Excellent bargains to be had all around town

Phuti Mpyane

Phuti Mpyane

You might be lamenting the hardships that have come with the National Credit Act and the financial constraints applied by Tito Mboweni to curb runaway inflation, but you just have to sit back in amazement at the tumbling car prices.

For those looking for a decent car for your daily needs, the VW Golf has long been a great choice.

Should you be on the lookout for a demo unit to purchase, look up the McCarthy VW dealerships. There's a great reduction in price for the 2008 1,6-litre Golf. Expect to pay about of R165000 for low-mileage units.

The Toyota Fortuner has truly captured the imagination of buyers who want a versatile car fit for daily transport but with plenty of cabin space and rugged enough to cope with rough terrain.

You have a choice between between a petrol or diesel runner and either a 2WD or a 4WD.

If you've been looking for a unit, there are about 10 Toyota dealers in the greater Gauteng CBD who will give you a guaranteed trade-in on your vehicle for this champion SUV and also promise a R30000 cap on the deal. Their special offer lasts until October 31.

SUVs and their made-for-city cousins, the midi-SUVs, are a popular choice these days. Fortunately for the environment and economy, the smaller variants don't devour that much fuel.

An example is the Mitsubishi Outlander. If you want one - ensure you approach a dealer before the end of November to benefit from a free one-year insurance special.

It's said that the most-sought-after accessory in cars in sunny South Africa is an air conditioning unit. With the mercury set to hit record levels soon, the giveaway of a unit worth R9000 when buying a 1,2-litre Fiat Strada bakkie from a dealer in Germiston could be just right.

Also, price-wise a customer should not be expected to pay more than R90000, including VAT.