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RAC launches new services to help motorists manage MOT and service costs

Press release   •   Aug 10, 2016 09:00 BST

The RAC has launched two new services to help motorists manage some of the biggest costs of motoring – servicing, MOT and repairs – more easily than ever.

Delivered exclusively through the RAC Approved Garages network, RAC Fixed Price Service Plans and RAC MOT Check & Repair Plans are both designed to take some of the financial pain out of running a car by spreading the cost of a service and protecting against unexpected repairs needed to pass the MOT.

Many roadside breakdowns occur because motorists skip essential vehicle servicing, and RAC research shows that 75% of motorists make no provision to pay for servicing requirements, with over a quarter paying more than £200 for their annual service.

RAC MOT Check & Repair Plans give motorists peace of mind by covering repairs needed should a vehicle fail its next MOT test. They are free-of-charge with a service at any RAC Approved Garage provided an RAC vehicle health check has been completed and any remedial work identified has been carried out. If a vehicle needs repairs to pass its MOT, specific parts up to the value of £750* will be paid for under the plan.

RAC Fixed Service Plans enable motorists to break the cost of two years’ vehicle servicing and MOT tests into a manageable monthly fixed price so a vehicle never misses a vital service. Consisting of between 18 and 20 payments, they can be set up at RAC Approved Garages. Costs are based on the engine size of the vehicle to be covered. All work has to be carried out at RAC Approved Garages by experienced and trusted technicians.

RAC Fixed Service Plans start from just £16.99 a month for a vehicle up to 1400cc and go up to £28.99 a month for a vehicle over 3001cc.

RAC Approved Garages networks manager Gary Wrightson-Heyworth said: “By developing two highly beneficial products for motorists we have given RAC Approved Garages the tools to develop their businesses for the future. Some are naturally more focused on being places where patrols take stricken vehicles to be repaired, but others can now take advantage of these compelling products to enhance their retail business.”

All RAC Approved Garages providing both new products operate in line with the RAC Customer Charter and RAC Code of Conduct – which have been approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute under its Consumer Codes Approval Scheme which aims to bolster consumer protection and improve customer service standards.

For more information on both products visit: rac.co.uk/approvedgarages.

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With more than eight million members, the RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, insurance, buying a used car, vehicle inspections and checks, legal services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information – the RAC offers a solution for all motoring needs. The RAC is committed to making motoring easier, safer, more affordable and more enjoyable for drivers and road users.

The RAC is the motorist’s champion and campaigns to support the interests of its members and UK motorists at a national level, including advancing levels of road safety, supporting the needs of young drivers and voicing concerns about the increasing cost of motoring. The RAC’s annual Report on Motoring – first published in 1989 – provides a clear insight into the concerns and issues facing today’s motorists.

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Key facts:

  • RAC patrols fix four out of five vehicles at the roadside and on average within 30 minutes
  • RAC vans carry more than 500 parts and tools to get members’ vehicles going again
  • 92% of members would recommend RAC Rescue to their friends and family