• More people are opting to buy pre-owned vehicles.
• We look at hatchbacks that cost R100 000 or less, with mileage below 100 000km.
• We list five of the best examples each from Cape Town, Gauteng, and Durban advertised on the Autotrader classifieds.
The small passenger vehicle segment is a hotly contested one in South Africa, with many automakers producing their own budget offerings. Suzuki is one such brand landing heavy hits on its rivals with numerous affordable options.
While things seem to be resembling normality somewhat, some people are in good standing financially and can once again purchase a vehicle, albeit pre-owned.
Back on track
The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic last year brought consequent nationwide lockdown restrictions, which threw many people's lives and financial situations into disarray. Many traded in or sold their existing vehicles to cut costs.
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Analysis of AutoTrader's sales data showed that certain vehicles were sold up to R40 000 cheaper than usual in March 2020.
The prices of new vehicles have risen substantially over the last few years. The Renault Kwid once held the title as SA's cheapest entry-level in 2016 with a price tag of R119 900. The latest version currently retails for R162 900.
Going on the basis that the buyer will not be putting down a deposit on a vehicle priced at R100 000, the monthly repayment over a five-year term, excluding insurance and on-road fees, would be approximately R2 200. This will differ from bank to bank and interest rate fluctuations.
This article's criteria involve hatchbacks that cost R100 000 or less with mileage below 100 000km.
Check out some of these low mileage, pre-owned options across the country, which is ideal for first-time buyers or those looking for an affordable second car: