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11 November 2016
Top News Stories - October
SA’s Best Sellers New vehicle sales have decreased with overall sales in September 2016 lowering to14.3% compared to the same month last year. Naamsa expects the negative sales trend to continue over the medium term, given the current economic climate.The fall in sales are largely due to the ever increasing cost of new car prices. Top 10 Selling Car Brands Top 20 Reported Sales* *Excludes non-reporters such as Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Kia and GWM. Read more: The Best Cars According to Affordability in South Africa Three finalists each in thirteen categories were announced last month and the next phase of judging will evaluate the finalists back-to-back during a two-day testing session at Gerotek. The data incorporates feedback from tens of thousands of vehicle owners, based on their experiences of their vehicles. The finalists in the Budget Car category are: Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GL Renault Sandero Expression Toyota Aygo X-Play And in the Compact Hatchback category Honda Jazz 1.2 Comfort Opel Corsa 1.0T Enjoy Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI Comfort line Read more: Another Fuel Hike in November With international oil prices on the rise and the rand's depreciation after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was summoned to court on fraud charges may mean a substantial increase in fuel prices once again in November. At time of writing at the end of October 2016 motorists were paying R12.12 at the coast and R12.60 in Gauteng for 95 Octane petrol, while 0.05ppm diesel sold for between R10.33 and R10.71.In November, they could be looking at an increase of 50c for petrol. Read more: New Sanral CEO Appointed Skhumbuzo Macozoma is the new chief executive of the South African National Roads Agency Limited. He holds an MSc degree in civil engineering, and as a professional engineer with a wealth of knowledge in the sector will be a valuable resource within the broader engineering sector, the construction industry and the investor community. Read more: Disclaimer: All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. Auto Pedigree and the authors makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site.The owner of this blog will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
11 November 2016
Buying Your Teenager a Car
For South Africans from all walks of life,getting from A to B comes with its own unique set of challenges. Aside from the underlying problem of a scant and limited public transportation system, if,when and where there is public transportation - it leaves much to be desired. City bus services tend to run mainly during the week and peak hours, and minibus taxis don’t necessarily have their passengers’safety in mind. The R32 billion Gautrain project now in its sixth year caused frustration earlier in the year when it ran into major technical problems. Even Uber have been subjected to some unfortunate incidences, and self-drive cars are decades away from these sunny shores. Clearly owning a car is still a big necessity for many South African urban dwellers, and if your teenager is next in line fora purchase, you have some important considerations to make. What your teen wants is often not what you think your teen actually needs, especially when theyouth are the greatest menace on the roadin this country. The good thing is that Auto Pedigree has a wide range of options of cars to buy that are fun to drive as well as being safe and reliable – a balance that should make both you and your teen happy. Budget Remember that there is more than just the cost of the monthly car repayments.Vehicle insuranceand third party insurance are absolute necessities, especially with a new young driver behind the wheel. You do not want to be still paying off a car that has been written off, nor do you want to be in any legal battles if your teenager was the cause of an accident. Other more immediate considerations to budget for that come part and parcel with owning a car are regular maintenance service checks, tyres, and of course the cost of fuel. Condition It doesn’t help you or your teenager to buy‘cheap’. Unless you happened to be at the right place at the right time and got lucky, cheap cars are often expensive cars in the long run. Buy thebest quality car you can afford Test drive it. You have the experience, so both you and your teenager should take the car for a drive. You’ll be amazed at the