Call For Transparency: Consumers Facing Potential Dangers of Undisclosed Salvage Vehicles

The South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association (SAMBRA) is calling for insurance data transparency to help protect South African consumers. Listen to this 702 conversation for yet another alarming example of a consumer purchasing a second-hand car with a very troubled past. Radio clip via Radio 702.

84-year old pensioner a victim of unscrupulous dealer – Another 49 reasons for SAIA to make Code 2 data accessible

An 84-year old pensioner in Bela Bela has not only lost his original Toyota Corolla which he trustingly traded into a dealer online, but has also been unwittingly been sold a 2021 Suzuki Brezza with just 28,525 km on the clock for R230,000. What looked like a dream car at the initial physical inspection in […]

Expanding second hand car park sales good news for independent workshops

Responding to the findings of TransUnion’s latest Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI), Dewald Ranft, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), a constituent association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), says expanding second hand car park sales, are definitely good news for independent workshops. Ranft says with so many more second-hand options now available, […]

Don’t Get Crushed by Code 3: Protect Yourself When Buying a Second-Hand Car

Picture this: You find the perfect used car – affordable, stylish, seemingly in pristine condition. You buy it, excited for your new set of wheels. But weeks later, an unsettling clunk on the highway turns into a terrifying spinout. Turns out, your “dream car” was once a mangled mess, declared a write-off by insurance and […]

Time for regulation to drive access to information is now

Over 50 key stakeholders, including representation from the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport, attended the Vehicle Write Off conference in Johannesburg last week to discuss the critical need for an open and transparent Vehicle Salvage Database (VSD) of all vehicles that have previously been “written off” by insurers, and to discuss critical next steps […]

SAMBRA comment on New VIN-Lookup website

Amidst growing pressure, today the South African Insurance Association (SAIA) launched a new VIN-Lookup website with Code 3 (rebuilt), Code 3A (spare parts only) and code 4 (scrap- permanently demolished vehicles) to allow motorists and all relevant stakeholders access to the motoring history of a particular vehicle. Jacques Viljoen, national director of the South African […]