Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Buying a used car in SA: 5 tips to get the best deal

Not everyone can afford a new car, well, with exception of the 36 794 fortunate South Africans who registered their new cars in January 2017.
New car sales in SA  have flitted around the 35 000 mark for the last five years, even though that means that 547 442 units were sold in 2016, compared to 617 648 in 2015.
But new vehicles sales are clearly the junior partner when compared to used car sales.

SA car industry
According to WesBank, data showed that application volumes for new vehicles amounted to 38 343, versus 89 390 for used vehicles in May 2016.
Sure, everybody loves that new car smell but a second-hand car offer better value, while leaving your wallet intact, if you follow a few simple steps.
Used cars are also likely to attract a much lower insurance premium than new cars, and feature-for-feature, you can usually get more bang for your buck.
Yes, let’s set aside your fears of being stuck along the side of the road with these tips on how to pick your new (used) car, without having someone take advantage of you.
Even you have an 'OBD2 code' reader, some sellers are able to clear codes without fixing problems.

Step 1: Don't think with your heart
The first step is often the hardest; don’t fall in love with a car. For a used-car dealer, a smitten customer makes for easy pickings and they will easily sell you a rolling disaster. It could be the vehicle you dreamt of owning as a child, the car of your first kiss, or that sports car you loved when it came out... don't think with your heart.
When you set out to buy a car, the trick is to search far and wide and consider all your options. The internet can be your friend in this regard.
This might not work for everyone, but I’ve purchased a lot of cars and have a rule of not even considering the first three cars I look at; In fact, those viewings are minimally more than scouting expeditions.
Find out what's there and weigh-up each vehicle's pros and cons - ask a Group 1 Hyundai representative about the used Hyundai i10 for sale.

Step 2: Stay mainstream
If you’re buying new, by all means go berserk and purchase something exotic. If you're searching the second-hand market, mainstream is safer, and here’s why; You may have minimal or no factory warranty so the cost of maintenance will come straight out of your pocket.
An oil filter for a Toyota Corolla can cost as low as R60 but for a Renault more than R200. This escalates if you own a high-performance model.
But it’s more than simply considering the cost of parts.
Once the dealer cuts you loose, you need to explore independent service stations to keep your car in tip-top shape.
Typically, these mechanics will charge a premium for working on cars where the engine bay is more covered up than a mummy.
In terms of performance, you should ask yourself 'If this GTI, Type R or M3 is so good, why are they selling it?'
It’s hard to make generalisations but you would do well to stay away from high-performance cars mainly because those are the ones more likely to have been driven to death before they are sold. Unless you are knowledgeable about cars, have a decent mechanic and be prepared to pay a premium for parts.

Step 3: Watch people, not cars
This strategy has worked well for me buying several cars; Watch the seller while you talk about the car. Shifty behaviour is usually a sign that there’s something dodgy with the car.
Walk around the car and point out parts. Watch the sellers body language.
Look for signals that the seller is uncomfortable and follow your gut. There’s no harm in walking away, rather than being stuck with a lemon.
I once saw a great-looking model for sale but the private seller seemed rushed to make the sale. Luckily, I had a mechanic with me who pointed out a soapy residue in the oil – a tell-tale sign of a blown head-gasket.

Step 4: Testing and more testing
Don’t ever let on that you know anything about cars; rather have the seller talk about the car’s good points – and be sure to check the things he doesn’t talk about.
Specifically, check brake discs for uneven wear, check the colour of the oil (it should be golden brown, and not a dark colour) battery terminals should be clean, tyres should be in good condition with even wear, and the body should be straight. Check the body seams in the engine bay and boot to see whether it was repaired after a smash.
While the handbrake is up, give the car a mighty heave. Of course it should not move.
Be suspicious if the car has a "new" battery. Think about it, why would a person wanting to sell a car give you a battery worth R1000? Perhaps it's to hide something such as a faulty loom or alternator.
Ditto for new tyres that may be attempt to mask serious suspension or steering problems. And watch out for paint on body panels that may appear to be a different shade to the rest of the vehicle - this indicates the car has been in a crash.

