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DISHONESTY IN THE INDUSTRY

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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Driving A Race Car to Work Every Day

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Imagine heading to work. You grab your keys, just like every other day, and head to your car to make the familiar commute. But unlike every other day, you’re driving a race car. You would rumble into work in a low, thunderous monster of a race car with cage and all. Your colleagues could be wildly impressed, or most probably, confused and annoyed. Who cares? You’re driving a race car.

The problem with this fantasy though, is that race cars are made for just that – racing. Driving a race car to work would be like putting a jet ski in a pool. Yes, it would technically work, but there would be no point other than saying “well, I did that.”

That being said, humans are nothing if not curious so we won’t blame you for wanting to know what it would be like to feel like Michael Schumacher for a day. But before you blow your kids’ college funds on something like this, take a look at why driving a race car to work is not the best idea.

Not Just Background Noise.

We’re not talking about the regular V6 rumble or the screech of tyres. We’re talking about the kind of noise that doesn’t even let you hear yourself think. All the sounds that wouldn’t bother you when you’re speeding around a track at 250km/h suddenly turn into a cacophony of annoying squeaks, bumps, and grinds when you drive at a legal speed.

You Won’t Be Stepping Out in Style

If you’ve been in a race car before, you’ll know that getting in and out of your car is no joke. If you haven’t, imagine trying to get out of a bucket after falling into it rear-end first. Between the cage, racing bucket seats and the harness, getting in and out without help takes some practice and at least a minimum level of fitness.

Seatbelt or Gordian Knot?

The people who complain about the unbelievable effort of clipping in a seatbelt have never been in a race car. A conventional seatbelt is child’s play compared to the Gordian knot that is a race car harness. A racing harness is hard to get out of, which is understandable to say the least. If it were easy to get out of, it would not be safe. But you’re not racing around a track, you’re commuting to work at a ridiculous speed of maybe 70km/h. We guarantee that you’ll feel drastically less cool after having to ask your co-workers to help you out of your seat.

Compromised Comfort

Race cars are built for precision handling and impossible speeds, not comfort. Most races are over within 10 to 25 minutes. While this might seem long compared to your 5-minute grocery trip, it’s a wildly different experience. When you’re going around a track, you’re filled with adrenaline that makes small things like an itchy seatbelt or cramped muscles seem unimportant. If the only adrenaline spike you get is when trying to parallel park on a busy road, you’re not going to have a good (read comfortable) time.

In addition to this, race cars don’t have the luxuries of a conventional car – no radio, no electric windows (or windows at all sometimes), no extra space.

Throw Practicality to The Wind.  

Not only do you not have the traction nor wheel grip that come from hot tyres on a race track, you’ll also have to deal with very cramped seating. There would be no grocery bags in the backseat, because there is no backseat. As a matter of fact, there is no nothing other than the driver’s seat. If you take this into consideration along with the lack of features, a race car as an every day driver doesn’t seem like such a great idea.

 A fact about race cars that some people might not know, is that race car tyres heat up while going around the track and the heat is caused by the increased speed. This helps the tyres grip the track and make sharper turns safer. This doesn’t happen when you’re going 60 km/h down a road. The tyres are wider to grip the road, but this also means that race cars value performance over comfort. Wider tyres lead to lower ride quality and higher fuel consumption.

 

You’ll Be Burning Cash, Not Rubber.

Race car drivers like Lewis Hamilton have countless willing sponsors who make their careers a possibility by covering the costs of vehicle maintenance or replacement, racing suits, and track time. Conventional cars, on the contrary, are long-term investments. With proper care and maintenance, your car should be able to last you more than a decade. Race cars, however, aren’t meant for cross-country road trips. Enzo Ferrari explained it perfectly when he said that “the perfect race car disintegrates as it crosses the finish line.”

You probably won’t be replacing your hypothetical race car as often if you’re not burning it out on track days, but it certainly won’t last you as long as a conventional car. And trust us, race cars are not cheap at all.

 

What’s the Verdict?

