LET’S BRAKE IT DOWN: DISC VS DRUM S.A Vehicles

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LET’S BRAKE IT DOWN: DISC VS DRUM

LET’S BRAKE IT DOWN: DISC VS DRUM-Advertising Mobility-Online South Africa - Blog Marizanne VD Linde
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Braking technology has come a very long way since the hand lever. Drum brakes were revolutionary in their time, but are they still appropriate for modern cars when disc brakes seem so perfect? Read on to find out.

How Do Brakes Work?

Braking a car means slowing down the movement of the wheels by stepping on the brake pedal. Your braking system, drum or disc, applies friction or resistance to your wheels that gets converted into heat energy. The way your brakes do this is the main illustration of how disc and drum brakes differ.

Drum Brakes

Drum brakes are called this because of the drum design that houses the braking components. Inside the drum, you’ll find braking shoes. When you step on your brake pedal (which is connected to the braking system with fluid), these heat-resistant shoes are forced against the wheel to create friction to slow them down. The problem with drum brakes though, is that the heat that builds up due to the friction has nowhere to go. Heat builds up inside the drum and under stressful or strenuous conditions (like carrying a large load or going down a steep hill), this becomes a problem. Brakes are only effective as long as they can convert movement into heat, and when the brakes become worn down, they become saturated with heat and end up ineffective. Let’s face it, you don’t want your brakes failing as you come down a steep hill while carrying a heavy load. This problem of overheating and deterioration is solved with disc brakes.

Disc Brakes

Disc brakes are made up of a small rotor and a calliper. Inside this calliper, you’ll find two brake pads that go around the rotor. When you step on the brake pedal, these pads are clamped together to slow down the wheels. The main difference between drum and disc brakes is what happens to the heat energy that’s generated by the friction in the braking system. Thanks to not being housed in a drum, your disc braking system is very unlikely to overheat. This is because it is exposed to open air that cools the brakes much faster than they would have been cooled inside a drum. This also reduces the rate of deterioration and fading. Instead of having to replace the entire braking system, you can simply replace your brake pads instead.

Shouldn’t All Cars Have Disc Brakes?

Ideally, sure. Disc brakes are more effective and practical. But they’re also more expensive. Disc brakes were first used on high performance racing cars and eventually became popular with modern, everyday cars thanks to their safety. Many cars today have disc brakes in the front two wheels (because most of the stopping power comes from the front), and drum brakes at the back. This means that the car should be slightly more affordable than it would have been with disc brakes all around. However, this doesn’t mean that your back wheels’ brakes are ineffective or dangerous. Modern drum brakes have come a very long way and would probably by suitable for all four wheels. If you’re someone who just drives their car as a means to get from A to B, you’ll be perfectly safe. if you’re a race car driver, you’ll need a high-performance car with high-performance brakes to optimise your performance.

Regardless of which brakes you use, you should make sure to maintain them properly. Maintaining your brakes (a topic we’ll cover in another article) not only keeps you and others safe on the roads, but it will also save you a fortune in the long-run.
Let us know what you thought of our article in the comments below. If you would like to contribute an article or write a review, let us know! We’d love to work with you. Alternatively, you can contact us at www.mobility-online.co.za. Stay safe on the roads!

