2016's Best Cars Chosen by Women

2016's Best Cars Chosen by Women

At a basic level it might be safe to say that women and men have different requirements when it comes to the car they drive. Women weigh their expectations such as comfort, aesthetics, affordability, and functionality up differently. In family situations the woman’s car tends to take on a different role than the man’s. Though it’s a vast generalisation, and certainly societal norms and familial structures are changing, we’re still used to seeing a woman’s car as playing the role of 'mom’s taxi', while his is the executive, utility, or adventure vehicle. Even in the singles category between genders there are definite vehicle preferences, where certain cars attract more women than they do men. Research shows that when women hunt for a vehicle to buy, they look for something compact, but should have sufficient boot space, and they consider safety, but should still be fun to drive. All the while speed and good looks definitely do not go ignored. So which cars did South African women choose as their winning formula this year? Interesting to note that in both the judges vote as well as the reader’s choice award both overall winners were SUVs. The Women on Wheels 2016 Car of the Year was voted for by ten female judges in eleven categories, and thousands of female voters selected their choice to determine the winner in each category. The panel then voted for the overall car of the year. This year, the Hyundai Tucson took top honours by the judges due to its affordability, practicality and overall value for money, while the Range Rover Sport was voted the overall Reader’s Choice Award. 2016 Car of the Year – Judges vote: Category Car Budget buy Kia Picanto Hatchback Audi A3 Family Sedan Audi A4 Luxury sedan BMW 7 Series Multi-purpose vehicle Kia Sedona Green car Volvo XC90 T8 Compact Crossover/SUV Hyundai Tucson (Overall Winner) Large Crossover/SUV Volvo XC90 Convertible Mazda MX-5 Lifestyle Bakkies Ford Ranger Sports Car Ford Mustang Auto Pedigree has a wide range of second hand vehicles to suit women’s needs from all walks of life.  We also have a selection of great deals to suit your style and budget. Find a branch near you and come in for a test drive.  
Car wash
The water easy-wise way to was a car
With the latest water restrictions in many parts of the country, car owners need to think twice about how they will keep their vehicles clean. Leaving dirt to pile up isn’t an option either. AVERAGE CAR WASH WATER USAGE Hosepipe Washing Bucket Washing 450 litres 32 litres    “If average household water consumption was cut by 20% today, it would contribute significantly to building the ten-year water reserve needed to avoid future water cuts,” While the country is experiencing its worstdrought in a century, water scarcity in South Africa is not going to go away any time soon, and in fact is set to worsen. As responsible citizens how do we adapt to accommodate this problem? Previous to the water reduction policy, we thought nothing of sending our car off for a luxury spa bath every so often - we love our cars, after all. Sometimes even lovingly washing, waxing, and polishing it ourselves. All this energy spent is a good thing because it goes along way to keeping your car looking as good as new for as long as possible. But only if you’re doing it the correct way, or you could be inadvertently causing more damage than good. This is how we recommend washing your car for the good of the car and the good of the planet, which ultimately benefits you and future generations.   The Green Method Don’t use a hosepipe. This method, however convenient it may be, is wasteful and actually no longer fashionable! The water-wise way is to use buckets, and done right works very well. To wash the outside of your car, you willneed: 2 buckets 1 microfibre washing cloth 1 microfibre rinsing cloth 2 super-absorbent microfibre drying cloths 1 micro fibre glass cloth 1 sponge or soft bristle brush for the wheels Method: Park your car under shade and out of the sun and heat. Fill buckets with clean water. If the car is very dirty, remove as much lose dirt and dust as possible with a soft feather duster. Start washing from the top down with microfibre cloth. Use car shampoo sparingly to release grease and non-water-soluble grime. More suds doesn’t equate to a cleaner car. In fact it makes it more difficult to rinse, and leaves more streaks. Choose mild and gentle rather than harsh detergents.  Wash the wheels and tyres last with the sponge or soft bristle brush. Rinse off with the second bucket of water and clean microfibre cloth. Dry off the body panels with the super absorbent microfibre cloths, leaving the wheels last. Dry and polish the windows and mirrors with the glass micro fibre cloth while the windows are slightly damp and not too wet. Lastly polish the paintwork, bumpers, and tyres. Over time sun, salt, bird droppings, treesap, and other environmental factors takes their toll on a vehicle’s paintwork.To maintain that new car finish, when you buy a quality used car from AutoPedigree, you have the option to choose our three year AutoShine Paint Protection Warranty.   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 beliable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
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Driving Safety Tips
Driving Safety Tips
