Car Service In Manchester? Which Garage Should You Choose?
If you are looking for a garage to service your car you are probably looking for both expertise and affordability. For car servicing Manchester there is a lot of choice so you may want to look at alternatives to using the main dealer especially as you can get a quality service at a local, reputable garage at a much lower cost.
There are a number of misconceptions that drive people to get their car serviced at the main dealer; usually concerns about warranty, affects on the resale value of the vehicle or worries that another garage may carry out unnecessary work. Sometimes going to the main dealer is not the best deal, so let’s consider some of those common reasons why people don’t shop around for a car service.
Concerns Over Warranty
Legally a new car must have a two-year manufacturer’s warranty. The warranty starts at first registration and continues even if the car is sold again within this time. People are often concerned that if they go to an independent garage instead of the dealer that it will automatically void the warranty. This is not true: A car manufacturer has no legal right to force a car owner to use their official dealership. You should be aware, however, that the manufacturer may have some specific conditions regarding when the car is serviced and how the service is carried out during the period it is in warranty.
One of these conditions is the interval at which the car is serviced while it is still under warranty so you should ensure that this is done according to the schedule they provide. They also stipulate that you keep a service record and always use original parts. However, if you meet these conditions you can get your car serviced at any garage in Manchester without affecting the warranty at all. A good, reputable garage will use the correct parts and consumables, update your service record, make sure all bills and receipts are kept and use all of the manufacturer’s specified procedures.
Concerns Over Service Quality
Quality is often the main concern when someone owns a relatively new car. Often this relates to the quality of spare parts as well as the competence of the mechanics that will be working on the vehicle. There is a common belief that independent garages are cheaper because they are less skilled, cut corners or use cheaper parts. This can be the case, but if this is a garage you have confidence in then it should not be an issue.
If you use a VAG specialist in Manchester, there is obviously no worries about the service quality. In fact, because they often employ mechanics that have been trained by the manufacturer or who have worked at an official dealership before, you can be sure that they are competent and familiar with all the processes, procedures and standards needed to give your car a good service. You may find that a garage offers two different types of service; One for cars that are still in warranty, and one for everyone else. Whatever service you use, rest assured that you will get detailed checks and the best quality spares and repairs.
Though VAG specialists Volksmaster have, as the name suggests, a specialist focus they also service, repair and MOT all other makes and model of car from a Ford to a Lambourghini, from a Smart Car to a Peugeot and everything in between. The highly technical knowledge gained in servicing VAG vehicles transfers to other brands ensuring an equally high level of vehicle servicing.
Concerns Over Resale Value
If you use the official dealer to service your car you can guarantee that this will help you retain the value of your vehicle. However, any potential buyer is more concerned that you have actually serviced the car, that you have done so at the correct time or mileage as specified by the manufacturer.
Other points of interest include any damage, for example, through accident or collision or if you have needed any major repairs. If you use a reputable independent garage for servicing and repair, and you ensure that the manufacturer’s servicng timescale and conditions are met your car will not lose out on resale value. As your car ages the impact of the service history on value becomes less, certainly it is more important if your car is under five years old.
“Back street garage”, the very words can summon up concern if you are considering using the services of such an establishment. We’ve all heard stories of inflated bills, unnecessary work and even vehicles leaving the workshop in worse state than when they arrived.
With Volksmaster transparency is a corner stone of our business. No work is carried out on a vehicle without our first informing the customer of the recommendations, with an explanation in detail of why the work is recommended. We do not undertake any work without first calling the customer and receiving their go ahead and we’re quiet happy to hear a ‘”No thanks” as customer care is another priority of our service. Our reputation for transparency and low cost but high quality work is evident in the countless customer reviews you can find on our website and across the Internet. Without our fastidiously maintained transparency our business would crumble.
It is obvious that an official manufacturer dealership will give your car an excellent service. The downside is always the cost and lack of convenience. The exception to this is where the manufacturer offers free servicing and there will often be a couple of complementary services included with a new car. Also, if you need warranty repairs these will need to be done at an official dealership. Apart from those cases, you can use any reputable garage for your car service in Manchester and get a good quality service, at a lower cost with great customer care.