The Future Is Now: How LMG Will Revolutionise the Motoring Industry

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Mobility-Online was lucky enough to meet with three of the masterminds behind the Legacy Motor Group. We interviewed Leigh Claasen, Christo Lindeque, and Mpho Dipela. Mpho, who has an incredible dream that he hopes to realize with the support of his colleagues. Christo starts the interview off by saying that “the whole LMG concept of where we’re going and what we’re trying to achieve is [Mpho’s] ultimate dream. We just need to make sure that we achieve that.”
What is LMG?
The Legacy Motor Group is a community of premium automotive brands that work together to offer wholly unique and personal customer service. The current dealerships that form part of LMG are based in Polokwane, Rustenburg, and Zambesi. The official launch of the LMG brand is the 1st of September 2019, so make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to find out more.
How and why LMG came to be
Legacy Motor Group was founded by Christo Lindeque, Rob Sexton and Deon Smit. Each of them has BMW coursing through their veins and it made them take their love of the brand to the next level by creating their own. LMG received quite a lot of attention from investors, of which Mpho would be extremely influential.
When asked why he decided to join LMG, Mpho says, “I think it’s not a question of joining. I came in as an investor into LMG. My intention was to create a black group – black-owned and black managed. That was the investment approach and then we had to assemble the team. The rest of the team, the investors, had to retire, but I remained with Christo. We then invited Leigh to join us, because you need a particular skill that suits this new vision that we have.” He explains that their vision was based on Blue Ocean strategy.
Blue Ocean Strategy is a marketing theory and book that was written by professors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne. We won’t be able to give you an overview of the entire theory in this interview, but simply put, a “blue ocean” is an unknown market space without competition. According to the official website, “a blue ocean is an analogy to describe the wider, deeper potential to be found in unexplored market space. A blue ocean is vast, deep, and powerful in terms of profitable growth.”
This seems to perfectly describe the concept of LMG. The brand is the first of its kind and thus has no competitors yet. However, diving into an unknown market space has its risks. There are no other brands or competitors to turn to for guidance or definite outcomes. Despite the uncertainty, the LMG team is excited about the challenge. Leigh says, “For me, I joined the team because I like the fact that we’re taking the way that we’ve always been doing things and building a new vision into the motor industry – a new way of doing things. I think it’s exciting to be able to create a completely new concept of how we do business.”
How LMG plans to change the way they do business
“We want to position LMG as the brand of choice,” says Mpho, “a brand that every family member can see themselves belonging to. The customer-centricity approach that we have is way different from what you normally read in the books. We want to give you an experience that if you go to any other dealership, you’ll ask yourself why you should buy from one of the brands of LMG because it’s the same brand. We want to give you an experience that no other brand can offer you – an unforgettable experience that only LMG related dealerships can provide you with. We want you to be a part of the family. So that’s what we’re trying to create and that’s the journey we’re on.”
Growing with the times
“Look, as a business we are evolving,” says Mpho. “There’s new technology that is coming into the world with the new generation. So, as the motor industry, we are not exempt from that. We will position ourselves to stay relevant to retain customers. We want families, from the youngest to the oldest, to love our brand. Take MacDonald’s as a good example. They never advertise for adults. They concentrate on kids because that’s the market. And these kids influence their parents to go to MacDonald’s. If you think about it, they don’t have buying power, but they are the biggest influence on decision making to go to that specific brand. We want to apply that concept to LMG with regards to how we get young people to become the decision-makers and keep that brand loyalty throughout their lives.”
“For us, we want to create a different world and order. That’s how we’re going to try and position ourselves.”
“I think we’ve covered sort of where we’re going and what we expect will happen next year,” says Christo. “You work with the generations and that’s what it’s about. I think that’s what we understand – that we need to adapt to how we do business.”
Changing business models
“What is interesting, if you look at the current automotive model, is that this model has been running for 100 years,” says Christo. “They’re changing that model, the way O.EM’s does business, from the 1st of January, 2020.
It definitely is a risk to head into uncharted waters and completely change your way of doing business – especially if it’s been used for a whole century. But with great risk comes great reward, which is why Mobility-Online wishes the LMG team all the best for the near future. We know that they’ll overcome any potential obstacles and we look forward to seeing their brand thrive. We encourage our readers to keep an eye on LMG’s social media pages for more exciting events and information.

