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'Don’t wait until December' - why you should have pre-holiday car checks

2017-11-03 07:56

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Johannesburg - Every year hundreds of crashes occur on our roads during the holiday season.

With December just around the corner, the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), says now is the time to get your pre-holiday vehicle checks done before the last-minute scramble begins. 


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Pieter Niemand, Director of MIWA, said: "Every year workshops get flooded in December with motorists wanting vehicle checks and needing repairs just days before they plan to leave on holiday.

"What motorists don’t realise is that should maintenance be needed on their vehicle and spare parts are not in stock, these need to be ordered. This could take several days, if they are available at all. It is risky leaving things to the last minute and could put a real dampener on holiday plans."

He explains that mechanics should do a thorough check of the vehicle which will include a road test and an assessment of the following parts:

 • Lights
 • Suspension
 • Drive lines
 • Brakes
 • Tyres, including the spare and tools
 • Fluid levels
 • Wipers and windscreen
 • V Belts
 • Exhaust


If a problem is identified, the mechanic will be able to advise the vehicle owner and provide a quote for repairs needed.

“There’s nothing worse than having your holiday plans delayed or cancelled because of car issues. Don’t wait until December. Get your vehicle checked now,” says Niemand.

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