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ECP and RAC forms independent garage network for UK

Euro Car Parts and the RAC have reached an agreement to form a new independent garage network for the UK.

Euro Car Parts’ Autofirst network and the RAC Approved Garages network will merge to form a new entity entitled, ‘RAC Approved Garages powered by Autofirst Network’.

Both networks have a combined total of 500 branches, making the new entity the biggest independent garge network in the UK.

Each branch will carry RAC and Autofirst Network branding, with the aim of ensuring its customers are only ever a few miles from an RAC Approved Garage.

By subscribing, garages will also be offered repairs referred to them by RAC patrols from breakdowns through the company’s Accredited Repairer scheme.

RAC chief executive Dave Hobday said: “The RAC name is synonymous with complete peace of mind for motorists which explains why we have seen so many garages benefit from becoming part of the RAC Approved Garage Powered by Autofirst Network. We know from market research that customers really value the friendly, local and reliable service provided by independent garages and have a very high level of trust in the RAC so this is the perfect recipe for garages looking to stand out from the crowd in a busy marketplace.”

Andy Hamilton, Euro Car Parts chief executive added: “We already had an extremely strong relationship with the RAC from years of supplying its patrols with parts, so it was a natural next step to work together in the independent garage network space. We believe the brands are an excellent fit and have the potential to become a first choice for consumers wanting the trust of big brands but with local service and convenience.”