Driving a new car: Do you really know what you’re signing for?

At last, an alternative to buying a car This deal lets you take a usage holiday Brand-new car, delivered to your door LONDON, England – Some form of credit is used by most people to ”own” a car yet research* Europcar Mobility UK showed drivers who had taken a loan, only 53% admitted to fully…

Suzuki a market leader through 2018 – now comes Boosterjet

Brand now member of 1000-a-month club Boosterjet engines green-lighted for 2019 Suzuki sales soar, by Jiminy (and others!) JOHANNESBURG, South Africa- After a decade back in South Africa and with the success of the Jimny, Ignis and Swift, Suzuki is now officially part of the 1000-sales-a-month club and a Top 10 brand to boot. Official…

Trading-in your luxmobile to save? Check this must-read

Think before your deal on buying with trade-in Tax and fuel prices accelerating downsizing Bank says ‘focus on the break-even point’ JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Many people feeling the combined burden of inflation, fuel bills and the 2018 VAT increase are now considering scaling down by trading-in there perhaps expensive German automobile. That is, at…

Tech to the rescue to cut car-sales fraud

LONDON, England – Advanced facial recognition allied to artificial intelligence has been introduced by online vehicle retail specialist BuyaCar.co.uk to protect customers from online fraud. The business, in trying to create seamless and convenient vehicle purchases, says facial recognition has been added to what is described as ”an unrivalled suite of anti-fraud measures”. Online fraud…

Ready to buy? New is great, but used can be better…

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Paying less for used versus new when buying a car is an obvious reason to shop in the used-vehicle market. There are other advantages… Jason White, head of InspectaCar Financial Services, told The Corner in a media release: “A new car typically depreciates by about 20% as it is driven out of…

US lists Honda ‘better choices’ for teen drivers

US institute lists older Hondas ‘Best choices’ Four more models listed as ‘Good Choices’ Vehicle crashes leading killer of US teenagers NEW YORK – A number of used Honda vehicles have been recognised by America’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as better choices for teenage drivers. IIHS research suggests the type of vehicle has a…

Learn your lesson: What first-time car buyers should know

CAPE TOWN, Western Cape – Whether new or used, buying your first car can be an amazing feeling… assuming you’re prepared and aware of pitfalls. The Corner knows you’ve probably heard it all before, but spend a few moments reading what Juan Wheeler, chief financial officer at Fiat Chrysler Africa (and Carman’s Corner’s editor) have to…

Hilux or Ranger? Which bakkie has best resale value?

Do YOU know what your vehicle is worth? Brand and model can influence cash value An expert compares two rival bakkie brands JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger – two of the most popular bakkies in South Africa – have for long wrestled for market share. Some people swear by the Hilux, others…

Zulu beaded roadsign its own tribute to Heritage Day

1.1-million Corollas built and sold in South Africa 160-billion kilometres driven on local roads Close to 50-million have been sold globally JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota SA and its agency FCB have created a beaded billboard to thank Toyota Corolla owners for making the range a success. Traditional love-letters, in the Zulu culture, are created with beadwork;…

Mini marketeers target students with cut-price cars

Mini US focuses on student supplies Case of ‘catch them while they’re young?’ ‘Rear doors? Another 1000 bucks, please’ WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey – Mini USA is offering a ”well-equipped, low-cost” two-door Mini Oxford Edition to, it says, ”help students along the road to success” for $20 000 – including that $6900 worth of otherwise…

Scammers and lease deals: fraudsters on the loose

No-deposit scammers ‘targeting the vulnerable” Look out for ‘convincing’ but dodgy advertising Experts say ‘watch out for authenticity’ LONDON, England – A spate of fraudulent activity involving scammers advertising bogus vehicle leasing deals on social media is stealing money from unsuspecting folk in the UK. The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) says social…

Bond’s DB5 lives! Aston Martin to build 25 big-bucks copies

Aston Martin and Eon to create 25 Goldfinger DB5 cars Working gadgets to be developed for inclusion Cars to be assembled at original home of the DB5 GAYDON, England –  The iconic Aston Martin DB5 is back, thanks to a collaboration by automaker Aston Martin and Eon Productions, maker of the ‘James Bond’ films. Following the successful…