Tightened legal frameworks, geopolitical uncertainties and technological advancements mean there is a greater need for automotive repairers to “upskill and invest in the future” in order to provide a credible, affordable choice for vehicle service and repair, experts say.
Independent motor trade (IMT) repairers account for the majority of UK service, maintenance and repair (SMR) of light vehicles.
In addition, independent operators conduct the vast majority of MOT tests, accident repairs, windscreen repairs/replacement mobile/driveway repairs and other services.
There are over 35,000 ‘all-makes’ IMT repairers of various types, located in every city and town and most villages throughout the UK.
The IMT service is extremely affordable, accessible and personal.
The trend towards e-mobility has the potential to push drivers away from independent repairers.
Small automotive repair businesses will have to invest thousands of pounds in order to effectively repair and maintain electric vehicles, while also being able to offer affordable services to motorists.
More electrical rather than mechanical skills are required by independent businesses and the demands on workshop equipment are increasing massively.
MAHLE Aftermarket is helping independent workshops in the introduction of new concepts and services to motorists, providing the necessary equipment, the right spare parts, technical information and training.
Olaf Henning, corporate executive vice president and general manager at MAHLE Aftermarket, said: “The automotive industry is undergoing a massive transformation with e-mobility solutions.
“MAHLE Aftermarket is positioning itself accordingly to support small businesses with the adoption of new products and services, designed to ensure that they remain the dominant choice for vehicle servicing and repair.”