Schaeffler distributes free workshop essentials packs

Independent garages encouraged to claim free pack while stocks last

With more garages now reopening following a period of temporary closure, Schaeffler is giving away 2,000 ‘workshop essential’ packs.

To help garages get back on track, and make vehicle owners feel safe when they visit, Schaeffler’s ‘essentials pack’ is designed to help workshops get up and running again.

The packs include a floor sticker and tape to mark out the reception and workshop area into two metre blocks to help maintain current social distancing rules.

Personal protective equipment is also included; a washable mask, hand sanitiser and hi-vis vest, along with some prominent A2 posters and some mirror hanging air fresheners to remind both staff and customers about the guidelines.

A Schaeffler spokesperson said: “Getting garages back open, and vehicle technicians working again, is crucial to helping the country get back on its feet, as there will be a backlog of MOT, servicing and urgent repairs to catch up on.

“However, all this work must be done safely and professionally.”

Garages can claim their free pack by filling out their details in Schaeffler’s online form.

Workshop advice

Schaeffler suggests workshops could promote free visual safety checks with any repair, using every available channel to reach current and potential customers.

The spokesperson added: “Emails, text and social media are sure-fire ways to maximise reach while lots of people are still at home.

“Alternatively, placing an old fashioned ad in the local paper saying that your workshop is safe and open for work again can only help.

“It is also a good time to advertise health-related added value servicing – such as fitting HEPA cabin filters and disinfecting air-conditioning systems.

“Off the back of the free visual check, garages can also offer ‘enhanced’ safety checks for a small charge – including fluid top-ups, a battery condition check, plus a visual check of all drive belts and the steering and suspension system.”

COVID-19 guidelines

Garages should minimise contact with customers and suppliers, use new disposable gloves, seat covers and mats for every job and wipe down all contact points throughout the day.

Access to each vehicle should ideally be reduced tojust one technician and all in-vehicle climate control systems should be switched off.

A no-contact drop-off and collection system should be adopted for high risk customers.

All these actions will help customers see the care and attention workshops are taking in providing the best safe and professional service possible.

For further information and to claim your free pack, click here.

Visit the Auto Torque blog to catch-up on the latest industry news.