In October 2003 European Union Legislation affecting
the motor trade came into force.
Its full title is `Block Exemption Regulations 1400/2002'
(in short `BER').
This legislation changes the way cars may be serviced and repaired
and gives motorists a lot more freedom in their decision as to who
should look after their cars.
Before BER, it was difficult to have cars, which were still covered
by the manufacturer's warranty, serviced anywhere except at a franchised
Now motorists can use any garage of their choice to
service their cars without invalidating the manufacturer's warranty.