2nd-hand by the num­bers

How car was cared for by owner also mat­ters

Sunday World - - Motoring - Send your mo­tor­ing ques­tions to Ask Ed­win at Ed­win.Naidu@live.co.za or @Naidu1 on Twit­ter. Lis­ten to Ed­win on Capri­corn FM on Fridays at 7.20am.

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.

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