Car Service In Manchester? Which Garage Should You Choose?
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.
For Your Car Service In Manchester
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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Always a pleasure booking the car in highly recommend nathan and the lads do an amazing job the receptionist is lovely always willing to go the extra mile for there customers. I really wouldn't go anywhere else thanks again. Always on time very professionalJordan Clancy30/06/2020
The reception and staff could not be more helpful the service was carried out on time and the car was given a full clean inside and out definately recomend volksmaster for car serviceMalcolm Watson30/06/2020
Volksmaster Bury My wife took her Lease car to Volksmaster at BURY. There were issues with communications between the Lease Company, my wife's company etc. but we were both impressed with the courteous and professional manner in which the 'guys' at Volksmaster operated and the willingness to provide and excellent customer service and get her car back to her as soon as possible. Well done to all and thank you. HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDJohn Griffin27/06/2020
Excellent service - very professional and friendly. Had them recommended and will be using them from now on - highly recommended by me.Catherine Bradbury27/06/2020
We’ve been using Volksmaster for about 6 years. They have always been professional and helpful. The work carried out has always been high quality and good value.Andrew Lomax23/06/2020
After being messed about by main dealers, decided to take my business elsewhere!! After chatting to Lisa (very friendly and knowledgeable) got my Audi TTS booked in, turned up and Ryan had me back On the road in no time, great professional guys at 50% of the stealers!! Highly recommended 👍🏼yenoor406 .18/06/2020
After being messed about by main dealers, decided to take my business elsewhere!! After chatting to Lisa (very friendly and knowledgeable) got my Audi TTS booked in, turned up and Ryan had me back On the road in no time, great professional guys at 50% of the stealers!! Highly recommended 👍🏼yenoor40618/06/2020
Excellent service and went above and beyond to help with warranty company. I will definitely recommend and will definitely use again.
I brought my Audi here, following a recommendation from an AA mechanic. I dealt with Mike, who was brilliant. Work was done extremely quick, very efficient and communicated well the whole way through. Also very helpfull in providing me with statements and documents to support my claim to the ombudsman after my warranty company refused to pay for the work.
Thanks guystobi oputa10/06/2020
I would highly recommend this place. Very professional. Personally spoke with Mike who was really helpful and gave brilliant advice. He was very honest and genuinely helped us. They are very clean and thoroughly clean car after done which is essential with the current situation.
The service is impeccable, quality of the work is outstanding. I will definitely be going here for all future work.Saim Ghazanfar ali05/06/2020
It’s very rare I write a review, but today the service received from Volksmaster was exceptional!
With the COVID-19 issue at the present time they have developed procedures for keeping distance when in the office and disinfecting all parts of the car they touch before the service and when finished.
As for the service, I am very pleased. Everything completed and they also highlighted issues from previous servicing.
As for the cost, I am deliriously happy. Never again will I have the hassle of dealing with an AUDI main dealer who charge the earth and do unnecessary work. (Bye Bye Main Dealers)Colin Buckley27/05/2020
Cannot praise them highly enough - recommended by a friend for their attention to new Covid 19 situation when they had a car situation 2 weeks ago- had a situation requiring immediate action myself and the good hygiene controls had become even better. Fixed screen in reception - key disinfected in and out/ key elements of car disinfected in and out and great price for job. The 'new' way forward. Thank you. Stay safe. Well done for embracing new normalMags Poulton07/05/2020
brought my Volkswagen passat here recently to get my boot fixed. great service, great price. didnt take to long to get the job done. thanks guys.Stephen James Rhodes25/04/2020
Brilliant service from these guys, car feels brand new, even washed and vacuumed it too...think I will use these more in the future, see how long I can keep my 12yo car going for...hopefully another 12 years?Darren Bastin13/03/2020
Always friendly and helpful, really know their stuff.They will advise honestly and charge fairly.i would not use any other.Roy Clare13/03/2020
Volksmaster have looked after my Touareg for the past three years and have done a great job servicing and MOT'ing it - their work is always to a high standard and at a great price. Recommend them to anyone.Anthony Boggiano03/03/2020
I always take my car to Volksmaster in Bury... Very good customer service and friendly staff.. I highly recommend Volksmaster to service and repair your car.. They offer a comparable if not better service than your local main dealer.. 5 Star and highly recommended ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️David Brennan02/03/2020
Took my daughter's car here for it's second service because the previous owner had it's first service carried out by Volksmaster Bury and he recommended them to me. RUBBISH service!!
Only joking, everything was great; polite, friendly professional service and a quick turnaround (the service was completed before I had finished my lunch) I will be bringing the car back here for the next service.
Thanks, RobRobert Ray28/02/2020
I've brought both my cars to the Bury branch for the past 7 years and they have been absolute class on every visit!!
Knowledge, value for money, and most importantly truly honest.
If you have a German car it’s a no brainer over main dealer rip off merchants.Mark Eustace21/02/2020
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Car valeted and any potential future issues discussed and advice given. Great service!!Tony North21/02/2020
Honest and very professional operation. Keep you updated on progress etc. Not the cheapest but if your after quality then this is the right place.Saying that My Ex's 10yr old car just went for an MOT and only cost £60 with some bulbs and screen wash etc.I have used them for 10 years now and always been happy.Jonathon Wolsey20/02/2020