Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of a brand that launched an entire automotive sector and today is familiar to every motorist up and down the land. On 16 April 1971 in McDonald Road, Edinburgh, the first ever Kwik Fit centre opened its garage doors to motorists, offering the new concept of ‘fast fit’ services, replacing components while drivers waited.
Halfords Autocentres has launched a car collection and delivery service. Running from 215 of its garages across the UK, the service is available alongside service or MOT with a service bookings. The service means staff at the Autocentre will collect the car from your home and return it when work has been completed. The company is charging £19.99 for the service.
Even emergency vehicles need breakdown assistance, servicing and tyres, and this is one main reason why the government has authorised garages and fast-fits to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic. ATS Euromaster confirms that most of its service centres remain open following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday, however they ask customers for understanding should prearranged jobs be postponed in order to prioritise emergency fleet work.
Kwik Fit says it is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak, and at present its centres are open for business as usual “where possible”. It adds that the company’s “overriding priority” is the health and well-bring of its staff and customers.
National Tyres and Autocare has begun offering vehicle servicing at selected outlets. It offers three vehicle servicing packages, starting with a 25-point Express Service and going up to a full 51-point Full Service.
Halfords will extend its Mobile Expert service to London, following its pilot in the West Midlands, Manchester and Surrey. The retailer will place five new vans in London from 30 March, which it says will cover the capital. The service means that Halfords Mobile Expert vans will be available to nearly a third of UK households. The company added that it plans to roll out between 100 and 150 vans across the UK within the next two years.
First Stop network partner KAM Servicing has been presented with WhoCanFixMyCar.com’s Best Regional Group award. The 12 garage, East Midlands chain rescued more than 450 stricken motorists, gaining a 4.7 rating out of 5, and receiving hundreds of online recommendations. More than 350,000 servicing and repair jobs were posted for garages on WhoCanFixMyCar.com.
Online search and booking platform, AA Garage Guide has unveiled its partnership with the Motor Ombudsman – formerly known as Motor Codes. As part of the new link, the Motor Ombudsman will advocate the AA Garage Guide platform to all of its accredited garages with immediate effect.
Hyundai Motor Group has outlined plans to bring connected cars to reality and is currently working on technology that, it claims, will “remotely diagnose and fix vehicle issues before they become apparent.”
Motorists will never need to feel like they are being taken for a ride again with the launch of an interactive booking directory of garages, which allows motorists to get instant prices for their car’s servicing, MOT, and repair requirements. The Motorist’s Organisation’s £1m investment sets to save consumers time and money by giving them the transparency of information to make an informed booking decision with confidence.
On average, the absence of a full service history knocks 19 per cent off a car’s value when sold. This is the finding of a survey recently performed by ICM on behalf of Kwik Fit. Of the 2,003 UK adults who took part in the survey, 45 per cent also said an incomplete service history is a deal breaker for them, and they wouldn’t even consider purchasing a vehicle that had service history holes.
Halfords Autocentres has hired Satnam Singh to head-up its technical training team, a new role that it says “reflects the increasing focus that Halfords Autocentres is placing on training” and on investing to give its technicians “the expertise necessary to be able to service any make or model of car.”