Cost reduction

Ringroad Rescue Assists Local Businesses In Saving Money

Ringroad rescue helps local businesses save money on vehicle running costs.


Regular servicing of your companies vehicle will help reduce your overall yearly vehicle running costs, as a correctly maintained engine & vehicle will run better & not use as much fuel as a result, also with regular maintenance & checking over any problems will be identified quicker & will decrease the potential risk of more damage being caused to other components on your vehicle, which would increase the costs involved with repairing your vehicle & getting it back on the road & working for you.


Ringroad rescue can fit in servicing at a time in the working week that fits best with your business, we can also offer MOT testing on cars, vans & light commercial vehicles up to class 7.


Many other local garages in the Darlington town bring their customers vans & light commercial vehicles to us to get MOT testing carried out.

Brake Fluid Change Darlington.

Most automotive professionals agree that glycol-based brake fluid, (DOT 3, DOT 4, DOT 5.1) should be flushed, or changed, every 1–2 years. Many manufacturers also require periodic fluid changes to ensure reliability and safety. Once installed, moisture diffuses into the fluid through brake hoses and rubber seals and, eventually, the fluid will have to be replaced when the water content becomes too high. Electronic testers and test strips are commercially available to measure moisture content, however moisture test strips were taken off the market because they absorb moisture in the air before they can be used. The corrosion inhibitors also degrade over time. Degraded inhibitors cause corrosion in the braking system. Taken from Wikipedia.

Ringroad Rescue Darlington test all vehicles over two years in age for the boiling point of brake fluid using the latest electronic brake fluid testing equipment & will always advise customers to change the full braking system fluid when the test indicates it is necessary, Failure to change the brake fluid in the braking system will reduce the braking efficiency of the vehicle & also cause the braking system to start rusting from the inside which in turn we have found causes premature failure of brake calipers due to the sliders inside the calipers being impeded from moving freely due to rusting occurring on the normally shiny precision smoothed surfaces of the brake caliper components, This then stops the brake calipers sliding freely back away from the brake discs & hold the brake pads against the disc whilst driving, resulting in faster brake pad & disc wear & increasing fuel consumption.

Beating franchise dealers on price

Beating franchise dealers on price.

What do you get extra from a main dealer for your money?

You get a posh looking showroom with nice shiny cars & gleaming tiled floor’s, a telephone receptionist that’s sole job is to take phone calls & direct them to the correct member of staff, a service department receptionist to greet you when you take your vehicle into the dealership for servicing, take down your contact details & then phone you to tell you what extra work needs doing & then take your money off you when you come back to collect your car.

At the back end where the nuts & bolts are they have a workshop foreman to control which technician will work on your vehicle, then you have the technician that will work on your vehicle but which one will it be? The time served master technician that has worked on cars for the relevant franchise for the past 10-20 years, or the trainee technician that has just left school & is still learning his trade?

And then you need to count in the service managers salary & car that needs to be paid for, that is there to make sure the full service department do the job properly!!


What do you get from Ringroad Rescue Darlington for your money?

A personally owned & ran business by a husband & wife team with over 30+ years motor trade experience, each constantly hands on within the business on a day to day basis from taking bookings, completing relevant paperwork, driving the recovery wagon’s, personally working on customers vehicles & taking payments for work completed.

The three other staff that form the Ringroad Rescue Darlington team are time served & trained in all modern day servicing & repair procedures & have worked at Ringroad Rescue Darlington between 6-25 years, as a regular customer you will meet all the staff & speak to the technician that has been working on your vehicle.

Still think that the extra money charged by the franchised dealer is worth it? For the extra’s it pays for!

Or would you rather pay less & get more with Ringroad Rescue Darlington? It’s your choice obviously.



Cutting motorists costs how new rules help

Many motorists with vehicles under manufacturers warranty are
under the misguided impression that any servicing, maintenance
or repairs must be carried out by the authorised dealer
otherwise their warranty is invalidated.

They are still unaware that, since June 2010, European
competition rules which cover agreements between vehicle
manufacturers and their authorised dealers, repairers and
spare parts distributors, have confirmed important rights
which help the motorist.

Under the rules, car manufacturers will no longer be able to
make the warranty conditional on having the car serviced, or
even simple things like oil changes, done in the dealers

The introduction of these rules means that motorists can shop
around for the most competitive price and convenient location
for servicing their cars.

Servicing and maintenance are calculated to represent around
40% of vehicle running costs over the whole life of the car.

Motorists using their Right to Choose have found that there
are more competitive prices available from Independent garages
and workshops. This has helped go some way to offset the
overall increase of motoring costs such as fuel and insurance.

Unsurprisingly, dealers choose not to tell car owners that
their warranty is still intact wherever they choose to have
their cars serviced*, but the RIGHT TO CHOOSE campaign aims
to put that right.

Article Notes

Important Notes

• In order to retain the vehicle warranty it is essential that the car manufacturer’s
service schedule is adhered to and that full records of the vehicle’s service history are
retained. In addition, details of any parts fitted or consumables, such as oil or coolant,
should be retained in order to refute any allegation by a dealer that the warranty has
been invalidated.

• The rules referred to above are the European Regulation 461/2010 (Motor Vehicle
Block Exemption). Regulation 461/2010 has been introduced, along with a set of
Supplementary Guidelines on Vertical Restraints in Agreements for the Sale and
Repair of Motor Vehicles and for the Distribution of Spare Parts for Motor Vehicles
(the ‘Supplementary Guidelines’). The new Regulation contains a list of hardcore
restrictions applicable to the motor vehicle aftermarket – repair, maintenance and the
sale of spare parts – which came into force on 1 June 2010. It also extends the
application of the provisions of Regulation 1400/2002 relating to distribution
agreements and concerted practices of new motor vehicles until June 2013. After that
date, the exemption of such contracts will be regulated by the general regime for
vertical agreements, the newly adopted Regulation 330/2010.

• One of the sponsor organisations, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket
Federation (IAAF), has successfully challenged hundreds of cases where dealers have
misleadingly told motorists that servicing vehicles outside the dealer network has
invalidated the warranty.

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Client Testimonial

" I have been using Ringroad Rescue for the servicing, repair and MOT of my volkswagen polo for a few years now, the staff are very friendly and professional. They use quality parts and always do a thorough job.
I would recommend them to anyone who wants reassurance that their vehicle is in safe hands."

Mrs Julie Wilcock, Darlington