The ultimate guide to buying a car in SA

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Hello there! If you’re considering getting a new car, please take a minute or two to read this article. This guide will hopefully answer any questions you might have about how to buy, finance or insure a car in South Africa. We also list the documents you need to buy a car in South Africa, as well as the sales process of buying new or used vehicles. Please use the index to navigate through the article and find the information that you need. Feel free to check our website for new and used cars to sale from registered and reputable dealerships in SA.
Why People Buy Cars
Making the decision to buy a new (or new to you) car is about much more than wanting an exciting change. It’s usually because your current car doesn’t fit your changing lifestyle or budget anymore. It could also be that a newer model of your current car is available for a trade-in and you can comfortably afford to upgrade. The worst-case scenario is that your car was stolen or written off in an accident. If you’re in the market for a new car, you need to understand how you can buy, finance and insure your purchase.
Buying New
Many people will tell you that buying a new car in South Africa is one of the worst financial decisions you could make. While it’s true that you could save a significant amount of money if you buy a car that’s two or three years old instead, new cars have some great benefits. There’s a reason why countless South Africans are driving off the lot with brand new cars.
Pros
Better finance rates and warranties
Buying a new car could mean that you’ll be paying a lower interest than you would have with a second-hand car. You will most probably receive a one- or two-year warranty from your chosen dealership when you purchase your car.
Broader selection
You won’t be limited by what’s available like you would when buying second-hand. You can choose the features, accessories, and colours that you want.

Better resale value
You’ll hopefully have quite a few years of fun and excitement with your car before needing to sell it again. When you buy a new car, you can sell it again one day without it being too much of a loss. Your car will most likely get you much more thanks to its mileage and history than a car that’s been sold several times.

