Limpopo is sixth on the list of most popular provinces in the country where vehicle owners prefer to buy a new set of wheels.
According to statistics by Lightstone Auto it is safe to say that people are still buying new cars per month despite the ever-increasing price of fuel and the county’s fragile economy. Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape have seen healthy numbers for the month of May, compared to places like the Free State, North West and Northern Cape where passenger cars aren’t that much in demand, mostly because of population tallies being a key factor.
Statistics revealed that while Gauteng’s new vehicle sales are just short of 10 000 for December, provinces such as the Free State and Northern Cape amassed a year-to-date total of 10 160 units. To put that into perspective, that is the estimate figure of cars sold each month in Gauteng.
Other provinces such as KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga show consistent sales, not dropping below the 10 000 mark during the course of 2018.
Gauteng still remains the most popular province for new car sales, leading throughout 2018 with 128 408 and 9 166 new vehicles sold in December only.
KwaZulu-Natal followed in second place with 45 992 vehicles sales and Western Cape in third position with 38 880 sales.
Eastern Cape is settled in the fourth position with 13 758 then Mpumalanga on 13 596 with Limpopo in sixth place with 9 945 and a total of 943 vehicles sold in December only.
The sales of new vehicles will hopefully increase as motorists are in for some good fuel price news early in the year.
Further reductions in the fuel price are on the horizon at the end of January, according to the Automobile Association (AA).
The current picture shows petrol increasing by around eight cents a litre, while diesel is set to drop by three cents and illuminating paraffin by nine cents in February , in the view of the AA.
The difference in the price changes relates mainly to the differences in the international product prices of diesel and petrol.
International oil prices have reached a slightly higher plateau after climbing in the first half of January. Over the same period, the Rand has firmed gradually against the US dollar.
Story: RC Myburgh