Most motorists in Bexleyheath will be familiar with dashboard warning lights if their car exceeds a specific car servicing interval or may have already had car repairs undertaken because a vehicle has handled poorly or broken down. Others will have known the frustration of failing MOTs or the inconvenience of having to replace worn brake pads or tyres. The are all common issues that the average driver will eventually face.
The only thing worse than a mechanical or car servicing issue is the final bill some garages present upon completion of the work – especially main dealerships in the local area.
Leaving car repairs and servicing work to an independent garage in the Bexleyheath area is a great way to save money. A survey on one of the UK’s leading repair brokering websites revealed that privately-run garages typically charge 18% less for repairs. The majority also charge below the recommended DVSA prices for Class IV MOTs.
Hearts MOT Ltd has excellent relationships with motorists from all South London and Kent areas. Our workshop in Erith extends a particularly warm welcome to new customers from nearby Bexleyheath.
Some people see the name of a major manufacturer displayed outside a dealership and instantly believe that if they book in for car repairs or car servicing with an approved garage, the standards of service will be better or the technicians working there will have a wider range of skills. The reality is that mechanics at independent garages are often more proficient than their dealership counterparts.
Their experience in working on a wider range of vehicles reinforces a more diverse selection of skills and many will have experience in MOTs as well. Just because drivers pay more when they see major names on display at Bexleyheath dealerships, the only genuine difference in service delivery is often on the price.
Because dealership garages have a direct link to a manufacturer, they have an obligation to use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts for car servicing and for car repairs. These are the most expensive parts available to our sector and, while they may be of a premium quality, they tend to come at a premium price. Who ends up paying more for these parts? The motorist, of course, because a dealership must still run at a profit.
Independent garages in Bexleyheath have more freedom in their repair work and use aftermarket parts that still meet strict quality standards but come supplied at a much lower price. Aftermarket parts match OEM parts for performance, but the customer-friendly cost always reflects in the final bill.
Overheads and Warranties
Take a closer look at dealership garages and you’ll notice that they are bigger in size than independent workshops. Most will offer the same services as an independent, but it doesn’t require any extra space to perform car servicing on a certain make or model in one workshop than it does in another. It isn’t maintenance and car repairs, or even MOTs, that require this extra room. It is usually showroom space that makes a dealership that much bigger.
And, with a showroom, there comes the added cost of unpaid warranty work because the workshop is usually the back-end face of a front-end deal. Dealership garages in Bexleyheath inevitably charge more for car servicing and car repairs because they need to recoup the cost of work done for nothing on sold vehicles.