Current tech and features
You don’t have to settle for a car without modern tech. New cars come with modern safety features, great accessories and all the new technology you might need. Better yet, if any of these features malfunction within the first year, you can have the repairs done under warranty.
Cons
Depreciation
Here comes the age-old problem of buying new cars. You’ve been warned about your new car loses half its value the second it leaves the lot. While the reality isn’t nearly as drastic, your car definitely depreciates quickly. Your car will depreciate about 15% per year.
Insurance
Insurance for new cars is a bit pricier than that of second-hand cars. That’s because some dealerships require you to fully cover your car until you’ve paid it off. The newer the car, the higher the premiums are.
Overpriced
New cars are damn expensive, there’s no way around it. You could technically buy the exact same car after two years and pay 30% less for the same features.
Buying process
Before driving off with your new purchase, you need to go through a specific buying process. This process might differ from dealership to dealership, so make sure to enquire about it beforehand. The general steps should look a little like this:
Go through a credit check.
Choose your finance plan (read more on Financing below).
Get your loan pre-approved.
Choose the car that you’d like to buy.
Apply for a loan.
Get vehicle insurance (read more on Insurance below).
Documents You Will Need
Your chosen dealership will most likely take care of the relevant paperwork for you, but you might need the following documents when you go to the dealership:
driver’s license
proof of insurance
your insurance agent’s contact information
current pay stub
proof of residence
Buying Used
Demo
Demo cars are new cars that have been used for test drives and rentals from a registered dealership. These cars are usually put up for sale after one or two years of being test-driven. these cars a popular choice for those who want a fairly new car without the hefty price tag of a fresh-off-the-lot car.
Pros
Great price
Demo cars are a cheaper option for those who would still like modern safety features and technology.
Most problems in the first year have been fixed
Demo cars that are a year old are generally safer than brand new cars thanks to fixing any problem that may have arisen during the first 12 months.
Cons
Higher mileage
These cars are called demos for a reason. They, of course, have much higher mileage than new cars due to being used for staff use and test drives for a year or two.
Less variety
You won’t have a massive variety of colours and specifications to choose from when you’re looking for a specific demo model.
Buying process
The buying process for a demo vehicle is almost exactly the same as buying a new vehicle from the same dealership. Make sure you speak to your sales representative about the documents and financing you’ll need to buy that specific car.
Second hand
Second hand or pre-owned cars are what most people tend to look at first. These cars have usually had more than one owner in the past and buyers are advised to check a pre-owned cars history before doing anything else. There are certain risks involved in buying second-hand cars from private sellers, but there are reputable and professional dealerships that can help you find an affordable and reliable pre-owned car without too much hassle. If you would like some more information on what to look out for when buying a second-hand car, feel free to browse through our blog.
Pros
Cheaper
The price is the biggest perk of buying a pre-owned car in South Africa. They can be almost 50% cheaper than a new car and still be in great condition.
Better insurance
Like we mentioned earlier, the newer the car the higher your monthly premiums will be. With pre-owned cars, you’ll have lower interest rates and therefore lower premiums.
Cons
More repair costs
Pre-owned cars aren’t lawn ornaments – they’ve been driven and, in some case, driven hard. That’s why we advise against buying supercars or sports cars second hand. The odds are high that the previous owners got the most out of their cars before trying to sell them. These cars could come with dozens of repair problems.
Not as many choices
When buying a pre-owned car, you need to set up a list of features that you need, an ideal mileage and your preferred price. After all this, you might not be left with a wide variety to choose from. You’ll also have to wait until you find your “perfect” car, which could take quite a while if you’re not willing to compromise.
Lower resale value
The older your car gets and the more mileage it has, the less you’ll get for it if you ever decide to sell it again. A car that changes hands every two years will never sell for the same value as a car that has had one owner. This is because buyers tend to wonder why a car is being sold again so quickly after it was bought.
Documents You Will Need
Sales Agreement between you and the seller.
Change of Ownership forms obtained from the local licensing department.
Have a Roadworthiness Test done.
Have your insurance in place before driving off with your new car.
Register your vehicle. You will need to go with the seller to a registration office and bring the following:
ID or Passport
The seller’s vehicle registration certificate
A roadworthy certificate (only if the registration certificate is older than six months)
Sales agreement or a receipt as proof of purchase
A valid license
A completed RLV – Blue form for registration and licensing
Application fee
Trading In
Pros
You deal with one person
You could ask a few dealerships to price your car, but in the end, your whole transaction will be taken care of by one dealer. You simply have to negotiate the price; sign some paperwork and you’re done. It’s the ideal option if you don’t have the time or energy to market the car on your own.
It’s quick and easy
Private sales take a lot of time and effort. You have to create ads online, answer loads of emails and phone calls, take people for test drives and deal with the admin of transferring ownership. With a trade-in, it’s all done for you in just a few days.
Get a better price on a new car
Because a dealership will be keen to get the business of a new car, you will have some bargaining power to wield. If your trade-in car is paid off, the cash can be put towards a new car.
Cons
A dealer still has to make a profit on your car, which means they won’t give you the retail value for it but rather a reduced price.
If you have a very old or less popular model of car, you might not get as much cash as you’d hoped for.
If you choose to trade in your car for a new car at the same dealership, you will be limited to their stock and availability.
Process
Typically, you would see a car at a dealership you want and the dealer would agree to buy your old car from you and apply that price as credit toward the purchase of the new car. ‘Trading’ is not as simple as swapping keys – it usually requires additional money or a loan to get a new vehicle.
Documents you will need
Proof of ownership: If your car is paid off, get the proof of ownership documentation and a letter stating that the vehicle has no outstanding finance on it from your bank.
Outstanding finance: Request a settlement letter from the financial institution where the vehicle is financed, and tell them that you’re planning to sell the car.
Roadworthiness certificate: This certificate is only valid for 21 days and can be obtained at a vehicle testing station.
NCO (yellow) form: A Notification of Change of Ownership form should be submitted to the Department of Transport to notify them that the vehicle will have a new owner.
Receipts and service history: Take your original manufacturer service book along to the dealership, plus any receipts you have for maintenance or repairs on the vehicle.
Car financing
Most people can’t afford to buy new or used car cash. That’s why countless South Africans turn to vehicle financing to help them pay for their car. there are several different kinds of financing options, but we’ll only be discussing three of them below.
Consumer finance
This type of finance is great for getting your own car (as opposed to a company car). In this case, your case is considered as loan security. Like all loans, make sure to read the fine print and know what exactly you’re paying for.
Basic personal loans
These loans are more varied and offer more freedom to you. You can buy older cars (10+ years), imported cars and more and still finance your purchase. You will, however, need loan security other than your car.
Business car loans
You can finance a car for business use if you’re a business owner. You can also choose to lease a vehicle instead of purchasing one.
Car insurance
Comprehensive cover
This type of insurance covers the most (hence the word “comprehensive”). It covers your vehicle in case of damage (accidental or weather conditions), theft and hijacking. It also covers the costs of an accident if you’re the one responsible for it. This tends to be the most expensive kind of insurance.
Third-party, fire and theft cover
This is quite similar to comprehensive coverage but it doesn’t cover accidental damage. For example, your car will be covered in the case of theft, but not if you’re in an accident. It does, however, cover any damages to a third party’s vehicle if you were responsible for the accident.
Third-party insurance
This kind of insurance covers any damages or injuries of a third party if you were responsible for an accident. Your own vehicle’s damage or theft is not covered and you’ll have to pay any costs out of pocket. This also tends to be the most inexpensive type of coverage.

