What is an Automatic Car?
According to State Farm, an automatic car is an automobile with an automatic transmission that doesn’t require a driver to shift gears manually.
Transmissions, also known as gearboxes, help to direct the rotational force and speed of a car. Therefore, automatic transmissions switch gear ratios as the vehicle moves.
Automatic Car Prices In South Africa
- Suzuki S-Presso 1.0 GL+ AMT: R168 900.
- Renault Kwid 1.0 Expression AMT: R172 900.
- Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GL AMT: R185 900.
- BAIC D20 hatch 1.5 Fashion AT: R189 990.
- Toyota Agya 1.0 AT: R192 500.
Does an automatic car use more fuel?
Traditionally, automatics could use up to 10% more fuel than their manual equivalent. With modern developments in automatic transmissions and variations such as the “automated manual” now being offered on many contemporary models, there is often little to choose between the two as far as fuel consumption is concerned.
Automatic car cons
- It can be more expensive to buy than a manual-equipped car.
- The transmission has more moving parts, leading to higher repair costs.
- It’s not as fun to drive — though this is subjective.
- A transmission with lots of gears might shift too often.
An automatic car makes it easier to focus more on speed and road position – and you can keep both hands on the wheel as you won’t have to change gear.
You’re also unlikely to stall in an automatic – which saves you the embarrassment of making a hash of hill starts or stalling just as the traffic lights change.
How long do automatic transmissions last?
approximately 7 years
Time and mileage vary between car drivers and how they use or abuse their transmissions. Still, typical automatic transmissions last around 150,00 to 200,000 miles or approximately 7 years. Cases exist in both extremes; extreme longevity and early failure.