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We undertake servicing for all makes and models of car or van throughout the North Manchester and Manchester City Centre areas, you can book your car or van in for a service, repair or MOT, use the quick qoute form below or give us a call on 0161 624 5060. We also offer a highly convenient Collect & Return service or a courtesy car so you’re routine is disrupted as little as possible while your vehicle is serviced.
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Just picked up my Audi from its second service at Volksmaster Bury. Both times they've done a great job, provided excellent service at reasonable prices and kept me updated with anything that needed doing as soon as they found it. Can't see me switching to another garage any time soon.James Whitham20/08/2019
I have been their customer for more than 16 years.
I was looking for someone who would be honest not charge for jobs that didn't exist.( being female that happened to me a lot )
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Mike,Ryan, Lisa and all the staff are professionals in what they do. A great family business which I have gone on to reccomend to my friends and family.Roxie Taj16/07/2019
Fantastic service. Wouldn't take my car anywhere else. Highly reccomended . If you want the best service and highly skilled technicians - this is the place to go. Nice people too !Mark Allan20/06/2019
Needed a repaired comfort control… Needed a repaired comfort control module programmed and fitted to my 2003 vw transporter thought I would have to go to main dealer who would want to fit new part £400+vat +120+vat for programming plus labour my local garage couldn’t do it then a friend put me onto volksmaster took the van to them at 830am got a call at 10am job done cost £116 saved a fortune excellent service highly recommendedcustomer27/05/2019
- Anthony Nicholls11/05/2019
I booked my VW Golf in for a major service as they were much cheaper than Inchcape and wouldn't invalidate my used car warranty. They found some issues whilst carrying out the service which they were able to repair on the same day. Car was picked up from my home and returned later on washed and vacuumed.Sarah Brennan26/04/2019
Excellent service Excellent service. Quality work done to a fair price. I would rate their standards above that of main dealer.mark08/04/2019
HONEST. Garages have a bad reputation for ripping people off. Trust is a major thing and you can trust them. Was booked in for front and back tracking was quoted £99 when I came to pick up car they only charged £46 as back wheels did not need adjustments. They could have charged me and I would not have known.
Excellent service, really professional and the services are much cheaper than the Audi dealership whilst being warranty standard. Will definitely be using again in the future.Mark Small05/04/2019
Engine failure Dropped off last minute with engine failure.. Diagnosed engine fix and did fantastic job from start to finish. Kept me updated throughout and tried their hardest to keep the costs down. Very friendly and professional company and service. Definitely recommend.Anderw12/03/2019
Excellent service always explained… Excellent service always explained fully and trusted that necessary.Lucy11/03/2019
Beats the main dealer Some places you go you wonder just how competent the staff are but after 4 visits I have total confidnce in their abilities. Pricing seems very fair, any extra work they find is clearly explained and costed so no shocks when you go back to collect. All the staff I've encountered are really friendly too.Jonathan D06/03/2019
Brilliant customer service Brilliant customer service, value for money and most importantly trusted explicitly.Stephen Young04/03/2019
Outstanding! Outstanding! I couldn’t recommend them enough & I will never take my vehicle anywhere else. Staff are fabulous and go out of their way to provide the best service I’ve ever experienced. I’ve been to both the bury & Oldham garage and both were equally professional and provided a first class service.Taira04/03/2019
I have previously used Volkmaster and… I have previously used Volkmaster and have always been totally satisfied by the pleasant and professional manner with which they treat their customers so much so that I have recommended to my friends who have also been very satisfied with their service.Mr. Anderson.04/03/2019
A very dedicated team of mechanics who… A very dedicated team of mechanics who used excellent diagnostic skills to identify a difficult problem.VIANELLO04/03/2019
- Ms D Coombes23/02/2019
As always a great service Volksmaster… As always a great service Volksmaster provide. Ryan and the team are professional and polite.BROOKS21/02/2019