There you have it for our ultimate car buying guide in South Africa! We hope that we’ve covered most of your questions about how to buy, finance and insure a car. If you’re in the market for a car, feel free to take a look at our website where we list new and used cars for sale in South Africa. If you have any other questions about how to check a second-hand car before buying, how to finance your car or how to insure your car, please let us know in the comments below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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DISHONESTY IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY: HOW TO FIND TRANSPARENCY

There is a timeless stereotype that used car salespeople are at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to showing honesty to their customers. People expect to be cheated and act accordingly. Have these salespeople earned this bad reputation or have the actions of a small number of sleezy salespeople shaped the opinions of the public?

White Lies and Half Truths

There’s no denying that there will always be a measure of dishonesty when it comes to marketing your product or business. After all, you do need to set yourself and your business apart from the rest of the competition. The problem comes in when these white lies or embellishments become outright lies. Take job applications as an example. You might say that you can speak conversational French, when in reality you can only say a few basic phrases. Unless you’re applying for a job that involves speaking French, you might never be called out on your white lie. If, however, you tell your potential employer that you have years of restaurant management experience while you only ever worked as a server, then you’ve got a big problem.

You could definitely apply that example to the used car industry. A used car dealer could buy a car that was in dire need of serious repairs and then fix it with subpar parts to sell it again for a profit as an “excellent” car. Some dealers (although I hesitate to call them anything other than criminals) even sell totalled or stolen cars to their unsuspecting customers for a massive profit. That being said, not all car salespeople are liars and cheats – no more than all attorneys or insurance brokers or mechanics. Dishonesty, like death and taxes, is an unavoidable part of life.

Lying on the Lot

You might think that you’d have to speak to a salesperson face to face before encountering any dishonest practices, but in today’s digital age, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Vehicle sellers have been evolving with the times and have joined the online revolution to market their products on classifieds websites and vehicle listing billboards. If these sellers are honest, transparent and sincere, then online listings are an amazing way for them to gain loyal customers. The customers themselves also have the chance to view the cars, plan their finances and get to know the seller first, which removes the dreaded uncertainty of stepping onto a lot without any prior knowledge.

If they’re dishonest or out to exploit their customers, then digital advertising could make it much easier for them to do so. Photos can be manipulated; details can be forged and auctions can still be rigged. It might actually be easier if it’s done online.

Finding Honest Car Salespeople

Keeping the above in mind, it could be easy to feel discouraged or frustrated. How are you meant to hold your own against someone who’s been in the industry for years and knows how to sell ice to a snowman? The quick answer is that you don’t. Instead of trying to challenge dishonest salespeople, avoid them entirely by learning how to recognise dishonest practices. If you do realise that they’re treating their customers unfairly, make sure to tell your loved ones to avoid them as well. (Keep in mind that many companies are able to sue for defamation, even if you were mostly in the right. This is why we suggest you leave an honest review of their services and end all contact as soon as possible.)