It’s the holiday season and while many South Africans are flying abroad or locally to be with friends and family, or simply looking for a change of scenery, there’ll be those that will be taking on the open road.   These tips will help you get to your destination safely while keeping you happy on your way there.    Prepare and Plan Ensure your car and all its components are in good condition and ready for a long journey. Check brakes,tyres, windscreen wipers, lights, and fill up the tank before setting off. Get a good amount of sleep the night before, especially if you’re planning to leave before dawn to miss the rush, make sure you turn in early enough to get at least eight hours of restful slumber. You know what your end destination is, but planning a route ahead of time before setting off gives you an overview of how you’ll get there. Psychologically this will ease your mind,leaving you to concentrate on the important matter of driving. Get the latest weather reportupdates so that you don’t get caught unaware, and prepare appropriately www.weathersa.co.za. Eat a healthy meal to help you stay attentive and feeling good. Caffeine may seem like a good idea but the initial alertness fast becomes an unsteady decline. Dress comfortably and wear loose, natural fibres that breathe. Pack a printed road map or atlas as a back up to your GPS device. Network services, apps, and technological devices can be unreliable, especially in remote areas.   During Your Journey Make use of GPS and traffic tracking apps such as Google Maps or Waze. Not only will these guide you with directions so you don’t get lost, but will indicate the traffic situation along the route you plan to take. Regular and adequate rest breaks during a long journey is fundamental to  avoid fatigue. Share the driving every 2 hours or so even if you don’t feel tired or sleepy. If driving alone it’s important to make regular short stops whenever the opportunity arises. This prevents you from becoming overly fatigued and forced to pull over and rest at a place that is less than desirable or at night. At times when you have to pull over, remember the rules of the road and never park in the emergency lane or shoulder of the road, unless you have no choice. A shocking number of accidents are caused by mobile phone use, and South Africa has one of the highest road accident rates in the world, with around 25% of those accidents caused by cellphone use while driving. Most drivers seem not to be aware that they are not permitted to use a hand-held communication device while driving. This includes a cell phone, microphone or other communication devices, as per the South African National Road TrafficAct. Drinking and driving is a good idea – only if it’s plain water. Anything else besides home brewed teasans the sugar should be avoided. That includes fizzy drinks, energy drinks, commercialiced teas, alcoholic beverages, and the vast array of other choices on the shelves. Most of all, be courteous to other drivers. Don’t let road rage get the better of you. Remain calm and relaxed. Remind yourself that you are on holiday. Leave the stresses and pressures of the rat race behind and you should be well on your way to a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable ride! Get peace of mind when travelling on long open roads. We offer you the option to take out vehicle insurance or the AutoPedigree Plus Plan when you buy a used vehicle from Auto Pedigree. Find your nearest branch here and pop in for a visit.   Related link: A South African Road Trip
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When To Renew Your Motor Vehicle Licence
When To Renew Your Motor Vehicle Licence
Last year, many South African motorists found themselves caught unaware by traffic policeman stopping and writing out fines for failing to renew their car licences. It wasn’t that motorists were trying to avoid paying, but rather that they were used to receiving the annual notification and had simply failed to check when their licences were due. It’s not clear what the reason for the notification failure was – but it seemed as if the problem occurred during a handover from eNatis to the Department of Transport and the Road Traffic Management Corporation – with possible confusion around which party was now responsible for sending our renewal reminders. In another report, a reason was stated in that the Department of Transport had not paid their SA Post Office bill. Answers to what the situation is and will be in the future are currently unavailable from the relevant parties. Renewal Applications What is clear is that motorists must take responsibility into their own hands and monitor their licence expiry dates to ensure payment is made within the 21-day grace period. Both fines and renewals can be dealt with at the post offices. Besides being penalised with a fine, failing to pay on time comes with it’s own set of complications, and is not a simple process of walking in with cash and walking out with a renewed licence. You first need to complete a renewal application form,and make sure you have the relevant documentation with you: Green bar-coded identity document or smart card Proof of address such as a utility bill The old licence disc for details Also make sure you have enough cash to pay for the fine,penalty, and new licence. Credit or debit cards are cannot be used. There’s also the possibility of the post office running out of renewal forms, so it’s a good idea to download it and fill it in beforehand. See the South African Government site for further information and for information for vehicles registered in a company name.    Reminder Tips No doubt that lesson has been learnt. Late renewal penalties and arrears can amount to anything from R90 to R1000 and even more, depending on how many months you’ve been driving with an expired licence disc. With all the extra time and money spent dealing with the issue, it’s worth it to take it upon yourself to remember, rather than depend on a reminder that may or may not come. Check your licence disc today. What date does it expire? Put a reminder on your phone, To-Do list, kitchen calendar, or anywhere you know you will be sure to see it in time. Ring the date and also give yourself a reminder a month in advance. This way you’ll save yourself not only money, but also the inconvenience. Save yourself time with the convenience of buying a used car from Auto Pedigree,where you get quality, choice, and value all at a great deal.
