About manufacturers servicing
You may choose to request a manufacturers specified service for your vehicle. This service is different for each model or manufacture, indeed different years from the same model may have different service schedules. The extent of manufacturers service is too wide to cover in detail here. When you visit Alastair Reid Garages we will be able to advise on the best choice for you and provide a more detailed breakdown of the service specified by the manufacturers. You can choose a manufacturers specified service because ;
- you wish to follow the manufacturer recommended maintenance schedule
- maintain your car’s warranty
- you wish to ensure continued performance within manufacturers specification
The differences between a standard interim or full service and the manufacturers service can be minimal, indeed in some cases our service schedule exceeds the manufacturers recommendation. The main reason that it has been made available is to ensure vehicle warranties are maintained, see below.
Are all services not the same?
In accordance with the wider move to improve competition and remove restrictive practices, the European Parliament took a view that the practice of manufacturers forcing car owners to go to dealerships to get a service to uphold warranty was too restrictive. The result is a law known as the ‘Block Exemption’, that requires all manufacturers make service schedules and car computer information available to all garages and not just main dealers. Additionally they must accept parts that are equivalent to the original equipment but not necessarily from the same source.
This now ensures that any garage can undertake a service in the same way as a main dealer without impacting warranty or performance. It also guarantees that you have the widest possible choice of service location for your car.