AA’s new scheme aims to help dealers stand out from their rivals

Time 5:33 pm, February 17, 2016

THE AA has launched Vehicle Inspections for dealers.

The new service offering pre-sale vehicle inspections is designed to help dealers stand out from the competition, protect them against new consumer rights legislation and increase profitability.

By having their vehicle stock independently inspected by the AA, it’s hoped that dealers will benefit from the trust and quality associated with the brand.

All vehicles sold with an AA inspection will be advertised on AA Cars, the used car search portal, and come with 12 months’ free breakdown cover as well as a free vehicle history check.

AA Inspections are available for vehicles up to 10 years old, but high-performance or exotic cars are excluded. The detailed 128-point mechanical inspection covers items such as the front suspension, steering and underframe, fuel system, engine compartment, body exterior and interior fittings. It also includes a road test of up to five miles to support any pre-existing claims disputes.

The inspection will have a strict pass or fail criteria for each point, and will be in-line with the new Consumer Rights Act 2015. The new rules allow a customer to return a faulty vehicle within the first 30 days after purchase, and receive a full refund.

David Bruce, director of AA Vehicle Inspections, said: ‘We believe that Vehicle Inspections will provide a valuable add-on service to dealers who are looking to take their business to the next level and offer customers a premium product.

‘With an AA vehicle inspection, the customer will have that reassurance of knowing that the inspection was carried out independently and by a trusted brand.’

Gavin Leach, owner of Berkshire Fiesta Centre, said: ‘The AA has earned drivers’ trust over generations, and its brand is known and respected across Britain – so being associated with it is very powerful.

‘For a family firm like us, reputation is everything. The trust and peace of mind that comes from selling AA-inspected cars is worth its weight in gold.’

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Dave, production editor on Car Dealer Magazine, is a journalist with more than 30 years' experience in the worlds of newspapers, magazines and public relations.

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