How to Recognise Dishonest Salespeople?

An honest salesperson’s goals are friendly service, consistent product or service quality, and honest communication. That’s easy enough. But what about dishonest salespeople? I’d like to believe that we could all ascribe to the idea that any stranger is a friend until proven an enemy, but unfortunately that’s not always feasible. When approaching a service provider like a car salesperson, it would be best to do your own research in advance. Ask yourself the following questions:

• 1. Does this company or service provider have authentic, positive reviews? Have they addressed the issues mentioned in negative reviews?
• 2. Do they have any social media feeds or websites where you can view their products or services? (This question could be ignored for smaller businesses that tend to work on word of mouth. Although it would be best to speak to some of their previous clients if you can.)
• 3. Are they willing to meet up and/or discuss their products or services?
• 4. Are they willing to provide you with the names or contact details of previous clients (with that client’s permission, of course)?
• 5. Are they open and communicative over text and in person?

These questions might not be fool-proof, but they do give you a good foundation of what to look out for. If you have any more questions about how to find reputable dealers, contact us today. We would love to help you find you dream car, even if we aren’t the sellers!

Copy Writer and Editor :Marizanne Linde- also visit Her Blog @https://www.blog.mobility-online.co.za/

BRAND NEW CLASSIC CARS

Would you drive a brand-new “classic” car?

Why do people love classic cars?

There’s a certain type of person that drives a classic car. Their definition of a night out is when they accidentally fall asleep in the garage (again). They work on their car not only because they need to, but because they want to. There’s just something about being able to feel the road moving under you and listening to the roar of a powerful engine that makes driving a classic car a uniquely nostalgic experience. Even if you weren’t doing the Twist to a Beach Boys song back in the day, you can’t help but feel transported to the swinging 60s when you’re behind the wheel of the likes of a ‘65 Chevy Impala. Whatever your reason is for driving and loving your classic car, we’re sure it’s a great one or you wouldn’t be reading this.


If they’re so amazing, why isn’t everyone driving a classic car?

Quality classics are hard to find and they’re even harder to maintain even if you have the needed expertise. With each classic car’s endearing creaks and groans comes some more worryingly expensive sounds. Sky-high repair and fuel costs are just some of the reasons why many people opt for more practical, modern cars. Parallel parking a 1969 Boss 429 Mustang in a busy city street doesn’t exactly sound like a drive in the park, but it’s also true that most people who own classic cars don’t usually use them for everyday driving. So, if someone could offer you the chance to drive a car with all the old-world charm with none of its problems, would you consider investing in a “classic”?


Can classic cars be manufactured today?

You could take the more conventional route of purchasing a classic car that’s seen better days and having it restored by professionals or if you’re skilled enough you could even do it yourself. Dino’s Classic Restorations offers exactly what it says on the box – they restore your classic to its original glamour by replacing, repairing and refurbishing as they see fit. Workshops like Dino’s focus on originality, professionalism, and most importantly, quality. It’s no surprise that they have more than 2000 people following their journey. So, if these classic cars were so popular and are still in the market today, why not just build a car that’s the same shape but has brand-new, modern technology under the surface?
Some auto shops actually do something like this by starting from scratch (or the bare minimum, at least) to recreate the car in its entirety. Places like Revology in the US, that specialise in vintage and classic cars, strip a classic (provided by the client) to pieces and use modern materials and equipment to create a car that looks like it rolled out of the pages of a vintage magazine. What’s even better is that it drives like a car manufactured in 2018. According to Cheat Sheet, Revology’s Mustang comes with so many Ford parts that it can actually be serviced under warrantee at a Ford dealership, which makes it, says Cheat Sheet, “the first 1966 Mustang with a factory warranty since, well, 1966.”
Another prime example is the Lightweight E-Type Jaguar that was announced to hit the road again in 2014. Jaguar chose to manufacture another six cars that are identical to their original twelve 1963 siblings. This was met with unbelievable excitement and all six cars were sold as soon as they were released. And although this was a rare and unique case, it leads us to imagine what the reaction would be if other manufacturers followed Jaguar’s example and re-released their signature classics.