Step 5: How to test drive
Never begin your test drive by jumping in and heading off.
Instead, have the seller switch on the ignition and let the vehicle idle. Walk around the car and test the wipers, lights and listen to the engine noise. Once it has been idle for awhile, switch it off.
Attempt to start the car with the headlights still on. If it doesn’t start immediately there may be an electrical problem. Check all light, aircon, electric window and mirror switches.
During your test drive, make sure you test all the gears, and include some kind of incline on your route. Feel for any “flat spots” in acceleration.
(Flat spots are where the acceleration momentarily stops, and picks up again. It could indicate ignition or injector issues.)
Listen for funny (not ha-ha) noises. Grinding sounds when you brake or change gear may indicate a serious mechanical fault and it’s best to walk away from a car that makes those sounds. There should also be no high-pitched squealing from V-belts.
Take a couple of minutes after the test drive to see if any fluids have leaked onto the ground. Oil or coolant could indicate a serious issue with oil seals, engine or cooling system.
Finally, does the vehicle “feel right” to you (this is where your gut comes into play)? If yes, do the deal.
Group 1 Hyundai offers great deals on pre-owned vehicles, such as a used Hyundai i10 for sale. Visit a Group 1 Hyundai dealership today, if you want to buy a used Hyundai i10 for sale that you can still rely on for years to come.

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Monday, 8 January 2018

New Generation Hyundai i20: A car injected with more power and style

The new Hyundai i20 is designed to capture your attention. Sleek, elegant and classy, the new i20 will get you where you want to go, in style. Its distinctive profile and floating roofline add to its appeal. With its dynamic performance it is no wonder that people are looking for a used Hyundai i20 for sale. Take a look at our Hyundai i20 review to find out more.
The Hyundai Motor Company was founded in Korea during 1967. Their good reputation and quality design have made Hyundai cars popular on the local market. Their extensive network of Hyundai dealerships makes it easy to obtain after sales support as well as spare parts.

Features in the New Hyundai i20

Rear park assist offers both safety and convenience, while the waistline moulding helps to keep your vehicle looking its best. This moulding also gives the Hyundai i20 an agile appearance.
Another exciting feature of this model is its outside mirror blinkers. The mirrors complement its edgy design while promoting safety. Other safety features include dual airbags, ABS and EBD.

From the moment that you step into the new i20 you will be mesmerised by its comfortable and luxurious design. With class-leading space, the interior offers more than enough room for friends and family.
Steering wheel controls allow you to adjust settings inside your car without lifting your hands. You can adjust everything from the volume to organising calls with this useful feature.
The glovebox has a cooling feature which allows you to keep drinks cold. The glove box cooling function and full auto air-conditioning are both great for road trips during the hot summer months.

Specifications and Accessories for your Hyundai i20

The new generation i20 offers a dynamic performance. The 1.4 Fluid models has a 6-speed manual transmission while the 1.25 engine models have a 5-speed manual transmission. The 1.4 litre petrol model comes with the option of a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The cost effective fuel consumption is another reason to find a Hyundai i20 for sale. The 1.25 KAPPA engine delivers 61kW of power at 4 000 rpm with a peak torque of 115Nm at 4 000 rpm. The 1.4 KAPPA engine delivers 74 kW of power at 4 000 rpm with a peak torque of 133 Nm at 4 000 rpm.

The Hyundai i20 sportz has a 6 speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity features and, coupled with the double NVH padding, delivers an incredible audio quality. The i20 sport has an auto foldable electric mirror feature.
Accessories for the Hyundai i20 sport include a shirt hanger, bike rack and phone holder. These accessories allow you to personalise your vehicle according to your individual requirements. You may also choose to add a headrest screen, tow bar and seat covers.

With its eye-catching design and impressive performance it is easy to see why South African motorists are choosing to find a used Hyundai i20. Browse through Group 1 Hyundai today to find great deals on a used Hyundai i20.

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

2016 Hyundai i30 Review

The Hyundai i30 is Korea’s answer to the Ford Focus and is a safe option for consumers who love a conservative car. It offers consumers value for money, safety and a neat, smart-looking package in the one vehicle.  
This sporty family hatchback comes in various versions including three and five-door models. While its exterior options are limited compared to competitors, most buyers aren’t fussed due to the Hyundai’s highly affordable entry price.  The five-year unlimited mileage warranty is also very appealing to buyers. The main benefit of the Hyundai i30 is that it’s practical and easy to drive.
Reviewers claim that the Hyundai i30 is “not as much fun or punchy” as a Ford Focus or VW Golf, but this vehicle is cheap to buy and run.

