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How to Make Your Used Car Seem Brand New for Less than R20k

This might sound strange coming from a company that specializes in selling cars, but you don’t always need to buy a fresh-off-the-lot car to get the most out of your driving experience. Buying a new car is an exhilarating and proud feeling, but unless you can comfortably afford it without taking out a second payment on your house, it’s not the best financial decision.

I write about, review and create content about cars every day, and one of the dangers of the job is wanting to own each and every new model that captures my interest. Let’s take my 1.4 Hyundai i20 Fluid as an example for this article. The exact same model (2014) with similar mileage (85k) is available for sale for R75k. If I decided to buy the new i20 Hyundai Motion 1.4, it would set me back a lovely R280k. Needless to say, it’s not a split-second decision I should be making.

Of course, the new I20 is absolutely stunning and comes with an array of fun, exciting features and specifications. However, I’ve owned my car for less than two years and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it – other than the fact that I can’t help comparing it to newer and more exciting models. Does that mean that I need to buy the new i20?

I’ve put together a rough guide of how I can improve my car for less than R20k and still feel like I’ve driven away in a brand-new car.

Keep It Pristine: R 1600

A clean car is a happy car. You might be dreaming of that new car smell, but you don’t need to pay a fortune to get it. You can keep your car looking and smelling fresh by making sure that you don’t eat or drink in it. If you can’t avoid it, make sure to remove any and all rubbish as soon as you get out of your car. Clean spills and crumbs as soon as possible and wipe down sticky surfaces.

You can also put the luster back into your car’s look by investing in a comprehensive valet service or car detailing. Your car will look as if it just rolled off of the lot and smell even better. Take a look at the paint correction shown below to see one of the outcomes of detailing your car.  A comprehensive valet service from R 650. You could also take your paint job to the next level by having them glaze it for R 950 – this will also take care of those pesky scratches that mar your otherwise great car’s look.

posted By : Marizanne Linde –

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