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Top News Stories of the Month
Top News Stories of the Month
South African Roads Pose the Same Problems Every Year The festive season has almost come and gone with a fair amount of travellers still making their way back home before the schools open.But have we learnt our lessons from previous years? Every year South Africans are faced with challenges over the December holiday period that relate to road accidents and death. And every year the culprits are drunk drivers, speedsters,and law breakers. A survey done by the Automobile Association (AA) show that 60% of motorists believe their safety is reliant on the attitude of other road users. https://businesstech.co.za/news/motoring/148197/the-biggest-problem-on-south-africas-roads-over-the-festive-period/ Citroën Pulls Out of the South African Market Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) announced last month that from this year (2017) onward their focus would lie solely with the Peugeot brand, involving a relaunch as Peugeot South Africa. The company only sold57 passenger vehicles during November 2016, compared to Porsche with 125. Citroën say that a full after sales and parts delivery service to Citroën customers will continue and will remain a priority. http://www.biznews.com/motoring/2016/12/08/citroen-south-africa-peugeot/ Second Hand Hatchbacks - Motoring Experts Pick of the Best The best motoring journalists in the Times Media Group carefully assessed all the vehicles in each segment and put together a handy guide to the best-value pre-owned hot, small and family hatchbacks. They winner of the pre-owned hot hatches for best value is the Volkswagen Golf VIGTI with the Ford Fiesta ST as runner up.  In the small hatches category for best value, the FordFiesta 1.6 Ambiente takes winning position while the perennial favourite, the Honda Jazz comes in second. http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/lifestyle/2016/11/30/Buying-a-secondhand-hatchback-Heres-our-motoring-experts-pick-of-the-best South Africans are Turning to Used Cars and Buying Local The latest aggregated sales data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) show a continued drop in new vehicle sales with a year-on-year decline of 9.6%. Despite this, according to Wesbank, locally manufactured vehicles continue to top sales charts. Year-to-date sales indicate that the most popular vehicles are volume sellers from mainstream brands, while the five top-selling vehicles for the year are all built in South Africa.     https://businesstech.co.za/news/motoring/145543/south-africans-turn-to-used-cars-and-ditch-premium-models-for-locally-made-ones/
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2016's Best Cars Chosen by Women
2016's Best Cars Chosen by Women
At a basic level it might be safe to say that women and men have different requirements when it comes to the car they drive. Women weigh their expectations such as comfort, aesthetics, affordability, and functionality up differently. In family situations the woman’s car tends to take on a different role than the man’s. Though it’s a vast generalisation, and certainly societal norms and familial structures are changing, we’re still used to seeing a woman’s car as playing the role of 'mom’s taxi', while his is the executive, utility, or adventure vehicle. Even in the singles category between genders there are definite vehicle preferences, where certain cars attract more women than they do men. Research shows that when women hunt for a vehicle to buy, they look for something compact, but should have sufficient boot space, and they consider safety, but should still be fun to drive. All the while speed and good looks definitely do not go ignored. So which cars did South African women choose as their winning formula this year? Interesting to note that in both the judges vote as well as the reader’s choice award both overall winners were SUVs. The Women on Wheels 2016 Car of the Year was voted for by ten female judges in eleven categories, and thousands of female voters selected their choice to determine the winner in each category. The panel then voted for the overall car of the year. This year, the Hyundai Tucson took top honours by the judges due to its affordability, practicality and overall value for money, while the Range Rover Sport was voted the overall Reader’s Choice Award. 2016 Car of the Year – Judges vote: Category Car Budget buy Kia Picanto Hatchback Audi A3 Family Sedan Audi A4 Luxury sedan BMW 7 Series Multi-purpose vehicle Kia Sedona Green car Volvo XC90 T8 Compact Crossover/SUV Hyundai Tucson (Overall Winner) Large Crossover/SUV Volvo XC90 Convertible Mazda MX-5 Lifestyle Bakkies Ford Ranger Sports Car Ford Mustang Auto Pedigree has a wide range of second hand vehicles to suit women’s needs from all walks of life.  We also have a selection of great deals to suit your style and budget. Find a branch near you and come in for a test drive.  