Interior Styling

The Hyundai i30’s up-front cabin is practical. If you live in your car, you’ll love the deep console and large door bins, tray sections and a large glove box. There’s also a clever little hatch release button, which makes it easy for drivers and passengers alike to stash their belongings. There are also moulded rear door bins for backseat passengers, which are split into three sections. There’s even a section big enough to store bottles.

This car is comfortable and the seats are firm and offer good support. There’s plenty of leg and headroom for rear passengers too. If you are tall, you’ll love the Hyundai i30. Designers have made the cushioning deep in the back seat row, so passengers won’t be looking at their knees on a long drive.
If you’ve got cargo you’ll find the boot space a good width, however the cargo net is missing in the cheaper versions of this vehicle. Seats can be folded down into a completely flat position or the typical 60:40 ratio.
In terms of tech the Hyundai i30 has some great offerings including Pandora internet radio, smart key and push button start, 7” LCD media, Sat Nav and steering wheel controls.

Exterior Styling

The Hyundai i30 was actually designed by its European contingent in Germany. This has been good for the i30, since designers have delivered more “adventurous chiselled lines” and “fluidic sculpture” into this version’s exterior design.
There are three trim levels on offer for the new i30 including Active, Elite and Premium.
Features include a sportier look, more steeply curved windscreen, more streamlined headlights and a large hexagonal grille. This new look is making waves and offering good competition to Hyundai’s main competitors - Toyota, GM and Volkswagon.


Here’s a quick overview of the 2016 Hyundai i30:
  • Good for relaxed city motoring and easy acceleration
  • Low-rev performance is good
  • Generous torque when going up hills
  • Engine is more convincing that the 1.8 in other i30s
  • Generally quiet inside from noise from tyres and roads
  • Is capable
  • Suspension is “taut” but compliant
  • Good mix of control and comfort
  • Deals with bumps well due to 17-inch wheels
  • Corners well but you can hear the front wheels working harder with more speed and push
  • Six-speed auto is middle ground
  • Shifts are smooth and predictable
  • Steering can be spongy, swift in response
  • Steering can heavy in sporty driving scenarios


For the price, the i30 is a good deal for busy consumers looking for a safe, and spacious vehicle that handles well. While it isn’t breaking any new ground, the long warranty, capped-price servicing makes the Hyundai i30 a nice package for mid-range hatchback buyers.


  • Country of origin: South Korea
  • Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol
  • Power: 124kW at 6500rpm
  • Torque: 201Nm at 4700rpm
  • Fuel use: 7.7L/100km
  • CO2 emissions: 179g/km
  • Transmission: 6-speed auto, front-wheel-drive
  • Weight: 1283kg
  • Safety: 7 airbags; stability control
Does the Hyundai i30 sound like the car for you? Visit a Group 1 Hyundai dealership near you.

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Versatile Hyundai H100 Tipper makes light work of a heavy load

The H100 Bakkie is one of the most popular vehicles in Hyundai Automotive South Africa’s local range, and the Tipper version of this workhorse has made the work of many a small or medium enterprise business operator easier.
Previously the Hyundai H100 Tipper was available in restricted numbers, due to the outsourcing of its conversion, but the good news is that the Commercial Vehicles Division of Hyundai Automotive SA now assembles and converts the Tipper at their plant in Apex, Benoni.
“We recognised the demand for this versatile H100 derivative, and realised that we could create a tipper conversion from the standard drop-side deck in the advanced workshop at our SKD assembly plant in Benoni,” says Stanley Anderson, marketing director of Hyundai Automotive SA.
“The H100 Tipper is very popular, because it is a basic bakkie, with a standard direct injection diesel engine that is very reliable, produces good fuel economy and has a low running cost. That means very little down-time for business operators, and i]t has a true payload of more than one ton.
“The added convenience of the tipper deck makes it a winner, and due to the local assembly and in-house conversion, it is possible to meet the demand better than before,” says Anderson.

