We here at Suzuki are fully committed to providing good service to you, our valued customers. We understand that during these unprecedented times, there is a significant amount of anxiety and uncertainty. To help you decipher legislation and determine how we can help at this time, we have assembled a list of answers to frequently asked questions about Suzuki trading during the lockdown and level 3 restrictions.
Yes, you can book your car in for a service during level 3. Remember to book your service online, as we're working by appointment only.
Walk-ins will only be allowed under exceptional and emergency circumstances and a full record of each such instance will be kept in writing at the premises of the business for a period of 3 months after the state of disaster has been lifted.
Car owners are to maintain or service their cars within their own municipal boundaries unless there are extraordinary circumstances.
Anybody who has missed a service due to lockdown should note that Suzuki will grant service plan holders an additional one month leniency on the normal 21-day grace period for car services. All warranties will remain intact, as if you had serviced within the lockdown period.
Any vehicle that broke down during lockdown can now be taken to a dealership for repair. If you called Suzuki roadside assistance or the AA to tow your car to your house during lockdown then you may now get your vehicle moved to your dealer for repairs.
At any time, during any stage of lockdown you can call Suzuki Roadside Assistance or the AA to tow your car or assist you with emergency roadside assistance. The number to call is 086 163 8979.
To get all the details regarding Suzuki Roadside Assistance and understand what is offered to Suzuki Customers in this service, download the Suzuki Roadside Assistance Guide here.
The following categories are classified as emergency automobile repairs for passenger cars, LCVs, MCVs, HCVs, and motorcycles:
The following categories are NOT classified as emergency automobile repairs and are not allowed to take place during lockdown level 3.
Car sales are allowed, and online sales are encouraged where possible. Deliveries on-site are permitted under strict hygiene regulations and you still have the option of home delivery.
You can trade in your vehicle at a Suzuki dealer as long as you make an appointment to visit the dealer and adhere to the strict hygiene regulations outlined.
Test driving vehicles is allowed as long as certain rules and regulations are adhered to. The most important rules and regulations are listed below:
No, visits to the dealership for service, maintenance, parts, test drives or to buy a car must be booked in advance. We recommend that you contact your dealer and make an appointment - you can make an appointment online.
Members of the public will not be allowed, under any circumstances, to enter the workshop environment. These workspaces will exclusively be reserved for technical and support staff.
Driving licence testing centres (DLTC) , registering authorities , Vehicle Testing Stations (VTS) , driving schools will resume their services from 1 June 2020, subject to the hygiene, disinfection control, social distancing and sanitising measures.
Motor trade number licences that expire during the period that commenced from 26 March - 31 May 2020, are deemed to be valid and extended for a further grace period of 6 months from 20 May 2020.
These will be deemed valid as the period has been extended with 90 DAYS from 1 June 2020 by the Road Traffic Management Corporation.
No person will be allowed to enter a driving licence testing Centre ( DLTC), registering authority, vehicle testing station or driving school without a face mask, or a homemade mask that covers the nose and mouth.
Sanitisation procedures at all Suzuki dealerships will be applied to meet South African government regulations as well as Suzuki’s own health and safety regulations as we value the safety and health of the public and wish to ensure that any visit to the dealership is safe for the public and for our staff.
This includes but is not limited to the following:
To care for your car during lockdown, or while working from home, start your vehicle each week and check if your battery needs charging, ensure there are no leaks from your vehicle while it’s standing (place a clean newspaper under your vehicle regularly to check this), and check your vehicle has sufficient oil and lubricants before starting up again after lockdown.
|Lockdown level 3 (from 1 June 2020)|
|Test Drives||On-site by appointment only under strict hygiene regulations and sanitised cars.|
|Car Sales||Customer on-site contact is allowed (walk-ins) under strict hygiene regulations, but kept to a minimum. Remote sales encouraged.|
|On site permitted under strict hygiene regulations. Option of home delivery.|
|Emergency Automobile Repairs||Repairs on essential services cars, keeping vehicles in roadworthy and good running condition and servicing of vehicles due or overdue by OEM specification.|
All phases will employ strict mandatory hygiene and social distancing protocols. All visitors and customers to all sites will be expected to sign a mandatory register.
We hope this information provides some clarity, and answers any questions you may have.
For information you can get in touch via our website, or contact the Suzuki Customer Care team via the Customer Care page on the suzukiauto.co.za website, and through interactions on our Suzuki SA Facebook page.
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