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Motorists can significantly reduce car parts billsBack

What Car? is advising customers that they can cut their car parts bills by as much as 50 per cent.

What Car? has today alerted people to the fact that a new change in the law has made it possible for motorists to choose where to take their new or used car for a service. People can also specify that the garage supplies cheaper equivalent-quality parts to be used.

Findings from What Car? revealed that dealers were inflating prices when it came to charging motorists for replacement parts and cited that while the dealer price for an original-equipment battery to fit a small family car was £71.66, a larger brand of aftermarket part could be sourced and purchased for a cheaper price of just £41.94. It was also reported that dealers charged £65.40 for a set of front brake pads when a matching quality pair could be sought for just £36.60.

What Car? consumer editor Emma Butcher said: “There is a general misconception that having a car serviced away from a main dealer or using non-car-maker parts will invalidate its warranty. This isn’t the case as long as any replacement part is either the original component, or a part of matching quality**. The part must also be fitted to the car maker’s specification.”

Below are five top tips on buying car parts in the future:

  1. Speak to your garage first and ask them to source the best possible price for parts which will fit your car, to ensure your warranty is not invalidated.
  2. Parts should be sourced from reputable companies such as a local parts retailer or a national chain such as Halfords. Check that whichever company you buy from offers a warranty on the parts as well as a suitable returns policy.
  3. If you do source your own parts, make sure you ask a dealer or garage to check their quality before you go ahead and get them fitted, and make sure a trusted dealer or garage fits the parts, do not fit anything yourself else you may jeopardise your existing warranty.
  4. Make sure the dealer always itemises the replacement parts in your car record service book.




Posted by Leana Kell on 01/12/2011