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South Africa 4×4 Automatic Toyota Hilux

South Africa 4×4 Automatic Toyota Hilux

Since the start of South Africa 4×4 Rentals, we have been operating on manual transmission vehicles. From our Toyota Hilux & Land Cruisers to our Land Rover vehicles. We have never had any automatic vehicles apart from our recovery vehicle. We are very proud to welcome our very first automatic Toyota Hilux vehicle, Springbok.

South Africa 4x4 Rentals Automatic Toyota Hilux Springbok
South Africa 4×4 Rentals Automatic Toyota Hilux Springbok


Where did the decision arise from?

In the past few years, a few of our clients have asked for automatic transmission vehicles. We have not had any in our fleet until recently when director, Luan Dreyer, decided to get our very first one on board. This was a very well thought out decision from Luan and I must say that it was a great one. The vehicle is amazing both in looks and on the road. I guess that is what you should expect from a Toyota Hilux Double Cab 4×4.


Benefits from the decision

  • Some of our clients are used to driving automatic transmission vehicles. They may even own their very own automatic vehicle.
  • This means that they are most comfortable with driving this vehicle and in turn will enjoy their adventure much more.
  • An enjoyable adventure means happy clients which leads to loyal clients.
  • We now have a wider variety of vehicles to choose from in our fleet.


The transformation!

When we purchased our very first automatic Toyota Hilux, like all our other new vehicles, they come standard. Our well groomed workshop staff then transformes the vehicles and creates the best possible vehicle for your adventure. You can follow the whole transformation process on our facebook page. From the purchase of new Springbok to the final product. You can follow us on facebook using the following link. https://www.facebook.com/SA4x4/

South Africa 4x4 Rentals Automatic Hilux
South Africa 4×4 Rentals Automatic Hilux




Run Away Clients Card Imprints

Card Imprints – South Africa 4×4

I have seen some interesting things the past 2 weeks. Referring back to my postings about accidents. Some clients do not want to pay for accidents they caused. Some clients just run away and is not to be found. I must admit that I am shocked to see what people get up to. These people have unfortunately spoiled the way we do business hence I have to introduce the following to ensure we get paid as per our rental contract.

We do take imprints of your credit card for R 2500 admin fee, R 20 000 single vehicle roll over and if you booked on standard insurance.


Below samples of the imprints.

Card Imprint Procedure South Africa 4x4
Card Imprint Procedure South Africa 4×4



On return of the vehicle we return these signed imprints to you.

Land Rover Defender 110 Rentals

Land Rover 110 Defender
Land Rover 110 Defender









Lets be honest. Land Rover 110 Defender is the best 4×4 in the bush. It also has the look, the sound ( TD5 engin purrs really well ) and you can add equipment as you wish for your adventure. Very nice vehicle, know what you are doing. If you do not a Land Rover will leave you with a disappointed experience.

Please note :

You do not own a Land Rover, a Land Rover owns you.

Get use to it as it will save you a lot of frustration.

I cannot change a Land Rover Defender. They are built in a certain way for very specific reasons. They will behave in a certain way. Noisy, bad aircon, dusty, slow, but that is why we love them ! Please do not rent a Land Rover and then it does what a Land Rover does best and you are unhappy. Go and rent a Hilux !

End of this discussion. Any comment on TripAdvisor or anywhere else about a Land Rover will be dismissed and nor further entertained.

Carel Pienaar

Enough is Enough. Abuse of our 4 x 4 Vehicles

Abuse of 4×4 Vehicles

Not for sensitive viewers…

Linking with my previous blog I attach this week’s two roll overs and some of my comments below :

Toyota Hilux Roll Over
Toyota Hilux Roll Over








South Africa 4x4 - Land Rover Roll Over Namibia
South Africa 4×4 – Land Rover Roll Over Namibia








  1. Every single accident caused by client’s there were no other vehicles involved. It was only the driver error to blame and nothing else.
  2. Every single client asked within 5 minutes when can they expect their replacement 4×4……. hahaha… you have to be crazy to expect me to give you another 4×4 to go an fuck up. Really ??
  3. Every accident client we had to fight to get our excess money out of the person. You must hear the excuses.


Well no more. See previous Blog Postings. Enough is Enough.

Carel Pienaar