OUR FOUR-PART GUIDE TO FINANCING YOUR DATSUN.

Ok. So you want a Datsun, sweet! That seems simple enough with the fact that it's really affordable to own one! Then the tricky subject of 'car finance' enters the scene and sometimes knocks you off balance. Well, we're here to change that with our four-part guide on how to GO about financing your Datsun with ease.

PART THREE: FEEL NIFTY BY GETTING THRIFTY 

We’ve taken you through the hot topics of how to manage your moola and how to work your way out of debt, but, let’s be honest, we all deserve to let our hair down every now and then and do or buy the things we really want to.

If you are struggling with your finances, life doesn’t have to be filled with the gloom and doom of restricting every little bit of money that finds its way into your wallet. It does mean you’ll have to be smarter when it comes to parting from those hard-earned Randelas though. Here are our top seven tips for spending your money more wisely:

  1. Do your homework. The Internet is not just for catching up on celebrity news and looking at motorbike catalogues. This great sea of knowledge can assist you with your spending habits. Doing research on products before you buy them can help you decide if it’s a really worthwhile purchase or not.
  2. Compare prices. Just as a shark stalks its prey, you’ll need to hunt for the best deal to suit your needs. A Rand saved is a Rand earned and saving even a few Rands here and there will go a long way to helping you pay for your other unwanted bills.
  3. Do some quality control. Your need to spend wisely does not mean you have to skip out on the good stuff, which generally does come with a higher price tag. Rather spend a little extra on something durable that will last you a bit longer.
  4. Think again. It can be tempting to buy things that you do not need. Spend some time pondering whether or not you do truly need that premium, limited edition espresso maker and ask yourself if that money could rather go towards something more rewarding; like that Datsun GO you have your eye on!
  5. Just do it (yourself). A new trend has surfaced and it is time to hop on board and ride the wave of DIY. Look at what you have laying around and create things that you need. Not only is it affordable, it is fun to do, too. Also, why buy an overpriced sarmie for lunch when you can make one at home and pop it in a Ziplock bag? Be thrifty by making things from scratch.
  6. Be a GO-getter. Setting a goal may deter you from spending your hard-earned dough and will help keep you focused. Having something to save towards, like a car or a fancy outfit for a wedding, will motivate you to spend less on trivial things.
  7. Stay focused. Make lists, charts or notes to stop impulse buying in its tracks. Before going grocery shopping, write down everything you need and purchase only what is on the list to avoid spending unnecessarily. Don’t forget to remind yourself what you’re saving for, especially when walking down a checkout aisle that’s laden with goodies and chocolates!

 

Ultimately you’ll need a good money-spending plan in order to keep on track and make the most of your savings. Why not create a game plan that combines all of the above tips? Putting these plans into action will get you saving up in no time, which will help you wiggle your way out of debt and into your new Datsun GO!

DATSUN HISTORY

Datsun originated in Japan as DAT-GO (the DAT-car) almost a century ago in 1914. The word DAT means ‘lightning-fast’ in Japanese but is also a reference to the three financiers who supported the business at the time – namely Mssrs. Den, Aoyama and Takeuchi – an acronym of the first letter of each name. Using the same logic, it was promoted as Durable, Attractive and Trustworthy, or DAT for short.

In 1933, Nissan’s founding father Yoshisuke Aikawa took over the business with a vision of “mobility for all”. The introduction of a light-weight, economical yet resilient car to meet the aspirations of young Japanese people in the early 1930s was named the ‘son of DAT’ – Datson - which later changed to Datsun. Local engineering and mass-production made the founder’s dream a reality.

DATSUN TODAY

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced the return of the Datsun brand, Nissan's third global brand, alongside Nissan and Infiniti, in March 2012. Datsun will provide a sustainable motoring experience to optimistic up-and-coming customers in high-growth markets. Datsun represents 80 years of accumulated Japanese car-making expertise and is an important part of Nissan's DNA. Datsun already started sales in India and Indonesia, while sales in Russia and South Africa will commence later in 2014.

ABOUT NISSAN MOTOR IN SOUTH AFRICA

Nissan South Africa is the operational hub for Regional Business Unit South, serving Nissan’s key South Africa market and 42 other countries in Sub Saharan Africa, including Angola, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. In South Africa, the company offers a range of 28 vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands, including the popular locally-produced Nissan light commercial vehicles - the NP200 half ton pickup and NP300 one-ton Hardbody – produced at the company’s Rosslyn plant, north west of Pretoria. In 2013, the company made history with the introduction of South Africa’s first electric vehicle, Nissan’s flagship Nissan LEAF. This will be followed in 2014 by the reintroduction of the iconic Datsun brand, as well as the launch of the new Qashqai crossover and new X-Trail sports utility vehicle. Nissan South Africa is one of the top five automotive companies in South Africa. For more information visit our website at http://www.nissan.co.za