The H100 Tipper’s electrohydraulic lift system is controlled with a switch unit that is connected in the cabin of the Bakkie. Hyundai Automotive SA produces the Tipper on order, although a few of them are kept in stock at the Apex assembly plant.
One of the biggest benefits of the H100 Tipper for small and medium business enterprises, especially for builders who have to transport and deliver material, is that the truck is smaller than other vehicles of this nature. The smaller size means that it is often allowed in housing estates or business parks where bigger tipper trucks are prohibited.
One can also operate the H100 with a code 8 driver’s license, while a code 10 license is needed for many similar vehicles of Hyundai’s competitors.
The H100 Tipper uses a 2,6-litre single overhead camshaft diesel engine that delivers
58 kW at 3 800 rpm to the rear wheels, with maximum torque of 167 Nm at 2 200 rpm. It has a 65 litre fuel tank, and fuel consumption was measured at 10,2 litres per 100 km.
The semi-elliptic laminated leaf spring rear suspension enables to handle a heavy load with great stability.
“Business operators will also be happy to know that the H100 range benefit from Hyundai’s ground-breaking warranty of 7 years or 200 000 km, which we introduced in February this year,” says Anderson.
The H100 Tipper without an air-conditioner sells at R282 900, while the derivative fitted with an air-conditioner is priced at R297 900.
Is the H100 the bakkie for you business? View Group 1 Hyundai’s offers to add the Hyundai H100 to your fleet.

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

2017 Hyundai i30 Active Quick Review

The latest third generation i30, gets a new body and interior as well as more features than we’ve seen on Hyundai small cars previously.

The i30 is one of the most popular small hatchbacks on the market. This latest third generation model, codenamed PD, gets a new body and interior as well as more features than we’ve seen on Hyundai small cars previously. It is available with two petrol engines and one diesel engine as part of a broad model range that includes sporty and luxury variants.


Sound driving manners that include a comfortable ride and quiet cabin. The Active and Elite models, in particular, have supple but well controlled suspension that copes admirably with lumps and thumps, while the firmer suspension of the SR models trades some of that for sharper steering and more confident cornering.

What you get. There’s loads of gear in all i30s, even the base model Active. It gets an 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite-navigation as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also a reversing camera, tyre pressure sensors and a digital radio tuner.

Performance. All i30s deliver good acceleration, especially the sporty SR with its turbocharged engine (150kW/265Nm). But even the most affordable Active has a smooth and punchy 2.0-litre engine with 120kW/203Nm that easily keeps pace with traffic. Push it harder – when overtaking, for example – and the engine revs cleanly, albeit increasing noise levels noticeably in the process. The 2.0-litre engine also has the smoothest-shifting auto of the three available engines, softly slotting between ratios.
The cost of owning it. The i30 has a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty, increasing the coverage over rivals by two years. Servicing, too, is reasonably priced and needs to happen every 12 months or 15,000km. Even the navigation system comes with 10 years of map updates, reducing the need to pay (sometimes hundreds of dollars) to get the latest mapping software.


The price. The i30 has long been about undercutting key rivals, but this new model is thousands of dollars more expensive. Hyundai is desperate to shift away from the discounting game and have the i30 stand directly against the likes of Toyota, Mazda and Volkswagen.

Active safety in some models. While all i30s have passive safety covered – there’s seven airbags and a solid crash structure that was awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating – some models miss out on the auto braking system that is the highlight of the SmartSense suite of features. It’s an excellent auto braking system, utilising a camera and radar to monitor traffic, people and other obstacles ahead then apply the brakes to come to a complete stop up to 80km/h. At speeds up to 180km/h it will also apply brakes to avoid crashes. AEB is not available on the Active (it will be offered as an option late in 2017) or SR models with a manual gearbox (there are no plans to fit it on SR manuals).
Fuel use. Petrol powered versions of the i30 use about 7.5 litres of fuel per 100km, according to the official fuel consumption label that is fitted to the windscreen. That’s significantly more than some rivals. However, Hyundai says the difference is not as marked in everyday driving (those official fuel figures are derived from a laboratory test). Neither the 2.0-litre four-cylinder or the 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo features a stop-start system, which temporarily turns the engine off when the car is stopped.
Rear seat space. The i30 has decent headroom throughout (although if you opt for a sunroof, only available on Elite and SR models, there’s less head space up front) but its rear legroom is not as generous as a Honda Civic or Subaru Impreza.
Find a new or used Hyundai i30 for sale at Group 1 Hyundai or start by taking a Hyundai i30 on a test drive!

