Thousands of car garages to undergo AA inspections

A large number of motor traders in the UK are going to face AA inspections, it has been revealed this week.

Motor Codes, the Trading Standards group for garages, has appointed the AA to carry out inspections of the 8,000 garages in its network. The scheme is designed to ensure that Britain’s motorists get a good service when they take their vehicles in for repairs and maintenance work.

While an AA inspection will help businesses meet Trading Standards, these companies might also want to consider a visit from risk management experts. By inviting a team to examine a business premises, a firm can reduce or eradicate risks – whether that be injury or theft – which in turn could see a dramatic fall in the price of a combined motor trade insurance quote.

Insurance brokers such as Bollington can offer risk management as part of their services, so it could be worth discussing this when taking out an insurance policy.

The partnership between Motor Codes and the AA will see every company that signs up inspected within a month. Garages will then undergo further inspections every two years. The results of the inspections will be posted online, allowing drivers to assess the ratings of different businesses before choosing where to take their vehicle for servicing or repairs.

Chris Mason, managing director of Motor Codes, commented: “We see the prospect of Motor Codes garages inspected by the AA as a powerful tool of reassurance for consumers.

“The significance of a partnership with an organisation that has 15 million members on its books and deals with 3.5 million breakdowns per year should give current and prospective Motor Codes subscribers confidence for the future.”