Cars that won’t break the bank

Buying a used car is tricky. There are lots of horror stories around that will scare you half to death and make you feel like purchasing a brand new car is the only way to go. However, there are a bunch of used car dealerships out there who are changing the face of the used car industry. They are able to afford you the opportunity to purchase a vehicle that will not only serve your immediate needs but that will also not destroy your bank account on a monthly basis. By purchasing a used vehicle you are able to work to a proper budget but still have a choice of cars that suit your lifestyle. When you’re buying new but have a very small budget your options are extremely limited.

You need to take precautions when you are buying a used car. Ever heard the phrase “don’t buy a lemon”? Well it applies to purchasing a second hand vehicle, especially when purchasing a used car privately. You must be knowledgeable about what you are going to purchase, you need to know what expectations you should have and what paperwork you should ask for. You don’t want to end up with a wreck – you’ve seen those cars on the highway, lying across the yellow line in a mangled mess? Even those cars that appear irreparable are often repaired and rebuilt and sold again as a used car. If you ask for the right paperwork though you will know all about the accidents the car has been involved in and you can make an informed decision.

When it comes to finances, purchasing a second hand vehicle actually saves you money in the long run. One of the biggest losses of money is when you purchase a new car and drive it off the showroom floor. The minute the car is no longer sitting in the showroom your purchase has dropped by tens of thousands of rands. So, when you purchase a second-hand car you don’t have to take the hard knock of losing so much money.  Also, if you work with a reputable dealer you will find that the vehicles you are considering for purchase are all well-maintained and kept in good working order. What you next need to consider is how much you are actually able to spend each month on payments. Most people believe that a car costs a fortune monthly but you can find used vehicles that won’t cost you all of your expendable income.

Have a look at these three car makes that are fairly cost effective when bought second hand and they are reliable with a good reputation.


Ford has been a top player in the motoring and vehicle manufacturing industry for over a century. Its most famous car is the Model T which is cited as one of the best-selling vehicles of all time. Nowadays, Ford still monopolises the marketplace and can be found on roads all over the world. This also means that it is a great choice as a pre-owned vehicle. Second hand Fords are a popular buy for many car buyers. It is a quality vehicle that is easily maintained and parts are not difficult to find. Popular pre-owned models that can be found for affordable prices include but are not limited to Fiesta, Bantam, Figo, Focus and Ikon.


Chevrolet have entered the affordable car market with quite a strong hand. If you consider their Chevrolet Spark 1.2l, it is one of the most cost-effective vehicles on the road as it is fuel-effective and easy to maintain. The Spark is locally assembled which means that parts are extremely easy to find and affordable. Furthermore repairs can be quickly and easily completed.The Chevrolet Spark is seen on roads all over South Africa because it is one of the cheapest cars to own and yet also reliable.


Kia is a Korean brand that, up until their Picanto model,were less than well known. The Picanto is a nifty and surprisingly cost-effective vehicle to own. It is not fancy or sophisticated and it certainly won’t make you the talking point at a party, but it is competent and durable. It is an easy to maintain car because of its simple build and is considered a competent drive. As far as second hand cars go you can’t go wrong with any model of the Picanto.

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