Specials At Annual Car Show

The annual Bank Windhoek and Republikein Motor Show promises again to draw the biggest crowd of dealers and wannabe drivers to the Windhoek showgrounds when it starts in little over a week on Wednesday 04 June. The show runs until the Saturday, 07 June.

Buyers who are in the market for a new car will be spoiled for choice as the country’s favourite vehicle dealers will be displaying hundreds of models to choose from.

“There are many things to consider when buying a car and this includes whether to buy a bakkie, sedan or a hatchback, a used or new car, a diesel or petrol model, an automatic or manual car, the colour, the make, safety features, and the interior”, said Sandra Blaauw, Manager: Vehicle and Asset Finance at Bank Windhoek this week.

“When it comes to buying a car, everyone is an expert and you could be overwhelmed by aice from friends and family, to the point that you overlook the fact that you are the one who will be driving the car everyday for a number of years,”she said.

Blaauw said the type of car you choose ultimately depends on what you like or what it will be used for. “If you are a city slicker who hardly travels to the bush, then a sedan or hatchback is the safest bet, as it is easy on fuel. But if you transport heavy loads or travel a lot to the farm, then a bakkie is more suited, because it handles gravel roads and rocky terrain better.”

“Another common dilemma faced when buying a car, is whether to buy a three-door or a five-door. Some car manufacturers produce both versions for the same vehicle model. Many people buy cars based on its looks rather than practicality. This is especially true for three-door vehicles, because people buy it for the sporty look and feel, rather than practicality,”she said.

A hatchback is often considered better looking than its five door counterpart, is easy to park but is annoying when you have to let people in and out as it requires tilting of the front seats. Five doors are more practical than hatchbacks, but are more expensive and considered boring.

“If you are unsure what to buy, car experts of any of the participating dealers will be at the Bank Windhoek and Republikein Motor Show to share more expert tips on the pros and cons of a three-door versus a five-door version” she said.

Source : Namibia Economist