According to the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders), new car registrations in September exceeded expectations and were 8.2% higher than in September 2011.
New car owners may have been given an opportunity to purchase a service plan at the dealership, but the Good Garage Scheme would like to remind motorists that taking their car to an independent for a service will not invalidate the warranty.
Prior to 2003, motorists who took their vehicle for a service or
repair at any garage other than a main dealer were at risk of
invalidating the vehicle's warranty.
In October 2003,
the European Commission Block Exemption Regulation 1400/2002 changed all
of that and gave motorists more flexibility. Independent garages were
given access to technical information from the manufacturer including
diagnostic equipment and software allowing them to service and repair
As a result of the legislation, motorists are
free to take their vehicles to any garage for maintenance or service
work provided Original Equipment 'Matching Quality' (OEM) parts are used
and recorded as such. The garage must also follow the manufacturer's
How does Block Exemption Regulation (BER) affect the motorist?
to a study of garage servicing prices carried out by Which? in 2011, franchised
dealers consistently charged the most and independent garages were 18%
Top Marques Searched on Good Garage Scheme website
Research from the Good Garage Scheme can reveal that the most popular marques searched on its website include BMW, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Ford and Renault.
Why not look for a specialist to service or repair your car?
Visit www.GoodGarageScheme.com for more information.