Ford optimises service with RAC

Ford technicians across its dealership network have been praised for the high quality of their vehicle servicing by RAC engineers. This follows a successful 10-year association to provide independent assessment of customer vehicle repair and servicing quality.

The RAC Service Workshop Quality Programme, introduced in March 2005, carries out up to 10,000 Ford vehicle service inspections every year – equivalent to around 30 dealer visits each day. The partnership was set up to ensure that the work of technicians across its Authorised Repairer Network met and exceeded the expectations of Ford and its customers, through individual assessments and unannounced workshop audits.

These checks are in addition to Ford’s existing quality check programme and ensure that the dealer has carried out all requested work in full and to the required standard.

The Ford dealer network is the only group in the UK to partner with the RAC on these workshop audits, which will pass 100,000 individual inspections by January 2016.

RAC engineers visit and inspect Ford workshops even in the most remote UK locations, including the Shetland, Orkney and Channel Islands, and the Isle of Skye. During all visits, examining engineers inspect vehicles for quality standards according to the Ford Recommended Service Schedule, and provide their report to the service manager.

‘These independent checks, provided by a recognised and trusted organisation, should provide peace of mind to customers that a Ford dealer is the best place to take their vehicle’, said Jon Wellsman, director, Ford Customer Service Division.

‘The RAC Programme was designed to measure and, where necessary, improve the quality and customer satisfaction of the Ford Authorised Repair Network. Following an extremely successful 10 year period, the results of the audit suggest we are meeting and beating our own targets.’

The quality score of technicians has improved by 50 per cent during the lifespan of the programme and in cases where RAC engineers have not reported a single fault throughout a calendar year workshops receive a certificate of recognition.

Adrian McCarthy, RAC roadside operations manager said, ‘The quality programme is constantly evolving to meet the needs of Ford’s dealers. Ensuring that customers have total confidence in the dealer network is a priority for us, and by helping to maintain the strict workshop quality standards set by Ford, customers should feel confident taking their vehicle to a Ford Authorised Repairer year after year, far beyond the warranty period.’