There is no freedom quite like the freedom of having your own wheels and being able to go where you want to, when you want to. If you are considering saving up some moolah to buy yourself a new ride, here is our list of the top 3 budget-friendly cars ideal for students in South Africa.
Nissan Micra 1.2 Visia
The Nissan Micra 1.2 Visia is arguably the best student car available. Despite its low price, it provides incredible levels of reliability and is also very economical when it comes to fuel (average fuel consumption is 6.2 L/100 km), which is music to every student’s ears! Also, regardless of being small, it boasts a powerful engine along with other cool features like cruise control, a USB plug and rear power windows.
How much? The starting price for a new Nissan Micra 1.2 Visia is R143 900. However, when we checked out cars.co.za, it was also possible to score a second hand version of the vehicle for as little as R49 995.
Toyota Yaris 1.5
If you want reliability, but you also want to make a statement, the Toyota Yaris 1.5 is for you – its sleek and stylish design is guaranteed to turn heads when you pull into campus! It also boasts a powerful engine as well as plenty of manoeuvrability. While still impressive, it is slightly heavier on fuel than the Nissan Micra (7.8 L/100 km).
How much? The starting price is R170 000, but you can get an earlier version of the car second hand on cars.co.za for as little as R53 995.
Hyundai i10 1.1 Motion
What is great about this vehicle is the extra amount of space that it has to offer, especially in terms of the boot. Another stand out feature is its tight turning circle, making it the perfect car to drive around town. It is also extremely economical fuel-wise (4.8 L/100 km).
How much? The starting price is R129 900, and the lowest second hand vehicle cost that we could find on cars.co.za was R58 000.
Remember, you can find even better deals when shopping around for a new or second hand car as long as you know where to look and are patient enough to wait for ‘the one’.
A couple of final tips that we can give you to help ensure that you get the best possible value for your money; ask all the right questions such as how many previous owners, has it ever been in accident, ask to look at the log book and lastly, always take someone who knows cars along with you when you go to view one with potential. They will be able to pick up certain issues or inconsistencies that you might have missed had you gone alone. Better safe than sorry! Good luck finding your perfect set of wheels and safe driving!