Buying a Car on a Budget

Buying a used car in South Africa can be a tricky and difficult process, especially if you are on a tight budget, but it doesn’t have to be. With South Africa’s unstable economy and the current petrol prices, South African motorists are continuously on the hunt for cheap, reliable and fuel efficient vehicles to get them from point A to B.

buying a budget car

In these instances you need to separate your needs from your wants, sit down carefully and evaluate your current situation, and exclude all the wants from your list so that you’re only left with the essentials in your life. Start from the beginning and make a list of what you need or expect to get out of your vehicle, what is it required to do for you?

evaluate your needs

Nowadays it’s easier to shop for vehicles as you can refine your search online to match your exact price range and therefore eliminate what is not necessary. If your budget is between 50k and 100k then you can search for vehicles within that price range and then start narrowing down your search to models, makes and year. This can give you a good indication of what kind of vehicles you are looking at and what you can expect to get for your specified budget.

Auto Mart price range

It’s important that you buy a vehicle suitable for your lifestyle, because if you have a large family and buy a 2-door coupe, then you are more than likely going to double up on your trips, therefore defeating the purpose of a budget vehicle. If you travel light, and don’t have anyone to cart around, then you don’t need an SUV or a 4×4, even if it is in your budget.

overloaded car

Be smart about which make you buy, research how much the spare parts and replacements cost so that when the time comes you can budget for that too. The last thing that you want is to pay an arm and a leg for parts or a service. Lastly, once you have found your suitable vehicle, be sure to maintain, clean and look after it properly, this will assist you in the long run when it’s time to move on and look for something else.

research your options

There are many factors to take into consideration before jumping in and buying a used car, so make use of the many useful functions on Auto Mart and make your car shopping experience an easy and pleasant affair.

If you’re looking for the right vehicle for your budget, then visit for good deals on cars in your area.

Struan Langlands

Digital Marketing Channel Co-ordinator @ Junk Mail Publishing. My family, work, cars and sport are the 4 things that I am most passionate about and motivate me. I am a full blooded Petrol Head and always ready for a sport debate. "The day you think there is no improvements to be made is a sad one for any player." ~Lionel Messi

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