Welcome Note to all visitors

November 27th, 2010

Welcome to Peter's Tune Up's blog, I have started this blog for all motor mechanics or anyone else to share your tips and tricks with regard to service and repairing motor vehicles. Your participation will be appreciated, of course there are other categories as well.

Buying Faulty Parts From Suppliers

November 29th, 2010

To deal with faulty parts as a mechanic is one of our main concerns, for instance when you buy parts from a supplier in "good Faith" you expect that the part should fit and work properly before you deliver the vehicle, Well here in South Africa we battle with faulty parts this, is a very negative action towards the mechanic. What now, you have fitted the part correctly, but after a test driving before you deliver the vehicle, you find that the part is faulty. You got two options, one to remove the part on your own expense to give your customer good service, now the supplier will guarantee the part and replace it, but will NOT pay your labour for replacing. Am I not also a customer of the supplier? Two, you can fight the supplier. You will lose the battle with the supplier in any case, and you might lose your customer. We as mechanics must stand for suppliers and our own guarantee!. This makes life very hard for a motor mechanic.

 

WHAT'S IN A (TRADING) NAME? PREPARE NOW FOR THE NEW RULES

April 2nd, 2011

Individuals and corporates have always traded freely under a variety of trading names (e.g. XYZ (Pty) Ltd trading as "Pablo's Plumbers"), but now for the first time - courtesy of the Consumer Protection Act - you will be forced to register all such trading names as "business names".

Registration will only be compulsory where a trading name is different to the name of the business owner, so you will still be free to trade under your own name (we're talking full name here, as recorded on your ID document) without registering it. Similarly, your company/CC/Trust etc may trade under its registered name. But where - as in the example above - the trading name differs from the owner's name, registration will be obligatory. It will be unlawful to trade, market or contract in any way under a non-registered name.

Note that, despite several alarmist reports to the contrary, there is no immediate hurry here - at the earliest these provisions will kick in one year after the main Act does (i.e. 1 April 2012 at the earliest), and after at least 6 months' notice from the Minister.

Plus there will be relief from these registration requirements in two circumstances: -

  • Where you have already registered a business name under existing legislation, and
  • Where you have been "actively conducting business" under the name for at least one year prior to commencement (i.e. for a year from 1 April 2011, perhaps later).

    (You may want to voluntarily register these names anyway, just to get them onto a public database).

But don't wait for deadline! Your trading name is an integral part of the value of your business, so you should start planning now to comply with - and take advantage of - these new provisions: -

  1. You will be able to register any number of "business names"
  2. Names may be in "any language", and can include "any letters, numbers or punctuation marks", "round brackets" in pairs, and the symbols "+, &, #, @, %,=" (plus further symbols to be specified in regulations)
  3. You won't be able to register any business name that is misleading, confusingly similar to any corporate name, trademark etc, or unlawful
  4. Don't stop trading under any business name for more than 6 months - if you do, you risk losing it.

You won't be able to register your business names under the Consumer Protection Act until the applicable regulations have been promulgated. In the interim you may if you wish apply for "defensive names" under the Companies Act, which will at least get the names onto CIPRO's current database.

You can read more at http://www.dotnews.co.za