Friday, 1 September 2017

Used Hyundai i10 buying guide (2013-present)

The Hyundai i10 is an affordable small car featuring a sturdy, spacious interior, an economical engine lineup and an impressive five-year transferrable warranty. The facelifted i10 went on sale in 2017 but there are some great deals on used versions.
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What is it?

The i10 has a spacious cabin that belies the car’s small size and offers surprisingly grown-up levels of comfort on the road. Low running costs, a long warranty and great reliability make it a smart second-hand buy. Cars such as the VW Up may be more fun to drive than the i10, but few models this size can match its blend of practicality and comfort. It’s also one of the few city cars offered with a traditional torque converter automatic gearbox that’s smoother than the automated-manual type offered on most rivals.

Hyundai i10 2016 facelift

A facelifted i10 was revealed in late 2016. The new version didn’t change much beyond getting a new grille design, redesigned front and rear bumpers, plus updated LED daytime running lights. The interior was also refreshed with a splash of colour trim and a seven-inch infotainment system giving the car a more modern-feeling interior.

What engine should I get?

Two frugal petrol engines are offered – a three-cylinder 1.0-litre that’s ideally suited to town driving or a more powerful four-cylinder 1.2-litre that’s more comfortable at motorway speeds. The 1.0-litre is capable of returning up to 65mpg while the thirstier 1.2-litre engine returns a claimed 45mpg.
Both engines come mated to a five-speed manual as standard, but the 1.2-litre can be had with a four-speed automatic gearbox. While the ‘box itself is a little sluggish, it makes the i10 one of the few city cars that comes with a traditional auto compared to the jerky automated manuals used in the VW Up or Citroen C1.

Used Hyundai i10 running costs and insurance

All i10s are generally cheap to tax thanks to their eco-friendly engines. Parts are fairly inexpensive and should cost less than competitors from the VW group. The i10 is one of the easiest cars on the market to insure – all 1.0-litre petrol models fall in insurance group 1, while the more powerful 1.2-litre only top out at insurance groups 4 or 5.

Should I pick used or new Hyundai i10?

Buying a used i10 has its benefits – it’s generally cheaper than buying a new model and, because dealers have stock cars available, you can drive away on the same day. There are benefits to picking a new model, however, such as the fact that new cars tend to be offered with better finance packages and that you can pick your exact colour, trim and spec before buying. For more information, check out our explainer of the pros and cons of new vs used cars.

Can I get a pre-reg used Hyundai i10?

Dealers will have a range of i10s pre-registered and ready-to-go their forecourts. Models that are pre-registered will have first been registered by the dealer to help them meet their targets – they are essentially new cars but you’ll technically be the second owner if you purchase one.

Used Hyundai i10 problems and what to look out for

So far, the i10 has proved to be fairly reliable, with very few problems reported. The most common problems seem to involve headlight adjustment failure, starting issues due to electrical faults or loose floor mats. Luckily the former two problems are covered under the car’s warranty and should easily be repairable.

Used Hyundai i10 warranty and servicing

The i10 comes with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty that includes roadside assistance and vehicle health checks – a service that inspects and replaces the car’s vital components as needed. This warranty is transferrable between owners so used buyers can benefit too. The i10’s service intervals are every one year or 10,000 miles, whichever comes first.

What options should I look out for?

The Hyundai only came in a choice of three trim levels so there are only a handful of optional extras available outside of these trims.
  • Connectivity Pack adds Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, voice recognition, rear speakers and steering wheel controls for the stereo
  • Winter Pack – adds heated front seats and a heated steering wheel
  • Driver Assist Pack – adds parking sensors and cruise control

Hyundai i10 model history

Used Hyundai i10’s are very popular, so if you are looking for one, try a dealership with ample used vehicles on their floor. You can start here.

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