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Car insurance
Vehicle insurance vs motor car warranty
When buying a second hand car, it’s important to understand the difference between vehicle insurance and a car warranty. Both cover you for expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances, but both are meant for very specific purposes. Vehicle Insurance This is a policy that covers the expenses incurred in the event of an accident. There are different types of vehicle insurance with varying costs associated with each.  In South Africa, there are three: Comprehensive Third Party, Fire and Theft Third Party   Comprehensive Insurance Covers: Accidents caused either by yourself or by another driver Theft of your motor vehicle damage caused by natural disasters such as floods or hail Third parties involved in the accident and their property   Third Party, Fire,& Theft Covers: Third parties in incidences that you are responsible for, whether a passenger in your car or a driver of another vehicle that was involved in the accident Fire,natural disasters such as flooding, hail, or falling rocks Theftof your motor vehicle It excludes any accidental damage incurred to your vehicle. Third Party Though it forms part of a vehicle insurance policy, it does not cover any part of the vehicle, only damage caused to someone else. Car Warranties Also known as vehicle component cover, a motorcar warranty covers the expenses incurred should your car malfunction due to a mechanical breakdown. When buying a car from a reputable dealership, you might get a basic warranty for a specific period, but be aware that motor car warranties do not cover wear and tear of parts such as brakes and brake pads,wiper blades, tyres, batteries, or fan belts. Car warranties can be extended should you wish to do so,but before committing to do so read the fine print and make sure you understand exactly what you’re buying, what percentage of the expense is contributed, and what parts are covered. Warranty providers all have their own inclusions,exclusions, and terms and conditions. Remember that there’s a likelihood that you’ll need to service your car within a specific period of time or mileage clocked. In Summary As you can see, vehicle insurance and car warranties are completely different types of cover. They both offer second hand car owners some peace-of-mind knowing that should anything go wrong they won’t be left without a car, or unable to pay for crucial expenses. By taking cover from both, this will help maintain and extend the life of your car and keep it running at optimal condition for as long as possible. When you buy a second hand car from Auto Pedigree, you get the option to choose our Vehicle Insurance or Vehicle Component Cover. Contact us for a free quote.       Disclaimer: Auto Pedigree and the authors make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or by following any link on this site. Auto Pedigree and the authors will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. Auto Pedigree and the authors will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
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Motoring May
Top motoring news stories - May
May Fuel Price Increase   Though fuel prices are set to increase on Wednesday 3rd May, the strengthening rand and softer international oil prices have lowered the anticipated fuel price increase. The predicted price of petrol in April by the Automobile Association was 55 cents litre but will now be 49 cents litre, while diesel will increase by 33 per litre. http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/rand-softening-may-fuel-price-blow-8827032    Top Ten Passenger Car Sales in March 2017 by Wheels24 1. Volkswagen Polo Vivo - 2383 units 2. Volkswagen Polo - 1997 units 3. Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest - 1511 units 4. Toyota Fortuner - 1312 units 5. Ford Fiesta - 1041 units 6. Toyota Etios - 859 units 7. Ford EcoSport - 759 units 8. Toyota Rav4 - 640 units 9. Ford Everest - 577 units 10. Volkswagen Golf 7 - 549 units http://slides.com/charlenraymond/deck-3   Surviving SA’s Junk Status Rising fuel and car prices are just some of the costs that will start eating into the budgets of South Africans, but WesBank has sound advice for buyers who want to keep their budgets intact and ensure their personal credit records do not get downgraded. Some of that advice includes keeping some breathing room in your budget, keeping healthy credit record, staying debt free, and borrowing as little as possible.  https://www.wesbank.co.za/wesbankcoza/pressroom/archive/2017/04/25/consumer-education/how-car-buyers-can-survive-junk-status   MIBCO Releases the New Minimum Wage Rates Ever wondered how much forecourt attendants(petrol attendants) in South Africa earn? According to a report by the South African Petroleum Industry Association, the majority of petrol attendants are young men with an average age of 27 earning a minimum wage of between R1 126.35 - R1 126.35 per week depending on the area.  The Motor Industry Bargaining Council (MIBCO) released the new prescribed minimum wage rates and guaranteed wage increases for the period ending 31 August 2017.  The same circular indicates the minimum wage for parking garage attendants (car guards) of R657.45 per week. http://www.mibco.org.za/images/PDF/2017/2017.13.pdf
