Approved quality spot checks on vehicles being serviced, and an assessment of the garage premises, can now be undertaken by the RAC.
It has been appointed as a compliance provider to enforce the Motor Industry Codes of Practice (MICP) for Service and Repair.
At least once within a 24-month period, RAC Inspections Services will carry out checks on service or repair work by each motor trader subscribing to the Code.
Traders who fail the checks will be subject to further testing of their workshops and service standards, and could be expelled from the programme.
Adrian McCarthy, head of RAC technical services, said: "It is important to continuously monitor and improve standards of servicing and repair, and this scheme will enable us to support and help raise quality in the motor industry.
"These inspections will help to ensure that motor traders signed up to the Code will offer motorists honest and fair services."
Chris Mason, director of Motor Codes, said: "We will now be working with leaders in their respective fields to deliver the operational services that gives the code its teeth."
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