different viewpoints and how helpful this can be. Practicality Teenagers have different needs to their parents.Instead of children, they transport friends, instead of large boots they prefer large speakers. Are the cup holders big enough to fit their water bottles in? Bear all the needs of your teenager in mind when choosing the right car. Safety With the advancements of electronics and car technology, modern cars are now safer than ever before. This does not mean that all modern cars have a good safety rating.Euro NCAPallows you to compare vehicle sand identify the safest choice for your teenager’s needs. Ensure that the car you are buying meets with safety standards and road worthy inspections. The DEKRA in association with the Automobile Association offer a range of professional vehicle examinations designed to help you identify vehicle flaws, and make an informed decision when purchasing a car for your teenager. For safety on the road, theAuto Pedigree PlusPlanoffers 24 hour assistance all year round for two years after you purchase a car from AutoPedigree. This includes roadside assistance, medical emergency assistance, and counselling for your teenager should they involved in a traumatic vehicle-related incident. To find out more about the Auto Pedigree PlusPlan or any other enquiries,contact usonline or call us on.010 593 9505
03 November 2016
How To Keep Your Car In Good Condition For As Long
It’s true that purchasing a vehicle is not strictly speaking an investment because its value decreases over time. However, it is an asset (albeit a depreciating one), it should be treated accordingly – by helping it depreciate as slowly as possible. The car you buy from Auto Pedigree is most likely to be a good, reliable car to begin with. We share some advice on how to keep it running for many years and kilometres into the future so that it remains an asset to you for as long as possible. It’s easier to keep a car in good running order and lasting for a long time when you begin with a good base.So buy the best that you can afford to avoid constantly spending money on repairs. Service your car as soon as one is due and follow the manual’s maintenance schedule. It may seem like a big expense but the lack of regular maintenance can compound into something much worse should something go wrong. Be aware of what your car maybe telling you. Listen for strange noises, smells, and vibrations, take note of the way the moving parts feel under your hands and feet and attend to them as soon as possible. Failing to do so could lead to much more costly repairs than you bargained for. Along side the performance and efficiency of the car, be sure to keep its looks in good condition too. Wash and wax the car regularly as the paint protects what’s underneath. Just as important is the interior of the car– vacuum and wipe clean regularly to keep wear and tear at bay. Remove scratches and repair cracks or broken pieces as they occur as best you can. Rust is a coastal car’s biggest problem. Here, our best advice is: Prevention is better than cure. Despite car manufacturers’ biggest efforts to combat this issue with advanced coatings and alloys, steel will always present a challenge due to its chemical make up and the environment that it is exposed to. This is why it’s even more important to wash and apply a good protective wax regularly to keep the salt off. Don’t neglect nooks and corners such as drain holes and panels where water flows in and out. Only use parts, accessories,oils, and other fluids, etc. that meet your car manufacturer’s specifications. Not only will cheaper products not wear as well as name brand counterparts, but may also not work as well. Finally, treat your vehicle gently. Tempting as it is to rev and race from traffic light to traffic light,it doesn’t bode well for the life span of your car. It’s fine to accelerate on the open road every once in a while, but for most of its life, a car will remain reliable as long as you drive it responsibly and with gentle If you purchase a vehicle from Auto Pedigree you have the option to take out theAutoPedigree PlusPlan Vehicle Cover that helps you maintain the quality and maximise the value. Dent and Scratch Cover attends to minor dent, scratches,windscreen damage, and minor hail damage removal. Auto Pedigree also offers a three year AutoShine Paint Protection warranty to minimise paint fade and oxidation and keep your vehicle’s paint work looking glossy and new for as long as possible. To find out more about Auto Pedigree CarePlus,Contact us.
