Save money by using a DIY garage

Car maintenance costs continue to rise year on year and with the new stricter Contrôle Technique starting on May 20 (131 points will be checked as opposed to 123 now) they are likely to rise again but there are ways to keep them in check

If you live in a big city, having your car serviced in a small rural town can result in savings of 30%, simply because labour costs per hour are lower. Many French car drivers make a point to have annual services scheduled for part of their holiday breaks.

Within small towns there is not usually much difference between garages with a car company logo on it (most are family owned agencies) and ‘independent’ garages, which include franchise chains like Norauto. Of course, if your car is still under guarantee, it should only be serviced ...

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