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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These guys are the real deal! 5 star. Constantly going the extra mile. Knowledgeable, patient, honest, down-to-earth and they know their VWs inside out. My van is back today from them, super clean and smelling great.
So happy to have discovered their Bury branch, they gave my Volkswagen T5.1 van some seriously needed TLC and it drives like a new vehicle.
I won't go anywhere else after so many dodgy cowboy garage experiences... now discovering these guys is like a diamond in the rough!! Don't hesitate to use them for any of your VAG needs. I'll be back.
Cheers, Hannah.HANNAH FARREN05/12/2019
Excellent service at Volksmaster Bury. Took my Audi TT because there was water leaking into the footwells but I had no idea where from. They found the leak within an hour, replaced my windscreen and had it all sealed. They even cleaned all the mould from the carpets and dried it out as much as they could. Prices are fair and Mike was extremely helpful - highly recommended!Linda Barlow04/12/2019
The quality of the service was excellent everything that was promised to me was delivered on time, I highly recommend volksmaster Oldham and have since recommended some of my family and friends to them, the over customer experience was excellent they kept me updated about everything and the communication was excellent. Would definitely use them again and good value for money.Asad Mahmood28/11/2019
Brilliant garage. They're honest, reliable, friendly and always try to fit you in at short notice if they can. You're given a estimate of the time that the job will take and they stick to it. No needless hanging around or constant calling to check on progress that I've had to do with some other garages. I trust the staff at Volksmaster to do a great job on time and to charge a fair price.Gareth Lawler28/11/2019
Wouldnt take my car anywhere else. Fair prices and every member of staff is friendly and helpful. Brilliant garage.Heather Robinson27/11/2019
Friendly and quick service. They did my cam belt change no problem. Have used this place before and they are 100% reliable. Car was also cleaned inside and out.Thanks very much guys!Clare Hirst23/11/2019
This is the second time I have been to Volksmaster in Oldham the level of service and attention to detail was excellent I can’t recommend enough,.martin carver23/11/2019
- Steve Bradbury21/11/2019
These guys are fantastic!, not only did they fix the issues with my touareg. I had trouble getting over to pick my car so they delivered it to my work! Amazing
Thank you. Would recommend to anyoneChris Nicholson08/11/2019
First time I've used you guys. You did a fantastic job on my Audi A6 that had a terrible noise coming from the drivers side wheel. Turns out it was the wheel bearing that had gone and advised me that both needed changing which I was happy with knowing when one side has gone the other side is not long off failing as well .Great work guys will be back in the future for servicing and repairs all the best Dan 👍🏻Daniel Rynham03/11/2019
Just picked up my seat leon 1.6 l diesel. Was suffering with DPF and injector issues. Had the car in a few garages over the last couple of years and they never got to bottom of anything so gradually got worse. Volksmaster identified issues on day 1 and got car back within 48 hours of being dropped off. Its driving better than it did we when bought 2nd hand. Best service I've had from any garage.Lee Hulme30/10/2019
Sorted a service, the timing belt and water pump on my vehicle quikly and at a reasonable price, thanksGary Norwood22/10/2019
Excellent and polite service. Ryan on front desk was real gentlemen and answered any queries. Left my car for belt and waterpump change at 10am and was ready to collect by 15:30. Service was fast and efficient. Will use this branch for service aswell instead of taking to main dealer.Zahid Mahmood09/10/2019
Excellent, honest service. Beats any dealer hands down in terms of price and customer service. Highly recommended.Kapil Bharath30/09/2019
Took my Seat in for a Wheel Alignment today, great service & friendly staff. Steering was very slightly off 1st time round which was more down to my vehicle than bad workmanship but all to happy to alter later on in the day. Happy customer.
Highly recommend using Volksmaster over dealership or other high street garages.
I went for my VW's first service instead of paying through the nose at the dealership. The staff are all very friendly were happy to explain things to me and other customers. If you don’t mind forgoing the fancy waiting room of the dealership then this place will keep your service costs down and I even had a cup of tea while I waited. See you next time VM!David Jordan28/08/2019
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 )
I think the amount of years I have been using their services sums up how highly I would recommend them.
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
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
Had the cambelt changed on my Golf GTD, great friendly service.
Only minor thing was they are very busy so you need to book well in advance.Lee Holden18/05/2019