We definitely don’t recommend using a race car as an everyday car, but that doesn’t mean that you have to let go of that dream completely. Our next article is all about tips from actual race car drivers that you can apply to your own driving. Not only could it improve your driving, but you can also hold on to a little piece of your racing fantasies.

If you think you have what it takes to write an article on the automotive world, contact us! We would love to publish your article. Send us a message on our Contact Page with your article pitch, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Drive safely!

High-end, Pre-owned Luxury Cars Offer Class and Value for South Africans

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South Africans like their luxury vehicles. You know it. We know it.

 

For high-net-worth individuals, the reality of owning a fleet of high-end cars and SUVs isn’t some daydream. However, it’s also a real possibility for savvy shoppers who keep their eyes out for the best deals on the continent.

According to the South African Wealth Report by New World Wealth, a global market research group, the nation’s wealthy most often splurge on top-end vehicles from brands like: Porsche, Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and Mclaren.

Purchasing such high-end vehicles is about more than four wheels and a machine designed to perfection, it’s about joining a society, about joining a club, about joining a select group of individuals in S.A.—in the world.

It should be no surprise that luxury SUVs, such as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the Range Rover 5.0L V8, are among the most popular purchases in S.A. Their high-road clearance, safety, and usefulness when the roads get bad or you want to take the family out on a game reserve, make them an ideal blend of utility and luxury in Africa.

Of course, if you’re cruising Joburg or Cape Town, you might not need the clearance offered by an SUV. Instead, you might find yourself opting for some of the other popular models, such as a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a Ferrari 458 Italia, or a Mercedes-Benz AMG SL.

Even if you have the cash on hand or the credit to drop 1 million or 1.5 million rand on your next vehicle—sports car or SUV—it doesn’t mean you need to.

New High-End Cars Coming to South Africa

With new cars coming onto the market it might be time to retire last years models. If you have the garage space, or if you’re a collector, you’ll probably want to cancel the car’s insurance and park it. However, if you’re looking to upgrade, it makes a lot more sense to register your car with Premium Mobility, allowing the high-end, luxury car experts match your vehicle with a buyer.

 

The top sexiest cars coming to South Africa’s shores this year are the Audi A7 Sportback, Rolls-Royce Phantom, Lexus LS, and Audi A8. The Audi A7 Sportback is sharper designed beauty boasting a new mild hybrid system.

The eighth-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom will be running on new aluminium “spaceframe” underpinnings and be powered by a 6,75-litre V12 engine, linked to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission that now employs two turbochargers. The fifth-generation Lexus LS claims to have a 0-100 km/h time of 4.5 seconds, while the fourth-generation Audi A8 will be packing a lot of semi-autonomous technological features.

High-end Vehicles Are About More Than Luxury—They’re About Safety

Taking a premium approach to your safety and the safety of your family is worth the extra money. High-end cars are the only models created where no expense was spared, producing vehicles that excel both in terms of performance and safety.

They are created with robust chassis and expensive safety technology, as well as more research and development than the average person can even conceptualize. It should be no surprise to see the BMW 535 i, BMW 535 is, BMW 535xi, and Mercedes-Benz M-class SUV on the list of 11 car and SUV models in which no one died during a four-year period, according to CNN Money. Of course, in general, vehicles are becoming safer—and SUVs even more so.

“The reason a particular manufacturer will do well on a test is because of intent,” Raul Arbelaez, vice-president of vehicle research at the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway, told The Globe And Mail. “From the beginning of the design process, these manufacturers are putting in the engineering resources to make sure they have the right structures, the right restraint systems to protect the occupants.”

High-end, Pre-owned Cars that Purr

Buying any vehicle from a stranger can be a crapshoot. Sometimes, they’re shooting straight. Sometimes, they’re trying to pull one over on you, which makes purchasing a high-end vehicle from a trusted source your best option.

Premium Mobility hand picks and pre-approves every single vehicle they sell, ensuring the cars and SUVs meet all requirements, standards, and laws. More importantly, they ensure you are completely satisfied with your purchase.

When you’re selecting a luxury, pre-owned vehicle valued between R500,000 and R1.2mn, you want to know exactly what you’re getting, which is why Premium Mobility guarantees that all vehicles sold through their site come with a warranty, have never been damaged in an accident, and include a full, verifiable service history.

