Bosch and Euro Car Parts have joined forces with the RAC to deliver their new Autocrew Garage network.
The RAC will direct work on vehicles that cannot be repaired by the roadside â€“Â which amounts to at least 500,000 vehicles every year â€“Â to Autocrew member garages.
RAC equipment manager Mark Johnson said: â€œWe need a network of garages that will produce the same level of service we provide to our customers.
â€œIf the RAC Patrol recommends a garage, as far as the customer is concerned, if anything goes wrong itâ€™s our fault. So we want a network we can have faith in.”
Bosch bought Autocrew from ZF Systems in 2009 and is now in the process of rolling it out across Europe, with the ultimate goal of making it a global presence.
It hopes to sign up 750 independent garages in the UK within three years, depending on the quality of applicants.
â€œWe have a lot to offer and weâ€™ve got a lot of experience in workshop concepts,â€ said Helen Watkins, Autocrewâ€™s concept manager.
â€œIdeally, we want more Bosch products to be fitted to consumer cars.â€
Garages that sign up to the scheme will agree to buy 30 percent of their parts through Euro Car Parts.
10 percent of their parts spend must also be with Bosch.