New Owners

New car owners going independent to...

Newer car owners are increasingly turning to independent garages for servicing, repairs and MOTs, according to recent figures revealed by Trust My Garage. The countrywide independent garage scheme carried out a straw poll of 100 motorists and found 67% took their vehicle to an independent garage. Less than 1/3 said that they take their vehicle to a main dealer garage.

Only 16% of respondents owned a car more than 10 years old. Almost half said that their car was between five and ten years old and 39% had bought their car within the last five years. Under European law, Block Exemption Regulations mean motorists have the right to have their vehicle serviced, maintained and repaired at an independent garage of their choice, without invalidating the warranty. Independent garage advantages often include lower prices, more personal service and customers’ desire to help support local businesses.

Terry Gibson from Trust My Garage said: ”There are thousands of quality independent garages that are perfectly competent to service newly manufactured cars. They have full access to manufacturer information and operate equipment and tools that can analyse faults on your vehicle and with quality parts and trained staff, independent garages are able to offer you safe and clean mobility throughout the entire life cycle of your car.

“Taking your brand new car to an independent garage will not invalidate your warranty as long as the garage services the vehicle according to the manufacturer’s schedule using parts which are of ‘equivalent quality’. It is fantastic that motorists are putting their trust in independent garages and that this confidence in them is being paid off.” Posted by: Garage Wire News on 11th February 2014

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