2nd-hand by the numbers
How car was cared for by owner also matters
DEAR Edwin I’m planning to buy a 2008 Hyundai Tucson with 200 360km on the clock for R90 000 from a friend. Is it a good buy? – Sayco Nkadimeng
Dear Sayco I would not buy a vehicle with such a high mileage, but that should not be a deterrent if you are satisfied that it is a good buy. I would also be reluctant to buy from a friend or family member. Every time something goes wrong – and in an old vehicle, it will – you would drive a wedge between yourself and your friend. The Tucson has been reborn as the iX35. The golden oldie you want is pricey and has high mileage. One cannot say how good or bad a vehicle is just from the model and mileage. I suggest you take the Tucson for an AA test, and buy a warranty to safeguard yourself in the event of mechanical breakdown.
Dear Edwin I’m planning to buy a car for the first time. I’m thinking of buying a used 2008-2010 model Audi A3. Is this a good move? What is the instalment range? Will I need a deposit? Please detail any pros and cons. – Wilson Meyambo
Dear Wilson It depends on the mileage and howthe vehicle has been treated. I have nothing but admiration for the Audi A3. Look around, preferably via the Audi dealership website, and you could find a nicely priced A3. Put up a deposit to ensure you get a lower interest rate.
One cannot say how good or bad a car is just from the model and mileage
Dear Edwin I’m looking for a fuel-efficient hatchback. I am interested in comparing the following 1.4s: Polo Vivo and Hyundai i20. – Zukiswa Tatana
Dear Zukiswa A basic Polo Vivo 1.4 still has the look and sells for R132 000, while the smarter and more attractive Hyundai i20 1.2 Motion is R158 900. The Hyundai i20 1.4 Fluid is a hefty R183 900. The 1.4 Polo Vivo comes with no frills, but is a topselling brand. The expensive Hyundai i20 comes with more thrills and does offer better value for considerably more money.
Dear Edwin I am confused by the strange number plates I see on the road. I am from Gauteng, and I often wonder where the drivers that have the letters NUR, CA, CY and ND on their plates come from. Can you explain? – Brian Tsotetsi
Dear Brian All vehicles are required by law to carry number plates on the back and front. Provinces ’ s licensing regulations vary. New plates reflect the province in which the vehicle is registered, while older ones showed towns. The plates have been standardised, but some older ones are still legal until they are phased out. NUR refers to uMhlanga Rocks, CA is for Cape Town, CY Bellville and ND is Durban.