The National Road Traffic Management Act of South Africa is underway to impose a ban on the selling of good used motor parts that are stripped off motor vehicles that are write off’s. At this stage it is still unclear as to how far the new law will impact our industry or economy.
Undesirable vehicle rebuilds seem to be the real problem in our country. The law at present does not prohibit the flow and regulation of accident damaged vehicles that are beyond repair from being scrapped to a code 03 or code 04 status which results in a ‘rebuild-a-bargain’ scenario in many cases and the ‘cheapies’ that are purchased are simply tied to a tree and pulled ‘back into shape’, with the most unsatisfactory conditions prevailing.
The problem is, who is going to be responsible for determining what is a ‘complete right off’ and what will be allowed back on the public roads? The bottom line question is, what 'used vehicle parts' will be allowed for resale purposes? Surely this will be a role that the insurance companies will be required to undertake? This means higher insurance premiums and more emphasis placed on the buying of new vehicles. With this will come all types of corruption as usual, and as far as auto and commercial scrap yards are concerned, the buying of accident damaged cars and the selling of ‘good used spares’ will continue as ‘business-as-usual’ unless the law is passed.
Over the last ten years there has been a drastic improvement on drunken driving statistics which has seen a reduction of motor vehicle accidents, which in turn has been responsible for a shortage of ‘good used motor spares’ becoming available from accident damaged vehicles due to the decline in the drinking and driving campaigns. The problem is that companies who ‘buy and sell’ these rebuilds are claiming the bulk of the vehicle stocks without allowing the used spares industry to thrive from being offered an opportunity to dismantle these unsatisfactory vehicles.
The Re-Use & Re-cycling process of ‘good used spares’ is good for the environment. By using salvageable used auto parts from accident damaged vehicles and the processing of scrap metals reduces the global greenhouse gas footprint. Global warming is a reality and every good vehicle used part should be reused!
The people of South Africa are always in need of good reliable used spares to help the economy grow instead of declining. Impeding access to good used spares is not an option for the lower and middle class income groups who have to cope with rising living costs, including the reality of a new and unfair E-Toll tax system to add to their frustrations of owning and running a motor car which is their business.
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