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365 used quality Japanese auto clearance sale in africa

In Africa - 365 Cars on sale now

In Africa - 365 Cars on sale now

Take the opportunity for a clearance used auto sale in Africa

Search the annual Stock Clearance Sale

we have 365 used quality Japanese vehicles must go.

Where: AutoTerminal.com Africa, 151 South Coast Road, Bayhead, Durban
When: October 1st to October 8th

* Open to Non-SA Residents only
* Customer will be invited to “Make an Offer”
* No “Reserve” will be set, and all offers are subject to “confirmation”
* Full payment to be made and Delivery to be taken within 7 days of confirmation
* Our Online Auction will run simultaneously for the full period

To download a list of all units included in the sale, click the button below.

September 30, 2008 at 2:06 am 8 comments

How to apply for Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) Test?

SVA Procedure

SVA Procedure

Before registering any imported, amateur built cars and light goods vehicles in the UK, they need to go through a Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) Test. SVA is required in order for these vehicles to comply with British and European safety and environmental standards.

Below are the classifications of vehicles that require SVA:

N = Left Hand Drive.

P = Personal Import. A vehicle imported by a person who has lived in the country of export for 12 months and has owned and used the vehicle for six months.

T = Armored Vehicle. A vehicle which meets the armor plating anti bullet requirements.

M = Hearse, motor ambulance or motor caravan.

A = Amateur Built. A vehicle built by an individual, or which has been built by someone on behalf of that individual who is not in the business of building motor vehicles, and which is for personal use.

C = Vehicle built by a person in the business of building vehicles using parts of a vehicle registered in Great Britain. The engine and at least one other major part must come from the same donor vehicle.

S = Rebuilt Vehicle. A vehicle which a) the local DVLA office has given a vehicle chassis or identification number to, b) does not meet class “A” or “C”, and has been rebuilt using a replacement chassis or combined chassis-body of the same design as the original. The chassis or combined chassis-body is new or from a vehicle that has already been registered in the United Kingdom (UK).

L = Vehicle manufactured in very low numbers. A type of vehicle of which a manufacturer can build (worldwide) up to 200 vehicles of that “family of types” (or up to 20 of that “type variant”) within any 12-month period within the 36 months before the month the vehicle was made. Note: Refer to the Motor Vehicles (Approval) Regulations 2001 (http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2001/uksi_20010025_en.pdf) for a definition of “family of type” or “type variant”,

D = Disabled person’s vehicle. A vehicle which is adapted or built so that a disabled person can travel in it, whether as the driver or as a passenger, in safety and reasonable comfort. For more information, see the SVA booklet or the technical standards in the SVA inspection manual.

R(ESVA) = A vehicle that is not in any of the classes shown above. Vehicles in this class must meet the enhanced SVA (ESVA) test standards. For more information, see the SVA booklet or the technical standards in the SVA inspection manual.

Complete definitions of the above can be found in the Motor Vehicles (Approval) Regulations 2001 as point of reference: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2001/uksi_20010025_en.pdf

· The first thing you need to do is fill out the SVA test form and get the SVA booklet and SVA inspection manual from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) near your area.

The SVA test form is available here: http://www.vosa.gov.uk/vosacorp/forms/vehicletestforms/vehicletestforms.htm. To obtain the list of VOSA test stations, click on the same link above.

· You may also get SVA testing at these independent authorized test facilities:

AutoTerminal.com UKUnit 2 North Road , Marchwood Industrial Estate, Southampton – 023 8066 7619

Dunton Emission Laboratory – Dunton Technical Centre, Laindon, Basildon, Essex, SS15 6EE – 01268 403271

Landrover – Block 105, Lode Lane, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 8NW – 0121 700 3184

LTC Ltd – Aston Way, Leyland, Preston, PR5 3TZ – 01772 422911

Millbrook Proving Ground LtdMillbrook, Bedford, MK45 2JQ – 01525 408253/408362

Status Manchester Metropolitan University, John Dalton Building, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD – 0161 247 6240

The Motor Industry Research Association(MIRA) – Watling Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV10 0TU – 024 7635 5029

Torotrak Plc – 1 Ashton Way, Leyland, Preston, PR26 7UX – 01772 900900

· Make sure to accurately list the vehicle information when filling the test form. After submitting the form, it will take just about 2 weeks for SVA testing to be done on your vehicle.

