Consumer advice

Magazine advises readers to source parts outside the franchise network, but urges caution

Published:  01 December, 2011

A CAR magazine has advised motorists to take advantage of 'right to repair' legislation and to leave the franchise dealer network as soon as possible.

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The article mentioned that while the dealer price for an original-equipment battery to fit a new small family car was £71.66, a big-brand aftermarket part could be bought for £41.94. A set of front brake pads bought from the dealer cost £65.40, compared with £36.60 for a matching-quality pair. An oil filter costing £8.83 from the dealer could be replaced with a matching-quality part found by the magazine for £4.92.

Under European 'Right to Repair' laws, it is perfectly permissible for motorists to have their choice of spare parts fitted, provided the items are of a quality matching the originals.  The magazine sounded a note of caution about where to source the parts from: ""It's always best to ask your dealer or garage to source your parts for you. However, if you are buying them yourself, make sure you deal only with a reputable retailer and are sure of the part's quality. Car safety is paramount" said the author of the article.

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