February 13, 2021
Before you contemplate buying a car, you need to consider some critical issues, such as the widespread crime in South Africa. Even though you can't guarantee that your vehicle will never be stolen, you can undoubtedly mitigate this risk by buying a low-crime-risk car.
According to a 2019 article by Megan MacDonald, a motorist was hijacked every 32 minutes in South Africa. This translates to a mind-boggling 46 cars each day. A total of 16,325 hijackings occurred between April and March 2019. These are the real challenges facing motorists, and the question is what can be done about it?1,2
We cannot fight criminals ourselves as this task rests with our police service, but we can choose to buy cars that are a bit more difficult to steal. For instance, installing a tracker in a car increases the chances of recovering a stolen car. We can go one step further and find out which car brands are hijacked the least. 1
The following is a list of passenger car makes most frequently hijacked in descending order. They are VW, Toyota, Ford, Citroen, Kia, Hyundai, BMW, Audi, Renault, and Chevrolet. Regarding VW, the most popular model was the Polo. This list can guide the motorist to choose a vehicle which is less likely to be hijacked. 1
The following is a list of ten SUVs that were the most popular to be hijacked in descending order: Toyota, Land Rover, Nissan, Mahindra, VW, Jeep, Porsche, Renault, Ford, and Daihatsu. Notice how different this list is compared to the previous one.1
It’s exciting to buy a car! But before committing financially, consider all the costs involved in buying a car. The most obvious one is the monthly car repayment. Added to that will be the car insurance premium. According to the law, this will have to be comprehensive car insurance if a bank finances your car. Also consider the car’s fuel economy specifications. Then there are licence fees and maintenance costs to take note of. Finally, choose a vehicle where the spare parts and services are not very expensive.3
Please consider this article as only information, seeing that purchasing car insurance is complicated. If you are interested in buying car insurance, contact a certified, financial advisor for professional advice.
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