Autobooks & Technical Data - South Africa

Seven Sea Traders CC - Autobooks.  "Direct importers of workshop & technical manuals for South Africa

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History of "Auto Data Digest" in South Africa.

In the past South Africa always had the luxury of producing their own "Auto Data Digest".  This "Car Bible" was sold at the CNA (Central News Agencies), and was used by DIY and workshops alike.  The early editions were just a little larger than A5 size, and were covered by a black cover. 

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Inside the manual, on each page, a photo of the model was shown, and the specifications and torque settings, for that model were stated. "Mead & McGrouther" was the publishing company involved in the publishing of the South African information for this manual.

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In the 2000 / 2001 year book, the Auto Data Digest was combined with the Commercial Digest, and was sold complete with a CD. The last edition, the 29th Edition of the Auto Data Digest was printed in 2005, but no CD was included. The format also changed to an A4, and the photo's of each model was removed. The manual included all models up to 2002.

Due to the fact that the local manuals were no longer available, we had to find a replacement for our local market.  We have imported the UK Autodata manuals. The reason for this is listed below.

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Why we chose Autodata UK.

The reason for this is quite simple.  As far as we know, Autodata UK is the only company that still produces manuals in book format, that lists the specification and toque settings for modern cars, and light commercial vehicles.  All measurements must be in metric, thus this excludes all American and Canadian publishers.  Although there are a few other similar products in software formats, our market is aimed at the small business sector.  This sector is not designed to run "yearly subscription products".

Workshop manuals : all specifications stated for desired vehicle.

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Workshop manuals, another option!

Seven Sea Traders - Autobooks, also imports a number of workshop & repair manuals from leading publishers worldwide.  The most well know of these publishers is the "Haynes" range.  These workshop manuals include all specification for the desired vehicle, and each manual is based on a complete breakdown and rebuild.  If you are a small fleet owner, or a DIY mechanic, this is maybe a cheaper option in order to obtaining the specifications that are required.  If you want to follow this option please visit the following website

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