Why Should I get Car Insurance?
There is an ongoing conversation around leasing a car versus financing one. Various financial institutions that offer car finance also offer a leasing option. Leasing appeals to a large majority of people who don’t have the money to purchase a car without making monthly payments, and recently it has become more popular.
Vehicle theft in South Africa
In South Africa, it is reported that around 300 vehicles are stolen every day. Below is a list of actions to take if you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation of getting back to the place where you left your car, only to find it missing.
South Africa has a high crime rate and the theft of vehicles is one of the big ways in which criminal syndicates are able to drive a profit. With a 14.5% increase in hijacking since 2016, members of the public need to take any means necessary to avoid falling prey to hijackers. Installing a car tracker and an anti-hijack device could be of help, but only after the fact - below is a list of things you can do to try and make sure you don’t become a victim in the first place.
As criminal syndicates become more sophisticated, car tracker devices that and the teams that operate them have to keep up. They need to stay one step ahead of the criminals where possible, so the trackers need to utilise modern technology and new ways of installing them need to be innovated.
Tyre prices continue to soar and potholes are not making it any easier on car owners’ pockets - especially those who have to face Johannesburg’s eroded streets.
In the near future, we’ll be saying goodbye to delivery services and welcoming a robotic ‘go-getter’.
Cape Town’s water drought is only worse and reports state that the City is driving rapidly toward ‘Day Zero’.
With annual advancements in new-gen cars and high-tech vehicle components, and thereof so many options available, it’s difficult to filter the just the right trendline that will suit your needs or desires - especially considering that the more features you have, the more expensive your new car budget becomes.
Do self-driving cars have any safety criteria in place? Would you trust a self-driving ride sharing service? Would autonomous vehicle owners still require a driver’s license?
Autonomous cars are not only slowly changing the way we get around, but also how we drive. Many automakers are announcing their plans to deploy self-driving, autonomous vehicles (AV), but General Motors has a different concept in mind...
If you combine safety with a budget car, you’d get the perfect car worth spending your monthly salary on.
Millenials are buying their first electric or hybrid cars in Urban cities, and the days of walking into a car dealership to trade in car or sell your second hand car are soon to be gone. Not to mention, auto-makers are placing a strong focus on hybrid and electric vehicles throughout 2018 - promising to make the majority of new car models in hybrid or electric variants.
One of South Africa’s top-selling bakkies, the Ford Ranger, has undergone a model refresh and the automotive market is expected to pick up its driving pace in terms of sales.
Second hand car depreciation has kicked in! At each start of the new year, your second hand car value decreases by an amount that will leave you cringing. Can you imagine losing a large portion of your car resale value each year?
The Festive Season - Christmas and New Years - brings in a considerable increase of new and second hand cars on the road each year. The streets are busier and drivers are more distracted than ever by their to-do lists…
Toyota is the world’s 5th largest company by revenue… and that’s about to increase for the Japanese automotive manufacturer.
We understand the struggle of selling a car… In fact, we, too, have experienced all the haggle and hassle of private car sales and trading in a car at some point in our lives before the birth of CarZar.co.za - we buy cars!
Distracted driving has been driving uphill at since the beginning of the first automobile. Back then, it was the thrill of the speed. Today, cyber-obsessed teens can legally start driving from as early as age 16-years with a motorbike license and 18-years with a motor vehicle license. This, essentially, means that reckless driving has grown into an epidemic on South Africa.
The most desirable cars are always those still under warranty or motoring plan, and those with low kilometres on the clock - anything more than 25 000 km and you can expect at least a 10% drop in market value.
When it comes to buying a new car or trading in your second hand car for a much more expensive one, ‘negotiating’ is one of their master talents.
Car maintenance does not take a break, whether you’ve just recently bought a new car or still commuting with your old faithful second hand car.
When it comes to buying a new or second hand car, passenger cars take preference for many South Africans.
As proudly South Africans, we love our bakkies, especially the good old pick-up trucks that can get us rolling in the deep safari mud without any hassle.
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So, you’ve bought a new or second hand car, or you’ve decided to a new or upgraded sound system for your car… But, you still can’t seem to get that perfect audio to flow through your car speakers.
You may have heard of Black Friday coming up on the 24th of November - perhaps you’ve even saved up the entire month or year for it. Well, you should probably know that it’s not just the little gadgets and getaways accounted for this Black Friday.
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It is said that seeing is believing, but how do we create a realistic act to showcase the proper functioning of a car brand’s new advanced safety feature?
Horoscopes can tell us who to love and how to love but can they tell us what to drive? Searching for the perfect partner generally focuses on looking for the perfect car with the ideal desirable traits, but does not consider looking at personality traits or whether there is harmony between the would-be couple.
