Most AFV owners use franchised dealers for servicing

The vast majority of alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) drivers use franchised dealerships to service their car, according to research by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA).

The consumer survey carried out by Dipsticks Research, revealed that nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) of AFV owners used franchised car dealerships for servicing. This compared with 19 per cent preferring to use national chains while a further 19 per cent opted for independent garages.

AFVs sold 72,775 units in 2015 (a year-on-year rise of 40.3 per cent), with hybrid, electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles accounting for 2.8 per cent of total new car sales in the UK.

With the rise of AFV, you may well be thinking about adding more eco-friendly vehicles to your showroom. If that’s the case, you must check both your motor trade insurance and your road risks insurance policies, so your new stock is completely covered at all times.

Sue Robinson, the director of the NFDA, said: “With the ever increasing numbers of complex hybrid and electric cars on the road the need for accurate and knowledgeable servicing is paramount.

“Already we are seeing 62 per cent of AFV consumers using the franchised dealer network to service their vehicle. This is because we are the best placed to provide a high level of service using the manufactures latest guidance.

“We expect to see the percentage of AFV consumers using franchise dealers increasing as car design continues to move towards more complex transmission systems.”