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.


This came in from the UK!

March 8th, 2011

S.A Government makes huge profits from crime.

Question: "What is the influence of crime on the S.A. Govt?"

Answer: Crime generates millions and millions of Rand's for the SA Government Here are the facts.... Example

1: Take just one million home owners in Gauteng who pay for "armed crime reaction" (not crime prevention) where private security companies react AFTER the crime has taken place - no wonder they never make any arrests! This service costs on average R250 p.m. Therefore 1,000,000 x R240.00 x 12 months x 14% VAT, generates R403 million in tax revenue for the SA Govt!

Example 2: A car thief steals a R500,000 car and receives between R10,000 and R30,000 for his deed. The car owner is paid out by insurance and then purchases another similar vehicle, on which he pays 14% VAT of approx R70,000 as a direct result of crime. Who profited the most? The thief or the SA Govt? We must begin with a mechanism whereby the SA Govt is forced to reconsider this unconstitutional and immoral practice of profiting from crime! All South Africans should demand that all payments related to protection of life and property should be VAT free and Tax deductible! This principle should also apply to replacement of stolen property as well as estate duty. If a person dies as a result of crime we should also demand that estate duty not be paid. How much do you think the SA Govt. has made out of estate duty from the murders of 1300 South African farmers? The

S.A. Govt likes to compare us to overseas. Well overseas your safety and security is covered by your income tax and is tax deductible! It is time that South Africans stood together and made the Govt. and public aware of the Govt's "income" from crime. In the meantime crime is the goose that lays the golden egg. Is it also not unreasonable to expect victims of violence and hijackings to pay their own medical costs? The Govt. should pay for these expenses as well as family counselling for victims! Come on South Africa, ask the right questions and demand the right answers!