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RMI Approved Workshops

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RMI (Retail Motor Industry Organisation)

The RMI is a proactive, relevant, retail, and associated motor industry organization recognized as the leading voice in South Africa’s automotive aftermarket, serving the daily needs of its members and playing a key role in enabling motor traders to deliver top-class service to motoring consumers.

When choosing a Graded workshop, consumers can trust that not only will they receive reasonable pricing and quality service and workmanship, but they also have recourse for complaints if any problems arise.” A five-star is a prestigious rating because graded workshops have to comply with the highest level of accreditation.

Here are the associations which fall under its umbrella…

ACRA (Automotive Component Re-manufacturers’ Association)

ACRA represents component re-manufacturers involved in the re-manufacture of safety-critical components and radiators, an ever-growing industry in which keeping abreast of change is crucial for business owners. NAZA (Number Plate Association of South Africa)NAZA supports the imposition of a national standard for number plates, as well as for legislation to govern their manufacture, embossing practice, and protocol. NAZA members adhere to a strict code of ethics in ensuring their part in eradicating corruption within the sector.

NAZA (Number Plate Association of South Africa)

NAZA supports the imposition of a national standard for number plates, as well as for legislation to govern their manufacture, embossing practice, and protocol. NAZA members adhere to a strict code of ethics in ensuring their part in eradicating corruption within the sector.

ERA (Engine Remanufacturers’ Association)

ERA represents motor engineers who re-machine, rebuild, and re-manufacture engines in South Africa. ERA members promote the reuse of engines, parts, and components in a manner that is green and sustainable. ERA members create employment and skills development opportunities, directly in their own machine shops and indirectly through suppliers to the industry and component manufacturers.

VTA (Vehicle Testing Association)

The VTA represents private vehicle testing stations that are committed to operating within the law in accordance with the Road Traffic Act and the relevant SANS standards. In this highly regulated environment, the association represents the interests of its members in government working groups and is committed to enhancing the reputation of the industry in all spheres.

MDA (Motorcycle Dealers’ Association)

MDA represents members who are motorcycle dealers – these members benefit from an extensive array of value-add services and products such as commercial insurance, labour legal assistance and representation, consumer dispute resolution, and a strong relationship with the Association of Motorcycle Importers and Distributors.

SADFIA (South African Diesel Fuel Injection Association)

SADFIA members operate fully equipped pump rooms aimed at providing cost-effective service solutions for owners of diesel-powered vehicles seeking fuel injection system testing, repair, or replacement.

MIMA (Motor Industry Manufacturers’ Association)

MIMA members are Parts, Equipment, and Component Manufacturers and suppliers to Original Equipment Manufacturers and the automotive aftermarket that exports to Africa and other countries in the world.

SAMBRA (South African Motor Body Repairers Association)

SAMBRA is an active leader in the motor body repair industry and consolidates, communicates, and regulates repair standards in the motor body repair industry. SAMBRA ensures the provision of technical and business skills training that meets the demands of the industry and instills confidence in consumers and industry stakeholders.

MIWA (Motor Industry Workshop Association)

MIWA, the largest association within the RMI, strives to keep its members informed about the ever-changing auto repair industry, thereby ensuring that vehicles are repaired to acceptable standards designed to make them perform better and safely on South African roads.

SAPRA (South African Petroleum Retailers’ Association)

SAPRA represents and promotes the interests of petroleum retailers in South Africa and fosters strong relationships with the Department of Energy, oil companies, banks, financial institutions, and other stakeholders that have an impact on the sustainability of the service station industry.

MPEA (Motor Parts and Equipment Association)

MPEA represents South Africa’s auto part traders, including wholesalers, retailers, and independent operators in the replacement motor parts industry. Genuine replacement parts are available at accredited MPEA spare outlets at affordable prices, backed by the manufacturer’s warranty.

SAVABA (South African Vehicle and Bodybuilders’ Association)

MPEA represents South Africa’s auto part traders, including wholesalers, retailers, and independent operators in the replacement motor parts industry. Genuine replacement parts are available at accredited MPEA spare outlets at affordable prices, backed by the manufacturer’s warranty.