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Mobile office
Tips for your mobile office
The age of digital technology has enabled us to connect to just about anyone, anywhere in the world, and from almost anywhere and at anytime. Gone are the times when we had to think about time zones before picking up the phone, or wait for a message to be read by email. Now we have the ability to relay a quick message across continents - confident in the knowledge that for the most part it will be read almost immediately. Both lifestyle and work has taken advantage of telecommuting, and workers of all types now have the ability to work from coffee shops, their garages, and even their vehicles. Whether you’re a sales person, a contractor, or a designer, we’ve put together a few tips on how to make the daily commute as pleasant and conducive to productivity as possible.   Stay Connected Staying connected is the most important aspect to an efficient office on wheels. A hands-free smartphone with 4G SIM keeps you in contact as well as enables you to tether your laptop to. If much of your work involves working on a laptop and you have a limited plan on your cellphone contract, a 3G or LTE mobile broadband is handy as a USB to plug into as another option. Your car office is like a mobile replica of your real office on a smaller scale. You will need to keep your devices charged at all times, so don’t overlook the importance of a simple car charger for your phone or tablet. If you spend a lot of time talking on your phone while on the go, it may be worth investing in a portable power bank as USB car chargers could be too slow for your needs.   Be Organised Even with everything digitised now,business cards, documents and other paperwork still seems to creep in, and it’s easy for these to be thrown into the cubby hole or onto the back seat and forgotten about.  A car seat organiser with various pockets and slots keeps all of your paper files in one place, and you’ll never get caught hunting for that lost pen again. Car seat organiser scan be slung in the front of the passenger seat as well as the back.   Stay Presentable Some car manufacturers make specialised clothes hangers that can be mounted on the headrest of the front passenger seat.Without this luxury, the old-fashioned conventional clothes hanger hooked over the back passenger handle works too. Invest in a nice, sturdy, wooden one and throw away the wire hanger from the dry cleaners.   Keep Energised Performing at your best doesn’t mean working non-stop. Without the necessary breaks your body and mind both need,your productivity levels begin to deteriorate. Strange as it may sound, if you’re on the road in your mobile office for the entire day, it helps to step out for a change of scenery. Have lunch at a restaurant or coffee shop occasionally, but to cut costs and for variation, invest in a sturdy cooler box that gets replenished with fresh water, healthy food, and some favourite edibles.   Road Safety Of course, staying safe is a top priority in all situations. While technology can be a big help in staying productive while on the road, it is imperative that you do not operate anything else but your vehicle while driving. Cell phone usage - whether texting or talking - is one of the major causes of road accidents today.   Stay Safe With hijacking rates in South Africa as high as they are, when you buy a car from Auto Pedigree, you have the option to install vehicle security measures such as tracking services, or protective window film,helping you protect you and your valuable assets. We hope you find these car office hacks useful. For the more sophisticated mobile office worker, there are many gadgets out there such as laptop desks and mobile printers that can help turn your vehicle into a high-powered mobile office.      Disclaimer: Auto Pedigree and the authors make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or by following any link on this site. Auto Pedigree and the authors will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. Auto Pedigree and the authors will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
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