It is a common belief among motorists that despite the assurance of quality work, vehicle service, MOTs and bodyshop work using a manufacturers' franchised retailer can often be more expensive when compared to using a local independent garage. However, a recent Vauxhall study into competitor pricing has shown that this is not the case.
The study by Vauxhall MasterFit has shown that quality vehicle servicing doesn't necessarily have to come with a big price tag. The study found that MasterFit centres were actually cheaper in almost all service areas than many local independent garages and service centres including well known household names.
The analysis covering 10 per cent of the Vauxhall MasterFit retailer network nationwide showed that 88 per cent of services cost less with MasterFit than with local competitors across a range of parts and services, from tyres to timing belts and batteries to brake pads.
Examples include: A MasterFit centre offering tyres at 12 per cent less than a local, well known nationwide high street tyre retailer; a saving of 14 per cent for a major service on a Vauxhall Astra 1.6 model compared to a local independent garage; the replacement of a cambelt for a Vauxhall Corsa 16V 1.4 model was a staggering 35 per cent cheaper at a MasterFit centre over local competition in one major town; and new brake pads on a Corsa 1.2Sxi was an unbelievable 53 per cent cheaper at a MasterFit centre compared to one local independent garage.
Dave Elder from Vauxhall Aftersales said: "We run competitor analysis every month as part of our commitment to provide value to our customers."
Mr Elder continues: "People often think that they pay a premium for taking their vehicle to a manufacturer for repairs or servicing, but this is clearly not the case. As this study shows, MasterFit can offer customers the security you only get with a vehicle manufacturer; your warranty is protected, you know you are getting genuine parts with diagnostic equipment which is right for your car, and the support of highly trained Vauxhall technicians. And now, you know that you are getting this service at a price you can trust - this is good news all round."Published 28 August 2009