Is a reproduction of a classic car still a classic?

When it comes right down to it, the answer would be, “It depends.” Stripping down a car to its frame and rebuilding the damaged or worn parts is common practice. It also depends on where you buy it. While some classics, like the 1963 Jaguar E-Type, are the real deal, many independent shops and restorers only manufacture lookalikes and replicas. These would usually need to be registered as project or kit cars.


What’s the verdict?

Another huge part of driving a classic car is the authenticity. If you ask a petrolhead, they’ll most probably tell you that driving a car that looks exactly like a 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra but has, for example, Bluetooth, USB and built-in GPS systems, is just not the same as driving an original. For many, the joy and excitement of fixing up and maintaining their classics is what makes it worth the time, money and effort. Regardless of your stance on the matter, we can all agree that it’ll be interesting to see how far the replication and restoration of classic cars will go.

TRAVELLING WITH A SERVICE DOG: HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Many of us are preparing for our long-awaited and much-needed December break. We’re packing cars, planning routes, and making arrangements for our pets. But what about those of us who are taking our dogs with us?
Many people who need service dogs need them by their side no matter what. In this article we focus specifically on service dogs*, but remember that assistance animals come in all shapes and sizes. Make sure you know how to travel in a way that suits both you and your service animal.
Service dogs, just like people, need to be safe in a vehicle at all times. We’ve all seen drivers travelling with their dogs on their lap hanging out of the window, or running across and over the car seats. As cute as it is to see a happy pup with its ears flapping in the wind, travelling without taking safety into consideration is a danger to everyone, not just your dog.
A dog sitting in the passenger seat can be severely and often fatally injured if the airbag deploys in an accident. Your dog also becomes a danger to you and your passengers during a collision – being hit by an upwards of 10kg mass at high speeds could definitely injure someone. There are countless horror stories of car accidents, so we don’t need to remind you of that. Make sure to keep your family (including the furrier members of it) safe while you travel.
The safest way to transport your dog is by using a secured, high quality travel-crate. If you do not have one, you can also use a harness. A simple dog-harness (not a collar) is perfect for travelling short distances. Simply attach a leash, fold it double, and thread the seatbelt through the gap. This will allow your dog to sit and stand, but not move around in the car.

• Have supplies at hand
A doggy first aid kit can literally be a lifesaver in an emergency. Your supplies can include anti-nausea tablets, a light tranquilizer for anxious dogs, bandages, and much more. Whatever you think you might need at home during an emergency, make sure to have it at hand while you travel.

• Have a clean blanket to keep your dog warm, or to protect your upholstery from sharp nails and hair.

• A food bowl can be used for more than just kibble. Keep it for water when you make a pit-stop to keep your dog hydrated.

• Make sure your dog is comfortable and safe
Make sure there’s nothing that could fall on your dog (even if your dog is in a crate) if you were to brake or turn sharply.

• Keep your dog’s service vest (if you have one) nearby for pit stops. Do not leave it on your dog during long car rides because it could be too warm or uncomfortable.

• Keep the windows partially open or have the AC running to make sure your dog is comfortable despite the heat. Likewise, if you’re travelling during the rainy season, make sure your windows don’t leak and that your dog has somewhere dry to lay down.

• Keep the music at a reasonable volume. Some dogs are anxious passengers despite being extremely well-trained, and adding loud sounds to the mix is a recipe for an anxious animal.

• Do not have your dog travel on the bed of a bakkie or van. Even if there is a canopy for shelter, your dog could be fatally injured in an accident.

• Make frequent stops. Not only will this save you on clean-up duty for when nature calls, but it will also give you and your dog a much-needed break.

