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Enterprising South Africans enter the delivery game!

Enterprising South Africans enter the delivery game!

Faced with the economic challenges of lockdown, South Africans have demonstrated their entrepreneurial spirit like never before. Some people have started sewing and selling masks, for instance. And, based on search statistics on AutoTrader, many may be entering the delivery arena.

“South Africans are incredibly good at making a plan,” notes George Mienie, AutoTrader CEO. “And we have observed that, since the commencement of Level 4 lockdown, South African search patterns on AutoTrader have changed to suit the economic opportunities.”

There has been a sharp increase in searches for both small and big vans at the end of April and the beginning of May 2020. “From 1 January to 28 April, van searches were on a downward trend. However, following the announcement of the guidelines for Level 4, which include activity such as food delivery, by Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on 29 April, searches for these vehicles have more than doubled,” reveals Mienie.

He believes that this is an indication of South Africans showing their ability to “make a plan” – under even the most arduous of conditions. “They have clearly seen a business opportunity – hence their desire to purchase a van at this specific time. I believe that more and more small to medium-sized enterprises will enter this sector as demand rises (for example, local restaurants offering food delivery for heat-at-home meals),” Mienie comments.

The Volkswagen Caddy is currently both the most-searched-for and also the most sold small van. It attracts a premium price (R46 085 more) versus the second most-searched-for and sold - the Toyota Avanza panel van. 

While Toyota is in second place when it comes to small vans, it dominates the large van category, where the Quantum is both the most-searched-for and also the most sold large van. It is interesting to note that there are 4.3 times more searches for the Quantum than for its second-place rival, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. There are also 8.3 times more sales of the Quantum.

“These figures underscore the popularity of the Quantum, which is an iconic vehicle in this country,” Mienie explains.

Most searched smaller vans* 

Rank Make and Model
1 Volkswagen Caddy
2 Toyota Avanza Panel Van
3 Hyundai H1
4 Mercedes-Benz Vito
5 Renault Kangoo Express Van
6 Peugeot Partner
7 Fiat Doblò Cargo

Most sold smaller vans* 

Rank Make and Model Year (Avg) Selling Price (Avg) Mileage (Avg)
2 Volkswagen Caddy 2017 R253,263 63,779
3 Toyota Avanza Panel Van 2017 R207,178 58,314
4 Hyundai H1 2015 R362,176 101,192
5 Mercedes-Benz Vito 2017 R402,294 62,525
6 Peugeot Partner 2015 R149,124 106,703
7 Renault Kangoo Express Van 2017 R178,433 56,082
8 Fiat Doblò Cargo 2017 R174,624 73,451

Most searched for bigger vans*

Rank Make and Model
1 Toyota Quantum
2 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
3 Ford Transit (incl. Connect & Custom)
4 Volkswagen Crafter
5 Opel Combo

Most sold bigger vans*

Rank Make and Model Year (Avg) Selling Price (Avg) Mileage (Avg)
1 Toyota Quantum 2016 R350,874 99,272
2 Opel Combo 2019 R314,160 6,160
3 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 1963 R369,633 159,937
4 Volkswagen Crafter 2016 R459,996 93,669
5 Ford Transit (incl. Connect & Custom) 2017 R339,205 84,201

* AutoTrader data, for period January to April 2020