Better car repair standards call

A new drive has been launched by consumer minister Gareth Thomas to improve car servicing and repair standards.

He wants garages to sign up to a Motor Industry Code of Practice and is encouraging MPs to contact garages in their constituencies urging them to sign up.

Since its launch at the end of the summer, more than 5,000 garages have already signed up to the code with more joining every day.

The drive will come as good news to car owners as new car sales for 2008 are expected to be down by at least 10%, meaning more people will be needing the services of a garage.

Gareth Thomas said: "When you book your car in for a service or repair, it can be a lottery whether you get a good deal or are taken for a ride.

"This tough new scheme will drive out the cowboy garages that charge for unnecessary work or miss major faults through incompetence.

"Many garages are already driving up standards by committing themselves to this Code. Regular inspections coupled with an enforcement regime will ensure consistency of service."

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