Getting help from a motor trade association
If you’ve got a problem with your car, for example a fault or a bad repair, the first step is to speak to the garage or dealership responsible. If you can’t get it sorted out with them directly, a trade association could help as long as the garage or dealership is a member.
A trade association will have both:
a code of practice that the garage or dealership has to stick to, or they’ll cancel their membership
a conciliation or arbitration service - these act as a go-between to help you and the garage or dealership to sort the problem out
Find out if your garage or dealership is a member of a trade association
To find out you could:
ask them directly
see if they have a trade association logo on their paperwork or in an office window
contact the trade associations and ask them if the garage or dealership is a member - most will have a search facility on their website
Trade associations’ contact details
Telephone: 0345 241 3008 (option 1)
Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays.
Retail Motor Industry Federation
Telephone: 0845 305 4230
Motor Cycle Industry Association
Telephone: 02476 408000
Scotland Motor Trade Association
Telephone: 0131 331 5510
If they’re a member
If the garage or dealership is a member, contact the trade association and explain your situation. They should be able to explain their code of practice and what you can do about your problem.
Contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133 if you need more help - a trained adviser can give you advice over the phone. You can also use an online form.
If you’re in Northern Ireland, contact Consumerline.