Strengths: Humanitarian | Progressive | Independent
Strengths: Smart | Empathetic | Gentle
Elon Musk has tapped into a new market for electric vehicles (EV) - we call it the ‘need for speed’.
“Christmas is not a season, it’s a feeling”...
Have you ever considered buying a car from a car auction? Well, here’s a secret:
After being snubbed with late nights of work, partying and long road trips, it’s finally time to pay homage to your place of residence - only to find yourself behind a car wheel, ill-fated with a sleeping curse triggered by exhaustion.
The international market research group Ipsos recently released their annual customer service survey was released recently. Involving more than 7000 customer interviews, this survey mentioned a number of positive points about the South African automotive industry - we have a great variety of cars to pick from and a high standard of vehicle quality - it also highlighted the issues that car owners had with their chosen models. The survey also compared issues with Imported vehicles and locally-made cars.
South Africa’s bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup received a major boost this week: World Rugby officially endorsed South Africa’s bid as the best of the three countries hoping to host rugby’s ultimate showcase. While World Rugby’s backing doesn’t mean that #SA2023 is a done thing, it does make it a lot more likely than it was last week.
Ford takes its ‘focus’ off Drift Mode and places its headlights on making a break through to the world’s first electronic handbrake.
Selling a car or trading in a car means being completely aware of the process, right through to the end of the transaction.
So, you’ve decided to trade in car for a new one - maybe your car trade in value seemed worth it at the time. Perhaps you’ve made your very first car buy. Or maybe you’re planning to do one of the above. But, there’s a reason why the metaphor, “timing is everything”, exists; and it’s definitely one to consider in South Africa’s current climate.
Snake, pong, tetris… For those of us who had the joy of owning a Nokia 3310 or spending afternoons at the arcade, these games were an important part of our childhood recreational activities. Most of us have moved on to bigger (but not necessarily better) things - except for someone involved in the manufacturing of the GAZelle Next, a Russian heavy duty van.
Think electric cars are slow? Think again.
It might sound ironic, but the autonomous cars of the future need 'drivers', at least for today.
With consistent fluctuations in South Africa’s automotive industry, it comes to no surprise that car owners will have to add additional fees to their cost of owning a car, on their 2018 new year’s resolution.
Like it or not, second-hand car salesmen have a bad reputation for trying to low-ball their customers with unfair offers. Ask anyone who’s ever sold their car if they think that the offer they received was the best they could have gotten anywhere else, and they’ll probably say no: maybe if they had tried a few more dealers they would have gotten a better offer. But that means driving up and down, looking for other buyers without ever knowing if you’ll get an offer at all.
Cars are an indispensable part of lives for many car owners. But, there comes a time when when a car has reached it’s age and now, it’s time to sell car.
Disaster can strike at any second. You never know exactly what you’ll need in an emergency, so make sure you’ve got everything you need to get out of a dodgy situation. According to the AA, these are the 20 things you should have in your car at all times.
While certain parts of SA are experiencing flooding, the City of Cape Town announced this week that they would be introducing water rationing in an attempt to battle the ongoing drought and impending water crisis. Unfortunately for responsible citizens who are trying to save water, that means that your faithful set of wheels is going to be denied it’s weekly car wash for another few months.
At CarZar, it's our business to make our client's lives better in whatever ways we can. That's why we love it when we get such positive testimonials from happy customers like Nico, Lucky and Precious!
With the end of the year fast approaching, many South African motorists are turning their attention ahead to the Christmas holidays and the annual family road-trip. Be safe on the roads this December by following a strict pre-trip checklist a week or two out from your trip.
Unless you’re a top market player, you’ll probably experience an unattractive view of the new car market. The average cost of a new car today is way passed the ‘car affordability’ scale for most South Africans - it’s no wonder the second hand car market is revving up on sales these days.
We’re all just trying to get somewhere: in life, in love, and on the road. As the Beatles once said, we get by with a little help from our friends - that’s why carpooling and ride-sharing is such a good idea. Splitting the travel costs in half can make a huge difference to your monthly budget and having someone in the car with you prevents the monotony of sitting in traffic all by your lonesome.
Everyone has looked at their set of wheels and thought how much they could get for it. And then most-likely went onto thinking, which new car they can get on a trade-in - perhaps already started the process toward trading in a car for a new or second hand car.
Your palms are sweaty, your knees are weak and your arms are heavy. No, you’re not Eminem: it’s a Saturday night, you were driving home from meeting your friends - and you’ve just been stopped at a roadblock.
CarZar is an online car buying service that operates throughout South Africa. We buy cars of all makes and models and we offer instant cash for cars - but consumers have heard that all before. We understand that potential customers are asking: what makes CarZar different from other car buying services?
