IGA develops specialist award

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has developed a special award to showcase the diagnostic capabilities of independent garages.

The IGA Diagnostic Specialist Award is intended to demonstrate the garages’ abilities to consumers and fleets through a robust technical assessment.

The accreditation will verify that they have the ability to communicate with the latest in-car technology. The brand will, by its very nature, signpost independents to fleet operators and consumers who own and operate new cars.

IGA Director Stuart James commented, ‘The IGA Diagnostic Specialist Award has been developed to highlight the very best all round diagnostic capability in the motor industry to consumers and fleets, and unlike the sectors that service and repair predominately one brand, the independents work on all brands allowing a greater level of cross brand expertise.

‘The abilities within the independent sector to diagnose complex faults in cars, in my view, far exceeds capabilities within the franchise sector. The IGA is going to give independent members that demonstrate the skills the IGA Diagnostic Specialist Award, to promote themselves to work providers and consumers that need advanced technical support.’

The award will be launched later in 2015 to align with the new EU Security Standard, and all audits will be carried out by IGA employed auditors.