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Booming used car market, licence extensions: Here are this week's top motoring stories

2020-06-07 21:14

Janine Van der Post

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• Licences expired during lockdown has 90 days extension

• Vehicle sales numbers in May are low, but will grow

• Consumers are eager to buy new cars

Car sales are back in full swing, and even though the economy is in crisis, there's some hope knowing consumers still want to buy new vehicles.

However, while new models are sparking interest in the public, its the used car market which is about to explode. According to Autotrader data, South Africans spent R4.8-billion on second-hand vehicles during May. The vehicle sales platform also noted that there had been a significant spike in used car searched since lockdown began in March.

And while the automotive industry begins to pick up the pieces slowly, this week's top stories indicate that consumers and motorists are quite keen to know which cars are doing well in the market, what's new on offer, and if there are any new trends.

READ | Driving with J9: Here's what that 90-day extension means for expired vehicle or driver's licences

Our biggest story by far though this week, is the good news about vehicle licencing and drivers' licence cards which may have expired during lockdown now have a 90-day extension period. However, there has been much confusion about this and Wheels24 editor Janine Van der Post tries to clarify what the new grace period means in this week's edition of Driving with J9.

 

Here are this week's top five motoring reads:

1. Good news! Your expired vehicle license now valid for an additional three months

license disc

Image: Wheels24 / Charlen Raymond
2. What might happen to used vehicle prices, if rental car companies go bust?

Image: Quickpic

3. The new mighty Fortuner now rivals Ford Everest engine spec

Toyota Fortuner

Image: Toyota

4. How the Mercedes X-Class bakkie sunk a Nissan factory

mercedes-benz x-class

Image: Constantin Iandolino
5. SA vehicle sales | Major upturn in events as Hilux, D-Max and Ranger go top of the bakkie log

Toyota Hilux

Image: Calvin Fisher

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