 6 months

Some like to tinker with their cars, most of us do not. As long as it gets you from here to there and back with no fuss, your car is just that thing in the driveway. But cars are made up of many parts, some needing to move freely, while others absolutely have to stay where they are. Just think of RPM – revolutions per minute. Say your car runs at 4000 RPM for one hour, that means your crankshaft has turned 240 000 times in that time. Please don’t dismantle your engine to check the crankshaft – this is just a way of showing how much movement there is. Also, your crankshaft will quickly let you know if it runs out of crank.


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