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More car servicing options reduces bill by 50 per cent

Posted by Linda Davidson

Drivers and owners of a Truma caravan water heater could save up to 50 per cent in car repairs by choosing cheaper equivalent-quality parts for their car.

What Car?, an automotive guide to buyers, revealed that a change in the law could mean that car owners can choose where to take their car for servicing and can also opt for cheaper parts rather than those used as standard.

In a study, the magazine guide found that a dealer price for an original-equipment battery to fit a new small family car was £71.66, while a cheaper, same quality version could be bought for £41.94.

What Car? consumer editor Emma Butcher said: "There is a general misconception that having a car serviced away from a main dealer or using non-car-maker parts will invalidate its warranty."

She added that this isn't the case as long as the replacement is of the same working quality as the original and that it is fitted to the carmakers specification.

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