September 23, 2008 at 1:49 am 1 comment

How to choose the best tires for your vehicle?

used car priceThe “right” set of tires greatly affects your vehicle’s performance and handling, road worthiness and safety, and fuel economy. Here is the spin on how to choose the right tires for your vehicle.

There are so many brands available in the market today and they all claim to be the best performance-boosting-safety-enhancing-fuel-efficient-super-tires. Well, maybe they really are but how would you choose the right one for your vehicle?

It all depends on the type of vehicle you drive, the climate and terrain of your locality and how you intend to use your vehicle. After considering these factors, your decision should be based on the tire’s performance and safety, price, brand and appearance.

To help you weigh your options, here are a few basic tire classifications to start with:

TIRE DIAMETER and WIDTH

Each vehicle model has a specific range of appropriate tire sizes. This is usually listed in the owner’s manual or on a label posted on the vehicle. Anyway, it’s easy to get this information online.

TIRE TYPE

There are three basic tire types: radial, bias-ply and bias belted. Most vehicles today come equipped with radial tires because they generally offer better performance and more durability.

Of course, you don’t need to know that some tires specify in their labels that they are for use as temporary spares, for passenger cars or for light trucks. But now you also know.

TREAD DESIGN

Tread, here, refers to the rubber on the circumference of the tire which is designed to make contact with the ground.

The most common are all-season tires which can be used for regular highway conditions, rain, snow, slush and mud. This type of tire usually has an “m + s” (mud + snow) label. Then there are also specialized treads for snow or for regular highway conditions only.

All tires made by manufacturers who distribute to the US (most likely those also available in your area) must meet federal safety standards. Grades are assigned by manufacturers after performing tests designed by the government.

Except for off road tires and temporary spares, each tire has a label printed on paper or molded on the side of the tire. The quality ratings are based on the tire’s tread wear, traction and temperature resistance.

Tread wear grade

This tells you how long the manufacturer expects the tire to last in comparison to other tires if all were subjected to the same usage conditions. For example, a tire rated 200 is expected to last twice as long as a tire rated 100.

Traction rating

This is scored A, B or C, tells you how well the tires can stop your vehicle on wet roads. Those tires rated “A” offer the best traction.

Temperature resistance

This rating, also scored A, B, or C, measures how well the tire will resist overheating during sustained high speed use. Yes, a tire graded “A” represents the best performance.

MAKING SENSE OF LABELS

Here’s how a typical tire label looks like: P205/60R-16 91V

In this tire label, “P” indicates that the tire is for passenger cars. Variations are “LT” for light truck or “T” for temporary or spare tire.

“205/60” means that the tire is 205mm wide and its side walls are 60mm tall.

“R” in this case means that this is a Radial tire.

“16” refers to the diameter of the wheel rim which is 14 inches.

“91” is the tire’s load index.

And the last letter “V” refers to the speed rating, the maximum safe speed that the tire can still be performing under ideal conditions. Variations are: Q (99mph), S (112mph), T (118mph), U (124mph), H (130mph), V (up to 149mph), Z (more than 149mph), W (168mph), and Y (186mph).

September 23, 2008 at 1:39 am 4 comments

Used car weekly sale

Please verify the price and stock availability after 2 weeks of announcement>

Favorites for Friday Sale

Prices are quoted Ex-Bond Durban; units are already in Durban.

