Looking to invest in used car deals can be a tricky decision, especially if you don’t have a clear idea of what you want. On the one hand, you want something that looks visually appealing and is safe to drive, but on the other hand, you want something that is an affordable, long-term investment. When looking to purchase your first vehicle, try to choose according to the safety features which are important to you.
Here are a few features to consider when looking for safe, value-for-money pre-owned cars:
- Remote keyless entry
The innovative keyless remote is a feature that has been around for quite some time, but only available on high-end vehicles. Today, it’s a common safety feature which has been incorporated into many locking systems. This keyless entry allows you to unlock your vehicle by pushing a button on your car door handle. If you are travelling in an unfamiliar, poorly-lit area, you will be able to leave your vehicle and return quickly, without having to worry about wasting time looking for your keys. The beauty of keyless remotes is that it is built in such a way that you must only press the button once to open the driver’s door while the others are kept locked. If you need to open the other doors, you will need to double click on the button. The remote also has a panic button if you ever need to draw attention to your vehicle.
GPS navigation system
GPS, also known as Global Positioning Satellite, is a system that helps you to navigate according to your location. Most individuals choose to use Google Maps on their mobile devices instead of purchasing a GPS gadget, but many of the latest vehicles come with a built-in GPS system and sensor. Now you’ll be able to travel with the help of turn-by-turn directions to find your way without getting lost. GPS is an essential safety feature for people who are new to the roads and are scared of getting lost. Other massive perks with GPS systems are that they are able to re-route you around traffic. You can also programme your home address into the system, so wherever you land up, you will always find your way home.
- Side airbags
Accidents happen in the most unexpected ways, therefore you can never compromise on vehicle safety. One of the newer features is side airbags because standard airbags only focus on the front and back. This feature helps to keep the car intact when it enters an accident. Instead of your head moving along with your body and causing further damage, side airbags allow your head to be cushioned and kept safely inside the vehicle at all times. This is a distant feature when choosing a vehicle, but if you want your new car to be a long-term investment, best you choose accordingly.
This feature was also introduced many years ago but has now become an essential safety system. This feature helps the vehicle avoid slipping or skidding in horrible weather conditions as well as when you’re driving fast and suddenly need to come to a halt. How it works is that it uses a computer, which is linked to a series of sensors. This computer program detects wheel speed, steering angle and rotation. If the car is drifting to the side or spinning in a particular direction, the program will automatically brake one or more of the wheels to help reduce engine power and slow down the vehicle. If you choose to purchase a vehicle that is top heavy, such as a 4x4 or SUV, make sure you look into the ESC function.
- Blind spot detection
You’ll be surprised at how quickly something can crop up in your blind spot that wasn’t there a second ago. This is often how accidents start, as situations on the roads can change in a split second. Having a blind spot detector will help you to monitor your surroundings and pick up what you might have missed when looking at something yourself. This safe, side mirror monitoring detector will also alert you if there are any vehicles approaching that you should look out for when you’re driving.
These are a handful of the most important safety features that you should consider when you look at buying one of the many cars available for sale in South Africa. Make the effort to buy a car that will bring you many kilometres of happy driving. A car is a long-term investment, so make sure it’s worth the financial investment.