03 November 2016
Interesting cars trivia
Honda CRV The first and second generation Honda SUVs camestandardwith an innovative lift-out rear cargo floor. It served as a cover for large storage in the back and could double as a folding picnic table. Honda Prelude The Prelude name was originally trademarked byToyota but was given to Honda for use. It was the first mass-produced car to have four-wheel steering. Among the first cars with VTEC technology, the Prelude could get from 0 to 96 kph in just 6.3 seconds. The Prelude was the first in a series of vehicles from Honda with musically related names, being joined by the Quintet,Concerto,andBallade. Image source: By PeteCaz - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Rolls Royce Rolls-RoyceLtd was a car and airplane engine manufacturing company founded in 1906 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce. Approximately 65% of all Rolls-Royce cars ever built are still on the road today. The hood ornament is called The Spirit of Ecstasy. Today, the Spirit of Ecstasy can be retracted into the grille by remote control or automatically in the event of a collision. The VW Beetle 21 529 464 – this is the number of times a classic Volkswagen Beetle rolled of the manufacturing line. From the first prototype made in 1934, Beetles were being built from 1938 to 2003. That’s an incredible 65 years - making it the longest produced vehicle in history. The Beetle broke the record held by Ford’s ModelT in 1972 with 15,007,034 vehicles produced, and was the first car worldwide to exceed sales over 20 million units. The Classic Mini The original name of the Mini was marketed under two different brands: the Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor. These eventually became the Austin Mini and the Rover Mini. For a car of its size, four people were able to fit relatively comfortably. 80% of the car’s internal space was built to be able to accommodate passengers – this was due to the unique front wheel drive layout and sideways engine. Still one of the world’s most favourite cars of all time, there are approximately 750 Mini Clubs world wide, with about 40% located in the UK. The Land Rover Fans of the Land Rover4x4 prototype was named the Centre Steer. It was originally intended for agricultural use. The steering wheel was mounted in the centre to allow it to be driven both on or off road, and on either the left or right side of the road. Image source: Ford Model T Over 15 million units of the Ford Motor Company’s Model T were produced from 1908 until 1927. The Model T, popularly known as the “Tin Lizzie” or the “flivver,”was fed fuel only by gravity. This, as well as the fact that the reverse gears were more powerful than the forward gears, it often had to be driven up a steep hill backward. In the first year of market the T was available in green, red, blue, and grey. Black was only offered in the second year. Eventually, to manufacture the popular car faster and more cheaply, only black was available. Image source: Disclaimer: All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. Auto Pedigree and the authors makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site.The owner of this blog will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
02 November 2016
5 Most useful car accessories finds
You’ve finally found the car you’ve been looking for. You’ve arranged for the necessary third party and car insurance in case of any unforeseen circumstances. And now you are well equipped for a good and long relationship with your vehicle. For South Africans, our cars have become more than just plain transportation. For different people they have the most diverse of uses, functioning as workplaces, temporary homes, a place of education, or even a sanctuary. Clearly they play an important part of our lives, so aside from regular cleaning and maintenance, we would naturally want to equip them with a few extra nice-to-haves. Mag Rim Protectors No matter how carefully we drive, it’s almost inevitable that our rims will incur damage from kerbs or unexpected obstacles on the road. Buying a new set of rims are often too expensive to be worth the cost and hassle. Rimskins™ are made of an advanced polymer that helps protect your wheel rims by providing a barrier between the wheel rim and kerb while parking. For rims that have already been scratched they work well to cover the existing damage. They come in a wide variety of colours from the more classic white and silver all the way to the brighter shades of red and blue. Portable Power Bank And Car Jump Starter This power bank and car jump starter is a multi-purpose device that takes care of any emergency situations you may find yourself in. It’s also a great accessory for camping trips and long road trips. The power bank will charge your mobile device when you’re stuck and have run out of battery power both on your car and your phone. It will keep you independent if you don’t want to wait or call for help by assisting with jump-starting your car. It’s also the only device of its kind that we know of that comes with additional uses such as an LED lamp, safety hammer, and SOS alarm. This model is no longer available. Window Laminating Laminating your windows has a variety of uses. Tinted lamination adds a stylish look to your vehicle, but also has very practical uses as well: Cuts glare by 60%, keeps your 20% cooler. Resists an attack with a crowbar, hammer, or