A new industry standards scheme called Trust My Garage has gained nearly 1,000 members since it was launched in November – with less than a quarter franchised dealers.
The Retail Motor Industry Federation scheme is designed to raise the public perception of the service and repair sector, both independent and franchised, giving it the equivalent of Kitemark standard.
The RMI says the scheme has around 1,000 members, with 24% franchised dealers. A week ago the number was around 800 according to the RMI Bodyshop’s Facebook page.
Once the scheme has national coverage and the inspections of the member companies has been completed Trust My Garage will be launched to consumers.
Rob Foulston, RMI CEO, said: “Membership registrations are going very well – we’re nearly at critical mass and will be ready to launch once the inspections and self-assessments are complete.”
Membership is free to RMI members.
The RMI countered claims the new scheme would be confusing to the market and consumers coming on the back of existing standards such as Motor Codes and the BSI Kitemark for Garage Services.
Paul Williams, RMI chairman, said: “If I was running a dealership now I would have every possible testament to good service on my wall: the more you have the better because the consumer will feel better about who they’re dealing with.
“TMG isn’t a replacement for any existing scheme.
Once launched to the consumer, drivers will be able to search for TMG members via a website, Foulston said.
More information: www.tmgmembers.org