If you’re in the second group, there is good news.
Many pre-owned cars cost less than R125,000 – and you have a variety to choose from.
Brands like VW, Ford, and Hyundai dominate this price bracket with their reliable entry-level hatchbacks, with mileage and age the important factors that separate them.
A good formula to follow when buying a car at this price is to buy from trusted dealerships, look for a complete service history, and stick to well-known brands with strong after-sales service.
Now that you know what to do when buying a car, it’s time to look for one.
For this article we have set a budget of R125,000 and are buying used.
Our finds are listed below.
2014 Audi A4 1.8T S
The most luxurious option on this list is the popular Audi A4.
The A4 is Audi’s main competitor to the BMW 3-series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and this version packs a 1.8-litre, turbocharged engine.
It provides 88kW of power, 230Nm of torque, and a claimed combined fuel consumption of 6.5l/100km.
It has no service history, however, which can result in trouble down the line.
The odometer stands at 144,000km, and the price tag is R121,900.
2016 Ford Figo Hatch 1.5 Ambiente
The Ford Figo is a prominent car around the R100,000 mark.
It can be had in either its older design with plenty of kilometres and a friendlier price tag, or it can be had as a newer model with more amenities and a newer look.
The Figo we’re looking at today is in the second camp.
It is a newer model with a full service history, Bluetooth connectivity, and central locking.
A 1.5-litre engine provides 82kW and 150Nm of torque – with a claimed combined fuel consumption of 5.9l/100km.
This vehicle has done 78,000km and will cost you R124,999.
2015 VW Polo Vivo 1.4 Conceptline
Volkswagen is a reliable brand with a large dealer network in South Africa – making the Polo Vivo a good option.
The interior is basic, though, and the only “features” are a manual aircon and an AM/FM Radio system with CD and and USB inputs.
However, the five doors and large dimensions provide more practicality over a normal hatchback – and the reliability of the car has spoken for itself since it was launched in 2010.
Its 1.4-litre engine produces 55kW of power and 132Nm of torque, and allows a claimed combined fuel consumption of 6.2l/100km.
This particular vehicle has 49,000km on the clock, a partial service history, and a price of R124,900.