PSA Group, the French car manufacturer, is recruiting for more than 600 UK garages to join its repair network as it rolls the scheme out over here.
Already operating across France, Spain, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, Euro Repar Car Service sees garages offer servicing, MoT testing, repairs and other services for all makes and models of car.
UK garages wanting to sign up to the network must have two manned ramps, a separate reception and a specified level of purchases to join.
Euro Repar Car Service already has more than 2,500 sites in Europe and has more than 10 years experience in the servicing and repairs market.
Businesses joining the network will have access to PSA’s range of parts, distribution network, technical support and marketing materials.
Participating garages will offer all-makes MoT, service and repair work for retail and fleet customers.
“Worth around £9 billion every year, the UK’s aftermarket revenue opportunity is one of the largest in Europe, with three per cent year-on-year growth over the last five years,” said Colin Start, head of marketing for parts and service for the PSA Group.
“Based on an established and highly successful business model, Euro Repar Car Service offers a unique opportunity for independent garages, which account for 61 per cent of the UK’s channel to achieve their potential growth by joining a centralised, recognisable network.”
Start said garages signing up to the network will be encouraged to keep their branding, saying that garages which retain their “individual personality and reputation” in the local area tend to do well.
“The approach is designed to suit either dealers who have additional unused space, or independent garages looking to be part of a supported network,” he added.
Garages signing up to the scheme will benefit from a PSA business manager who will help them produce tailored business plans, including a facility assessment and financial forecasting. They will also provide facility planning support, tools and stock profiling.
Joining a scheme like PSA Group's Euro Repar Car Service can be a great way for your garage to drive more local business and enjoy increased promotion in the marketplace. However, it's a good idea to check your motor trade insurance before signing up.