Once you’re registered with the company, you can decide on all the details of exactly what you’re looking for, and they’ll keep an eye out for your next dream car.

Depreciation When New Cars Come

New cars are a bad investment. People often joke that your shiny new SUV loses half of its value during the first mile it rolls after leaving the lot. That is not the case with high-end, pre-owned vehicles.

Depreciation does hit hard and fast, but it plateaus quickly because of this. Often, when the first owner of a luxury vehicle is ready to trade up, they are not overly concerned with retaining the value of their original purchase. It’s not uncommon to see the price slashed by nearly 60 percent of what they paid for the vehicle. But, after that first steep dive, the price of the car will stabilize, assuming that it is well-maintained and doesn’t end up in a crash.

This means that a pre-owned, luxury car not only is a steal but that it’s an affordable investment.

High-end, Pre-owned Luxury Cars Offer Class and Value for South Africans

From safety to class and style, it’s no wonder that South Africa’s high-net-worth individuals are spending their extra cash on high-end, luxury vehicles. Many of these people are more than willing to pay top dollar for the newest models to reach the continent—which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

However, that means the pre-owned market is ripe with beautiful luxury vehicles looking for a second owner to take them home. Look at what’s out there and make an affordable investment that can get you around.

Sign up for Premium Mobility’s newsletter here to stay in the loop. Also, check Premium Mobility out on Facebook @PremiumMobility— and tell them what you’re looking for.

Buying a vehicle is a big decision South Africa Pretoria

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Buying a vehicle is a big decision. There are so many factors to consider and it could be a bit overwhelming at times.

Luckily, Mobility Online gives you the freedom to make your own educated choices when buying a vehicle. We ensure that you get the right trade-in price for your old vehicle and we solely associate ourselves with accredited service providers.

We’ve been part of the motor industry in South African for decades. It has given us the knowledge and experience to ensure we not only provide a safe platform for you as a buyer or seller, but that we also provide vehicles and related services from reputable service providers with who we have longstanding relationships.

If you’re interested in buying a vehicle, make sure it is through Mobility Online. We represent some of the largest vehicle brands across our dealer network in South Africa and we’re available 24/7.

How Millennials Are Changing the Transportation Industry South Africa Gauteng

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Millennials have been praised, questioned, and outrightly scolded for the ways they’ve impacted society. Born between the early 1980’s and the early 2000’s, millennials differ vastly from their parents, especially in their decisions regarding transportation. So, what does this hold in store for the automotive industry in South Africa?

Millennials tend to value practicality and efficiency over luxury. They are moving away from the idea that a car is a status symbol. More young professionals are making use of public or shared transportation to get from A to B in the quickest, easiest and most affordable way possible. Because of this, they also tend to be more open to new brands. If a brand can offer them a vehicle that aligns with their safety, comfort and financial needs, they might be willing to try it.

Unlike their Baby Boomer parents, millennials are not impulse buyers. Many of them carry debt due to student loans and with the unemployment rate being as high as it is, even fewer millennials are willing to take financial risks. Instead of relying on car dealerships for information about possible choices, this tech-savvy generation does its own research in advance. This grants companies the opportunity to expand their digital platforms and explore the largely untapped potential of online automotive marketing.

Instead of clinging to conventions and fearing what a change in demographics might mean, companies should jump at the chance to remodel and disrupt their traditional values/techniques and, just like this unconventional, ground-breaking generation, become the pioneers of their industry.

Buying a vehicle? What you need to know about financing.

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Buying a vehicle? What you need to know about financing. When buying a vehicle, whether brand-new or used, your chances of needing financial support from a financial institution are big.
The most common method to pay for vehicles in South Africa is through monthly instalments. That means your vehicle is financed through a vehicle credit provider like, a bank, and you
pay the monthly instalment directly to that bank.

It is possible to make use of the vehicle brand’s own financial option through the dealership – for example: you buy a BMW and they offer you a finance structure plan at the dealership through
BMW Finance.

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