Looking to buy a car? Here’s how the fuel hikes might impact you

<b>LIMITED EDITION POLO:</b> VWSA adds a special derivative to its popular locally-built Polo Vivo - the Eclipse. <i>Image: QuickPic</i>
<b>LIMITED EDITION POLO:</b> VWSA adds a special derivative to its popular locally-built Polo Vivo - the Eclipse. <i>Image: QuickPic</i>

The impact of the expected fuel price increase in May will be wide reaching, according to George Mienie, CEO of AutoTrader. 

Fuel data for May 2019 "is showing a listless fuel price picture", reports the Automobile Association (AA), quoting unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund.

The AA says: "The overall picture is of little change. The Rand has slipped marginally by thirteen cents against the US dollar since the Department of Energy's surprise early announcement of the May fuel price on Sunday, April 28."

READ: Fuel price outlook - Petrol, diesel to increase at month end - AA

Here are three ways this change may affect your next purchase decision.

1. Manufacturers are likely to offer good deals in order to attract sales:

Motor manufacturers and retailers are expected to feel the pinch more than ever before. “Manufacturers will consciously keep price increases to the bare minimum, to boost customer sentiment and encourage vehicle sales. Retailers, eager to generate sales, are likely to offer good deals. This will mean that margins at both dealer and OEM level will come under pressure,” says Mienie.

2. Banks will tighten their belts:

Banks are unlikely to finance as many deals, as some motorists place purchasing decisions on hold. “Motorists are already feeling the pinch. With the next fuel increases, they will have to tighten their belts even further. This may well include delaying the purchase of a vehicle” Mienie notes.  

3. Energy efficiency will become a key purchase decision:

Motorists are likely to focus more on economy. “Electric cars are mostly unaffordable to the majority – so it’s unlikely we will see an escalation in the sales of electric cars. However, when buying a new or used car, motorists will take a very close look at fuel consumption. They will shun so-called ‘gas guzzlers’ in favour of more sensible, economical vehicles, including hybrids,” Mienie concludes.

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Kia Picanto
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Here are the most searched for budget cars in 2018(from April to December 2018)

Model Ranking:

1. Volkswagen Polo (including Polo Vivo and Cross Polo) 

2. Hyundai i10 (including the Grand i10) 

3. Kia Picanto 

4. Ford Figo 

5. Toyota Etios 

6. Suzuki Swift 

7. Nissan Micra (incl the Micra Active) 

8. Honda Brio 

9. Renualt Kwid 

10. Datsun Go! 

                                                                                              Image: Wheels24 / Supplied

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