Essential Services


The South African Government has added to the list of essential services which may now be provided under South Africa’s extended lockdown period. The ones relevant to us are listed below and as for this briefing, can be provided by us.

Vehicle repairs 

Mechanics and repair shops may sell components for vehicles under-going emergency repairs.

However, this only applies where the vehicle is owned by or used by a person engaged in essential services work.

Utility repair work 

Trades necessary for the rendering of emergency repair work are allowed to operate, including:

  • Plumbers;
  • Electricians;
  • Roof repair work;
  • Emergency automobile repairs for persons rendering essential services and for public transport vehicles.

Survival Tactics Covid-19


The convenience of online shopping is now also a necessary step in keeping yourself and loved ones safe during this troubling time of the Covid-19. We have most products you would need and want, to make indoor life a bit more bearable while we try to prevent the spread of the virus.


After buying online, we encourage you to maintain all suggested preventive practices when receiving your package and interacting with the drivers. In addition to those, please follow the additional steps below when receiving your package from any source.

1. Clean the package with disinfectant wherever possible.
2. Never touch your face or someone else’s face immediately after you have handled the package.
3. After retrieving your product from its packaging, place the packaging in a place where no one can come into contact with it.
4. Wash your hands immediately after handling the package.

Much as a lot of effort is put into making sure that the virus is not spread through our value chain, services and networks, it is always wise to treat everything you touch as potentially Covid-19 positive.

Be safe.

Corona Virus


With the breakout of the coronavirus in China, manufacturing was greatly impacted, resulting in shortage of products and delays in delivery of orders. This also affected pricing. We have seen a sudden spike of around 20% on nand memory so we suspect this price increase will be a trend going forward.


Since almost everything is manufactured in China, this applies to most products you may be planning to buy soon. Current stock is obviously not affected by this, however, expect to see products at a much higher price in the near future. That is if we manage to get stock to supply in the first place.
What is your take on the current situation? Do you think we will be affected or this will pass before things get bad?
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Modern Engines


Modern Engines are just amazing. You can now get the same output power from a smaller turbo charged modern engine as you would get from a bigger older, naturally aspirated engine. The fuel economy is better and the environmental impact is reduced using technics like EGR. It is also important to mention that these engines run at high efficiency levels and have very little tolerances in their design.

These in principle are a better option compared to their older naturally aspirated 6, 8, 10 and 12 cylinder counterparts. They are a giant leap in technology and that brought us the benefits we just spoke about. That advancement in technology comes at a price though. When new, the modern engines are a pleasure to own and drive. Problems usually start at around 5yrs or 100k km, sometimes even earlier.

Unlike previous generations of engines, that were built to outlive their owners, modern engines are built to comply to stringent environmental laws and compete in power versus fuel economy race. This creates a situation where maintenance on these engines is crucial, expensive and complicated to an extent. Replacement parts are generally more expensive and have a shorter life span. Replacing these parts is also another expensive challenge, since these modern engines are very tightly packaged to maximize the usage of space in the engine bay.

Fellow mechanics and technicians who work on modern vehicles will tell you that in some cars, replacing a thermostat could require an engine to be dropped from the car to gain access to it. This translates to more labor costs for the owner, even though the component that is replaced costs just a few rands. It then becomes an interesting decision to make when buying a car. Pay a lot in the beginning and buy the car new with motor plan, or buy it cheaper used and spend more money on maintenance to get it up to the standard it was designed to be at?

What are your views on modern cars, what is your strategy when buying a car?

Admin’s Blog

With technological advancements and the digital world becoming more connected. Automotive maintenance is no longer what it used to be 20 years ago. It is now essential for a workshop to have the necessary tools, knowledge and skills to render a satisfactory service to customers. Choosing the right service center can be a challenging and expensive exercise. We at Rzarecters strive to balance the quality service and cost for our customers to create a situation where everybody wins. We are looking forward to your input and thoughts on what is important to you when you are dealing with a service center that maintains your vehicle.