Ford's new Econo Check service will help its customers reduce fuel bills by up to 25 per cent.
Ford Econo Check offers both a vehicle inspection, an extended analysis of driving style and advice on how to improve fuel economy.
Aimed at most vehicles up to 12 years old, the Ford Econo Check starts with a check of all components which influence fuel use. A Ford technician will carry out checks including tyre pressure and condition, oil and air filter cleanliness during the 15-minute inspection.
The technician will also fit a small detachable data logger to the vehicle, which remains discretely and securely in the cabin for seven days. Once removed, either by the dealer or by the customer, and returned by post, the logger will reveal enough data on driving speed, anticipation, braking and gear change to issue a personalised report.
The emailed Econo Check report will recommend the driving style adjustments that could lead to reduced fuel consumption and emissions. The Ford Econo Check package can save up to 25 per cent on fuel - or £470 annually for the 12,000 miles a year motorist.
Andy Barratt, Ford customer service director, said: "Ford is first in offering an Econo Check to so many owners, almost regardless of their vehicles' age. The Blue Oval brand already includes a range of product choices for customers prioritising the environment, such as ECOnetic diesel models and EcoBoost petrol-engined vehicles. Now our dealers' service departments are helping to cut rising fuel and other running costs on Ford models by smarter driving."
A Ford Econo Check costs £29.99 (RRP), with £15 refundable against the next scheduled service. An additional £15 BP Ultimate fuel cashback voucher is on offer, for a limited period.
Available at Ford dealerships from 9th July 2010.Published 4 June 2010