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I am looking for a good second-hand runabout that costs less than R50 000. I checked Auto Trader s adverts and loved the Renault Modus. During my search, I noticed that its prices are low compared to similar cars with about the same mileage. I was told that once a car is cheaper than the others in the same range, something is wrong with it. Seloni Samu Dear Seloni On the surface, there is nothing wrong with the Renault Modus. It is a brand that has been discontinued, hence its depreciation. Brand-new in 2005, the Modus cost R129 000, and was an enjoyable vehicle. But after the fifth year, it began to fall apart. The amount you have been quoted for the Modus is fair for a runabout, but it depends on the mileage and condition of the vehicle. Take it for an AA test, it will reveal any flaws and the cost to restore the Modus to its former glory. Dear Edwin
I want to buy a used Peugeot 207 with 48 000km on the clock from a private owner for R60 000. The car will be used daily from Pretoria to the south of Joburg. Please advise whether this is a good buy in terms of fuel efficiency, maintenance and durability. Elias Msiza Dear Elias That car has plenty of life in it still, given the relatively low mileage. The route between Joburg and Pretoria is a straightforward, no-nonsense one. The Peugeot 207 has been deemed a little
gutless” car, but it is a fairly good ride, in spite of what some regard as a cheaply put-together suspension. French hatchbacks have matured in terms of improved customer service and parts being cheaper. Keep in mind that this vehicle has already been replaced by the much-improved 208. The verdict on the 207 is that it is an efficient vehicle, and it is supported by Peugeot after-sales service and parts. Dear Edwin I bought a 2012 BMW 1 Series last February. Due to financial challenges, I can t keep up with the instalments. Given Mbamba Dear Given I would suggest that you try to sell the car privately or speak to the bank that financed the vehicle. To my knowledge, given the popularity of car auctions, repossessions have not shown signs of dropping. Banks finance consumers beyond their means, despite the credit laws aimed at curbing reckless lending. But don’t expect sympathy from your bank, they don’t sell cars. They offer finance and, when you default, they descend on you mercilessly. Given that it is a relatively new vehicle, and a good one at that, you may be able to find a private buyer who will agree to pay what is owing and take over the instalments subject to your bank agreeing.
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