BMW April 2022

TEC Auto Body started out, like many private enterprises in the body shop business, on a wing and a prayer, when Theo Muller decided to strike out on his own in the heart of the collision repair trade in Vereeniging.

Theo is adamant that for the first 10 years or so it was a type of survival mode as they entered the repair trade with a very low budget. However, harnessing his expertise as an expert spray painter, backed by the normal growing pains of working all hours, Muller today has built-up an amazing repair centre.

TEC Auto Body have over the years reinvested company profitability into their state-of-the-art downdraft spray booths and a fully equipped preparation panel and primer repair section which they have developed over the last three decades. Today the company is capably managed by Theo Muller junior. After a recent bout of poor health of some 18 months, Theo senior is back in the saddle making a slow recovery along with Alida, his wife, to assist him. The trio are forging ahead and are in their own words, blessed as they recognise the fact that by employing a policy of trading fairly with every customer and enjoying organic customer growth, this has been their most important feature of sustained company expansion over the trading years.

Theo junior has also obtained over 15 insurance and OEM approvals to cement their ongoing supply of quality collision repaired vehicles. The staff at TEC seem to carry out their daily tasks without any great fuss or strain and with a new aluminium repair bay and 3D measuring system, TEC are right on top of their repair expertise game. Altogether the building size has doubled to over 2 000 square metres to ensure production flow is maintained with over 45 expert staff. The company are well set to cope with any expected collision repair demands.

Marouns/Intercity SA in Vereeniging have maintained a close relationship with TEC Auto Body over the years with the supply of waterborne and solvent borne refinish Standox paints on offer. The company continue to make them their refinish system of choice.

Speaking candidly Theo junior says that all too often there is the problem of unequal work distribution in the collision repair business. TEC Auto Body have never been short of work and in fact went through the entire pandemic without a dent in their production levels or quality.

It is excellent to see a sustainable business before your very eyes. At TEC Auto Body the customer is always treated both fairly and given a timeous extended guarantee on all workmanship, which is the company proven recipe for on-going success in the Vaal Triangle market of body repair.

Story and pics by Ian Groat