Everyone’s heard of the ‘student car’, right? That small, cheap, run-around that people buy before they can afford something better? There’s no denying that buying a car is a stressful and expensive experience. Thankfully, there is no shortage of advice and information available to help you with the process. However, it can be difficult to separate great advice from unhelpful general opinions, so we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you with your search. If you’re a student looking for a new car, check out Auto Mart’s Cheap Car category.

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Safety First

People are always concerned about safety when they are on the road. A car accident will not only make your studies difficult but can also lead to serious injuries or even death. Safer cars are often more expensive, but they save lives, and that's what matters most. A high-quality vehicle will also save you money down the road on maintenance and repairs.

Get a Reliable Vehicle

Being a student is stressful enough without the added worry of your shiny, new car breaking down on you! But to get around, you need a car. Without it, you’ll have to rely on taxis, friends or family for lifts. The problem is that many students buy unreliable cars that end up costing them a fortune in repairs and maintenance. Our advice? Buy reliable!


A fuel-efficient car as a student is an excellent choice for those who have a tight budget but still want to have an enjoyable driving experience.

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Buy a Preowned Vehicle

The majority of college and university students earn less money than most people and can’t afford brand new cars. If you’re a college student and reading this, you’re probably nodding your head in agreement. But when it’s crunch time at school, deciding when to buy a vehicle will probably be the last thing on your mind. As a student, you might think that the only way to get your hands on a reliable car is to buy one that’s basically new. But, like most things, there is always an option that is less expensive and does the same job just as well. A preowned vehicle is just that: a vehicle that someone else has used and that you can purchase at a reduced price.

Be Money Smart

Sometimes, it's hard to find the cash to buy the vehicle you dream of. But what if there's a way to get your perfect vehicle with minimal financial hardship and no excessive interest rates? Well, for one thing, you could check out our vehicle finance calculator to get an idea of what the competitive rates are. That way, you can easily compare to see what fits your needs best and then budget for it.

Are you looking for an affordable preowned vehicle? Auto Mart has a wide range of cars and bikes available for sale across South Africa. Browse through our range of new and preowned vehicles or register to bid at our next online vehicle auction. Our timed online auctions now make it easier for you to find a car that fits your requirements and your pocket.

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