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We’re ready for hybrid car, say independent garages

Hybrid car owners will have a wider range of places to take their car for a service after the Trust My Garage scheme successfully delivered over 1,000 hybrid vehicle training courses to its member base.

There are many people who currently believe that they have to take their hybrid to a main dealer for a service or MOT due to their more complicated drivetrain set-up.

Hybrid Tech TrainingHowever, now the Independent Garage Association (IGA) which runs the Trust My Garage scheme, says its members are ready to service these vehicles too.

Hybrid cars are becoming increasingly common in the UK with the number of registered hybrids on the road rising from just over 14,000 to 25,370 over the last three years. Britain has the fourth largest hybrid car market in the world after Japan,  the USA and France, with many motorists opting for models like the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight, over more traditional models. 

Much of the servicing needs of a hybrid vehicle is no different from a “normal” car but technicians need to be trained to ensure that they are aware of the particular hazards involved in high voltage systems.

Terry Gibson at nationwide independent garage scheme, Trust My Garage, is keen to dispel the myth that independent garages do not have the same skills as main dealer garages.

He said: “As with new cars many motorists falsely believe that their hybrid car can only be serviced by a main dealer but this is not the case. Independent garages have the same access to skills and information as main dealers and the fact that so many of our members are now able to service hybrid vehicles is proof of this”.

“Our Hybrid Vehicle Awareness course is certified by the Institute of the Motor Industry which means that technicians have an industry standard QAA qualification to demonstrate that they can safely work on and around hybrid vehicles.”

The news comes hot-on-the-heels of a recent consumer poll by Trust My Garage which found that 67 per cent of UK motorists opt for an independent garage over a main dealer when taking their new car for a service.

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Faye Sunderland

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