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What to do when you’re in an accident

It’s a known fact that when in shock, people don’t necessarily act in a natural way. It’s totally understandable because factors like adrenalin, fear and pain can cause even the most stable person to act uncharacteristically. That’s why it’s crucial to know what to remember in an accident so that you are prepared, if the situation arises. Here are some tips on what to do when you’re in an accident: Injuries
Make sure you, and the other people involved in the accident, are safe. Phone the police and an ambulance if someone might seem to have serious injuries. Do not move someone if they are incapable of moving themselves, while you might mean well it could cause further injuries. Rather wait for the paramedics to assist. Safety
If your car is obstructing traffic and still able to be driven, it should be moved out of the way. If you’re unable to move the car yourself, ask a responsible person to do so. If it’s impossible to move the cars, turn the hazards on. For insurance purposes, take…

How Millennials Are Changing the Transportation Industry

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 mi…

Code of Conduct Change in SA: How it will affect you

Code of Conduct Change in SA: How it will affect you In September 2017, the first draft of the new Automotive Code of Conduct was published by the Competition Commission of South Africa. This could change the very fabric of the automotive industry going forward, and here’s why. The new code of conduct proposes that customers must be able to go to the automotive-service provider of their choice for maintenance and repairs without manufacturers threatening to void their warranties. Instead of relying on a handful of approved providers, customers would have the freedom to decide on a provider that best suits their specific needs. Revolutionary as this may seem, this code of conduct has already been tried and proven successful by the US. The Right to Repair bill was passed in Massachusetts in November 2013 and has realised great potential. Most companies have been supportive of the bill that stated that car companies should keep “all of their repair and diagnostic software in the cloud an…

It’s time to sell your car if…

Buying a new car is exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. You might wonder whether you’ve made the right decision or just wasted a fortune on the wrong one. Whatever the case may be, that excitement unfortunately wears off eventually and oftentimes it might be replaced by apprehension. Although you might feel that you’ll never need another car in your entire life, that usually isn’t the case. People sell their cars for a multitude of different reasons and not all of them are negative. Here are a few signs that it might be time to sell your car. It might be time to sell your car if… It’s not road-worthy or safe anymore. While you might not get a fortune for it or trade it in for a sportscar, you can still sell a damaged car in a variety of different ways. Many people opt to sell their cars piece by piece if they’ve been damaged beyond repair. Another option is to contact a reputable junk car buyer that will often evaluate, buy, and tow your vehicle after the sale. This of course…

Why You Should Sell Your Car Your Way

Why You Should Sell Your Car Your Way There is more than one way to skin a cat. While not as gruesome an image, there is also more than one way to sell your car. Instead of simply relying on a used vehicle salesperson to do the job for you, you can now choose from dozens of vehicle-selling methods and find what suits you best. The reason it is so important to know about the different ways to sell your car is simple: not every method works for every person’s needs. If you’re looking for a quick sale, advertising online might not be as efficient an option as trading it in. However, if you’re trying to get as much money as you possibly can, a trade in just won’t work. The key is to find a way that suits your financial needs, time-constrains and everyday schedule. Thanks to modern technology, selling your car has never been easier. Listed below are some vehicle-selling techniques with their respective pros and cons. Trade In Trading in your car for a new(er) car is extremely popular. This …

How Handicapped Parking Actually Works

Most drivers are familiar with the burning anger you feel when you walk to a store all the way from the other side of the parking lot only to find someone parked illegally (and often terribly) in the handicapped parking. What exactly are the rules regarding these accessible parking spots and who is meant to enforce these rules? Handicapped parking spaces aren’t there for drivers with big, flashy cars to use because they don’t feel like looking for parking. These spaces are reserved for people with certain impairments that make getting to and from their destination strenuous or painful. These impairments can include anything from needing a wheelchair, to pregnancy, to advanced cardiac disease. Regardless of the reason why people need them, these parking spots keep the distance to their destination as short as possible. Now that you know how important accessible parking is, you might be ready to confront anyone who seems like they don’t need it. But before you wag your finger at the 20…

Be WOWed! Women On Wheels Taking The Auto Industry By Storm

Woman on Wheels is SA’s leading motoring title and has been growing steadily since its establishment. This website, brought to SA by the publishers behind household names such as Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping and more, is written by women for women. In an industry that is predominately male-centric, WOW is a breath of fresh air that provides women with a deeper insight, news, and tips regarding the automotive industry. It is clear just how much effort and consideration goes into every review, blog post, and video. The focus of the articles shifts throughout the year to provide female motorists with the knowledge they need in any situation. From handling a hi-jacking, to preparing for a summer road trip, WOW covers it all in a clear, and concise way. WOW not only provides well-written, informative articles, but it also offers you the chance to win. Yearlong competitions grant readers the chance to win anything from sunglasses to luxurious hotel stays. WOW is revolutionising the auto…

Have You Ever Bought A Stolen Car?

Buying a car is as exciting as it is nerve-wracking. Making the wrong decision could set you back financially and even get you into legal trouble if you’re not careful. With the influx of millions of cars into the pre-owned market, it is often hard to keep track of where they’re coming from. A worrying number of vehicles have actually been stolen and sent back into the market and sold as “legal” cars. There are several ways to ensure a safe, secure, and legal transaction when it comes to vehicles, so make sure you keep this article in mind if you’re considering buying a new or used vehicle.
If you are buying privately: Make sure the documentation matches up. If the title and registration do not correspond with the seller’s name or address, it might be best to avoid making a purchase. Be wary if the person selling the car is secretive about their personal details. Ask about the vehicle’s history of insurance and financing before you view it. If the seller cannot provide this informatio…

What is Car Cloning?

Car cloning is when a criminal clones your car’s identity to disguise their car’s own, original identity. This involves either taking the number plate of a registered, licenced car and placing it on a car (stolen or otherwise) of similar model and colour. It can also be done by ordering licence plates that are copies of another car.
Why do they do it? People clone cars for different reasons. Some are trying to avoid speeding tickets or fines by having them sent to a different person instead. The person whose car has been cloned will then receive fines that they did not actually get. Other times it’s for much worse reasons. Criminals also use cloned cars to commit serious crimes like armed robbery and drug trafficking. This is all done to shroud their own car’s identity with someone that is completely unrelated to any crimes they might commit.
How would I know my car has been cloned? People whose cars have been cloned usually find out by one of two ways. They start receiving parking tick…