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1998 CHRYSLER CHEROKEE

1J4-FN68S4VL589***
Sport 4WD
95,117 kms
5 Door
Petrol
Auto
Right Hand Drive

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1995 CHRYSLER CHEROKEE

1J4FN68SOSL550***
X
105,953 kms
4 Door
Petrol
Auto
Right Hand Drive

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1996 CHRYSLER CHEROKEE

1J4FN78S-0TL140***
LTD
96,527 kms
5 Door
Petrol
Auto
Right Hand Drive

1997 CHRYSLER CHEROKEE

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1J4FN78S-4TL266***
LTD
112,869 kms
5 Door
Petrol
Auto
Right Hand Drive

1997 MAZDA DEMIO

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DW3W-162***
LX-G
85,132 kms
5 Door
Petrol
Auto
Right Hand Drive

1998 MAZDA DEMIO

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DW3W-232***
LX
34,673 kms
5 Door Hatch
Petrol
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2000 MAZDA DEMIO

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DW3W-506***
LX-S
103,348 kms
5 Door
Petrol
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2000 MAZDA DEMIO

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DW3W-518***
LX
100,453 kms
5 Door
Petrol
Auto
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1998 FORD FESTIVA MINI

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DW3WF-200***

65,618 kms
5 Door Hatch
Petrol
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1998 TOYOTA RAUM

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EXZ10-0048***
C Package
80,707 kms
5 Door
Petrol
Auto
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1998 HONDA LOGO

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GA3-3074***
G
82,145 kms
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1996 NISSAN PRIMERA

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HP11-009***
TM Ltd
54,248 kms
4 Door Sedan
Petrol
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1996 NISSAN

PRIMERA

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HP11-014***

69,892 kms
4 Door Sedan
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1994 TOYOTA

HILUX SURF

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KZN130-9022***
SSR-X
88,151 kms
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Diesel
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1994 TOYOTA

HILUX SURF

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KZN130-9028***
SSR-X LTD
129,916 kms
5 Door
Diesel
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1995 TOYOTA

HILUX SURF

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KZN130-9072***
Surf SSR-X Wide LTD
177,245 kms
5 Door
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1996 TOYOTA

HILUX SURF

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KZN185-0025***
SSR-X
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1995 NISSAN
TERRANO

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PR50-002***
R3MR
117,802 kms
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1995 NISSAN
TERRANO

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PR50-004***
R3m-R
103,696 kms
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1996 NISSAN

TERRANO

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PR50-013***
R3MR
126,032 kms
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Diesel
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1995 HONDA
CR-V

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RD1-1004***

232,306 kms
5 Door
Petrol
Auto
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1996 HONDA

CR-V

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RD1-1029***
4WD L
78,947 kms
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Petrol
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2001 HONDA

CR-V

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RD1-5312***
Fullmark
45,952 kms
4WD
Petrol
Auto
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1996 TOYOTA
CAMRY

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SV40-0109***
XJ
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1998 TOYOTA

ARDEO

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SV50-0010***
S Selection
88,443 kms
5 Door
Petrol
Auto
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1999 TOYOTA

ARDEO

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SV50-0019***
Unknown
58,712 kms
4 Door
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1997 MITSUBISHI

PAJERO

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V45-4406***
Exceed
117,890 kms
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Petrol
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1999 MITSUBISHI
PAJERO

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V45-4504***
Exceed
121,279 kms
5 Door
Petrol
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1994 MITSUBISHI

PAJERO

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Long LTD-ED
108,897 kms
5 Door
Diesel
Auto
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1994 MITSUBISHI
PAJERO

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V46-4023***
4WD
85,867 kms
5 Door
Diesel
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1998 MITSUBISHI

PAJERO

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Long Exceed
74,014 kms
5 Door
Diesel
Auto
Right Hand Drive

1996 TOYOTA
HILUX SURF

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VZN185-0013***
SSR-G
134,938 kms
5 Door
Petrol
Auto
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1997 VOLKSWAGEN
POLO

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Base
63,515 kms
5 Door
Petrol
Auto
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1998 VOLKSWAGEN

POLO

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UNKNOW
88,643 kms
5 Door
Petrol
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2000 VOLKSWAGEN

