If you are looking to buy a car with a budget of R300,000, you can either go for a new model or turn to the second-hand market.
Both of these options have benefits and drawbacks.
Buying a new car comes with a warranty, maintenance plan, and peace of mind knowing it hasn’t been damaged or poorly driven.
You also get that new-car smell and feel, which is something to cherish.
Buying a used car has benefits, too, as they usually go for a lower price – allowing you to save money or opt for a more premium model.
However, used cars may have underlying issues you may not spot – and in certain cases, may not be disclosed to you.
As there are many new and used cars available for R300,000, we looked at what was on offer in four categories – with the new car in each category being a top-selling vehicle at this price point.
New option – Toyota Hilux 2.0 S
- Power – 102kW/183Nm
- Price – R309,000
- Warranty/maintenance – 3-year/100,000km and 9-services/90,000km.
Second-hand option – 2018 Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi SuperCab Hi-Rider XL
- Power – 118kW/385Nm
- Price – R299,999
- Price new – R448,600
- Mileage – 69,000km
New option – Haval Jolion 1.5T City
- Power – 105kW/210Nm
- Price – R299,900
- Warranty/maintenance – 5-year/100,000km warranty and 5-year/60,000 service plan.
Second-hand option – Kia Sportage 2.0 Ignite Plus Auto
- Power – 115kW/196Nm
- Price – R299,999
- Price new – R482,995
- Mileage – 67,000km
New option – Toyota Corolla Quest 1.8 Plus Auto
- Power – 103kW/173Nm
- Price – R302,500
- Warranty/maintenance – 3-year/100,000km and 3-services/45,000km.
Second-hand option – 2017 BMW 320i
- Power – 135kW/271Nm
- Price – R298,990
- Price new – R731,762
- Mileage – 35,000km
New option – VW Polo Hatch 1.0TSI Trendline
- Power – 70kW/175Nm
- Price – R293,800
- Warranty/maintenance – 3-year/120,000km warranty and 3-year/45,000km service plan.
Second-hand option – 2017 Mini Cooper S 3-Door
- Power – 141kW/280Nm
- Price – R289,999
- Price new – R564,058
- Mileage – 44,000km