Top 5 Cars for Students

Since most students are reliant on their parents to fund their tertiary studies, their aim is to have their study years done and dusted with as little debt as possible. Students need a place to sleep, eat and have a beer every now and then, but more importantly, if they are not housed in a residence close to class, getting from the bedroom to the classroom can prove a problem.

Here, budget transport is key. A twist-and-go scooter is an obvious solution if the distance is not too great. But, cold winter mornings and a downpour can put a damper on things so often a car is called for.

Here are our top choices:

 

Student -BigBoy scooter 1. Big Boy Revival

These Chinese scooters share their DNA with the likes of Motomia, Jonway and GoMoto – much of their hardware is shared. They are plentiful in the second-hand market, come with 125 and 150cc engines and virtually run on fumes. Further, Big Boy scooters only require a service every 3 000km or so, and simply zip through traffic. And the best part is, you can park them virtually anywhere.

Learn more about the average second-hand price and current availability.

Student2-VW PoloVivo2. Volkswagen Polo Vivo

The Vivo is the best-selling single new-car model in the country, and have been for many years, so second-hand models are both plentiful and cheap. The Vivo has been around since 2010, with older models sporting high mileage, but because there are so many one could easily find one with a good balance of age, condition and mileage. Servicing and parts are readily available and insurance is affordable if you only require third party cover. Try to avoid the low-powered 55kW 1.4 models and rather opt for the 63kW 1.4 or better still, the 77kW 1.6. If you can find and afford a rare 1.6 GT model, you’ll be the envy of all your friends!

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Student3-KiaPicanto3. Kia Picanto

When the Koreans took the market by storm they did so with a good mix of high standard features coupled with affordable prices. South Africa’s poor economic performance exacerbated by an unfavourable rand/dollar exchange rate (imported cars are paid for in a dollar denomination) has wiped out much of the bargain affordability benefit compared to other locally built cheapies such as the Vivo. But, good news! Second-hand models can be had for good prices.

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Student4-FordFigo 4. Ford Figo

The Figo is based on the original Fiesta model and proved a hit because of its low price, solid build and reputation for great reliability. An all-new Figo was introduced late in 2015, so there are many of the original second-hand models around, mainly with the economical 1.4-litre engine capacity (the 2016 model comes as a 1.5 in both petrol and diesel).

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Student5-ChevSpark 5. Chevrolet Spark

Being a favourite amongst rental companies has resulted in many second-hand Spark models flooding the market when fleets are renewed. Is it any coincidence that there is even a model named Spark Campus? These mini-cars fit into the tiniest of spaces – perfect for students desperate to find parking before class!

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