Tips for safe driving on the highway
As the end of the year approaches, many parents will be contemplating a fun-filled road trip with the whole family. South Africa borders a number of beautiful and exotic countries that can be reached via car. Each country has its own set of rules and regulations for crossing their borders. If you’re planning a cross-border trip, make sure you have the right items with you!
When thinking about fast cars, F1 cars are one of the first vehicles that pops into mind. When thinking about the fastest car, most think Bugatti...
Technology is pouring into the automotive industry at an unprecedented rate this year; causing major disruptions that are itching for attention - like frustrated motorists on a highway during rush hour.
Not everyone can afford to buy a new or second hand car, and in addition, the cost of owning a car - fuel, insurance, maintenance, servicing and repairs.
While the autonomous cars and other future automotive technologies will make driving safer for all road users, these advancements are still years off. In the meantime, what can you can do to keep yourself, your car and your loved ones safe on the roads?
There are thousands of incidents reported on South Africa’s roads every day. These incidents come in many forms, including accidents, breakdowns and hijackings, and according to the AA, each needs to be handled in a different way if you want to get out of the situation unscathed. Read on to find the steps you should follow in each of these emergencies.
The obvious symptom of an oil leak is a splash of oil beneath your second hand car.
Every week, CarZar helps South Africans from all walks of life to sell their second-hand cars in the easiest, fastest and most hassle-free way possible. Don’t take our word for it, just ask two of our happy customers: Marcia and Grayson!
Bring your budget calculations into the scene of your vehicle finance application.
The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Bill was passed in parliament earlier this month and could be fully in effect by next year.
Who knew that Volkswagen and Toyota would be the most top sold cars in South Africa’s second hand car market?
Buying a new or second hand car for cash or through vehicle finance is one of life’s most sought after rites of passage. But, have you figured out how you will go about buying that longed-far vehicle?
Not to worry! CarZar.co.za is here to break up the fight.
Mother Nature is a moody lady: one minute the sun can be shining, and the next… the heavens open. Flash floods can put you and the your family in danger. At CarZar, we buy cars but we also care about our customers safety. We've put together a list of road safety tips and tricks for protecting yourself when driving through flooded areas.
Back pain or leg pain while driving your car doesn’t always mean “go to the doctor”. It could just be your sitting or driving posture is incorrect, or you’ve been driving for more than an hour.
Be honest, we’re all fans of The Fast and The Furious: the fast cars, the girls, Vin Diesel. But as fun as it would be to be part of the Furious crew, getting your car modified in any way may not be the best idea, especially if you don’t tell your insurer first.
As part of our promise to make our customer’s lives easier and simpler, we decided to reach out to some of our happy customers and get their thoughts on the CarZar experience.
What dynamic duo do you think of when you hear ‘the best team in history’: Batman and Robin? Han Solo and Chewbacca? Boerewors and beer?
Love them or hate them, motorists have an obligation to ensure the safety of other road users they share the tarmac with.
Searching for ways to pay your traffic fines with ease and on time, is like trying to rummage around for a seamless way to sell your car for cash without the hassle, haggle and safety risks involved in selling your car privately or trading in your old car for a new car.
The amount you spend on buying a new car and the amount you get back when selling your second hand car is something that most people ignore when they buy a new car…
Most second hand car owners don’t have the luxury to just drive off to the local car repair shop when necessary… But, you don’t need to be a car ‘fundi’ in order to do some DIY car service checks or make minor car repairs.
The next thing you know, there’s a truck next to you and even more difficult to stomach, driving on your behind...
Ever considered a fuel alternative?
Want to travel the country but don't trust your own set of wheels to do the job? We've put together a list of 3 alternative ways to explore South Africa!
Another day, another recall…
Are car makers becoming a drag in the race to a carbon-free, green environment? Well, we’re not the only ones who thinks so...
The change of season is upon us, and what's the first thing you think of when you hear the word Spring? Suspensions (or Slinkys, but I wasn't allowed to right a video about Slinkys).
What would you buy with R14-million?
Honda is fed-up of living under the shadows of its competitor, Tesla, and is earmarking its new concept to play catch-up with Elon Musk’s premium electric SUV’s and sedans - let’s not forget Volkswagen, Nissan, Ford and GM, which have already set plans to manufacture long-range electric cars over the next few years.
With the entries for the 2018 Comrades Marathon opening to the public on Friday, the organisers of next year’s race are starting to build the hype, by announcing the finishing venue the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
The future of autonomous cars just gained the support of a major group: people with the munchies.
Globally renowned motorcycle brands, Harley-Davidson and Honda, are relying on new and upcoming generations to save the industry.