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

Car 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 are 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 servicing 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.

Transparency

“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 are VAG specialists but we undertake servicing for all makes and models of car or van throughout the North Manchester and Manchester City Centre areas. You can view our prices for VAG vehicle servicing and repair under the Vehicle Servicing link in the main menu. You can book your car or van in for a service, repair or MOT, use the quick quote 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 or repaired.

Our Latest Google, Facebook & Trustpilot Reviews

  • Definitely recommended - will be going back. Great company. Took my van in today - explained that i wanted to wait whilst the repairs were done - they had a technician on the van straight away. Work was completed quickly and efficiently whilst I waited in reception. A really nice bunch of knowledgable people providing a value for money service. I will definitely be going back, and would recommend.

    Andrew Statham
    08/09/2021

    I’ve had cambelt, water pump, service and ac service done at Volksmaster Oldham and the service was fantastic. I had plenty of questions regarding my car which Ryan answered all of them and I was kept informed on the progress of the work carried out. I’ll be using Volksmaster again and would recommend to anyone. Thanks again guys 👍

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    Jay Dixon
    27/08/2021

    Annual Service and MOT. Informed of work which was recommended, advised and work carried out accordingly within the price and timescales quoted. very good, professional service service

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    Andy Dougherty
    17/08/2021
  • Took our "smelly" Seat Alhambra in to Mike and the team at Volksmaster and as always got prompt, professional advice . Can't recommend these guys enough, their personal service is great and the quality of work is up there with the best. Thanks. Stuart

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    Stuart Roberts
    11/08/2021

    Recently took my Q3 to VM Oldham due to a problem with the windscreen washers. Problem quickly identified and resolved and I was able pick up the car within a couple of hours of dropping it off.
    As ever cost was very reasonable and I was given a full explanation of what the problem had been and how it had been rectified.
    Once again great service from my first choice garage.

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    Jeff Webster
    29/07/2021

    I couldn’t ask for a better service than Volksmaster. I’ve been taking my car there for the last 5 years and always felt so looked after. This last couple of weeks they’ve sorted a few issues with my car for me, the time frame and level of service totally exceeds expectations. I would never take my car to another garage. Can’t recommend enough.

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    Laura Haytack
    21/07/2021
  • Full service on VW Golf. Car was ready exactly at time requested, further advice regarding condition of other components provided for future reference/monitoring. All staff were very helpful and polite, thank you.

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    Craig Rostron
    05/07/2021

    Despite the cost very happy with the service I received last week for the condenser to be replaced on my VW Polo. Air con is working very well. Competitively priced despite the initial shock to my pocket! Even washed my car for me as well. 🙂 thank you

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    Holly Currie
    16/06/2021

    Awesome set of people always very helpful.
    Customer service 👍
    Quality 👍
    Highly recommended

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    Jack Anchor
    11/06/2021
  • Absolutely fantastic family run business looked after me from start to finish I won’t hesitate in using these again and recommending them we use Volksmaster in our company so I did not hesitate in using them for my own car better service than the dealer in my opinion
    Thanks Ryan

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    Craig Taylor
    09/06/2021

    Great service, explained everything. Even washed the van. Recommended *****

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    Gary Mc
    01/06/2021

    I've been using Volksmaster for approx 7-8 years, (have used both the Oldham and Bury branch). Over the years the experience has always been top notch. Fantastic service, professionalism, great knowledge and honesty from all the staff who work there. I cannot recommend Volksmaster highly enough, thanks Mike, Steve, Dawn, Samantha and the rest of the team.

    Jay Avatar
    Jay
    28/05/2021
  • First time using these guys, Ryan the service manager was excellent, always got back to me, let me know exactly what was wrong with the car first time round, what it would cost and when it would be ready, they really know their stuff, polite and professional I would highly recommend this garage to anyone, oh and they even washed and waxed my car after the job was done.

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    Matthew Herd
    25/05/2021

    Service and MOT complete.No problems,friendly service as usual.Not the cheapest but they provide honest ,competent,valuable service.

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    Terry Coates
    28/04/2021

    Great to see the VW experts to work on my Winnebago Rialta which is half VW half Winnebago. First visit source a cambelt from overseas as it was very rare. Today they carried out a full service, MOT, and fitted the broken seat belt. ( Which was a bit of a job). And to top it all cleaned up months of lockdown storage moss. Thank you to the great team.