POLO

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Base
51,696 kms
5 Door Hatch
Petrol
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2000 VOLKSWAGEN
POLO

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POLO
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September 15, 2008 at 3:12 am 6 comments

Toyota Estima – ATA

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Auto 73,261 Kms
SILVER METALLIC 2400 cc Petrol 5 Door RHD

CC Rating: 2400    , Power Steering:Yes, Grade:L, Engine Type: PetrolPower Windows    : Yes, Color:    SILVER METALLIC    Transmission: AutoAir Conditioning: Yes, Kilometers: 73261, Interior Color:     GREY , Doors: 5 Door, Wheel Style: Wheel Covers, Interior Type    :Deluxe Cloth

Accesories:
P/S, A/C, P/W, ABS, Dual Air Bag, Wheel Cover, Rear Shoulder/Lap Seatbelt, Overdrive, Column Shift, 8 Seater, Digital Meter, TV, CD Player
US$ 8,000

September 12, 2008 at 9:31 am 3 comments

2000 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO TX Ltd

2000 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO TX Ltd
Chassis No :KDJ95-0001***   
CC Rating :3000
Power Steering :Yes
Grade :TX Ltd
Engine Type :Diesel
Power Windows :Yes
Color : SILVER
Transmission :Auto
Air Conditioning :Yes
Condition Grade :4
Kilometers : 110996
Interior Color :GRAY
Doors :5 Door
Wheel Style :Mags
Interior Type :Deluxe Cloth

September 11, 2008 at 9:28 am 64 comments

Best information before buying a used car

Used cars shopping always entails risks.  More so if you purchase cars from online sources.  Even buying from reputable websites doesn’t always guarantee you’ll be satisfied with the actual car.  Let’s face it, even with the best quality control and compliance to importation standards, a used car is still essentially a used car.

You can however manage these risks if you know what to look for in used car sources.  Here are a few tips that might prove helpful:

  • Understand your options – Although buying used cars direct from sources such as Japan has its advantages such as cheaper cars and more vehicles to choose from but local distributors may be faster and more convenient. If you buy from direct sources, vehicles will need to be shipped in, which means a longer wait and some shipping cost. Local distributors however, usually have their stock available for you to check out directly at the yards. A good way to go might be to check local dealers first. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can consider looking at exporters.
  • Research is a plus – Nobody wants to pay too much for any car. Before considering any vehicle, check online sites that provide current used car values. Usually, car prices are based on purchase histories. While they give you the current average prices for certain makes and models, these should not be taken as absolute benchmarks. In short, research only helps to give you an idea of the acceptable range. You still need to do your own appraisal of the actual vehicle you are planning to buy.
  • Check the car’s accident and ownership history – See if your dealer can provide a full ownership and accident history before purchasing any vehicle. A good rule of thumb is that if the price is too good to be true, it usually is. In some countries like Africa and in the Middle East, stolen vehicles have made it to the market. Horror stories abound of cars being impounded by Interpol from the owners off the street for being stolen. Condition reports and accident histories are also important. Stay away from dealers who don’t offer these.
  • Odometer check – See if the dealer can offer independently provided odometer checks for their vehicles. Odometer fraud is a serious issue especially for older models where mileage becomes suspect. If the vehicle doesn’t come with an odometer certification, pay attention to details that may give you clues to the car’s actual mileage such as the condition of the suspension, tire wear, etc. Check if the vehicle has a service history record you can verify online or with authorized service centers. Service records will include a record of the car’s posted mileage at every servicing entry.
  • Test drive – – Nothing beats a test drive to determine the condition of a vehicle. If you can’t test drive, do a background check on the dealer. Have they been around long enough? Do you know someone who’s bought from them before? Are they affiliated with established and reputable business organizations? Does the dealer give guarantees on the car’s quality? Do they offer documentation on the vehicle’s condition? If the answers are all no, better stay away.

September 10, 2008 at 7:24 am 9 comments

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