brick. The thick laminate helps protect vehicle occupants from flying glass in the event of an accident. Choose from several levels of protection and thicknesses. SmashProof offers a perfectly smooth finish with no unsightly joins. Get it: MOTO-QUIP Vacuum Cleaner When we spend so much time in our cars there are bound to be accidental smoothie spills, cookie crumbs, or dirt and debris dragged in from the outside. Cleaning up isn’t always easy especially when trying to get into the corners and small crevices that come with vehicles. A small portable vacuum cleaner that you simply plug into your cigarette lighter is still one of the best solutions. It deals with both wet and dry applications and comes with a long crevice nozzle and brush. Get it in-store: or online Solar Trickle Charger If you’re going to leave your car standing for long periods for whatever reason, this trickle charger keeps your 12V lead battery from running down using the power of the sun. It is designed to charge and maintain a battery with no additional running costs. Not only will it keep your car’s battery topped up while you’re away, you can use it for maintaining the batteries in other vehicles such as a caravan or boat. Get it online – go to the Solar Power category section at Rear View Camera with Night Vision Whether a beginner driver or an experience done, sometimes we still need a little help seeing what’s behind us while we’re parking. With a camera attached to the back of your car, it will feel like you have eyes at the back of your head. No more nicks and scrapes. The handy rearview camera even comes with night vision LEDs to light up the area behind your car at night or dark undercover parking spaces. Get it online: Disclaimer: All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. Auto Pedigree and the authors make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. The owner of this blog will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
10 October 2016
The ups and downs of fuel price
Ever wondered why petrol and diesel prices in South Africa are in a constant state of flux? From month to month we’re never quite sure what we will be paying every time we have to fill up our cars. Some months we’re overjoyed because we’ll be paying a few cents less a litre and other months we’re left reeling by the massive price hike. How Crude Oil Influences the Cost of Fuel Both petrol and diesel come from a non-renewable energy resource known as crude oil, which is a fossil fuel, and therefore in limited supply. The petrol price in South Africa is linked to the price of crude oil in international markets and is quoted in US dollars per barrel.At the time of writing, the average price of petrol globally was R13.68 per litre. However, there is a substantialdifference in prices amongst various countriesaround the world. Wealthier countries generally tend to have higher fuel prices while poorer countries and those that produce and export oil have lower prices. The differences are due to each country’s various fuel taxes and subsidies that are imposed, as well as supply and demand. To illustrate, on a scale from lowest to highest fuel prices out of 177 countries, South Africa currently sits at 68th position together with Fiji and Bhutan at a cost of US$0,85 p/litre, while Venezuela holds first position for the lowest fuel cost at US$0,01 p/litre, and Hong Kong the highest at US$1,87 p/litre. TheSouth African Department of Energyexplains how crude oil prices combined with the rand/dollar exchange rate has a major impact on petrol prices: A crude-oil refinery'sbiggest input cost is crude oil. For a refinery to make a profit, the price for the product manufactured from crude oil has to be higher than that of the crude oil price. When crude oil prices increase, the petrol price has to increase so that crude oil refineries are able to cover their own costs. In South Africa the fuel price is regulated by government and adjusted on a monthly basis. The new price is calculated by theCentral Energy Fundon behalf of theDepartment of Energy. The constant price fluctuations are informed both by local as well as international factors. The main reasons for petrol price fluctuations are dependent on the following: The global oil price - South Africa imports both crude oil and finished products at a price set at international level. The BasicFuel Price (BFP) is based on what it would cost a South African importer to buy petrol from an international refinery and to transport the product onto South African shores. The currency exchange rate between the South African rand against the US dollar. See a break down andcomprehensive view into the current fuel prices, the next estimated petrol price forecast, and a detailed breakdown of what goes into the fuel price, such as storage and delivery costs, fuel levies, and distribution costs. Prices may fluctuate from month to month and year to year, but one thing is clear, as long as there is demand, the upward fuel price trajectory will continue. One answer for cash-strapped South Africans is tofind an economical carthat will stretch their money further. Disclaimer: All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. Auto Pedigree and the authors makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site.The owner ofthis blog will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
23 September 2016
6 Interesting facts about electric cars
