Battle for the carpark continues

March 2019 

Recent commentary on the proposed Automotive Code of Conduct has seen the car park getting spliced into in-warranty, out-of-warranty cars, those that can be serviced versus those that can’t and who should be allowed to service which vehicles…

It’s your car – should’t you be allowed to choose who repairs it?

February 2019 

The independent car repair industry has been gearing up for the much-needed change it believes will come through implementation of the Automotive Industry Code of Conduct championed by the Competition Commission. “The industry is ready”, says Gunther Schmitz, Chairman of Right to Repair SA (R2RSA)….

Right to Repair is bigger than just motor industry, says R2RSA

January 2019 

As South Africa is preparing for implementation of an automotive industry code that supports the Right to Repair (R2R), the European Union (EU), United States (US) and other countries are starting to implement R2R in other industries.

“The concept and principles of R2R started in the motor industry more than 20 years ago in the EU and US….

Dealerships to benefit from new automotive code

December 2018

While dealerships may see the new code intended for the automotive sector as filled with doom and gloom, ‘it, in fact, protects and empowers dealerships’, says Gunther Schmitz, Chairman of Right to Repair South Africa (R2RSA). 

He says the code protects dealerships in that it requires the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to have fair and reasonable selection criteria and limits the OEMs in terms of the investment requirements made on the dealership. “This offers greater security to all the dealerships out there,” he says…

Competitive pricing could mean job creation in motoring sector

November 2018 

Imagine a future where more car repair workshops open shop because they have access to technical information, tools and training, and competitive pricing means more people are servicing their cars more regularly. This could be a reality, says Gunther Schmitz, Chairman of Right to Repair South Africa (R2RSA). “Fair competition means parts and servicing prices will drop and as vehicle owners have greater choice, they will be more willing to service their vehicles regularly. There’s no doubt this will lead to increased employment and job opportunities.” …

R2RSA calls for transparency

November 2018 

Consumers want to know what they are getting for their hard-earned cash, especially when it comes to high-value items such as cars. “And why shouldn’t they,” says Gunther Schmitz, Chairman of Right to Repair South Africa. “We believe there needs to be transparency when it comes to pricing of parts, service plans, and warranties. When consumers have all the facts, they are in a better position to make a choice.”…

26 Nations gather to support the Right to Repair cause

October 2018

Recently, representatives from 26 nations gathered in Frankfurt at the Global Right to Repair Coalition and Right to Repair SA (R2RSA) was among them.

The 2018 meeting marked the fourth meeting in eight years. The meeting Chairman, Hartmut Rohl, announced that the coalition attendance had reached 26 nations present, with China and Brazil being the latest newcomers to the meeting…

Right to Repair pushes for transformation and economic growth in motor sector

September 2018

 The good news for the motor sector is that despite the tough economic times facing South Africans more independent workshops are opening their doors with a growing number of these being black owned. On the downside, if there isn’t change in terms of allowing these workshops access to fair competition in the market, they will not be open for long…

Original parts come only from manufacturers – not so, says Right to Repair

August 2018

For years consumers have been led to believe that original car parts can only be obtained from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), that they are superior parts, and independent workshops deal in inferior, or commonly referred to as pirate parts. This is not the case, says Gunther Schmitz, Acting Chairman of Right to Repair SA (R2RSA)…

Public speaks out about proposed Automotive Code

July 2018

 Twenty-four private comments were submitted in response to the first draft of the Code of Conduct for the automotive industry. “There were several interesting ideas and issues raised in these comments, many of which support the fundamentals of the Right to Repair (R2R) Campaign,” says Gunther Schmitz, Acting Chairman for Right to Repair SA…

Vehicle manufacturers start opening up sales market to independent providers

June 2018 

The Right to Repair (R2R) Campaign is celebrating the decision by Volkswagen (VW) to make several changes in relation to the independent aftermarket.  They hope this move signals a willingness by manufacturers to start opening up the after-sales market to independent providers. “Thanks to the process started by the Competition Commission, we believe VW is also being guided by the practices in the European Union,” says Gunther Schmitz, spokesperson for Right to Repair SA…

Campaign Support

September 2017

We need you – support the Right to Repair Campaign

Since the launch of the Right to Repair Campaign at the beginning of the year, we have made progress but we need car owners to start voting with their feet. The Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), representing 2 200 independent aftermarket dealers, is championing the cause which follows the international Right to Repair trend for a fair and competitive regulatory environment that enables freedom of choice for consumers.

