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From advice on planning a road trip to how to keep your tyres in top condition, read our latest articles for motoring news, insights, tips, etc.

AA Developing New Spare Parts Pricing Guide for Consumers

From 2021 the Automobile Association (AA) will be preparing and releasing an independent spare parts pricing guide for South African consumers. Previously the Association released this guide under the title of the AA-Kinsey Report. Moving forward, a new report will be collated and distributed solely under the banner of the Automobile Association.

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Breakdown of petrol costs in SA 2021

Petrol users across South Africa are paying around R5 a litre more for fuel in May 2021, compared to May 2020. These increases come off the back of significant fuel price increases throughout the first few months of the year, which saw fuel reach record highs in April. Although fuel prices dipped a little in May, the fuel price remains high, affecting all sectors of the economy. Filling a 50-litre tank with petrol in South Africa costs just more than R250 in May 2021 than it did in May 2020.

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Get your vehicle ready for winter now

Temperatures across South Africa are gradually falling, and the full onset of winter is imminent. The Automobile Association (AA) says it’s important for motorists to be aware of the change in climate, and to prepare adequately for the cold months ahead.

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AA relieved at potential fuel price breather for May

Stability on international petroleum markets and a stronger exchange rate have given fuel prices a breather. This is according to the Automobile Association, which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund.

The current data shows the prospect of a welcome 32 cents-a-litre drop in the price of diesel, and 27 cents for illuminating paraffin.

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Five things government must do to reduce fuel prices in SA

No silver bullet to bringing down fuel pricesProviding cheaper fuels to South African citizens will not happen with the flick of switch but will require a multi-faceted, multi-departmental approach with the involvement of the private sector. This is the view of the Automobile Association (AA) which today made representations to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and...

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Easter road statistics don’t add up

Official numbers give false view of road safety in SAEaster road safety statistics released by Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula yesterday, 8 April would be encouraging if the broader Easter statistics from previous years aligned with today’s announcement. However, the Automobile Association (AA) says official numbers from previous years don’t reconcile with each other, or the Minister’s own...

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AA launches its first Auto Centre in Gauteng

Automobile Association CEO, Willem Groenewald, (left), and AA Auto Centre owner, Noelan Vandayar, officially opening the first AA Auto Centre in Johannesburg.As part of its mission to provide motorists with cost-effective, reliable, and trusted services, the Automobile Association (AA) has launched its first AA Auto Centre. The first centre is in Gauteng, and the Association plans to open...

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Fuel could reach record highs in April

NOTE TO EDITORS: The Automobile Association (AA) does not regulate or adjust fuel prices in South Africa, nor does it have any input in how the fuel prices are calculated. Fuel prices are officially calculated and adjusted on the first Wednesday of every month by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. The DMRE is the only entity which regulates, sets, and adjusts fuel prices in South...

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Jaguar Land Rover helps to ready the AA for the future of electric mobility in South Africa

Jaguar Land Rover Training Academy opens its doors to the AA for specialised EV training Focus on safety and convenience for EV-related roadside assistance and vehicle recovery services A group of AA Line Managers were trained on jump-starting, towing, jacking and charging electrified vehicles   Pretoria, 29 March 2021 – Jaguar Land Rover has partnered with the Automobile Association (AA)...

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Decision on e-tolls cannot be delayed again – AA

The long-awaited announcement by government on the future of e-tolls cannot be delayed any further and must provide a clear way forward for Gauteng road users. The Automobile Association (AA) believes any decision which does not end the tolling system in the province is doomed to fail.   The Association says because of the uncertainty caused by the long delays in providing a resolution,...

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Ensure Easter joy does not turn to Easter horror on SA roads this festive season – AA

For the first time in more than a year, many South Africans will taking an Easter vacation away from their homes, travelling again on national roads, and enjoying the wonderful sights the country has to offer. Easter 2021 falls on the first weekend in April with Good Friday being observed on Friday, 2 April, Holiday with an additional public holiday on Monday, 5 April following Easter Sunday....