With sustainable energy making its mark globally, electric cars have been receiving a lot of coverage in the news for some time now. However, they have been around for almost 150 years, but how much do we know about this 'new' technology and is it enough to make an informed decision when the opportunity presents itself to buying one? The Wikipedia description of an electric car is as follows: "Anelectriccar is an automobile that is propelled by one or moreelectricmotors, usingelectricalenergy stored in rechargeable batteries or another energy storage device… " Essentially,it is a car that runs on electric motors, that uses stored electricity eitherin rechargable batteries or other energy storage pack. Electric Car Sales As of April 2016, the United States has the largest fleet of plug-inelectric vehicles in the world, and a total of 27,611 plug-in cars were sold during the first quarter of 2016, up almost 20% from the same quarter in 2015. Plug-in Cars in the Retail Market As of March 2016, there are 26 highway legal plug-in cars available in the American market for retail sales.12 being all-electric cars and 14 being plug-in hybrids. By the end of the year, approximately 10 more models are expected to be introduced, most of these being plug-in hybrids. Manufacturers There are 14 car manufacturers currently offering plug-in electric cars in the U.S. for retail:BMW,Daimler AG,Fiat Chrysler Automobiles,Ford Motor Company,GeneralMotors,Honda,Hyundai Motor Company,Kia Motors,MitsubishiMotors,Nissan,Tesla Motors,Toyota,Volkswagen,andVolvo,though not all were available nationwide. Efficiency Up to 80% of battery energy is directly transferred to poweran electric car compared to up to 26% or as little as 14% of fuel-driven vehicles, making electric cars a highly efficient mode of transport. Maintenance Under the hood, an electric car's motor contains a couple of moving parts; an internal combustion engine contains hundreds. So there's not much there that needs repairing or replacing. Furthermore, an electric car's brake pads tend to last longer due to the use of regenerative braking that converts the braking energy into power and stored in the battery. Ultimately, it is the external parts of an electric car suchas the tyres and windscreen wiper blades that would need replacing before anyof the internal parts need attention, and even then, replacing these are arelatively simple exercise. Battery Life While the overall maintenance of an electric car is minimal, the biggest expense lies in the battery. The array of power cells that make up a typical lithium-ion battery is complex, and the main reason for the high cost of electric cars. The typical lifespan of anelectric car’s battery is approximately 8 years/160,000km. As with any electrically charged device, a battery gradually loses its ability to hold a charge, eventually fading and needing to be replaced. But battery prices have decreased dramatically over the years and may continue to do so as the technology advances.
22 September 2016
93 and 95 Octane fuel
At the time of writing another petrol price increase hit consumers on Wednesday 1 June at 52c a litre. With the weakening rand and price increase in petroleum, the price of fuel in South Africa continues to climb. Sowhen we drive up to the pumps to refuel we might ask ourselves what the difference is between 93 and 95, and how each type affects our vehicle's engines. Higher-octane fuel can withstand higher levels of compression and therefore is able to perform at a higher level. So does that mean that if you want your car to go faster you should fill up with 95 octane instead of 93? How do you make the choice and does it really matter? What is Octane Rating? Octane was used in fuel to stop pre-detonation in engines or fuel from igniting. The pistons in a car's engine compresses a cylinder of air and gas before igniting it by means of a spark plug ( thus creates the power that the vehicle requires to move. The octane rating indicates the amount of fuel that can be compressed before it spontaneously ignites. Higher octane fuel is more stable and produces better efficiency and power, while lower octane fuel will handle less compression before igniting. What Octane Should I Use? Your car's engine compression ratio determines what octane fuel you should fill your car up with. Engines with high compression ratios have more horsepower and require a higher octane fuel. The more stable higher octane fuel reduces the risk of igniting, allowing better performance and efficiency. The simple answer is that high performance cars require the higher 95 octane, while your average road vehicle will run suitably well on 93 octane. It's highly unlikely that an average car will see any performance gain by using 95 octane. The AA recommends that unless your engine is turbo or turbo-charged, you should choose 93. Having said that, there may be exceptions that are influenced by various factors such as altitude,and driving and environmental conditions. If in doubt, consult your vehicle owner's manual to ensure you're filling up with the optimal type of fuel for your particular car. Who knows, you might find yourself saving a few needed rands. Disclaimer: Articles on this website are for guideline or entertainment purposes only. Auto Pedigree and the authors cannot be held responsible for any advice given, written or verbal. Please do your research thoroughly and use any advice at your own discretion.