Right to Repair SA rallies up support from major industry player

August 2017

Right to Repair SA (R2RSA) has been rallying up support for the Right to Repair campaign over the last few months and major industry stakeholders have stepped up…

Section 21 company formed

June 2017

The Right2Repair campaign has been given another boost with the formation of Right to Repair South Africa (R2RSA), a Section 21, not-for-profit company, specifically formed to champion the Right to Repair campaign initially launched in 2013.

Bosch article MIWA supports Competition Commission approach

May 2017

The Right2Repair campaign has been given another boost with the formation of Right to Repair South Africa (R2RSA), a Section 21, not-for-profit company, specifically formed to champion the Right to Repair campaign initially launched in 2013…

R2R – THE FIGHT CONTINUES

April 2017

R2R – The Right To Repair – is a campaign that aims to give motorists more choice in where and with whom they can have their vehicles serviced without their service/maintenance plan or warranty being compromised. The Competition Commission has now called for a code of action. MIKE MONK explains the build up…

Emotions run high at Commission’s Automotive Aftermarket Workshop

March 2017

Speakers at the recent Automotive Aftermarket Workshop, hosted by the Competition Commission, presented their views of the current state of play in the industry, many not without emotion.

The event took place on 17 March at The Capital, Menlyn Main, Pretoria and aimed to gather industry stakeholders as part of an information gathering session for the Competition Commission…

MIWA supports Competition Commission approach

February 2017

While the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA) continues to fight against the hold South African dealerships have over warranties and repairs, MIWA Director Vishal Premlall wants to reiterate to motorists that this certainly isn’t the norm. “In fact,” he says, “in Europe and other parts of the world you can have your car repaired at an independent workshop and still bill the dealership. It’s called Right to Repair and this is what MIWA wants legislated in South Africa.”…

RIGHT TO REPAIR’S TIME HAS COME IN SA2

July 2016

While the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA) continues to fight against the hold South African dealerships have over warranties and repairs, MIWA Director Vishal Premlall wants to reiterate to motorists that this certainly isn’t the norm. “In fact,” he says, “in Europe and other parts of the world you can have your car repaired at an independent workshop and still bill the dealership. It’s called Right to Repair and this is what MIWA wants legislated in South Africa.”…

Mixed reaction to Right 2 Repair campaign

April 2016

A growing number of organisations, spearheaded by The Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), are challenging the existing power the dealer network and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) exert over the South African public when it comes to car repairs and warranties…

Right to Repair breakfast media release

May 2015

On 8 May over 150 select delegates attended a breakfast event, hosted by the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA) at Automechanika, dedicated to the Right to Repair Campaign…

Collusion investigation R2RC

October 2014

The recent announcement by the Competition Commission that it will be investigating 82 automotive component manufacturers for collusion and price fixing has sparked conversation about South Africa’s motor industry and the operating thereof…

Massachusetts R2R laws passed

MIWA thrilled at Right To Repair legislation in Massachusetts

On 26 November, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the Massachusetts Right to Repair legislation into law ensuring that the commonwealth’s residents will have access to a competitive vehicle repair market….

Autoforum Aug submission Right to Repair call

September 2013

We need you – support the Right to Repair Campaign

Since the launch of the Right to Repair Campaign at the beginning of the year, we have made progress but we need car owners to start voting with their feet. The Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), representing 2 200 independent aftermarket dealers, is championing the cause which follows the international Right to Repair trend for a fair and competitive regulatory environment that enables freedom of choice for consumers….

Launch of RIGHT TO REPAIR Campaign

May 2013

Right to Repair Campaign aims to put consumers in control of maintenance decision-making

The Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), which represents 2 200 independent aftermarket dealers, has announced the launch of its Right to Repair Campaign. Vishal Premlall, Director of MIWA, says the Association believes that South African legislature needs to follow the international Right to Repair trend which promotes South Africa’s existing consumer and competition laws…

Who can repair your car?

December 2011

Who can repair your car?

Protecting choice and competition

European Union competition law exists to prevent anti-competitive practices and abuse of companys’dominant market positions. But, in recognition of the unique technical complexity of their products, the motor industry has – since 1995 – enjoyed a so called ‘block exemption’ from some aspects of competition law….