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Grim fuel outlook continues

Fuel levy increases at a difficult time in the country’s economy will contribute to what are expected to be extremely high fuel price increases at the end of March going into April. These increases will exacerbate the already dire financial positions of millions of South Africans, according to the Automobile Association (AA). The Association says steepening climbs in international petroleum...

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SANRAL’s heavy-handed approach to motorists won’t solve any problems – AA

The South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (SANRAL) insistence at the weekend that the non-payment of e-tolls will result in motorists being unable to renew vehicle licence discs is outrageous, dishonest and irregular, says the Automobile Association (AA). Reports in Sunday’s City Press newspaper refer to a section on SANRAL’s website that reads: “4. Outstanding toll fees to be settled...

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Budget tightrope must not impact poor – AA

Association again urges Minister not to increase fuel levies. As it has done in previous years, the Automobile Association (AA) is again urging the Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni, not to increase fuel levies when he delivers his Budget Speech to Parliament on 24 February. Any increases announced by Minister Mboweni on Wednesday come into effect in April. “We also again acknowledge that the...

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AA sounds fuel price warning as oil ticks up

Fuel prices are set for hefty rises at month-end if current trends continue. This is the word from the Automobile Association (AA) which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. "It's been a good month for the Rand so far, with the local currency picking up around 15 cents against the US dollar, but the basic fuel price has shot up since the...

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Fuel set for further climb

Bullish international oil prices are setting the stage for yet another hefty hike in fuel prices. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. The Association says that the current picture shows month-end increases of up to 56 cents a litre for petrol, 47 cents for diesel, and 41 cents for...

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AA and BirdLife South Africa: Working together for safe conservation

The Automobile Association (AA) has partnered with BirdLife South Africa to contribute to the conservation of South Africa’s birds, their habitats, and biodiversity. Through the partnership, the AA is providing its customers an opportunity to contribute to conservation in our country. “All our AA Armed Response customers will be able to contribute to BirdLife South Africa – and to their...

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Fuel price set for February spike – AA

Fuel prices are set for a significant spike when the price for February is adjusted next week. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. The Association says expects petrol to rise by up to 82 cents a litre, diesel by 59 cents, and illuminating paraffin by 60 cents. It cautions that South...

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Global NCAP’s First Five Star Car In Africa: the Mahindra XUV300

Global NCAP launches a new #SaferCarsForAfrica crash test result today in partnership with the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) and with the welcome support of the FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. In a milestone moment for vehicle safety, the India manufactured Mahindra XUV300 becomes Global NCAP’s first five star car in Africa. The XUV300 achieved a five star rating for...

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Road deaths blight South Africa – AA

The Automobile Association (AA) says reduction in fatalities on South African roads the past festive season is welcome news but must be seen in the context of decreased traffic volumes over the same period last year. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced the festive season road statistics in Gauteng this morning noting that during the period 1 December 2020 to 11 January 2021, 1448 people...

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Malcolm Kinsey

The Automobile Association (AA) is shocked and saddened by the news of the death of Malcolm Kinsey. Malcolm passed away in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday. Since the late eighties, Malcolm has produced the Kinsey Report on parts prices of vehicles available in South Africa. In 2019 Automobile Association began its partnership with Malcolm and began producing the AA-Kinsey Report. “Malcolm was an...

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Fuel set for hefty hikes – AA

Sharp rises in fuel prices are on the horizon. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. The AA says that unless the picture drastically improves by month-end, South Africa's fragile economy is set for a major hit. At this mid-month point, petrol is set for a whopping increase of 80 cents...

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Steep fuel hikes expected for January – AA

Fuel prices will rise significantly in January. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA) which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. "The Rand has continued to advance against the US dollar, which is a pleasing outcome considering the severe beating the currency took earlier in the year. But even the currency's ongoing strength has...

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