27 July 2016
8 Things you should know about motor vehicle light
Day or night, rain or shine, vehicle bulbsare one of the most important parts on your car. But they are often taken forgranted because even when any one of them stops working, your car will stillkeep moving. Indicator lights, head lamps, and rear lampsare crucial for safe and responsible driving. One of the crucial functions theyperform is to act as signals for other road users. Indicating to turn is a warning to other roadusers - drivers and pedestrians alike - of your intention. So even though itmay sometimes seem obvious to you, it really isn't to the person crossing theroad at a traffic circle. Front and rear lamps are not only for your benefit toenable you to see in low light, but also for the other road users to see you- thisis relevant even before it gets dark. These are some of the common things youshould know about vehicle lighting: Bulb lifevaries from vehicle to vehicle. To avoid any unwanted and unnecessaryconsequences, they should be checked regularly and with every maintenance service. One of themain causes of bulb burn out is condensation. Look outfor moisture build up inside the casings of your head and tail lights. With manycars, detecting an indicator light is about to reach the end of its life isquite simple. If it starts to flash faster than usual or stops flashing alltogether, it's time for a replacement. Fuses arealso a reason for lighting problems. These are normally located under thevehicle's dashboard, in the engine compartment, or the boot and are notdifficult to replace. Whenreplacing any lights, make sure they are the right colour and don't be temptedto apply any form of tint to the lamps. Halogen isthe most commonly used and least expensive type of bulb used in vehicles today. Xenon aremore expensive than halogen, are brighter, and last longer. These are suitableif you tend to drive often at night on less busy roads. LEDs areenergy-efficient, last long, and lend themselves to varying designs in carmanufacture. Ultimately, excellent visibility and being visible is crucial at alltimes on our roads, and driving without properly functioning lights isillegal.For a comprehensive guide visit Disclaimer:Tips and advice on this website are for guideline orentertainment purposes only.Auto Pedigree and the authors cannot be heldresponsible for any advice given, written or verbal.Please do your researchthoroughly and use any advice at your own discretion.
02 July 2016
Top News Stories July 2016
1.Foreshore Bridge to beConnected to the N1 The unfinished Foreshore flyover in Cape Town could finally be completed after four decades. Connecting the bridge to a road that runs on to the N1 was part of a five-year plan for the city to alleviate its traffic congestion. The TomTom global traffic index released in March revealed that Cape Town was the most congested city in South Africa, surpassing Johannesburg. 2.Volkswagen South AfricaAchieves Highest Index Score of 113.2% The VWSA Group in Uitenhage was recognised as the top Volkswagen manufacturing plant in the global network since 2015.The score of 113,2% was the highest amongst 13 plants around the world. All are measured on the same key performance indicators. Key contributing factors for VWSA’sachievements were Polo and Polo Vivo production in 2015 at below budgeted costs, and targets to reduce energy and water consumption, and waste and CO2emissions. 3.2016 - The Rebirth of the CarDesign Awards The Car Design Awards have been a coveted award in the automotive industry for many years and this year marks its rebirth.The ceremony was held in Turin, Italy last month to award three categories, namely 'Concept Car' (Mazda RX-Vision project), 'Production Car', (Aston Martin DB11) and 'Brand Design Language' (Volvo Cars). 4.Automobile Association Callingfor Urgent Steps to Curbing Road Deaths in SA According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation, approximately 13,000 people were killed on SA’s roads last year.The AA said attitudes need to change if the death toll is to decrease. Road safety in South Africa is a major problem due to motorists ignoring the rules, believing they’re above the law and will never be caught. They also have the false impression that they will not be harmed through their own reckless driving. 5.The Reintroduction of the DrägerBreathalyser In2011, a court ruled that the Dräger breathalyser could no longer be used due to problems in the way tests were administered. This led to the acquittal of those accused of driving under the influence. Now after a five year break and there introduction of evidentiary breath alcohol testing (EBAT), the breathalyser is back in use as from 1 August in the Western Cape.