Right to Repair Campaign (R2RC) has launched a supporters pack which will enable garages to promote the campaign to their customers.
Costing £10 plus VAT, the pack is designed to encourage garages to get involved with the campaign and explain its merits to the public. Proceeds will go towards the campaign and production costs.
It includes an R2RC DVD, 100 consumer leaflets, three posters, a supporter sign, 400 campaign stickers and 10 trade leaflets.
Garages will be able to get hold of the packs through motor factors that will, in turn, receive them from FPS Automotive Parts Distribution, which has created part number R2RCpack to speed up the ordering process.
Brian Spratt, Automotive Distribution Federation secretary, said: “Historically, garages have felt a little shy explaining to customers about R2RC and I think this will help that.”
Jonas Zambikades, Independent Garage Association chairman, added: “It’s a great way for local independents to get involved at a low-level cost and to give information to customers.”
He said that not enough garages were involved with R2RC. He added: “They don’t realise the importance of this because it’s not directly affecting them at the moment.”
However, he hopes there will be more than 10,000 garages which take up the supporter packs.
Other marketing activities for R2RC include taking part in mechanic shows and speaking at seminars and conferences to raise awareness of the scheme.
Motor factors, which are the best route to market because of their daily contact with garages, are beginning to get behind R2RC more strongly, added Zambakides.