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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.”
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