Be a smart shopper
How much should I spend?
The most important step is deciding what your budget is. You’ll be surprised to know what a difference R20,000-50,000 makes when you’re deciding what variant to choose. Fix your budget first, stick by it and be willing to go up by a few thousand. It’s easy to get swayed by a smooth-talking sales representative. The trick is to refuse to budge and to be adamant about what you actually require, and not what the salesperson makes you think you need. There’s a lot to pick from, and there’s also a lot for the salesperson to throw at you.
What type of car should I buy?
Choosing the right body style is the next step. There are two sides to reconcile, your heart and your head. Decide on the number of people that will be using the car on a regular basis—if you’re buying a car just for the commute to work and the occasional weekend outing, a hatchback is all you need. If you live in a crowded city, driving a hatch makes more sense, both in terms of fuel efficiency and driving ease. But if you require additional cabin space and the
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