NADA (National Automobile Dealers’ Association)

MPEA represents South Africa’s auto part traders, including wholesalers, retailers, and independent operators in the replacement motor parts industry. Genuine replacement parts are available at accredited MPEA spare outlets at affordable prices, backed by the manufacturer’s warranty.

TDAFA (Tyre Dealers’ and Fitment Association

MPEA represents South Africa’s auto part traders, including wholesalers, retailers, and independent operators in the replacement motor parts industry. Genuine replacement parts are available at accredited MPEA spare outlets at affordable prices, backed by the manufacturer’s warranty.

MIWA (Motor Industry Workshop Association)

MIWA is the largest trade association under the Retail Motor Industry Organisation. We are the collective voice of Independent Aftermarket workshops, directly representing over 2400 businesses nationally.

MIWA not only represents the general repair shop sector but also brake and steering specialists, auto electricians, driveline and transmission specialists as well as vehicle accessory centers.


MIWA members offer the correct repair equipment and appropriately trained staff to ensure that work is carried out in a professional and competent manner.


A major focus of MIWA is to educate the motoring public on how best to protect themselves against substandard work. MIWA members are categorised as either accredited or graded workshops. These levels of accreditation positively influence the motoring public in their decision on where to have their vehicles repaired.

As such, MIWA-accredited members identified by the RMI Code of Conduct will benefit and the industry as a whole will rid itself of those repair establishments which are not up to standard.

The Importance of Regular Service and Repairs

Taking care of your car is essential to keep it running smoothly and safely on the road. Regular service and repairs are the key to ensuring that your car is in top condition and ready to face any road challenges. Whether you’re a seasoned car owner or just starting out, make sure to schedule regular service and address any issues promptly to ensure the longevity and safety of your vehicle.

Regular service is the key to keeping your car in good condition. During a service, a mechanic will check the various components of your car, such as the engine, brakes, suspension, and transmission, to make sure everything is functioning properly. They will also change the oil and oil filter, check the battery and tire pressure, and top up any fluids that may be low.

Service intervals vary depending on the make and model of your car, as well as how much you drive it, but it’s generally recommended to have a service every 12,000 to 15,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes first. Regular service will not only keep your car running smoothly, but it will also help to identify any potential problems early on, allowing them to be fixed before they become more significant and expensive to repair.

No matter how well you take care of your car, there will come a time when it needs repairs. It could be a simple fix, such as changing a blown bulb or a more complicated issue, such as a faulty transmission. Regardless of the issue, prompt and proper repairs are crucial to ensure the safety of you and your passengers, as well as the longevity of your car.

 

It’s important to have a trusted mechanic who can diagnose and fix the problem quickly and efficiently. If you’re unsure about the problem, you can take your car to a mechanic for a diagnostic check. They will run tests on the various systems to determine the issue and then provide you with a quote for the repairs.

DIY repairs can save you money, but it’s essential to have the right tools and knowledge to do the job correctly. If you’re not confident in your ability to perform the repair, it’s always best to seek the help of a professional.

Here are some tips to keep your car in top condition

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Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance such as oil changes, tire rotations, and brake inspections can prevent major problems down the road. Make sure to follow your car’s recommended maintenance schedule.

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Waxing

Waxing your car every three months can protect the paint from the elements and keep it looking shiny.

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Cleaning

Regularly cleaning your car’s exterior and interior can help protect the paint and upholstery. Use a mild detergent and a microfiber cloth to clean the body and a vacuum cleaner for the interior.

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Protecting the Interior

Use seat covers and floor mats to protect the upholstery and carpets from spills and dirt.

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Comprehensive minor and major car services.

Repairs for all car makes and models with genuine parts.

Service a fleet of cars or trucks with a fast turnaround time.

Upgrade your car with premium car accessories.

Professional servicing tailored to trucks and heavy-duty vehicles.

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