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A Dummy's Guide to Owning a Car

By Staff Writer
The process of buying your first car can be daunting, especially if you don't know all the processes that you will have to go through.
 
Local short term insurer MiWay has released a free eBook called 'A Dummy's Guide to Owning a Car', which it claims is the ideal companion for the first time buyer. It provides the reader with information relating to the responsibilities and obligations that apply when you own a car, as well as information pertaining to insuring the car.
 
Head of online marketing at MiWay Rory Judd said: "The aim of the eBook is to take any guesswork or uncertainty out of the dream of car ownership for the prospective or first-time buyer. It seeks to educate, inform and empower South African car owners from all walks of life."
 
The book
 
The book states: "'A Dummy's Guide to Owning a Car' was created as a helpful guide for first-time car owners and previously uninsured motorists." The intention of this book is to alleviate some of the stress and confusion that can accompany purchasing and insuring your first car.
 
The chapters in the book include:
  • Understanding policies, conditions and buzzwords
  • Common things to look out for in your car insurance policy
  • Debit order payment: know the facts
  • MiWay's roadside emergency assistance explained
  • Added benefits or cover options to look out for
  • Help guide: How to claim
  • Important safety checks and tips
  • How to insure personal items within your vehicle
  • MiWay's suggested list of vehicle essentials
  • The ultimate road trip checklist
 
There are also several infographics with interesting facts about car ownership in South Africa, as well as a 'frequently asked questions' chapter.
 
There are many aspects to the process that a first-time buyer might not understand, which could complicate the process. This book explains all relevant terms in simple phrases, ensuring that even the least knowledgeable car owner will understand.
 
In addition, the book also explains the different types of car insurance available, assisting the reader in identifying which type of cover is best suited to their needs.
 
"An informed customer is always able to make better choices. This eBook aims to help those considering buying their first car, or those who are new to car ownership, to get a clear idea of the realities of owning a vehicle – and how to make sure the experience is a positive one," explained Judd.
 
To view the eBook, click here.

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