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Is Car Servicing Cheaper At An Independent Garage?

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The blog this week is about whether it is cheaper to use an independent garage for your Volvo or Toyota servicing and repairs or whether you should use a main dealer. Read on to find out more:

There's not really much that you can do to stop your car from having problems now and again, but you can make sure that you keep it in tip top condition by having regular services carried out on it, and getting problems looked at as soon as they start. We have always said that preventative maintenance is always going to work out cheaper than reactive repairs. This is because the longer you leave a problem for, the more likely it is to develop into something more serious - not to mention far more expensive. The whole point in regular car servicing is because these items that get changed during servicing intervals have come to the end of their shelf life so to speak and are no longer effective. Therefore filters, oil, break pads, disks etc need changing/replacing.

Since October 2003, the European Regulations that surround new car services have changed to allow new car owners to go somewhere other than the franchised dealer to have their vehicle serviced during the warranty period. However, if you choose to do this, you still need to get the car serviced in accordance with the manufacturer's maintenance schedule and only use their approved parts to carry out any necessary repairs. This new ruling allows car owners to shop around for more competitive quotes for servicing of their vehicle. Therefore it is basically your right to choose where you take your car for servicing and repairs. Please ensure that wherever you take your Volvo or Toyota that you adhere to the manufacture service schedule, get your log book stamped and that genuine parts are fitted. Independent garages specialise in fixing cars, those that have specialist status will have years and years of experience with that particular brand such as ACC UK Ltd. We have all the latest diagnostic tools and equipment and have over 90 years experience of Volvo and Toyota cars as well as other makes and models. The reason an independent garage is normally cheaper is because they are as they say - small and independent. They do not have big fancy showrooms to finance as they normally do not sell cars - they just fix them, they normally do not have big overheads and lots and lots of staff to support - marketing, sales, PR, HR, accounts etc. They keep it simple - they fix cars! It does not mean they do not have the technology and the expertise. ACC UK Ltd is a multi award winning independent garage that has been in business for 17 years - their expertise is unrivalled - they often have problematic vehicles brought in from dealerships that they have been unable to fix or fault find. Why is this? Simple - they have the expertise and the knowledge. The guys at ACC UK Ltd are highly trained and highly skilled mechanics and Master Technicians - this knowledge has been learnt over years and through continuos learning and development. Cars and technology is ever changing - a 10 or 20 year old car is vastly different from a car today. Good independent garage would be able to work on a 10 or 20 year old Volvo or Toyota just as competently as a 3 year old Volvo or Toyota. Happy Safe Motoring Folks!

Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015 and 2019, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award, The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, The LiveWire Excellence In Vehicle Servicing 2019 Award and The Aftermarket Excellence Award for Best Website 2019, The Eagle Radio Biz Award – Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 & the SME News Magazine Most Trusted Car Servicing Provider 2020, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.