Why Strategic Planning Matters

We can all agree that planning in advance saves time, energy and money. This couldn’t be more true for your business. Strategic planning involves setting realistic expectations and goals for the future of your business. This not only gives your business clear direction, but it also ensures that you have tangible goals and ways to reach them in the near future. Strategic planning involves setting up a vision, a mission, and core values for your business.
Your vision should be more than just the hope for eventual success in your industry. A company’s vision is a concrete idea of what your business hopes to achieve in terms of social impact, product/service quality, and industry changes. Take Amazon’s vision statement as a great example. “Our vision is to be earth’s most customer-centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online.” This statement is realistic, detailed, and clear.
A mission statement might seem l…

Why You Shouldn’t Sell Privately

Selling your car might be something you’re losing sleep over. It might be because you’re excited to finally get the capital you need to buy the car you’ve been dreaming of. Maybe you’ve done it before and you love the experience of trading with other vehicle owners. Or, most likely, you’re worried sick that you might make a mistake and lose thousands of rands in the process.
Unless you’re well versed in the art of selling second hand cars, which most of us aren’t, we recommend that you don’t sell your car privately. This isn’t because we don’t believe that you’re willing to put in the time, effort and research to do it properly, but simply because we don’t believe it’s necessary.
The main reasons why people sell they’re cars privately are to get the “best” price possible and to have more freedom throughout the transaction process. We’re happy to tell you that you don’t necessarily have to sell privately to achieve these goals. Working with a reputable pre-owned car salesperson ensu…

Car Maintenance: You Can DIY

Taking care of your car is one of the things we mention most in our articles. No matter what you choose to drive, if you take good care of it and have it serviced regularly, it could last you for years to come. We also generally advise our clients to use professional service providers for tricky projects. But that doesn’t mean you need to have a certified mechanic look at your car just to check your oil or change a tyre. Here are some the easiest car maintenance and repair tricks that you can use to make sure you get the most out of your car for as long as you can.
Changing A Tyre
You’ve probably heard this one a million and one times already. That’s because it’s still as important every time. Being able to change your own tyre could save your life on the road (or at least save you some time), and you’ll be able to drive with more confidence knowing that you can take care of it if problem arise. Make sure that you always have a spare tyre (in good condition) in the back of your car. …

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 res…

Let’s Brake It Down: Disc VS Drum

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 …

5 Affordable Sports Cars You Can Buy in South Africa

5 Affordable Sports Cars You Can Buy in South Africa
Buying a sportscar doesn’t have to set you back millions. If you’d like to drive a sportscar of your own without breaking the bank and still own a high-quality, reliable vehicle, read on. We’ve compiled 5 of the most affordable, reliable and readily available sportscars in South Africa. We discuss the price, performance, mileage, and much more in this article.

Ford Mustang 2.3 Ecoboost
A used 2015 2.3T Ecoboost can go from anything between R450 000 and R600 000. In comparison, the brand new 5.0l GT is available from R850 000 for the base model. This means two things. Firstly, Mustangs retain their value, and secondly, brand new models aren’t impossible to own.
In this case though, the 2.3l is slightly more fuel efficient for a daily driver. Although the Ecoboost doesn’t have the signature V8 roar, it’s still an incredibly fun and exhilarating drive.
The interior is sleek and luxurious, and the 2.3 model comes with all the bells and …

Tips for Young/Inexperienced Drivers: Be Safe This Youth Day

Learning how to drive and getting your licence are two of the most exciting things of becoming an adult. It’s the first step towards more freedom and control over where you go and how you get there. It’s also often nerve-wracking. Instead of driving up and down your block to get the hang of it, you start sharing big roads with dozens of drivers. Some of these drivers might be as inexperienced as you! That’s why it’s so important to get into great driving habits from the very start. Here are 5 tips for new drivers that you’ll remember for life.
Don’t Drive Intoxicated
Drunk driving is something you most definitely will encounter at some point in your driving career. Your friends and family might believe that driving after having a few drinks is perfectly fine, but you should make the active decision to never drive when you or your driver is over the limit. Not only are you putting your own life at risk, but you’re also putting others in danger. In addition to this, if you are caught …