The last tip of this article, is to always be patient with your dog. Despite the fact that service dogs are calm and obedient, they don’t enjoy countless hours on the road either. Understand that your dog has specific needs and try to be as accommodating as you can. The Mobility Team would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy festive season and safe travels. Please share this article for those who might be travelling with dogs this holiday and to create awareness of service dog safety.
*Most of this article can also be applied to those travelling with dogs in general, not just service dogs.

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DISHONESTY IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY: HOW TO FIND TRANSPARENCY


There is a timeless stereotype that used car salespeople are at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to showing honesty to their customers. People expect to be cheated and act accordingly. Have these salespeople earned this bad reputation or have the actions of a small number of sleezy salespeople shaped the opinions of the public?

White Lies and Half Truths

There’s no denying that there will always be a measure of dishonesty when it comes to marketing your product or business. After all, you do need to set yourself and your business apart from the rest of the competition. The problem comes in when these white lies or embellishments become outright lies. Take job applications as an example. You might say that you can speak conversational French, when in reality you can only say a few basic phrases. Unless you’re applying for a job that involves speaking French, you might never be called out on your white lie. If, however, you tell your potential employer that you have years of restaurant management experience while you only ever worked as a server, then you’ve got a big problem.

You could definitely apply that example to the used car industry. A used car dealer could buy a car that was in dire need of serious repairs and then fix it with subpar parts to sell it again for a profit as an “excellent” car. Some dealers (although I hesitate to call them anything other than criminals) even sell totalled or stolen cars to their unsuspecting customers for a massive profit. That being said, not all car salespeople are liars and cheats – no more than all attorneys or insurance brokers or mechanics. Dishonesty, like death and taxes, is an unavoidable part of life.

Lying on the Lot

You might think that you’d have to speak to a salesperson face to face before encountering any dishonest practices, but in today’s digital age, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Vehicle sellers have been evolving with the times and have joined the online revolution to market their products on classifieds websites and vehicle listing billboards. If these sellers are honest, transparent and sincere, then online listings are an amazing way for them to gain loyal customers. The customers themselves also have the chance to view the cars, plan their finances and get to know the seller first, which removes the dreaded uncertainty of stepping onto a lot without any prior knowledge.

If they’re dishonest or out to exploit their customers, then digital advertising could make it much easier for them to do so. Photos can be manipulated; details can be forged and auctions can still be rigged. It might actually be easier if it’s done online.

Finding Honest Car Salespeople

Keeping the above in mind, it could be easy to feel discouraged or frustrated. How are you meant to hold your own against someone who’s been in the industry for years and knows how to sell ice to a snowman? The quick answer is that you don’t. Instead of trying to challenge dishonest salespeople, avoid them entirely by learning how to recognise dishonest practices. If you do realise that they’re treating their customers unfairly, make sure to tell your loved ones to avoid them as well. (Keep in mind that many companies are able to sue for defamation, even if you were mostly in the right. This is why we suggest you leave an honest review of their services and end all contact as soon as possible.)


How to Recognise Dishonest Salespeople?

An honest salesperson’s goals are friendly service, consistent product or service quality, and honest communication. That’s easy enough. But what about dishonest salespeople? I’d like to believe that we could all ascribe to the idea that any stranger is a friend until proven an enemy, but unfortunately that’s not always feasible. When approaching a service provider like a car salesperson, it would be best to do your own research in advance. Ask yourself the following questions:

• 1. Does this company or service provider have authentic, positive reviews? Have they addressed the issues mentioned in negative reviews?
• 2. Do they have any social media feeds or websites where you can view their products or services? (This question could be ignored for smaller businesses that tend to work on word of mouth. Although it would be best to speak to some of their previous clients if you can.)
• 3. Are they willing to meet up and/or discuss their products or services?
• 4. Are they willing to provide you with the names or contact details of previous clients (with that client’s permission, of course)?
• 5. Are they open and communicative over text and in person?

These questions might not be fool-proof, but they do give you a good foundation of what to look out for. If you have any more questions about how to find reputable dealers, contact us today. We would love to help you find you dream car, even if we aren’t the sellers!

Article : Marizanne Linde

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