Warranty time, comfortable interior spaces, driving experience as well as technology, equipment and safety are some of the recommendations to make the best decision when buying a vehicle.
August 2021 - This past year there has been a strong demand in the market to trade-in or buy new cars. According to Yapo.cl's Automotive Radiography for the second quarter of 2021, car sales have increased by 39% compared to last year. On the other hand, Chileautos maintains that the average value of used cars is 48% higher than in June 2020.
This is due to several causes related to the pandemic. The first is that people have chosen to travel by car in order to avoid public transport and catching the virus. Another reason is the plans promoted by the Ministry of Health with the Mobility Pass and the deconfining of cities, which have increased travel both within and between cities. Another variable is the 10% pension withdrawals that have stimulated consumers to invest in different goods.
Details to take into account
In the case of vehicles, August is the month when those interested in buying a car can get the most out of it, as the biggest offers or benefits occur before the model year change takes place. That is why, in the face of so much information, we share some useful tips to keep in mind when window shopping for vehicles.
One of the most important factors when choosing a car are the warranties. In that sense, "when getting a new vehicle, the person makes sure that it comes with a valid warranty and thus, avoids surprises", says Hernán Delfino, Deputy Sales Director of SAIC Motor, manufacturer and owner of MG Motor. That is why it is better to opt for a warranty that lasts over time. In the case of MG Motor, it is 6 years (or 120,000 kilometres), one of the longest in the market, given that the market offers an average of three years.
Another feature that is not often taken into account is the interior space. These should be spacious and comfortable seating, so that the passenger can have a pleasant travel experience, whether travelling in the city or on the way to another city.
The wheelbase - the space between the front and rear wheels - is what gives the car's cabin more room. "MG models are characterised by a wide wheelbase in their designs, and this translates, for example, into more knee room for rear passengers," explains Delfino.
In terms of safety, equipment and technology, it is ideal to have a car that has a number of features that make for a comfortable, entertaining and safe journey. These include a good stereo system, touchscreens, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, multi-function steering wheels and back-up warning systems. Models such as the MG 5 and MG ZX also have cameras with 360º vision.
One car that meets these variants is MG Motor's MG ZX compact SUV, which offers good entry-level equipment and in the top-of-the-line version has some MG Pilot features, such as blind spot, lane change and cross-traffic alerts.
On the other hand, an ideal option for city use is the MG 3, which features an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, multifunction steering wheel, camera and rear view sensor. In the case of the MG 5, it also offers a radio with a 10-inch screen and connectivity for both Apple and Android.
For those looking for a solution that fits a larger family or a person looking for more space, models like the MG RX5 fit the bill, with practical features such as push-button start, cruise control and turbocharged engines, among others. In the case of the top-of-the-range version, it has a 2.0T engine, All Wheel Drive traction and six airbags.
New MG Store
The brand also launched its online shop, called MG Store (https://store.mgmotor.cl), which will allow users to purchase a vehicle directly from the web. All those who wish to purchase or reserve remotely will be able to do so through the platform, which will allow them to get to know each model in depth with its technical specifications and features that are published on the website.
This new step reaffirms MG Motor's commitment to the country and to all those customers who were asking for a solution of this type, offering users purchasing alternatives. In this new e-commerce will be available all models and versions, as well as colours. Once the vehicle has been chosen, an executive from the nearest dealer will contact the customer to finalise the process with a meeting, where the chosen MG will be officially delivered.