Category Archives: Volvo News

News and views about Volvo cars from Australia and around the world.

Car companies are trying to put independent workshops out of business

We have reprinted an article below written by Andrew Holdsworth (http://avghinvestments.com.au/blog ) that talks about a critical issue that can effect all car owners and certainly the livelihood of independent workshops such as the Berry Motor Group. "We all know that cars produced today are equipped with amazing technology with some cars featuring as many as 4 independent computers to operate all the different systems. But did you know that many manufacturers purposely withhold technical specifications and fault diagnosis codes to force customers to only use new car dealers for vehicle servicing. If car owners are forced to only take their cars to specific dealers, then they can charge whatever prices they like. This is obviously anti-competitive. In the US, it is mandatory that ALL manufacturers make all their service documents and technology available all workshops in the country thereby promoting open competition. But despite 68 Australian car manufacturers and importers signing up to an Industry Heads of Agreement on vehicle data sharing, only one manufacturer is fully compliant today. In February of this year, the AAAA, an industry group representing many independent workshop owners took this issue to Canberra seeking a cross party agreement that would see all manufacturers sharing essential vehicle diagnostic and repair information. As concerned members of the public and independent workshop owners, we encourage you to contact your local member on this issue and continue to support independent workshops". These car company buildings pictured above have been included for illustrative purposes only. Please contact you local workshop to see if your car make is effected.
We have reprinted an article below written by Andrew Holdsworth (http://avghinvestments.com.au/blog ) that talks about a critical issue that can effect all car owners and certainly the livelihood of independent workshops such as the Berry Motor Group. "We all know that cars produced today are equipped with amazing technology with some cars featuring as many as...
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Victorian Volvo Car Club

The Volvo Club is a place where lovers of Volvo cars can meet like-minded people, get information on Volvo cars, get advice before purchasing and enjoy social events. They have a nationwide magazine and website that members, visitors and dealers can advertise through and are a great source of information for those looking at the brand. They always welcome new members so click here to find out how to join.
The Volvo Club is a place where lovers of Volvo cars can meet like-minded people, get information on Volvo cars, get advice before purchasing and enjoy social events. They have a nationwide magazine and website that members, visitors and dealers can advertise through and are a great source of information for those looking at the...
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