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.
Servicesure Autocentres, the garage network run by The Parts Alliance, has welcomed the launch of The Motor Ombudsman. Paul Dineen, the network’s Head of Garage Programmes, said drivers would be given extra confidence knowing the service was there to offer help if things went wrong.
The UK Garage of the Year Award was presented at the prestigious Auto Express Car of the Year Awards in London on June 30th. Motor Codes, the government-approved garage scheme revealed that Crescent Motoring from Burton on Trent in Staffordshire had scooped the prestigious award.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Motor Codes, has launched a Vehicle Safety Recall search tool, which operates using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The idea is that car owners and buyers can check if their vehicle is subject to an outstanding safety recall.
The UK automotive sector, led by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Motor Codes, has launched a new consumer-facing web portal to enable motorists to identify if their vehicle is on a safety recall list. Customers will also be directed to their nearest dealer so that any necessary remedial work can be carried out as quickly as possible.
Bringing a huge boost for consumer protection, Motor Codes has announced a 45 per cent surge in its independent garage subscriber-base, taking the number of formally-endorsed local businesses to more than 2,000 across the UK.
Grovewood Sport and the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) have revealed plans for a four round Protyre Formula Renault Championship ‘Autumn Cup' which will take place at Rockingham International Super Sports Car Circuit over the weekend 16th/17th November.
Shocking new findings show that a third of motorists have driven a car knowing it has no MOT. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) surveyed 1,000 UK motorists and found that, of those that have driven a car without a valid MOT, 67 per cent admitted driving for up to a week before the retest, 24 per cent for up to a month, 7 per cent for up to six months and 2 per cent for more than six months.
The SMMT has announced that Michael Hawes will be joining as its new chief executive in the early Autumn. According to the association, he will lead the executive team that will promote the interests and successes of the UK motor industry and help address the challenges of the current climate. He will also ensure the SMMT delivers stronger representation and engagement with all its stakeholders and help accelerate growth of the two key subsidiary companies: SMMT Industry Forum Limited and Motor Codes Limited.
A new Government-backed car MOT and Service business has been launched online offering great savings for car owners nationwide. Approved Garages has over 350 industry approved garages throughout England, Scotland and Wales, with more garages joining every day. The simple online service allows customers to quickly find their nearest reputable garage for all their vehicle requirements, specialising in competitive MOT and Services for all car makes and models.
A new initiative to help garages and tyre retailers across the country has been launched by the Tyre Recovery Association today. The Responsible Retailer Certificate of Compliance will be awarded to retailers meeting best practice standards by a member of the Tyre Industry Federation Responsible Recycler Scheme. The TRA says that the new scheme is designed to help garages and retailers not only to manage their used tyre disposal in line with industry standards; the Responsible Retailer Scheme also aims to help compliant businesses communicate their environmentally responsible credentials to customers. Also launched was a new website, which will contain a searchable database of all certified garages for motorists and of local collectors for retailers.
Motorists in London are more likely than those in any other part of the UK to fail their MOT as a result of simple, easy-to-fix, issues such as blown bulbs, worn tyres and cracked windscreens. The research, conducted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), indicates that around 1.5 million MOT failures each year could be avoided if motorists carry out simple visual checks of their vehicles and forewarn their dealer of issues, before the annual test of roadworthiness.
While many of us may have thought that price is the most important determining factor when it is time to visit a garage, the latest research from Halfords Autocentres suggests it is actually more about trust. The study among UK motorists found that, despite fuel and insurance prices driving up the cost of motoring, the vast majority of owners (62 per cent) value trust above all else.