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    Tim Harrison
    22/04/2021
  • Always a quick and brilliant service from these guys, and after they've finished they even wash and clean your car inside. Cant fault the service at all. Will continue to use for a long time I hope.

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    Karl M
    20/04/2021

    Amazing customer service, couldn't do enough for me, very friendly and eager to help. Car went in for major service and MOT at 8am and by 2pm had a phone call to say was ready to collect. The car did need work doing which they did within this time frame! Speedy turn around. Marie and Danny contacted me to explain the faults found thoroughly and nothing was too much of a bother for them; so so helpful! Thank you so much to you both! Could not fault you or this garage at all. Highly highly recommend.

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    Lauren Osborne
    06/04/2021

    Always friendly, honest and gets the job done.The staff treats you and your vehicle like it’s their own, Great professional and friendly shop. Very passionate about supreme customer service/satisfaction.. If you are in need of automotive care, please consider Volksmaster LTD ,Great facility with dealer quality service and competitive pricing. Awesome service.!!!

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    Hamid Masud
    29/03/2021
  • Very professional. Main dealer knowledge and customer care but way way cheaper. Second time we've used them for our cars. For Vw/Audi/Skoda etc they know anything that can go wrong and the cost effective way to fix it. Very useful to have them on board. This time it was our Audi S3 which is back to as-new condition. Thank you to the team. Highly recommended.

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    Joseph Kotrie Monson
    27/03/2021

    Great service. They advised they could book me in on a Thursday after my Audi Q7 had a suspension failure. I dropped the car off on a Tuesday because it was virtually un driveable and by Wednesday they had given me a price and repaired the car.

    I'll be dropping the car off for a full service in the future. Natalie and Nathan were great!

    Frank Griffin Avatar
    Frank Griffin
    17/03/2021

    Top service, very knowledgeable staff. Definitely go back next time the van needs a service.

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    John Nichol
    17/03/2021
  • I was extremely impressed with the professionalism of the staff at Volkmaster. Used for the 1st time and was totally confident that they would get me back on the road, and they did. Level of service is great, friendly and polite staff. Cheaper than dealerships and a great service from the staff.

    Thank you Volkmaster 👍👍👍👍👍

    Tariq Ismail Avatar
    Tariq Ismail
    17/03/2021

    I was extremely impressed with the professionalism of the staff at Volkmaster. Used for the 1st time and was totally confident that they would get me back on the road, and they did. Level of service is great, friendly and polite staff. Cheaper than dealerships and a great service from the staff.Thank you Volkmaster 👍👍👍👍👍

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    Tariq Ismail
    17/03/2021

    What an absolute pleasure to deal with from start to finish.
    Ryan even goes to the trouble of taking pics to show you without being asked. Having had my last car looked after by a main dealer (not the best experience) Volksmaster is like a breath of fresh air!

    Billy Menace Avatar
    Billy Menace
    15/03/2021
  • What an absolute pleasure to deal with from start to finish.Ryan even goes to the trouble of taking pics to show you without being asked. Having had my last car looked after by a main dealer (not the best experience) Volksmaster is like a breath of fresh air!

    Billy Menace Avatar
    Billy Menace
    15/03/2021

    Absolutely spot on service as always from Volksmaster, I've always taken my Audi's to them and the work they have carried out has always been perfect and I'll definitely continue to take my car there. thanks for the excellent service Volksmaster.

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    Jack Lancashire
    12/03/2021

    Absolutely spot on service as always from Volksmaster, I've always taken my Audi's to them and the work they have carried out has always been perfect and I'll definitely continue to take my car there. thanks for the excellent service Volksmaster.

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    Jack Lancashire
    12/03/2021
  • I would highly recommend Volksmaster , very knowledgeable and fairly priced, I like the fact that time is taken to explain what any faults are and keep the defective parts to sow you,and that no unnecessary work is carried out without talking to the customer firs.
    Great bunch of lads
    Thanks Volksmaster.

    stephen cooper Avatar
    stephen cooper
    05/03/2021

    Excellent service from the team especially Nathan who kept me up to date with my GTI and also car mini valleted in the lockdown period.

    Mohammed Imran Avatar
    Mohammed Imran
    03/03/2021

    Got my CAM and crank correlation faults repaired. Supplied and fitted inlet manifold gasket, valves, magnets, housing and gaskets. Great service and done the job really quick. I had the car back in half a day. Highly recommended top technition Dave & Nathan.

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    U J
    02/03/2021

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