South Africa’s new vehicle sales are following the same trend as the year before, with August being the second-best performing month in terms of vehicle sales.
Vehicle financing firm Wesbank said that year-on-year comparisons are appearing to show consistency, and it is indicative of some type of stability returning to the domestic vehicle market.
According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers in South Africa (Naamsa), there were 47,420 new vehicle registrations in August.
“It is interesting to note the correlation in market performance this year against 2021,” said Lebogang Gaoaketse, head of marketing and communications at WesBank.
“Last year, August put in the second-best selling month at the time, March 2021 being the best selling month. Coincidentally, March 2022 sales have so far been this year’s best sales month.”
If it could be defined as a trend, the market prospects for the remainder of the year could hold further promise. August 2021 sales were usurped by September and then November volumes last year, said Wesbank.
In turn, more people could be purchasing cars despite more interest rate increases being inevitable this year.
“Applications for finance continue to show a growing demand for vehicle replacement, with WesBank’s book showing strong double-digit growth being driven by applications for new vehicles,” said Gaoketse.
When considering purchasing a new car, Kutlwano Mogatusi, WesBank Retail communications specialist, said that as a general rule, you shouldn’t spend more than 20% of your total income on car repayments.
Mogatusi said if you are making your purchase choices responsibly because it is what you can afford, rather than what you desire, you are making the best life choices.
“It is also important to budget for the other expenses that come with vehicle ownership such as fuel, insurance, maintenance and service costs – in addition to keeping up with all other financial commitments to maintain a positive credit history,” the lender said.
Here’s what you can afford
BusinessTech looked at what you can afford to buy on your monthly salary – based on the assumption that people are not spending more than 25% of their gross monthly income on vehicle financing.
The following calculations were completed using Wesbank’s repayment calculator and include the assumption of a 0% deposit for car financing. Additional fees which could be incurred during the initiation of the loan are excluded from the calculation.
For purposes of these calculations, the cars are financed over five years (60 months) at an annual interest rate of 9%.
These calculations are purely for comparison purposes and are not meant as financial advice.
|Price of car||Monthly repayment||Gross monthly salary required|
|R150 000||R3 208||R12 831|
|R200 000||R4 246||R16 982|
|R300 000||R6 322||R25 286|
|R500 000||R10 473||R41 892|
|R750 000||R15 663||R62 651|
|R1 000 000||R20 852||R83 409|
|R2 000 000||R41 611||R166 443|
|R5 000 000||R103 886||R415 543|
Here is a list of cars you may currently purchase in South Africa at each of the indicated price points:
Between R16,000 – R25,000 per month:
Suzuki S-Presso – R156,900
Kia Picanto X-Line – R198,995
Mahindra XUV300 – R234,999
Toyota Urban Cruiser – R274,900
Hyundai Grand i20 – R290,900
Between R25,000 – R42,000 per month
Ford EcoSport – R311,400
Volkswagen T-Cross – R368,900
Volkswagen Taigo – R429,900
Between R42,000 – R83,500 per month
Mazda CX-5 – R515,400
Honda HR-V Executive CVT – R554,500
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé – R665,000
VW Amarok – R764,500
Around R83,500 or upwards per month
BMW X3 – R932,500
Audi RS3 Sportback – R1,215,000
E-tron GT Quattro – R2,715,000
Mercedes EQS – R2,615,100
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