Shoprite drops car licence disc renewal price — How it compares

Shoprite has temporarily dropped the price of its vehicle licence disc renewal service from R225 to R185 — the lowest of any grocery retailer that offers the facility.

Shoprite said the “special offer” was in response to millions of licence discs that expired in September and October 2023.

The disproportionately high number of expiries during these months is due to the extension of their validity periods from earlier months during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The service is available online or in-person at Money Market counters in the 1,350 Shoprite, Checkers, and Usave stores nationwide.

At its regular price of R225, Shoprite’s offering was already over R100 cheaper than Pick n Pay.

With the temporary price reduction, it is also undercutting Spar’s licence disc renewal price of R199.

Shoprite’s 18% discount will only be available until 31 January 2024, however.

The R185 cost consists of a R110.25 admin and service fee and R74.75 delivery fee. The latter is the cheapest of any service in the country, narrowly beating the Post Office by 25 cents.

However, the overall renewal cost is still more expensive than the Post Office, FNB, Natis Online Services, and PayCity.

The price excludes the licence fee itself, which varies based on the tare of the vehicle, and possible penalties relating to late renewals.

A quote for this will be provided once the renewal process has commenced, Shoprite said.

3-minute renewal process

Shoprite said its service could take less than three minutes to complete if the user has all the correct documents ready.

The necessary documents are the current car licence disc, a barcoded ID book or smartcard ID, and proof of residence.

Similar to competing services, Shoprite’s facility allows users to capture all the necessary information online.

Payments for renewals can then be made online via Computicket or in-store.

The latter is also available at Money Market counters in OK Furniture, House & Home and selected OK Foods franchise outlets.

Shoprite said customers can expect delivery of their renewed licence disc within 5–10 days after payment.

The table below compares the prices of licence disc renewal services from major providers in South Africa.

Licence disc renewal service price comparison
Service provider Available provinces Service/admin fee Delivery fee Total price
PayCity Gauteng, City of Cape Town (metro only), Free State, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and North West Included Included R113.85
South African Post Office All R72 R75 R147.00
National Traffic Information System (Natis) Online Services All R72 R99 R171.00
FNB All R72 R99 R171.00
Shoprite Checkers All R110.25 R74.75 R185.00
Spar Unknown (only selected stores) R199 Included R199.00
Renewonline Gauteng, Limpopo R100 R115 R215.00
Disky  All R169 R70 R239.00
Pick n Pay All except Western Cape R250 R79.99 R329.99

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