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Mobile mechanic service launched by RAC

The RAC now offers a new mobile mechanics service for 20 of Britain’s biggest towns and cities so motorists can get their cars serviced or repaired at home or work.

The new service now covers 20 of Britain’s biggest towns and cities with plans for even wider coverage before the end of the year.

An RAC Mobile Mechanics interim service, which costs from £155, includes 25 vehicle safety checks, an oil change, topping up of coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid and windscreen washer reservoir if required, resetting the service light and providing proof of servicing. 

A full service, priced from £185, includes all of above, along with checking the air filter and spark plugs, together with 15 more safety checks taking the total to 40.

These include checking the fuel system and tank, the condition and tension of auxiliary drive belts (not timing belt), and the condition of brake fluid. 

For those who don’t require a full or interim service, a vehicle diagnostic check along with an on-site fix or a garage recommendation is £65.

RAC service, maintenance and repair chief executive Paul Coward said: “We decided to launch RAC Mobile Mechanics in response to members’ demands for convenience when it comes to getting their cars serviced and repaired.

“Our research with drivers shows there’s often a lot of hassle associated with getting the car to the garage and then collecting it later.

“And with so many of us now spending more time working from home, we realised bringing very competitively priced car servicing and repairs to people’s doorsteps or workplaces with expert RAC mobile mechanic would make their lives much easier.”

Many franchised dealer groups such as TrustFord already provide a mobile service offering for customers.

Government minister for roads and buses, Richard Holden (pictured), was at the RAC’s operational headquarters in Walsall yesterday (Thursday, June 15) to hear about the new initiative, where he also met with one of the RAC’s mobile mechanics Indy Singh (pictured).

Holden said: “This fantastic initiative from the RAC not only brings road users convenience but will support keeping drivers safe across the country, and it was great to meet with the team delivering this initiative.

“We continue to support and work closely with the RAC as one of the iconic organisations keeping our roads and all road users safe.”

It comes around one year after the RAC launched a mobile fleet servicing solution for electric vehicles (EVs) after a successful trial with British Gas, allowing company car drivers to book servicing to be done wherever and whenever is most convenient.

The UK’s Motor Ombudsman recent extended its service repair code of practice to include mobile mechanics and repairers.

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